Autonomy

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13 people found this helpful  

It's all "Pretend"..

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA (US)

I worked at Autonomy

Pros

Starting pay is usually fair.
Local management tries to motivate and lead but has no real authority and ability to make local decisions.

Cons

Products are not designed, coded and tested. They are coded and deployed. Huge amounts of re-work. Upper management likes to claim that Autonomy can do anything in 3 weeks. Agreed, as long as it is not really expected to work.
Company products are categorized by "Power", "Protect" and "Promote". All employees know that the biggest category is "Pretend"..

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pass this mess on to actual managers and leaders to fix..

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Don't Even Consider......

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Fantastic base technology with IDOL.

    Cons

    Antagonistic, punitive management style. Developing and respect for people doesn't take place here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your management style. People are your most important asset. Turnover in excess of 40% will kill your future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    Worst. Job. Ever.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    There's free food in the kitchen and a holiday abroad at Christmas. The company also sponsors a Formula One team, so you might be lucky and get to go to a free practice session. They also sponsor Tottenham Hotspur, so you might be able to go and watch a match.

    Oh, there's also a table football game. Because that will cancel out the cons, right?

    Cons

    As a graduate, do not expect any training. In fact, do not expect very much other than to be placed in front of a PC and given orders! Chances are you will be working alone on some horrific code base that no-one else in the company understands. Good luck with that.

    You'll need to learn on the job and under pressure and you will be expected to delivery results however much of your day/night this costs. Most of the projects continually operate in fire-fighting mode because the number of developers is very low. No-one ever has the chance to sit back and say "hey, wouldn't it be better if we changed this bit and did it properly" because they have to fix the bugs TODAY or face a shouting match from superiors.

    Software is very much secondary to Autonomy. The goal is sales. Software just gets in the way. This means no emphasis in design, documentation or testing. Or in other words, no value to software guys/gals whatsoever. As a software engineer you are regarded as a button pusher, you have no skill and any software engineer can be replaced by any other (or indeed a new graduate). If you want to become a better software developer, simply don't start here (or come here and then write a book on how not to do things).

    Learning on the job is hampered by the firewall. China's censorship policies have nothing on Autonomy. Want to downloads some open-source software? No chance! Want to read documentation? No chance! Do you want to read a blog article explaining your problem? Nope, you're out of luck. The firewall blocks almost everything to the point where you might as well just bring books in and use that. The internet is vastly overrated anyway!

    Management can best be characterized as arrogant and technically incompetent. Whatever you can do, they can do better and in half the time. They'll not demonstrate this, but they will use it to try and force you to finish items very quickly, often pressurising you into working very late.

    I'll stop there because it says "describe some of the downsides". There's plenty more, but suffice to say this isn't a place I would recommend to others (or my worst enemy for that matter!).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's no hope. You can't build a company on the lie of great software when the core is so totally rotten.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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