Autonomy

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Autonomy Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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2.0 318 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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    Not working.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPlease! ... 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was a mess during HP Merger

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosif you had the right opportunities, pay was good

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Better since the HP Acquisition

    Technical Consultant III (Current Employee)

    ProsManagement seems to take more of an interest in taking care of customers since the HP acquisition
    Great coworkers
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Flexible scheduling

    ConsMassive cuts to bonuses since the HP acquisition
    Software still has many core issues/bugs
    Software is often oversold leading to customer complaints
    HP is such an enormous company its hard to feel connected to anything but your home office
    Engineering is still very much a closed off world, seemingly disconnected from the reality of how the software actually works
    More of a focus on metrics as opposed to quality of work since the HP acquisition
    No pride in the work from anyone in the company
    Everyone I've spoken to internally detests our software, sales practices, and has no faith what-so-ever in the company (this includes having no faith in the HP parent organization).

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on getting the core software solid and bug free - its currently an embarrassment. This isn't a start-up company but the software quality is that of a beta from a start-up. Only within the last few months were sprints started for engineering - before that the release schedule would be over a year between updates. This is a step in the right direction, but without continued pressure its going to be far too little far too late. The only reason the company hasn't gone under is because of overly aggressive sales (the sales guys could probably sand to a guy dying of thirst) and our competitors not having much better offering. Basing your strategy on being just a little better than mediocre competitors is not a good way to inspire employee loyalty.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Autonomy after HP aquisition

    Account Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSalary and Business card good medical plan

    ConsUnrealistic sales goals. Lack of Corporate direction and message.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop focusing on the number of meetings. Focus on getting better quality meetings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    big lack of integrity

    International Business Development (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prostechnology is interesting, pretty office in San Francisco, good benefits.

    Consa lot product issues, no growth, no employee development,

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't come to work with mental issues, go take care of yourself out of the job environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    High pressure, little support

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood technology that can be used as a differentiation. Good platform for cloud and archiving unstructured data. Legal is good to work with on contracts, in line with sales and helpful. HP brand is helping them and adding some structure to the sales process.

    ConsVery highly leveraged comp plan. They go through sales people quickly. Some do VERY well, esp those who have been there for a long time and know the products and internal mechanisms and can work the system. For others it's a challenge with many folks going after same accounts. Bad support and implementation history makes add on selling and up selling very difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the customer more, and less on the quarterly #. Provide a fair and equitable territory and provide new folks an opportunity to succeed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good place to work

    EDiscovery Case Administrator (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsAbility to work remotely on occasion

    ConsAutonomy operates on the good ol boy system. Regardless of your skill set

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to manage

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Rough Sales Environment

    Account Executive (Current Employee)

    Prostechnology is solid, a few people make money

    Consrough sales environment, high turn over, no transparancy, few new products, good deals are few and far between. No annual performance reviews, no increases, unattainable quotas. Channel conflict is prevalant.

    Advice to Senior Managementclean house, when 100% of your teams don't make quota, address the numbers, address the compensation, or be prepared to lose everyone worth keeping.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very unprofessional motivating workplace

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsYou can pretty much do whatever you want because your managers are rarely around and there are no repercussions for not doing your work. It took one woman approximately 6 months of not ever showing up to the office to get fired.

    ConsThere is no reward for trying. They lie to you about bonuses. Only the people at the top get promotions or bonuses. Nobody is very happy. Your boss will never be around. Communication is terrible. There is absolutely no training. You either figure it out or you don't.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome to the office most days of the week (at least.). Learn the word "thank you". Don't lie to your employees about bonuses. Have a minutia of transparency.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompetitive salary, benefits, high tech.

    ConsPoor company culture, poor management, lack opportunities, lack training, high attrition.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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