Autonomy

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Autonomy Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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2.0 317 reviews

42% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

(36 ratings)

18% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

  • Hiring staff was difficult as senior management would only approve a new hire if they came from a university that was acceptable to them(in 18 reviews)

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Leadership and Moral Standards!

    Vice President Sales (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsCompetitive Salary
    Entrepreneurial Spirit (I'm trying to come up with something)

    ConsLeadership lack Morals
    Executive leadership use bully tactics internally (employees) and externally (customers)
    Lack of institutional Trust across all levels
    Lack of institutional control
    No value of people asset
    Arrogance

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe sales teams are pitted against each other. The executive team has no logical explanation for this and as you can imagine this structure leads to internal bickering and nepotism when it comes to management. Customers suffer from lack of account management and internal controls. Good luck HP as you probably already know you bought a sack load of manure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Been miserable. They have no idea how to manage top people. Little confidence unless you are luck enough to close a bi

    Senior Protect Sales Representative (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsPossible changes with recent acquisition. May be lots of leads but yet to happen

    ConsHorrible arogent culture. Lots of b players. Small percentage of people survive very long.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange attitude if your interested in retaining and even attracting great people. Get organized and help employees understand how to go to market

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    The "boiler room"+ Glengarry, Glen Ross + Full Metal Jacket = better sales jobs elsewhere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsAutonomy had very interesting technology that is perhaps ahead of it's time. There are smart subject matter experts that can help sell to the right opportunity. There is a very generous compensation package heavily weighted on closed deals.

    ConsThe is no sales training, but rather two days of presentation training. There is no knowledge transfer of how to succeed. There is nothing that one would relate to a traditional, complex, high dollar sales experience where credibility, competence, and trusting relationships are essential. It's no wonder why they turn over 90% of the sales force every year. There is a very generous compensation package for those who can achieve it, but mainly if you are lucky enough to join the meritocracy that get the leads worth pursuing. It's a shame. This company should be twice as big as it is. I've seen a lot of great sales people leave because of the environment, the intimidation, the micro-management, the many inefficiencies. There are way too few people becoming successful here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead "Principle Centered Leadership" by Stephen Covey. Have a vision and share it, so that those on the front line can get excited about it, and want to follow you in to battle with a purpose in mind. Maybe the leadership at HP can teach you some things after the acquisition. They will never tolerate what goes on now. Best wishes!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    13 people found this helpful  

    It's all "Pretend"..

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pleasanton, CA

    ProsStarting pay is usually fair.
    Local management tries to motivate and lead but has no real authority and ability to make local decisions.

    ConsProducts are not designed, coded and tested. They are coded and deployed. Huge amounts of re-work. Upper management likes to claim that Autonomy can do anything in 3 weeks. Agreed, as long as it is not really expected to work.
    Company products are categorized by "Power", "Protect" and "Promote". All employees know that the biggest category is "Pretend"..

    Advice to Senior ManagementPass this mess on to actual managers and leaders to fix..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Everything you read is true.

    Account Executive (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsIf you get lucky and land a monster deal, you can make a ton of money.

    ConsNo tech resources. No training. No leads. Unhappy customers due to lack of support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in sales reps. Avoid high turnover. Respect reps.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Exspendiable! Churn and Burn

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFree Coffee
    Every other Friday is a free breakfast and Lunch. Free use of the microwave. Casual dress code for San Jose

    ConsExpectaions are to work you like dogs and in turn you get burned out and leave. Very high turn over.
    They hire straight out of college so they pay low and expect un realisitic goals to achieve.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook in the mirror and ask if you would want your son or daughter to work here.
    Everything is about making money. No passion on what would make employess happy and perfom better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Rude manager depressed employees

    Researcher (Current Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsCompensation was okay, some competent people on the team.

    ConsConstant bullying from the management. Depressing environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to learn some basic manners and respect. Learn how to actually do management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    9 people found this helpful  

    A nightmare of constant belittlement and unrealistic expectations.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsFree drinks in the break room. Free lunch on Fridays. A constant employee turnover means that you'll be able to meet new friends whenever they replace one of your co-workers.

    ConsOnce hired, training is nonexistent; you're shown the code and simply told to "be an expert". Documentation for the code manages to be both sparse and inaccurate at the same time. Deadlines are set without negotiation; estimates are met with "that isn't good enough. It needs to be done by-" without any discussion of the problems with that possible date, or requests for information about why the original estimate was what it was. Any mistake is met with insults from your manager, and if anything goes wrong, a frantic search goes on to find a scapegoat to punish. Testing is nonexistent. No clear chain of command; any request made by your manager may end up infringing on the systems under the control of three different people, all of whom insist you do nothing for fear of messing up their own programs, and any attempt at referring this conflict to management is met simply with a restatement of your original objective. Constant oppressive gloom of fear coats the entire company; I don't believe I saw a single person smile while on the premises.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn oppressive atmosphere of fear and ignorance only extracts the minimum amount of work from employees needed to get you to go away. Either start treating your employees better, or hope word doesn't get around about you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    10 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding Example of Corporate Fascism

    Sales Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Good benefits package (health, dental, etc.)
    - Core technology is solid
    - Decent stock option grants for select few

    **Very well-oiled separation process when you quit***

    Cons- Megalomaniacal management
    - Terrible, unpredictable bonus plan for many employees
    - Generous use of FIBCAMM (Fear and Intimidation-Based Computer-Aided Micro Management)
    - Growth through acquisition w/little understanding of businesses acquired
    - Steady loss of talent and intellectual capital in units outside core business
    - Financial success in spite of myriad flaws has convinced management there's no need to change or adapt

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoesn't matter--they don't want, wouldn't heed it, and would never accept it for what it is--honest feedback. They are likely very proud of the fact that Autonomy has the worst rating of any company on this site--proof that only the fittest will survive. So be it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work, and not enough substantive and meaningful work, run by fear and trembling

    Account Executive (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFree sodas,
    Ocasional free lunch
    Sales Kickoff meeting is in Miami
    Travel?
    Nice offices

    ConsSales management process consumes a lot of time--but spent actually selling
    No performance reviews
    No raises
    Compensation plans are over-engineered and stacked to be in Autonomy's favor

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire competent management, who knows how to train, motivate and retain people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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