Autonomy Reviews

Updated 8 September 2014
Updated 8 September 2014
326 Reviews
2.3
326 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
  • Upper management has a HUGE disconnect between their employees (in 19 reviews)

  • HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not working.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are many great people working here, but not enough. They are all holding on. There are good places to burrow in. There is no real pressure to perform, so you can have security, almost like a government job.

    Cons

    The technology is rotten. Management is a slumlord. There is no appetite to rearchitect, refactor, rewrite, so the product line is struggling to keep scale with existing client data/demands. Look at the timeline of the companies Autonomy comprises. All of that stuff is still around, like a museum of technology in the 1990s. Smell opportunity? Please! It will take you so long to achieve anything it will make you look bad interviewing for your next job. Money is only available in the wake of a crisis, so you'll be muddling-through. Good ideas are scary. Basic stuff you need to manage crises are broken too: the network, for example, is pathologically broken due to integration problems since the merger. There's more, but trust me, you don't really want to know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please! ... as if they care. You'll never pay for the acquisition deal losses, so kick back and enjoy the ride, right? It will take another decade for clients to abandon Autonomy, so the gravy train will keep flowing and the decline will match expenses recouped through employee attrition. Maybe you can replace experienced staff with gullible recent grads? A cakewalk! 100% play-acting! HP had better buy some more (new) companies with products to replace 90% of the Autonomy stuff if they want to keep those lucrative clients locked in.

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

    Suffocating Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked on a great sub-team with great people, which was the only reason I stayed as long as I did. Free Friday lunch.

    Cons

    Terrible culture. Micro-managing leadership. Lack of product vision in areas with limited experience. Inconsistent messaging to employees. Ridiculous hiring guidelines that could be overturned at any point by the CTO at the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Was a mess during HP Merger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    if you had the right opportunities, pay was good

    Cons

    toxic company culture, very public leadership issues during merger killed sales cycles.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Genuinely Exciting Proposition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    office culture, city workingmn environment

    Cons

    bad management and lack of communication

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work from home (when not traveling). Free Friday lunch and bagels on Wednesday mornings. Many exceptional people work here.

    Cons

    Many unhappy customers. Bad management. Unethical sales teams. Products not as good as advertised and lagging behind the competition. No true integrated solutions, just components that should work together but don't. Unpredictable travel requirements. No career development opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all of the legacy Autonomy managers, they have no idea how to run a company. Reduce the number of products being developed and renew the focus on quality. Try actually using your company's own products.

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

    HP can't fix Autonomy fast enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting technology but for the most part, totally oversold. The existing customer base has not been served well and it is impossible to sell again to existing customers due to their poor experience.

    Cons

    Management has been slow to remove the old Autonomy guard. The culture is very much at odds with traditional HP. In short the many of the core solutions do not work or are so heavyweight that it takes an army of consultants to make it work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate Autonomy into HP SW - align the sales teams so there is not so much duplication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person 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 for 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    disorganized operation!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Able to work independently. Learning experience. Newly created position with many challenges.

    Cons

    No raises or bonuses in two years!! High turnover. When HP took over my position in finance became extremely frustrating with the micro management mentality! My position was newly created & an uphill challenge to say the least! Myself & two colleagues without little supervision made remarkable strides. The manager @ HP had zero experience & would constantly send emails reminding up what to do! So happy my position was relocated!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To retain good talent you must pay well & don't continue to have the arrogant attitude "if you don't like it leave"! In my two year tenure I've seen top talent abandon ship!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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