Autonomy Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
326 Reviews
2.3
326 Reviews
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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.  

    Autonomy... Waste years .. Never hit your Quota.. Products are outdated

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, Nice People, Good Expense AMEX Card..

    Cons

    Waste years of sales growth.. Sell products that you don't believe in...

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Account Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Good people for the most part-They want to do a good job. Good story to tell to clients.

    Cons

    Technology behind. Software hard to deploy and harder for customers to maintain. Few sales people can make their number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convince HP to start investing in the products, otherwise you will simply fall further behind

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Shady folks at the top setting the company culture

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Southborough, MA

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The group I was in did a lot of new development, using the latest tools. There was a caf and gym onsite.

    Cons

    My company was acquired by Autonomy prior to the HP acquisition. After listening to the Autonomy brass speak, it came as no surprise that HP later uncovered fraud and accounting tricks. We were told Autonomy does not give raises. We started several new development projects, which required nights and weekends, only to see them scrapped a few months later when the winds of change blew through. They had a few layoffs, then decided to let the best and brightest self-select themselves elsewhere through attrition. The result was a steady exodus, and a huge swath of empty cubes and offices. Not too encouraging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not working.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better since the HP Acquisition

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant III
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant III

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Massive 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Autonomy after HP aquisition

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    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Salary and Business card good medical plan

    Cons

    Unrealistic sales goals. Lack of Corporate direction and message.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on the number of meetings. Focus on getting better quality meetings.

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

    big lack of integrity

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    Former Employee - International Business Development  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - International Business Development in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    High pressure, little support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - EDiscovery Case Administrator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - EDiscovery Case Administrator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Ability to work remotely on occasion

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage

    Doesn't Recommend

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