Autonomy Reviews

Updated May 7, 2014
Updated May 7, 2014
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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.  

    HP Autonomy culture a 180. Great place to work now.

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A great mix: still very entrepreneurial and agile with the support and backing of the broader HP.
    Compensation and benefits are fair and competitive. You'll see more equity upside at a startup, but the compensation at HP Autonomy is as good or better than competitors. The previous leadership prior to the acquisition by HP was confrontational and rough on employees but great energy has been spent to turn away from that legacy. The new culture is that of collaboration, rational decisions and empowerment. I'm very comfortable here and expect to make this a long-term fit.

    Cons

    Can be a challenge to get the attention of HP Corp. Processes and rules that apply to the legacy HP business don't always work for a fast moving software group/company. And HP Corp hasn't yet figured out all the nuances between hardware and software. Can make processes challenging. Also, as is the case in all aggressive software groups, the pace is extreme. Can create late nights at time... But the staff feeds off this energy... Really a pro for many of us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make big bets. Take more risks in markets. Invest even more in R&D. Let's turn this into a rocket ship!

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the old Autonomy

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    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    HP culture is leaking in...good stuff, products are being reinvigorated, new product coming out, the analysts now like what we are doing and the world seems bright again

    Cons

    Large company, with the associated processes, but at least there are processes...not like before--everything was single-threaded through one man, the former founder, who wasn't very good at it and really could not get out of his own way, to be quite frank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the journey of transformation, keep communicating and leading by example

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    Positive Outlook
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company being rebuilt

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    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

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    Great place to start a career. Small Teams - Big Tech.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    - Excellent middle management. I worked in a small team, with a very bright manager who possessed an excellent confluence of traits. He was friendly, patient, and a great teacher - always available if I had a question or got stuck on something. Furthermore, he started me off with excellent assignments that got me diving into the code base and getting things done right away. In the long term, there were going to be some bigger architectural redesigns that were going to be a lot of fun to work on.

    - Free soda / coffee / tea / etc all the time, and good free food on Fridays.

    - Work/life balance was exceptional. No one was in competition to stay the latest. I kept very reasonable hours.

    - Business was growing. Lots of opportunity to advance at the company in the long term, and its nice being at a company with plenty of cash flow.

    - I only left to go back to graduate school for my PhD. Otherwise, I would have been happy there for the foreseeable future.

    Cons

    -The office space is a bit old fashioned (lots of cubicles), but at least the views are nice in the breakroom etc.

    - Also, its worth pointing out that the company has changed hands several times in the past few years. Many of the bad reviews on this site I don't think are accurate. The environment at autonomy changed significantly in early 2012, after being purchased by HP. I wouldn't give much weight to reviews before early/mid 2012.

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  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work somewhere else first... then try here

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    Current Employee - Developer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    create new code that actually gets to see the light of day (you won't appreciate this point unless you've gigged in a prehistoric valley company); great travel; young environment; get to work with some awesome people; little management hierarchy; significant responsibility to get the job done

    Cons

    quarterly cycles and long days when there's a deadline to hit; sometimes the extra responsibility to take decisions and gets things done is a pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recruit people who can actually leverage the opportunities their given and not be frightened by them; keep the hierarchy 'thin' and ensure the bonuses go to those of us who've earned them!

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  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    great buzz. very fast paced. very rewarding, but not for the feint-hearted

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Customer Account Support  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President Customer Account Support in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    change itself.... great buzz and very fast paced while very rewarding. Get to work on integrating, supporting and selling award winning new solutions year after year for the biggest best customers in the world. This is a company that rocks and has rocked since start-up (I’ve been here for 10 years so I’m biased I admit).

    Cons

    change itself (depending on your character type), the great paradox about people is that they’re creatures of habit, but when habits become ingrained people go stale like old socks... evidenced by disinterest and a moaning complaining attitude. What people need is ‘change’ to stay interested, motivated and engaged, but not everyone thrives on ‘change’ because they fear its consequences. So best and the worst things about Autonomy is ‘change itself’ because It’s a constantly changing environment. Lots of people love it but those who fear change hate it and tend to spend their time moaning complaining about it. I’m not saying everything is great… don’t get me wrong, but the benefits of change far outweigh the negatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    we do need to keep recruiting the good people and get rid of the complainers who hate change. Lots more communication of what has changed and what’s going to change would help beyond just the quarterly or so briefings.

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