Autonomy
2.0 of 5 314 reviews
www.autonomy.com Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Autonomy Reviews

Updated Jun 29, 2014
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Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

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18% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Autonomy, it could be a great place to work (but for now it's just ok).

    Technical Support Specialist (Current Employee)
    Calgary, AB (Canada)

    ProsAutnomy's Calgary office is very well run and a pretty fun place to work. The management in this office is very good about giving praise and letting you know that you have done a good job.
    Autonomy's products interface with so many other vendors that it is possible to get exposed to a wide array of technologies (whether through supporting or developing the product). In addition to this, Autonomy has some really cool products(from voice and video search to liquid office) so there are some really fun things to play with. If you like to be on the cutting edge then Autonomy is a great place to be.

    Autonomy keeps buying other companies so over the past while there have been lots of chances for transfers and advancement in positions that might be a better fit for you.

    ConsAutonomy's senior management doesn't seem to know that there are many unhappy employees in the company. While the regional management is doing an excellent job, the senior managers don't seem to care, or be aware of what it takes to keep the employees happy.

    Autonomy claims that it will only hire the best. However, excellent people leave the company on a regular basis because they are displeased by the lack of support and understanding from Autonomy's head office.

    The senior management seem very quick to try to solve "problems" by throwing the easiest solution at the problem. However, this causes issues in the future because often the quickest solution isn't the best.

    Autonomy has very VERY poor communication with its lowest level of employees. Very little information is spread through methods other than "the grapevine" and Autonomy never seems to reveal its mission to its employee base. I would guess that most employees have no idea what the company's goals are.

    Autonomy has no long term benifits package. This means that if you plan on working with Autonomy for a long time you better make sure you have your own retirement savings.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would suggest that senior management begin looking at ways of increasing employee morale. As far as I can tell, there are many unhappy people. I suggest that senior management hire a "employee survey" company to try and figure out what their employees want. Autonomy doesn't seem to realize that monetary rewards are very little incentive for an employee to stay with a company.

    In additon to this, Autonomy needs to firmly establish a set of goals or a mission statement for the company. Also, communication needs to be done through official channels and on a regular basis. I suggest that Autonomy consider regular company wide meetings to ensure that all employees are "on the same page". Ideally, these meeting would involve a video conference service so that senior management can be seen and heard through the world. In fact, each meeting should feature an divison of the company (Virage, Zantaz, Cardiff, etc). This would allow everyone to see what is being worked on in the various divisions.

    Hopefully the senior management can understand, happy employees are some of the best sales people available. If you are excited about going to work, you will tell everyone about it.

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    Good place to work for thick skinned employees.

    Director (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsOrganizational committment to addressing any and all technical defects with the product
    Growing company with lots of potential
    Aggressive management who are committed to financial success

    ConsCustomer experience is sacrificed as the cost of getting product out the door.
    Very engineering oriented company, harder for non-engineers to be recognized/respected.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company's reputation is questioned everyday as incomplete product offerings are released to the market. Need to fix this.

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    Lots of potential, but stifled by untrusting executive management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsSeemingly stable company, good benefits, and competitive pay. If you can work autonomously (no pun intended) with little input from management, you may do well.

    ConsLots of turnover leads to spinning one's wheels, and lack of direction from management. Management can be very short sighted. Mike Lynch likes to have his hands in every aspect of the company, and can be very difficult and stubborn to deal with. There are no employee reviews, so forget about any kind of yearly salary adjustments. Alternative employee compensation (bonuses, stock options, etc) are also long gone. Open floor plans (no cubicle walls) makes for a very noisy and distracting work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust and empower your employees to make decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good software company with a lot of growth potential in this though market

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsI get to work wit one of the hottest technologies available out there today. The core products are successful, thus the company is doing comparatively well in this economy. Furthermore the company has a lot of growth potential, eventually

    ConsDue to the recent and some of the ongoing acquisitions, the company is quite decentralized. There are too many departments, and even more sub-departments under them. It is hard to figure out who is responsible for what. This eventually affects your job responsibilities, which are usually quite flexible.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to give more feedback back to the employees.

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    Autonomy - Road Warriors only need Apply

    Technical Specialist (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAutonomy is a fast paced company so caters to road warriors. They generally pull younger people out of college for their technical positions as these require being at customer sites weeks and months at a time. Other positions such as sales still require at least 50% travel. They do pay well so the work hard get paid well component is in place. If you are a person who enjoys different types of challenges on a consistent basis then this would be a good place to work for. They offer many different solutions and are always open to having their employees find a niche with a particular product.

    ConsIf you don't like to travel probably not the company for you. Travel for sales, technical, and marketing on a consistent basis. No matching 401K (not that it matter much nowadays!). There tends to be some lack of communication between upper management and their workers. There really isn't a solid "chain of command" where reservations and issues are easily resolved. Things tend to fall in a black hole so a problem you identify more often than not becomes "your problem". Most of executive team in the UK are very successful but not overly willing to get input from everyday employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think overall their strategy is very successful (take a look at their stock on the London stock exchange). That being said I think they leave money on the table through lack of training and need to listen to their employees to make the work environment a little bit better.

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    Great company for the right people!

    Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAutonomy is the leader in the enterprise search market, especially after acquiring its biggest competitor Verity. The culture of the company is very sales-driven. They are more interested in selling software than selling services- which is great! They want to go forward and expand their partner model in Microsoft-fashion. If they can build a service community that depends on the company's continued success it will drive market-share and the company's presence will expand organically. Their technical force is divided from their sales-force, which is not the norm in pre-sales. What it does allow for is greater dynamic asset allocation, which means when a pending deal needs an injection of talent or manpower it is more readily available than in a company that has its tech resources tethered to specific sales-people or regions.

    ConsThere are high demands on your time. High-pressure as the quarter comes to a close. Their client support has gotten better and could improve even more. They can do more to improve their brand. Autonomy is not a household name but that is mainly because the average household has nothing to do with "enterprise search"! However if they devote development time to more public-facing projects (a good example is Blinx, which is IDOL-driven) they can become a part of the general public's consciousness- and that can only lead to greater success.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake the bonus structure more transparent.

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    Great technology. Lots of pressure to succeed. Unforgiving of the slothful, moaning & stupid.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsNot very PC I know! But its both true that its great technology and that there is a great deal of pressure to succeed at every level. The rewards for the successful and hard working are significant and the opportunities for where this gig could go are immense, but the problems come when everyone thinks THEY are the hard working ones (and aren't) in which case its pretty unforgiving.

    ConsIts not a perfect world but this seems to sort out the men from the boys. Choose wisely and know you're strengths.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts a big mistake not to publicise rewards more internally. Need better internal comms. Having said that, the fundamentals are the right ones so these are relatively minor concerns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Management is narrow-minded

    Technology Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsFast growing company; Above average pay

    ConsManagement not open to suggestions; not much respect for employees; flat hierarchy; getting more politically motivated;

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open to more diversity in the management. Respect staff with good credentials and experience. Trust employees.

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    Hard But Fair

    VP Archiving and Compliance (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsPeople tends to fall into a number of camps... those who've been here years; Those who've joined by acquisition and the remainder new hires. Needless to say those who've been here years fit like a glove... those by acquisition who then leave hate it and those who stay put up with it. New hires either love or hate it mainly dictated by age (not always but in the main).

    Consrun on a tight budget and objectives (which is not a con) but the way its achieved is like boot camp in winter! OK if you're obsessive but stay away if not!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen up and fly a little higher and share the profits a bit more with whole company instead of "stars"!!! Could do with more communications and less instructions

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    Good Compensation, Excellent Benefits - But be prepared to work long, hard hours. Communication is poor.

    Technical Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsThe work is interesting, the salary is good, the benefits package excellent.

    ConsMany employees are overworked, communication within the company poor, even within individual teams

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore communication, more team-building neccessary. Nurture the new hires - especially the ones straight out of college - more and don't drive them nearly as hard.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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