Autonomy Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
328 Reviews
2.3
328 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
  • 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.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Autonomy... Waste years .. Never hit your Quota.. Products are outdated

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, Nice People, Good Expense AMEX Card..

    Cons

    Waste years of sales growth.. Sell products that you don't believe in...

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Autonomy went through multiple acquisitions and a lot of employee has been laid off ... not sure if it finished ...

    Current Employee - Software Support Consultant in Plano, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Software Support Consultant in Plano, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Interesting products. With right / smart management can be progress in the future - with out appropriate management way to nowhere.

    Cons

    You will utilize wide range of knowledge and learn well balancing proportion of IT and Telecom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management level very from one to another person. People (employee and managers) playing a lot of "job security" tricks ..

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  5.  

    Great people, bad top management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Technology was tops. Product training was excellent. Had a well organized inside sales team. Most employees below C level tops but about 1/2 the VP staff was among the worst I have experienced.

    Cons

    Divisions not integrated at the technology or sales level and this resulted in severe competitive selling between account reps and confusion among the prospect and customer base. Sales leads passed out on a favoritism based approach (to more experienced account reps). Very deceptive sales practices, with a lot of misleading in terms of what the products were actually capable of delivering. Pricing was also 'value based' meaning the more urgent the customer problem, the higher the price. That might be ok in many situations but what it meant from an account manager perspective is that if another rep was trying to do a deal in some part of the company, you could be blocked from doing your deal, no matter how much work you had put into it. Finally, I have never used this work before when describing the management of a company but the top/C-level management is truly evil. It took me 9 months to come to grips with that but one new member of my team worked that out on the very first pipeline review call his 2nd week on the job and quit instantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wow, where to start. Actually, they are beyond advice so I'll save myself some time here and not even bother.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst place I've ever worked.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    The corporate pitch on Meaning Based Computing is intriguing and easily conveyed through their messaging and demos.

    Cons

    The company's biggest hurdle comes from the poor integration of past acquisitions creating a climate of bureaucracy and political fiefdoms. With no enforcement of corporate strategy and organization, disparate systems and culture impede productivity of new hires. I saw no net new client logos presented in quarterly win reviews. Turnover was very high, two of the mentors I was paired with were discharged in their first 12 months. First line managers were more concerned with political self-preservation than mentoring or coaching the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP is aware of the problems and is taking action to break down the barriers and instill the corporate culture of a professional organization. HP should cull the middle management to accelerate change, eliminate the overlap & fighting from the 3 divisions with a streamlined field force supported by appropriate technical resources at the field level. This will create better opportunity for success with new hire resources and challenge the incumbent reps to drive business in new accounts and prove their worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Account Executive

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

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Good people for the most part-They want to do a good job. Good story to tell to clients.

    Cons

    Technology behind. Software hard to deploy and harder for customers to maintain. Few sales people can make their number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convince HP to start investing in the products, otherwise you will simply fall further behind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Shady folks at the top setting the company culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Southborough, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Southborough, MA (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The group I was in did a lot of new development, using the latest tools. There was a caf and gym onsite.

    Cons

    My company was acquired by Autonomy prior to the HP acquisition. After listening to the Autonomy brass speak, it came as no surprise that HP later uncovered fraud and accounting tricks. We were told Autonomy does not give raises. We started several new development projects, which required nights and weekends, only to see them scrapped a few months later when the winds of change blew through. They had a few layoffs, then decided to let the best and brightest self-select themselves elsewhere through attrition. The result was a steady exodus, and a huge swath of empty cubes and offices. Not too encouraging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A mixed bag of positives and negatives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive
    Current Employee - Sales Executive

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    For sales, your part of larger sales footprint calling on customers.

    Cons

    Some products are behind competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Overall Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Casual workplace, approachable management, earnest desire to improve.

    Cons

    Convoluted technological tools, rigid workflow, slow to respond to change and/or off the mark with industry standards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I enjoyed the pay, but was never trained properly & held to unreasonable production standards.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great pay & benefits! Organized sports after work against other company reams here in SF & good morale amongst coworkers. Free catered lunches weekly!

    Cons

    Upper management has a HUGE disconnect between their employees. The sales/BDA goals are extremely unrealistic. I have led my sales team in all my prior positions, but at this company I never hit my weekly quota, nor did 90% of my peers in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees. Spend a day doing what they/we do & see exactly what we are up against & then set production goals based on that. REALISTIC, Attainable Goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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