Autonomy Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
326 Reviews
2.3
326 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
  • Upper management has a HUGE disconnect between their employees (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company I have EVER worked for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Good Technology
    Nice SF office location but way too many in the office

    Cons

    No set account lists, territories, etc. Reps are out running into each other and management thinks this is a good business practice.
    HP bought them but this IS NOT HP! The culture here is toxic, nobody trusts anyone, technical resources are very limited. You better have a deal on the table before you can get any resources.
    Very strict and stringent daily metrics that must be met.. 5 face to face meetings a week, 1 proposal a week.
    NO Training, Whitepapers aren't white papers they are marketing briefs, nobody will explain the technology..It's a secret!
    Worst environment and people I have ever been apart of!
    Unbelieveable expense management system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP executives PLEASE get rid of the Autonomy management team, put rules in place on how to do business with current HP companies and HP account teams.
    Take a REAL look at their current business practices, you would be shocked!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Happy I have a job

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Overall products are okay to work with.
    Hp aquisition has given hope for better structure instead of startup mentality

    Cons

    Not a raise in so many years I forgot what it is like to get one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None it doesn't matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice place to eat lunch but glad I don't work there anymore

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Southborough, MA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    The cafe is pretty good. free coffee & snacks. Would provide good material for a horrible office sit-com or blog. Free lunch on Friday. You'll learn how a company should not be run.

    Cons

    It's all been said. I would have been happier cleaning up after dogs than working for these Stepford Execs. If you have one shred of respect for yourself and self worth avoid this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no need to, they are PHDs and know it all. maybe it is the English way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Leadership and Moral Standards!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Competitive Salary
    Entrepreneurial Spirit (I'm trying to come up with something)

    Cons

    Leadership lack Morals
    Executive leadership use bully tactics internally (employees) and externally (customers)
    Lack of institutional Trust across all levels
    Lack of institutional control
    No value of people asset
    Arrogance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The sales teams are pitted against each other. The executive team has no logical explanation for this and as you can imagine this structure leads to internal bickering and nepotism when it comes to management. Customers suffer from lack of account management and internal controls. Good luck HP as you probably already know you bought a sack load of manure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Been miserable. They have no idea how to manage top people. Little confidence unless you are luck enough to close a bi

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Protect Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Protect Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Possible changes with recent acquisition. May be lots of leads but yet to happen

    Cons

    Horrible arogent culture. Lots of b players. Small percentage of people survive very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change attitude if your interested in retaining and even attracting great people. Get organized and help employees understand how to go to market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    The "boiler room"+ Glengarry, Glen Ross + Full Metal Jacket = better sales jobs elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Autonomy had very interesting technology that is perhaps ahead of it's time. There are smart subject matter experts that can help sell to the right opportunity. There is a very generous compensation package heavily weighted on closed deals.

    Cons

    The is no sales training, but rather two days of presentation training. There is no knowledge transfer of how to succeed. There is nothing that one would relate to a traditional, complex, high dollar sales experience where credibility, competence, and trusting relationships are essential. It's no wonder why they turn over 90% of the sales force every year. There is a very generous compensation package for those who can achieve it, but mainly if you are lucky enough to join the meritocracy that get the leads worth pursuing. It's a shame. This company should be twice as big as it is. I've seen a lot of great sales people leave because of the environment, the intimidation, the micro-management, the many inefficiencies. There are way too few people becoming successful here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read "Principle Centered Leadership" by Stephen Covey. Have a vision and share it, so that those on the front line can get excited about it, and want to follow you in to battle with a purpose in mind. Maybe the leadership at HP can teach you some things after the acquisition. They will never tolerate what goes on now. Best wishes!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    It's all "Pretend"..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Starting pay is usually fair.
    Local management tries to motivate and lead but has no real authority and ability to make local decisions.

    Cons

    Products are not designed, coded and tested. They are coded and deployed. Huge amounts of re-work. Upper management likes to claim that Autonomy can do anything in 3 weeks. Agreed, as long as it is not really expected to work.
    Company products are categorized by "Power", "Protect" and "Promote". All employees know that the biggest category is "Pretend"..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pass this mess on to actual managers and leaders to fix..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    Everything you read is true.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    If you get lucky and land a monster deal, you can make a ton of money.

    Cons

    No tech resources. No training. No leads. Unhappy customers due to lack of support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in sales reps. Avoid high turnover. Respect reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Exspendiable! Churn and Burn

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Free Coffee
    Every other Friday is a free breakfast and Lunch. Free use of the microwave. Casual dress code for San Jose

    Cons

    Expectaions are to work you like dogs and in turn you get burned out and leave. Very high turn over.
    They hire straight out of college so they pay low and expect un realisitic goals to achieve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look in the mirror and ask if you would want your son or daughter to work here.
    Everything is about making money. No passion on what would make employess happy and perfom better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Rude manager depressed employees

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    Current Employee - Researcher  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Compensation was okay, some competent people on the team.

    Cons

    Constant bullying from the management. Depressing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to learn some basic manners and respect. Learn how to actually do management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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