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The most thankless workplace imaginable

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Former Employee - Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

I worked at Autonomy

Pros

The view from the San Francisco office. Free lunch on Fridays is also ok.

Cons

All strategic decisions are made by a small group of people in th UK and never shared with the rest of the company. There is no such thing as a pay raise, with employees promised "discretionary" bonuses that are only delivered after threats to quit. Sales people have to adhere to stringent help generating new leads. Existing customers are generally very unhappy and instead of fixing the technology, the strategy seems to be to put a band-aid on at each customer issue with promises of longer-term fixes that never seem to materialize.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Empower people outside the inner circle to make decisions. Stop using fear to motivate employees. Focus on creating a consistent installation process to increase the customer satisfaction.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here if you have any shred of self respect as a software developer.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Profitable company
    Decent salaries if you are a recent CS graduate from a Top 50 school and have GPA over 3.5 (not kidding, that's a mandatory requirement), people with more than 6 years of experience are rarely considered
    Interesting and highly varied technology (Java, C, C++, C#, etc)
    Some smart people (depends on the office)

    Cons

    Profitable company that benefits upper management and barely impacts anyone under middle management
    There are no raises, no performance review, no feedback, no career plan and no promotions; it's like getting stuck in the mud, no matter how much you try you are not going anywhere
    Very high turnover
    People get fired almost randomly every 6 months (apparently for performance, but that is often not the case), their work gets assigned to others who are already overworked
    Most of the new hires are recent graduates with barely any experience, senior people spend a lot of time training them and very often they leave for better jobs after a year or so
    There is no respect for people, everyone in considered interchangeable and replaceable; they have no problem firing someone and replacing them with no experience person who makes a great mess of things while learning
    Customers are promised things that do not exist, which means lots of one off coding efforts which get started by inexperienced people and wind up being a quagmire that experienced people get thrown in to make things work. This is the mentality here, let the new hires write things, they always do a poor job (experience does matter people), and senior people get pulled off projects randomly to put out fires.
    I cannot recommend this place unless you just graduated and need to pad your CV and willing to put up with a year or two of no direction, seemingly random deadlines, reactive management, chaos, and bad coding practices. (There are exceptions, but overall that's the culture here).
    A promotion here means you are more likely to be fired and replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have respect for people and domain expertise.
    Just because you have a PhD doesn't mean you can write code.
    Regular performance reviews and salary adjustments (at least for inflation).
    Stop running this company like a startup and start running it like a large company that it is, chaos can only take you so far.
    Stop firing people so that you can replace them with cheaper, inexperienced labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Autonomy has let go or lost too many talented people to count.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Excellent /promising technology, free breakfast & lunch (alternating Fridays); pretty good benefit packages, fish tanks in the lobbies. Still work with wonderful people - across the different teams.

    Cons

    Pretty much what everyone has already said - lack of respect toward customers/employees; no project planning, everything is a fire drill (i.e. start-up mentality ). They have re-defined micro-management & not in a good way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please respect & trust your employees; allow the middle management to do their jobs & stop micro-managing every little thing. Mid-management & the employees do know what they are doing, let them do their jobs! Please Autonomy, wake up! We'd be behind you if things lightened up a little,
    or more honestly, A LOT.

    I believe that employees really want to do a good job & see Autonomy continue to be successful. Just not at the sake of integrity, honesty & trust. The bottom line is important, but so is customer & employee respect & satisfaction. Without those things, it's going to be hard for Autonomy to stay on top. And pedigrees are for animals, not people. Talent is talent - just because someone didn't attend one of the ten "acceptable" universities does not make them irrelevant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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