Autonomy Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
328 Reviews
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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.  

    Senior Customer Service Representative -- Intermediate

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    Current Employee - Senior Customer Representative - Intermediate in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Representative - Intermediate in Bangalore

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A very good place to work with highly profession people. Senior Management is very helpful and good culture and values.

    Cons

    I did not have any issues or difficulty in this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Calgary office is much better now that 3/4 of the dead weight has been laid off

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Outsourcing and getting rid of jobs in the Calgary office has really improved things. Only the losers lost their jobs and they had to train their replacements which I think is well-deserved karma on their part. As well, I like the fact that they canceled the waste of time that was the season NHL hockey tickets. And cutting the 24/7 support pay in half was also pretty awesome.

    Cons

    None that I can think of except maybe that there are still a bit too many employees in the Calgary office--hopefully they'll get laid off soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please lay off more employees. They are an ungrateful lot.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Genuinely Exciting Proposition

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    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great company with a group of employees that are very energising to work among. I joined prior to the acquisition, and have seen so much change throughout the whole organisation, almost entirely for the better. A solid product set with a genuinely exciting story to tell. It's given me opportunities that I would never have had anywhere else.

    Cons

    HP is a very big company, and that inevitably leads to some frustrations. These are probably less problematic for someone joining the company fresh, but it represented quite a shift for existing employees. It can be a lot to get your head round at first, but is something that you can figure out with time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep betting on your people, and keep telling the big story.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    HP Autonomy culture a 180. Great place to work now.

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    A great mix: still very entrepreneurial and agile with the support and backing of the broader HP.
    Compensation and benefits are fair and competitive. You'll see more equity upside at a startup, but the compensation at HP Autonomy is as good or better than competitors. The previous leadership prior to the acquisition by HP was confrontational and rough on employees but great energy has been spent to turn away from that legacy. The new culture is that of collaboration, rational decisions and empowerment. I'm very comfortable here and expect to make this a long-term fit.

    Cons

    Can be a challenge to get the attention of HP Corp. Processes and rules that apply to the legacy HP business don't always work for a fast moving software group/company. And HP Corp hasn't yet figured out all the nuances between hardware and software. Can make processes challenging. Also, as is the case in all aggressive software groups, the pace is extreme. Can create late nights at time... But the staff feeds off this energy... Really a pro for many of us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make big bets. Take more risks in markets. Invest even more in R&D. Let's turn this into a rocket ship!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the old Autonomy

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    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company being rebuilt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    most of crazy behavior is gone, the people who are left are actually very nice to work with. HP is putting in place new management who care more about people and communication

    Cons

    still a long way to go, some processes still not streamlined

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing culture change since previous management left - bright future ahead!

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Really smart & friendly co-workers
    - Great line managers
    - Great potential for growth
    - HP Software believe in treating employees like human beings - such a contrast to the old Autonomy way
    - Casual dress code
    - Exciting products to work on
    - Approachable senior management - any bottom-rung developer can go and chat to the CTO
    - Free lunch
    - Great opportunities to work with new technology

    A year ago Autonomy was an awful place to work. It started changing on the day that Mike Lynch was fired. Let me have a little rant about him.... He had no idea how to run a technology company. He was a salesman, through and through - he even used to say "we're not a software company, we're a company that sells software". He had no idea how to manage people, either. He created a culture of fear, where whoever shouted the loudest (always senior management) got their way.

    Shortly after he left, HP moved in. Since then they've forced Autonomy to do things properly. Product plans, roadmaps, not selling things that don't exist, only selling things that we can definitely deliver. Treating employees well. No arbitrary firings, shouting or forced overtime/weekend work. Heck, they're even about to introduce pay bands! Under the old regime pay was completely arbitrary and rarely increased. Under HP pay is linked to your job role, level and performance, with a review at the end of every year.

    So, if I hated the old Autonomy so much, why did I stay for so long? I can think of three reasons:
    1) The forced overtime cost me my social life. My only friends were my co-workers. That made leaving a really scary prospect.
    - Forced overtime doesn't happen anymore, horray!
    2) My skills hadn't improved. Autonomy never did anything properly, so I felt that I wouldn't be able to get a job elsewhere as I was becoming a cowboy coder.
    - Under the new Autonomy, doing things properly has become a priority. My CV is a lot more robust now.
    3) It was my first job out of uni. I wasn't alone in that, either - Lynch's hiring policy was "fresh grads only, don't hire anyone with relevant experience". How was I to know that real software companies were better than Autonomy?

    Cons

    - Some managers haven't adjusted to the HP way yet
    - Previous management left the company in a horrible state
    - We're doing things now that we should have done five years ago... if only Mike Lynch & co had had a vision beyond "sell software make money" :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to short change us when you adjust salaries to match pay bands. It might cost a lot of money, but you'll buy a lot of loyalty by paying us what we're worth. A company is the sum of it's employees - you can't afford to lose the ones who are holding it all together.

    Apart from that, keep driving us hard. We're really loving actually having a vision and strategy for once!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start a career. Small Teams - Big Tech.

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

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Excellent middle management. I worked in a small team, with a very bright manager who possessed an excellent confluence of traits. He was friendly, patient, and a great teacher - always available if I had a question or got stuck on something. Furthermore, he started me off with excellent assignments that got me diving into the code base and getting things done right away. In the long term, there were going to be some bigger architectural redesigns that were going to be a lot of fun to work on.

    - Free soda / coffee / tea / etc all the time, and good free food on Fridays.

    - Work/life balance was exceptional. No one was in competition to stay the latest. I kept very reasonable hours.

    - Business was growing. Lots of opportunity to advance at the company in the long term, and its nice being at a company with plenty of cash flow.

    - I only left to go back to graduate school for my PhD. Otherwise, I would have been happy there for the foreseeable future.

    Cons

    -The office space is a bit old fashioned (lots of cubicles), but at least the views are nice in the breakroom etc.

    - Also, its worth pointing out that the company has changed hands several times in the past few years. Many of the bad reviews on this site I don't think are accurate. The environment at autonomy changed significantly in early 2012, after being purchased by HP. I wouldn't give much weight to reviews before early/mid 2012.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    getting better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - HP culture is getting through and we feel things are going to only get better
    - More integration with HP personnel
    - I feel less threatened by the firing culture, where every 6 months, people get fired for no apparent reason
    - Stock bonus that was previously a mirage
    - more hiring in my team that sometimes I think it's too much
    - HP stock purchase program

    Cons

    We need SMS calls to go AWAY. The ones who wanted it are now gone. Come on people!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - The ones who needed advice are now gone. Just think and make things better before you guys get fired and lose your respect with others!
    - Performance reviews anyone?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Autonomy is a all about delivering industry leading technology to the most recognizable corporations globally.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Unbelievable technology, fantastic compensation, seen as delivering the most innovative and effective technology in the industry to 400+ OEMs and the leading corps across numerous verticals; great name recognition; definitely leading the enterprise software space; profitable; continually rolling out new technology; global footprint enable worldwide support.

    Cons

    Internal processes could be much tighter; need to standardize messaging around procedures; could offer more extensive product training; need more resources to go around that "support" revenue driving initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With all the information that continues to come through, you could do a much better job of keeping the large majority in the loop and forming best practices.

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