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Autonomy Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
331 Reviews
2.6
331 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  

    Quick thinking required.

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Diverse range of products, and wide variety of customers.
    Lots of travelling, offers a good lifestyle for people who manage their time.
    People seem to be compensated well.

    Cons

    Lots of travelling.
    A lot of the skills you need have to be picked up on the spot, and quite a bit of improvisation is needed to complete the task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure training for the necessary work is given before deploying projects, this will allow the project to be completed to higher standards.

    Recommends
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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    the long & winding road

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    • 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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  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Depends Who You Please

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    • 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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but no place for slackers

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Great opportunities, steep learning curve, excellent senior management, dynamic environment and the people are great - some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    This is not the place for someone passive, if you don't get a response to an email, just escalate. Don't sit around thinking it is not your responsibility just because you didn't hear back. This is actually a pro as I dislike reactive behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicating the rules more openly would help new employees adjust more easily.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work hard, be rewarded

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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

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do you want your job to be a vacation? Only those that answer 'yes' need apply.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist
    Current Employee - Technical Specialist

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Quite simply if you are not prepared to completely dedicate yourself to this company and be prepared to work 70+ hrs a week no need to apply. If however, you are looking for a unique, challenging and hugely dynamic environment whilst prepared to make scarifices this is the place for you. Management will not communicate to you as indicated by previous threads. They simply feel they should'nt have to, and either your face fits or it does'nt. By in to the vision, work hard (and i mean hard - 100hrs a week quite possible), and obtain the trust of management , and you will be rewarded ve. If you don't like this, please don't sign on as the experience will benefit no one.

    Cons

    See above. Either its of u or it is not. Absolutely no point wining or complaining. This is a hugely black and white company. No room for 9-5's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Screen people more rigorously. Possibly someone responsible for recruitment? Getting the wrong people in such a lean and fast paced organisation. Also better QA for UI's.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, Dynamic and interesting place to work provided you like hard work!

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Hugely challenging workin environement. Broad exposure to new technologies. Excellent team ethos and dynamic working environment. Opportunties are varied and performance related. Excellent identification of an individuals skills and strengths. Hard work and dedication are rewarded. Strong competent management who quickly identify what is neccessary.

    Cons

    Core emphasis on sales and targets, placing enginering under strain. Acceptance that hours beyond 40+ a week are standard with no obvious financial reward; no clearly defined bonus structure. Dynamic working environment, wi'th 'upstart' approach is effective provided communication is clear and well maintained. Otherwise, lack of process can result in work being duplicated and poor quality results. Probably the result of rapid growth and huge success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement basic processes and ensure products and services are sold clearly with regards to their capabailities. 'Yes' cluture places engineering under unsustainable pressure.

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