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Management brands San Jose location as toxic

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA (US)

I have been working at Autonomy

Pros

average benefits; convenient location (soon to change); nice revenue growth (but no profit sharing or trickle down tow employees)

Cons

Never work for a company where the management told people at a location they are toxic and would not allow new hire to work there.
No performance review, but people are fired for "performance reasons" at discretion of management with few hours notice -- apparently done every 6 months.
No salary review -- instead people are told they will received "sky bonus" at discretion of management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You say you want to hire best and brightest -- then give them a reason to work there

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    The "Hotel California" of software

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Could look good on your CV
    Free lunch on a Friday

    Cons

    Where do you begin - the list is potentially endless!
    The company is run like a start-up - every decision no matter how trivial has to be approved by one of a few of the upper-echelon managers.
    General employees (sales/dev/support/etc) are treated as a throw-away commodity and are over-worked until they burn out or get fed up and leave.
    Middle management have no power to do anything useful - they get grief from the staff under them about the work & environment but have to sing a happy tune to the executives so as not to draw any unwanted attention.
    Nothing is managed in a pro-active manner - everything is run as a fire-fighting operation, including some very big projects.
    They regularly acquire other companies, not so much for their technologies but to get their customer lists - not surprising as their selling strategy seems to be tell the customer "yes, we can provide that - in fact we have it already" then fob them off while dev staff frantically cobble together some flakey solution that gets shipped to the customer - definitely a "take the money and run" approach.
    Customer facing staff are pretty much guaranteed not to be able to take any holidays in the final 3 weeks of any quarter (and YES that does include Christmas) as this is when the final push for sales etc is made and God forbid that the company didn't make the sale in the last few days of the quarter beacuse someone was on leave with their family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start running the company like the multi-billion dollar business its supposed to be and not like some 10-man outfit - if you can't do that then step back and employ some people who can.
    Also, listen to (and value) your staff. If you want to be one of the leading software companies in the UK/World then you need to appreciate the staff you have and the potential that they offer the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    In brief- avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Free food on Friday.
    Thats it.

    Cons

    The management tend to bully workers, have no concept of how difficult a project is and demand unreasonable timetables.
    If you complain about a manager, they close ranks and effectively force you out.
    They contact your doctors to query your illness, so their is no trust there at all.
    Software is a unholy mess with little in the way of comments or documentation.
    The workplace is literally a sweatshop, especially in summer. Air conditioning is reserved for managers and guests.
    Their legal minions threaten you if you speak out against the company.
    They check when you enter and leave the building. They don't care if you start work 15 or 30 minutes early, but raise hell if you leave 5 minutes early.
    They expect you to work till demanding hours, and to hell with your social life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start afresh. Get rid of the managers and hire a new team with new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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