Autonomy Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
327 Reviews
2.4
327 Reviews
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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
  • maybe that the upper management could have more direction in what they are doing (in 19 reviews)

  • HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    the long & winding road

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Specialist in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    outstanding technology. significant rewards for some. lots of great customers. awesome people from more countries and backgrounds you can count on any map!

    Cons

    be prepared to suffer the long a winding road if you arenâ??t one of the well-educated â??elliteâ?? from the very few top universties from which management choose â??only the bestâ??. this obviously short sighted policy means lots of great people just donâ??t make the grade

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    its hard to criticise financial success or great products i know but not everyone is a green beret performer. as someone else on this site has already said not everyone has the same "take that hill" abilities so maybe give the tougher challenges to the tougher people and share the opportunities around a bit more?

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Depends Who You Please

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    The perks, food, transportation and technology being the main ones, and there are lots of things that make it a geek's paradise. It looks good on your resume â?? very successful cash rich and growing quarter on quarter. The chance to meet some very bright and interesting people every day though there is heavy emphasis on education. It's cool to be on the inside and learn about new products the top organisations are now usingâ?¦ particularly in legal space

    Cons

    If you have a PhD from a top university you can do some fascinating things, but if you donâ??t then youâ??ll find yourself swimming upriver very slowly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember not everyone has a brain road tested in Stanford

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work - if that's all you are concerned about

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hosting Technical Team Leader in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Hosting Technical Team Leader in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    You work with really smart people on projects that have direct and visible impact on really well known companies and governments.

    Cons

    It is growing so fast that its not as easy to move around the company like you used to be able to do. Career advancement is slower too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the communication between telecommuters and their managers. Open new offices where demand is growing. Relax some cost controls particularly for consumables.

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    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    good for hard working city boys

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    • Senior Management
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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

    Pros

    very focussed and cost controlled i can see why some might not like it but personally i prefer to be in a fast paced place that's going places. doesn't suit everyone i know

    Cons

    a lot of strategic decisions are taken centrally - not necessarily bad but can be a bit bruising if you've been used to doing your own thing in the past

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no issues on controlling costs but maybe make the process easier than it is. having said that, continue doing what you're doing because cash is king!

    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work hard, be rewarded

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Scope for career advancement.
    Interesting projects
    Definite feel of being on "A mission"
    Access to senior management at appropriate times

    Cons

    Can be tough
    If you're not self motivated, don't apply.
    Better be comfortable with airports and airplanes.
    Aggressive approach, though this was honestly conveyed up front and evident immeadiatly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little time off would have been nice. Even the most dedicated people sometimes need some time off to themselves to recharge the batteries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cloud Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cloud Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The job provides a decent lifestyle and interesting challenging work. Awesome people that hold the teams together.

    Cons

    I don't have anything particularly new to say compared to the present reviews. I can see truth in most of the issues raise, but wonder if it's really that different to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking forward to see what magic HP can bring. I am very hopeful that Meg Whitman sees the challenge of transforming the business from ones that driven by sales to one that driven by customer (and hopefully employee) satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Much improved

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Since the directors quit a couple of months ago things have really got better for us in Cambridge at least. Plus the web filter that blocked access to a load of websites has gone and the dress code is now casual.

    But the best thing here has always been the rest of the dev team who are all great guys and you learn loads from each other.

    Cons

    Though the directors were the cause of much of the negativity here we could still do with some new ones, so I hope they're looking for some.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Much improved

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Since the directors quit a couple of months ago things have got much better here. Plus the web filter that stopped us getting to a load of websites has gone and the dress code is casual at last.

    But the best thing about being here is the rest of the dev team who are great guys and you learn loads from each other.

    Cons

    Though the former directors were the cause of most of the negativity here we could still probably do with some new ones so I hope someone's looking.

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    up or out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    industry leader, growth opportunity for aggressive resources

    Cons

    compensation relative to competitors, work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better leadership at mid/upper level

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    There is no hand-holding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    The matrix structure means nobody has full control or knowledge of my day-to-day activities. There is freedom as far as what hours I work and what projects I spend my time on. In general, there is not a lot of structure and very little guidance is provided. It's expected that you will figure out what works and get it done. Lots of fun if you enjoy the challenge of being thrown into a tough situation with no idea what you're doing. Difficult problems, smart people, a constant learning experience.

    Cons

    There is definitely a slave driver mentality with little concern for employees' overall well-being. This results in high turnover as people get burned out. All of the negative comments about the company are based in fact. But most of these conditions can also be positive if you happen to have the attitude and mindset required to fit in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more of an effort to keep people around. There is a huge loss in efficiency every time we lose someone with irreplaceable knowledge, and this happens far too often.

    Recommends
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