Autonomy Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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  1. Calgary office is much better now that 3/4 of the dead weight has been laid off

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outsourcing and getting rid of jobs in the Calgary office has really improved things. Only the losers lost their jobs and they had to train their replacements which I think is well-deserved karma on their part. As well, I like the fact that they canceled the waste of time that was the season NHL hockey tickets. And cutting the 24/7 support pay in half was also pretty awesome.

    Cons

    None that I can think of except maybe that there are still a bit too many employees in the Calgary office--hopefully they'll get laid off soon.

    Advice to Management

    Please lay off more employees. They are an ungrateful lot.


  2. Senior Customer Service Representative -- Intermediate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Representative - Intermediate in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Customer Representative - Intermediate in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A very good place to work with highly profession people. Senior Management is very helpful and good culture and values.

    Cons

    I did not have any issues or difficulty in this company.

    Advice to Management

    NA


  3. Genuinely Exciting Proposition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with a group of employees that are very energising to work among. I joined prior to the acquisition, and have seen so much change throughout the whole organisation, almost entirely for the better. A solid product set with a genuinely exciting story to tell. It's given me opportunities that I would never have had anywhere else.

    Cons

    HP is a very big company, and that inevitably leads to some frustrations. These are probably less problematic for someone joining the company fresh, but it represented quite a shift for existing employees. It can be a lot to get your head round at first, but is something that you can figure out with time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep betting on your people, and keep telling the big story.


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    Amazing culture change since previous management left - bright future ahead!

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Really smart & friendly co-workers - Great line managers - Great potential for growth - HP Software believe in treating employees like human beings - such a contrast to the old Autonomy way - Casual dress code - Exciting products to work on - Approachable senior management - any bottom-rung developer can go and chat to the CTO - Free lunch - Great opportunities to work with new technology A year ago Autonomy was an awful place to work. It started changing on the day that Mike Lynch was fired. Let me have a little rant about him.... He had no idea how to run a technology company. He was a salesman, through and through - he even used to say "we're not a software company, we're a company that sells software". He had no idea how to manage people, either. He created a culture of fear, where whoever shouted the loudest (always senior management) got their way. Shortly after he left, HP moved in. Since then they've forced Autonomy to do things properly. Product plans, roadmaps, not selling things that don't exist, only selling things that we can definitely deliver. Treating employees well. No arbitrary firings, shouting or forced overtime/weekend work. Heck, they're even about to introduce pay bands! Under the old regime pay was completely arbitrary and rarely increased. Under HP pay is linked to your job role, level and performance, with a review at the end of every year. So, if I hated the old Autonomy so much, why did I stay for so long? I can think of three reasons: 1) The forced overtime cost me my social life. My only friends were my co-workers. That made leaving a really scary prospect. - Forced overtime doesn't happen anymore, horray! 2) My skills hadn't improved. Autonomy never did anything properly, so I felt that I wouldn't be able to get a job elsewhere as I was becoming a cowboy coder. - Under the new Autonomy, doing things properly has become a priority. My CV is a lot more robust now. 3) It was my first job out of uni. I wasn't alone in that, either - Lynch's hiring policy was "fresh grads only, don't hire anyone with relevant experience". How was I to know that real software companies were better than Autonomy?

    Cons

    - Some managers haven't adjusted to the HP way yet - Previous management left the company in a horrible state - We're doing things now that we should have done five years ago... if only Mike Lynch & co had had a vision beyond "sell software make money" :(

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to short change us when you adjust salaries to match pay bands. It might cost a lot of money, but you'll buy a lot of loyalty by paying us what we're worth. A company is the sum of it's employees - you can't afford to lose the ones who are holding it all together. Apart from that, keep driving us hard. We're really loving actually having a vision and strategy for once!


  6. Helpful (1)

    getting better

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - HP culture is getting through and we feel things are going to only get better - More integration with HP personnel - I feel less threatened by the firing culture, where every 6 months, people get fired for no apparent reason - Stock bonus that was previously a mirage - more hiring in my team that sometimes I think it's too much - HP stock purchase program

    Cons

    We need SMS calls to go AWAY. The ones who wanted it are now gone. Come on people!

    Advice to Management

    - The ones who needed advice are now gone. Just think and make things better before you guys get fired and lose your respect with others! - Performance reviews anyone?


  7. Helpful (1)

    Autonomy is a all about delivering industry leading technology to the most recognizable corporations globally.

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unbelievable technology, fantastic compensation, seen as delivering the most innovative and effective technology in the industry to 400+ OEMs and the leading corps across numerous verticals; great name recognition; definitely leading the enterprise software space; profitable; continually rolling out new technology; global footprint enable worldwide support.

    Cons

    Internal processes could be much tighter; need to standardize messaging around procedures; could offer more extensive product training; need more resources to go around that "support" revenue driving initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    With all the information that continues to come through, you could do a much better job of keeping the large majority in the loop and forming best practices.


  8. Helpful (1)

    What makes you want to work hard? Incentive.

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    And there's lots of incentive to work hard here but you gotta be smart too. As the old saying goes "anyone can bend down and pick up nothing" but if you're smart you'll find you'll hard work will pay dividends.

    Cons

    If you're and Service Engineer and don't want to travel then that'll be a big disadvantage and if you're in R&D and/or Dev and aren't smart then go hide under a rock because you won't last here!

    Advice to Management

    Rotate more staff internationally. True, not many people want to work in a rainy island in the Atlantic but lots want to work in the US and/or Asia!


  9. Helpful (1)

    if you have talent come here, fun and rewarding , if mediocre avoid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have talent its a greatcompany, best technology unlimited rewards for the stars. Company is grwoing very fast and awards big opions grants to those that suceed. If youa re brifgr you will be surrounded by really smart people.

    Cons

    if you are mediocre or want 9-5 avoid this company, if you don't like a hot kitchen this is not for you. The company is on a mission and you are either on board or not. People here do amazing things and when there is a crunch hours can be long for a week or two.

    Advice to Management

    more training and as things are moving so fast it would be good to get more updates. Don't be told to put in more process keep it the fun place it is



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