Autonomy Reviews

Updated 8 September, 2014
Updated 8 September, 2014
326 Reviews
2.3
326 Reviews
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Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free breakfast Wednesday, free lunch Friday (in 33 reviews)

  • Nice office space and free lunch on Fridays but thats about it- (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has a HUGE disconnect between their employees (in 19 reviews)

  • HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Autonomy, it could be a great place to work (but for now it's just ok).

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist  in  Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Autnomy's Calgary office is very well run and a pretty fun place to work. The management in this office is very good about giving praise and letting you know that you have done a good job.
    Autonomy's products interface with so many other vendors that it is possible to get exposed to a wide array of technologies (whether through supporting or developing the product). In addition to this, Autonomy has some really cool products(from voice and video search to liquid office) so there are some really fun things to play with. If you like to be on the cutting edge then Autonomy is a great place to be.

    Autonomy keeps buying other companies so over the past while there have been lots of chances for transfers and advancement in positions that might be a better fit for you.

    Cons

    Autonomy's senior management doesn't seem to know that there are many unhappy employees in the company. While the regional management is doing an excellent job, the senior managers don't seem to care, or be aware of what it takes to keep the employees happy.

    Autonomy claims that it will only hire the best. However, excellent people leave the company on a regular basis because they are displeased by the lack of support and understanding from Autonomy's head office.

    The senior management seem very quick to try to solve "problems" by throwing the easiest solution at the problem. However, this causes issues in the future because often the quickest solution isn't the best.

    Autonomy has very VERY poor communication with its lowest level of employees. Very little information is spread through methods other than "the grapevine" and Autonomy never seems to reveal its mission to its employee base. I would guess that most employees have no idea what the company's goals are.

    Autonomy has no long term benifits package. This means that if you plan on working with Autonomy for a long time you better make sure you have your own retirement savings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest that senior management begin looking at ways of increasing employee morale. As far as I can tell, there are many unhappy people. I suggest that senior management hire a "employee survey" company to try and figure out what their employees want. Autonomy doesn't seem to realize that monetary rewards are very little incentive for an employee to stay with a company.

    In additon to this, Autonomy needs to firmly establish a set of goals or a mission statement for the company. Also, communication needs to be done through official channels and on a regular basis. I suggest that Autonomy consider regular company wide meetings to ensure that all employees are "on the same page". Ideally, these meeting would involve a video conference service so that senior management can be seen and heard through the world. In fact, each meeting should feature an divison of the company (Virage, Zantaz, Cardiff, etc). This would allow everyone to see what is being worked on in the various divisions.

    Hopefully the senior management can understand, happy employees are some of the best sales people available. If you are excited about going to work, you will tell everyone about it.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Autonomy... Waste years .. Never hit your Quota.. Products are outdated

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, Nice People, Good Expense AMEX Card..

    Cons

    Waste years of sales growth.. Sell products that you don't believe in...

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Autonomy went through multiple acquisitions and a lot of employee has been laid off ... not sure if it finished ...

    Current Employee - Software Support Consultant  in  Plano, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Support Consultant in Plano, TX (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting products. With right / smart management can be progress in the future - with out appropriate management way to nowhere.

    Cons

    You will utilize wide range of knowledge and learn well balancing proportion of IT and Telecom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management level very from one to another person. People (employee and managers) playing a lot of "job security" tricks ..

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  5.  

    Great people, bad top management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Technology was tops. Product training was excellent. Had a well organized inside sales team. Most employees below C level tops but about 1/2 the VP staff was among the worst I have experienced.

    Cons

    Divisions not integrated at the technology or sales level and this resulted in severe competitive selling between account reps and confusion among the prospect and customer base. Sales leads passed out on a favoritism based approach (to more experienced account reps). Very deceptive sales practices, with a lot of misleading in terms of what the products were actually capable of delivering. Pricing was also 'value based' meaning the more urgent the customer problem, the higher the price. That might be ok in many situations but what it meant from an account manager perspective is that if another rep was trying to do a deal in some part of the company, you could be blocked from doing your deal, no matter how much work you had put into it. Finally, I have never used this work before when describing the management of a company but the top/C-level management is truly evil. It took me 9 months to come to grips with that but one new member of my team worked that out on the very first pipeline review call his 2nd week on the job and quit instantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wow, where to start. Actually, they are beyond advice so I'll save myself some time here and not even bother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst place I've ever worked.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The corporate pitch on Meaning Based Computing is intriguing and easily conveyed through their messaging and demos.

    Cons

    The company's biggest hurdle comes from the poor integration of past acquisitions creating a climate of bureaucracy and political fiefdoms. With no enforcement of corporate strategy and organization, disparate systems and culture impede productivity of new hires. I saw no net new client logos presented in quarterly win reviews. Turnover was very high, two of the mentors I was paired with were discharged in their first 12 months. First line managers were more concerned with political self-preservation than mentoring or coaching the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP is aware of the problems and is taking action to break down the barriers and instill the corporate culture of a professional organization. HP should cull the middle management to accelerate change, eliminate the overlap & fighting from the 3 divisions with a streamlined field force supported by appropriate technical resources at the field level. This will create better opportunity for success with new hire resources and challenge the incumbent reps to drive business in new accounts and prove their worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Account Executive

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Good people for the most part-They want to do a good job. Good story to tell to clients.

    Cons

    Technology behind. Software hard to deploy and harder for customers to maintain. Few sales people can make their number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convince HP to start investing in the products, otherwise you will simply fall further behind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Shady folks at the top setting the company culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Southborough, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Southborough, MA (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The group I was in did a lot of new development, using the latest tools. There was a caf and gym onsite.

    Cons

    My company was acquired by Autonomy prior to the HP acquisition. After listening to the Autonomy brass speak, it came as no surprise that HP later uncovered fraud and accounting tricks. We were told Autonomy does not give raises. We started several new development projects, which required nights and weekends, only to see them scrapped a few months later when the winds of change blew through. They had a few layoffs, then decided to let the best and brightest self-select themselves elsewhere through attrition. The result was a steady exodus, and a huge swath of empty cubes and offices. Not too encouraging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A mixed bag of positives and negatives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    For sales, your part of larger sales footprint calling on customers.

    Cons

    Some products are behind competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Overall Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Casual workplace, approachable management, earnest desire to improve.

    Cons

    Convoluted technological tools, rigid workflow, slow to respond to change and/or off the mark with industry standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I enjoyed the pay, but was never trained properly & held to unreasonable production standards.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits! Organized sports after work against other company reams here in SF & good morale amongst coworkers. Free catered lunches weekly!

    Cons

    Upper management has a HUGE disconnect between their employees. The sales/BDA goals are extremely unrealistic. I have led my sales team in all my prior positions, but at this company I never hit my weekly quota, nor did 90% of my peers in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees. Spend a day doing what they/we do & see exactly what we are up against & then set production goals based on that. REALISTIC, Attainable Goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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