Autonomy

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Autonomy Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
331 Reviews
2.6
331 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    its wasn't something i would expect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Pays good thats about it

    Cons

    They run it like a start up company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To actually have some policy and procedures on what needs to be done. Also to not push everything last minute

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees take a back seat..

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Tremendous company growth to the point of a startup feel. Aggressive senior management that knows how to pursue deals and market and create technically capable products. Technically superior products.

    Cons

    The focus on employees takes a distant back seat to the focus on growing the company. Employees are burnt out, recognition and compensation and emphasis on training is generally poor or a mixed bag. There is no real emphasis on creating a working environment where people would want to be. Empowerment and support by upper management to middle management is generally poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation to your employees particularly the ones killing themselves to make you successful at all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    n\a

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - E-Discovery Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - E-Discovery Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Great market, high profile clients

    Cons

    no promising career path as entry-level ppl

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate hard working ad individuality

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Technical Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    It was a great learning experience for enterprise search and allowed me to gain knowledge of smiler products and how to work with them

    Cons

    The hours the travel the sales persons promises to the customers and having to deal with unhappy clients that blame you for everything because the sale people will say anything to make a sale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was a great learning experience for enterprise search and allowed me to gain knowledge of smiler products and how to work with them

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard But Fair

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - VP Archiving and Compliance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - VP Archiving and Compliance in New York, NY

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    People 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).

    Cons

    run 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 ManagementAdvice

    Loosen 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

    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for the right people!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Autonomy 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Make the bonus structure more transparent.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Autonomy - Road Warriors only need Apply

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    • 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

    Autonomy 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.

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    I 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

    Cons

    Due 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to give more feedback back to the employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lots of potential, but stifled by untrusting executive management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

    Trust and empower your employees to make decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work for thick skinned employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Organizational 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

    Cons

    Customer 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO

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