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15 people found this helpful  

Great until you realise you're putting in crazy hours and the rewards have dried up.

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Current Employee - Software Developer
Current Employee - Software Developer

I have been working at Autonomy

Pros

Some of the technology is excellent and genuinely exciting but theres far too much overlap due to the number of acquisitions.

Bonuses and pay rises can be good but you won't know when or if you're going to get them.

Cons

No feedback on performance, you'll either be told via email that you're getting an bonus/pay rise or you'll receive no feedback regardless of the amount of work you're putting in.

Far too much micro-management from the top level. Simple things like holiday arrangements are controlled by senior management despite them not knowing or you are or what your're actually working on. Middle management have very little control and are largely tasked with reporting to the senior levels.

Product development is purely sales driven, nothing happens without a sale or potential sale. When the sale does happen the pressure is put on the development team to get the product out the door as fast as possible, often with unrealistic schedules.

For a company that sees information as all important theres very little internal communication and no discussion.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop the micro managing, there are excellent mid level managers who helped build succesful companys before Autonomy stepped in.

Make the process behind pay reviews and bonuses review more transparent, especially for non sales.

Unrealistic development schedules need to be addressed, the quality of the product is suffering.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Autonomy

  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Run fast and far

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Financial upside for a select few. Good opportunity to geek out over pretty amazing technology.

    Cons

    Poor internal/external communication (seemingly by design)
    Transactional Sales/Account Model doesn't support customer success
    Extreme Micromanagement leads to a focus on low value KPI's.
    Professional Integrity is an issue throughout. Executive Management will stand in a room, look you in the eye, and bend the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your mind to ideas that originate outside of Cambridge, and you may actually retain some of the market share and talent from your acquisitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 15 people found this helpful  

    Acquire and dismantle as a business model

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    The products and technology from Autonomy itself and from it's many acquisitions have a huge amount of potential. Given the right vision and leadership, the products could be fairly compelling.

    Cons

    There is no vision and leadership, and this permeates the culture. I personally witnessed a thriving vibrant company filled with brilliant extremely hard working people transformed into a group so micromanaged and information starved that most of those who were no laid off left very soon after the corporate office started intervening.

    Independent thought and personal responsibility is actively squashed, somewhat weird given the name of the company isn't it?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the balance sheets look great, they are misleading. Hand the company over to new leadership that has at least a minimal amount of respect for customers and employees and allows management below the C*O level to actually make decisions. At some point enough customers and potential employees will communicate with their peers that sales and recruiting will suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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