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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    Software Development

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Southborough, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Southborough, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fast pacing environment;
    Lot of technologies involved;
    Smart people, open communication;
    Your opinion is listened to;
    Benefits are respectful.

    Cons

    Professionalism is recognized but not so fast as one would wish - promotions are slow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Some good Some Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    Really unique technology with impressive executives and previous sucess.

    Cons

    Sales team was largely ignored, tight quarters with little to no management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take time to more formely train new new business development executives to ensure they're on teh right path.

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    Work was challenging and rewarding. However, management is eccentric.

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    Former Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The company has a large data center presence and steady growth.
    As a PM, you get the chance to apply your project management skills to real-world IT projects.

    Cons

    Management is eccentric and acts in a secretive manner.
    One day, your job is going well, and the next day, you're out the door without any explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't withhold information from your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy for more than a year

    Pros

    Honestly can't even think of anything positive of Autonomy, sadly. It had great brand name of Interwoven, people were great

    Cons

    In APAC, it was a nightmare. Past management prior HP acquisition was a total shocker. Poor leadership (locally and globally). Product marketing is half baked. Sales ppl ware asked to perform regardless. Unfortunately, this is not the place to be if you want to contribute to a proper working environment that you could excel in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    A proverbial 'How Not To Manage' a company. Every person is more inept than the last. Zero room for career growth.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    You aren't held to your ancillary metric of calls so long as you perform the actual task of sourcing meetings.
    Fairly relaxed environment except when management is present.
    Free breakfast Wednesday, free lunch Friday.

    Cons

    You cannot advance within the company and there is zero track for career growth.
    Management is pompous, vindictive and petty. A company of many bads ideas.
    Don't confuse motion with action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. There's no hope for these people. I would say accept input from your staff but that's already in place in a kind of shrewd attempt at feigning interest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unbelievable Products, marginal management

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    most powerful black box technology for squeezing maximum value out of corporate knowledge and experience resources.

    Cons

    Very little flexibility in opportunity management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    why not build a search engine based on IDOL?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, needs better execution after multiple management transitions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable and talented group of people

    Cons

    Management lacked long term vision.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 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 for less than a 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

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The reign of terror is over!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    None. They bought our company and destroyed it. They didn't care about customers and cared less about employees.

    The only "pro" is that HP have purchased us and everything is better. It was almost an immediate turn around in terms of message. Focus is back on customer satisfaction and it's very clear that employees are considered valuable again.

    Everything

    Cons

    I was always proud of how much my company cared about our customers and employees and then Autonomy bought us. They clearly didn't care about our customers at all. Everything was about "new license revenue". So sorry if you were already a customer.

    They treated employees like a commodity that could be replaced on a whim. It was truly a terrible few years until HP purchased us and saved us from the horrible policies and behaviour of Autonomy.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just get the deal signed - screw the customer after the sale.

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    Former Employee - Professional Services  in  Southborough, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Professional Services in Southborough, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great vacation allowance. Free lunch Fridays.
    Maybe HP can fix some of the mess?

    Cons

    Everything else.
    No review/raise process. Impossible to get promoted.
    Unethical sales tactics like I've never seen anywhere else.
    Support and services left holding the bag with a poor quality product that is next to impossible to implement and support.
    Secret engineering team that nobody is allowed to actually talk to. You NEVER receive feedback on any bugs submitted unless you are working with the latest hot customer (the one with the most new business riding on the success of your project). Although I can't imagine they actually get any repeat customers. I think Lynch and Co. knew they were running out of suckers and that they had no good reference customers left and that's why they sold.
    Everything is a fire drill - even planned implementations with a long sales cycle are staffed at the last minute. PS Consultants are shipped from one project to another in a big circle as each new customer becomes frustrated with the lack of knowledge and poor quality products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep purging all of the Autonomy middle management and horrible anti-customer anti-support, anti-employee policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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