Autonomy Reviews

Updated 8 September, 2014
Updated 8 September, 2014
326 Reviews
2.3
326 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
  • 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.  

    Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    office culture, city workingmn environment

    Cons

    bad management and lack of communication

  2.  

    Don't work here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work from home (when not traveling). Free Friday lunch and bagels on Wednesday mornings. Many exceptional people work here.

    Cons

    Many unhappy customers. Bad management. Unethical sales teams. Products not as good as advertised and lagging behind the competition. No true integrated solutions, just components that should work together but don't. Unpredictable travel requirements. No career development opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all of the legacy Autonomy managers, they have no idea how to run a company. Reduce the number of products being developed and renew the focus on quality. Try actually using your company's own products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A sad dream for HP

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Paris (France)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    A good technology. A real potential in France, bigger than the original market called the search engine.
    Great HP network.

    Cons

    Acquisition by HP which doesn't know what information management is. HP doesn't know the Autonomy market. Will become a bad acquisition like Palm or EDS.
    Old products (WCM, DAM, records management, ...) compared to competitors and customer requests. Lack of R&D.
    Bad image at many French customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire relevant managers with IM background, not only excel managers. This way, they'll be able to set the right strategy for Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the old Autonomy

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    HP culture is leaking in...good stuff, products are being reinvigorated, new product coming out, the analysts now like what we are doing and the world seems bright again

    Cons

    Large company, with the associated processes, but at least there are processes...not like before--everything was single-threaded through one man, the former founder, who wasn't very good at it and really could not get out of his own way, to be quite frank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the journey of transformation, keep communicating and leading by example

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    disorganized operation!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Able to work independently. Learning experience. Newly created position with many challenges.

    Cons

    No raises or bonuses in two years!! High turnover. When HP took over my position in finance became extremely frustrating with the micro management mentality! My position was newly created & an uphill challenge to say the least! Myself & two colleagues without little supervision made remarkable strides. The manager @ HP had zero experience & would constantly send emails reminding up what to do! So happy my position was relocated!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To retain good talent you must pay well & don't continue to have the arrogant attitude "if you don't like it leave"! In my two year tenure I've seen top talent abandon ship!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Starting job here

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It is good place for student just graduate from university. It is starting job.

    Cons

    No salary increase , benefit is getting worse. Many people leave after it sold to HP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    No intent to work hard for this company

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Knew that working on litigation software was the right business direction

    Cons

    Didn't treat employees respectfully. Slave driving parent company that didn't value the competency of company that it purchased. Employees felt they were treated as second class citizens, only be told what to do, instead of integrating with main company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Terrible

    Former Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    People from companies acquired by Autonomy are descent people.

    Cons

    Horrible management philosophy. Treat employees like crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To HP management...clean house!

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better since the HP Acquisition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant III
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant III

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    Management seems to take more of an interest in taking care of customers since the HP acquisition
    Great coworkers
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Massive cuts to bonuses since the HP acquisition
    Software still has many core issues/bugs
    Software is often oversold leading to customer complaints
    HP is such an enormous company its hard to feel connected to anything but your home office
    Engineering is still very much a closed off world, seemingly disconnected from the reality of how the software actually works
    More of a focus on metrics as opposed to quality of work since the HP acquisition
    No pride in the work from anyone in the company
    Everyone I've spoken to internally detests our software, sales practices, and has no faith what-so-ever in the company (this includes having no faith in the HP parent organization).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting the core software solid and bug free - its currently an embarrassment. This isn't a start-up company but the software quality is that of a beta from a start-up. Only within the last few months were sprints started for engineering - before that the release schedule would be over a year between updates. This is a step in the right direction, but without continued pressure its going to be far too little far too late. The only reason the company hasn't gone under is because of overly aggressive sales (the sales guys could probably sand to a guy dying of thirst) and our competitors not having much better offering. Basing your strategy on being just a little better than mediocre competitors is not a good way to inspire employee loyalty.

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

    Autonomy after HP aquisition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Salary and Business card good medical plan

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals. Lack of Corporate direction and message.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on the number of meetings. Focus on getting better quality meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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