Autonomy

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Autonomy Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
330 Reviews
2.4
330 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
  • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    What makes you want to work hard? Incentive.

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    Current Employee - MARKETING EXEC
    Current Employee - MARKETING EXEC

    I have been working at Autonomy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work somewhere else first... then try here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  3. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    try if you dare

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    insane work hours, crazy projects, jetting everwhere, but huge bonuses if you do well and stock options that have 10xed in the last four years. never ending range of projects with lots of companies froma cross the countr (and the worlkd -- but i was always domestic) in every kind of industry verticle.

    Cons

    everyone good is a workahlocic. everyone who can't keep the pace gets fired or marganalized. people i knew when i was ther ewho tried to treat it like a regular company didn't work out. autonomy is more like an investment bank or a consulting company, from what my friends who are in those industrys say -- lots of work, very interesting and very high paid, but not somewhere you chill out and do your nine to five.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    iiits going to be hard to keep pace seeing growth in company recent times, but try if u can.

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  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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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  7.  

    Work Hard Play Hard and Bag The Cash!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Exec in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Exec in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    I've read the other comments and they all miss the point... you work at Autonomy to use the best kit, tools and work on the world's best information access projects and of course bag some big bucks. Forget "culture" and "information sharing".. that was all 20th Century. We all want the money!!

    Cons

    Depends who you are? If you're a Sales Engineer you won't be spending a lot of time in the office so you'd better like travelling! Some I know go all over the world. If you're a developer you might not like working on lots of different projects (some don't - fair enough) and if you're a bit dense between the ears you'll get to know it!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the managers ‘live to work’ and that has an inevitably impact on some teams... but then they tend to attract those people that like to 'live to work' too so maybe "birds of a feather flock together" and all that? Having said that, there are lots of social activities, games rooms, etc and they even own chalets in places like Tahoe which the supe- performers get to use FOC, so as I say, "horses for courses" eh?

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  8.  

    A highly rewarding challenge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Unlimited potential for advancement and compensation. The company is a work hard/reward/play hard environment, which rewards success but also identifies those not up to it. That is not an environment for everyone. The company is involved in some of the most interesting information challenges inside enterprise, at the edge of issues companies and governments face based on the deluge of unstructured information. Clients are world-leading companies tackling real issues. Huge opportunities for travel in my role, meeting with senior execs of major companies. Bonuses regularly awarded for excellent performance. Share options also awarded based on merit.

    Cons

    It is a hard-work environment, delivering sophisticated technology to customers. That said colleagues are absolutely top notch and learnign opportunities abound.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Within my part of the company, continue to promote from within as this has been extremely effective during my time here.

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