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Autonomy Reviews

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
335 Reviews
2.5
335 Reviews
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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
  • maybe that the upper management could have more direction in what they are doing (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    - Excellent amount of time off per year
    - Work life balance (for the most part)
    - Compensation was decent
    - Good working environment with games room and free lunches on Fridays

    Cons

    - Little room for advancement
    - Lack of annual reviews and therefore no pay raise structure
    - Very little praise or criticism from management
    - Very little interest in helping employees reach career goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better feedback and communication to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  3.  

    HP Autonomy is struggling to create and sell products that "MOVE THE NEEDLE"

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Many good people, low pressure, decent pay

    Cons

    Lack of product investment, several layoffs, hard to know what's next and when

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent, if you are going to kill a product - Just do it !!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good Comp, long hours

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Free lunches, breakfast. Good people.

    Cons

    Long hours and very tedious work with no vision to make better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow talent from within rather than trying to quickly grow teams from outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I arrived at the party late

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hp has good brand recogntion

    Cons

    Compared to other software firms

    No Strong direction or ethos
    Variable pay and reward structure seems fairly negligible
    Very bureaucratic and process heavy for everything
    Little day to day perks, subsidized food, coffee cups and etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actions matter, talking about investing in the business is more then stock buy backs and layoffs. The software is lacking true identity and vision, it is just figuring out new buzz words to try to sell yesterdays news

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Sweat shop

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Consultants in the consulting team are great.

    Cons

    Autonomy used H1B employees from India and Russia and required consulting service employees to be 80 hours a week billable.
    Dead wood in the management team collect the bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead wood in the management team.

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

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Designer V in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Designer V in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Personal growth is limited. Good product exposure. Working on big data stuff. Challenging yet rewarding. Flexi timing.

    Cons

    Not many. US management controls everything, which is a negative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Present Company bears no resemblance to its Garage Roots

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Great Benefits; status of HP

    Cons

    Disconnected Management; daily changes in strategy. No New Business DNA in the software business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a strategy and stick with it for more than 30 days

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    High stress fast paced sales environment

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    High earning potential and now part of HP

    Cons

    Disorganized management structure with high targets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Designer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Designer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work, professional people

    Cons

    Nothing to say as of now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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