Autonomy Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  2. Helpful (13)

    It's all "Pretend"..

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (8)

    Everything you read is true.

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Exspendiable! Churn and Burn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (8)

    Rude manager depressed employees

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation was okay, some competent people on the team.

    Cons

    Constant bullying from the management. Depressing environment.

    Advice to Management

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


  7. Helpful (9)

    A nightmare of constant belittlement and unrealistic expectations.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free drinks in the break room. Free lunch on Fridays. A constant employee turnover means that you'll be able to meet new friends whenever they replace one of your co-workers.

    Cons

    Once hired, training is nonexistent; you're shown the code and simply told to "be an expert". Documentation for the code manages to be both sparse and inaccurate at the same time. Deadlines are set without negotiation; estimates are met with "that isn't good enough. It needs to be done by-" without any discussion of the problems with that possible date, or requests for information about why the original estimate was what it was. Any mistake is met with insults from your manager, and if anything goes wrong, a frantic search goes on to find a scapegoat to punish. Testing is nonexistent. No clear chain of command; any request made by your manager may end up infringing on the systems under the control of three different people, all of whom insist you do nothing for fear of messing up their own programs, and any attempt at referring this conflict to management is met simply with a restatement of your original objective. Constant oppressive gloom of fear coats the entire company; I don't believe I saw a single person smile while on the premises.

    Advice to Management

    An oppressive atmosphere of fear and ignorance only extracts the minimum amount of work from employees needed to get you to go away. Either start treating your employees better, or hope word doesn't get around about you.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Outstanding Example of Corporate Fascism

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good benefits package (health, dental, etc.)
    - Core technology is solid
    - Decent stock option grants for select few

    **Very well-oiled separation process when you quit***

    Cons

    - Megalomaniacal management
    - Terrible, unpredictable bonus plan for many employees
    - Generous use of FIBCAMM (Fear and Intimidation-Based Computer-Aided Micro Management)
    - Growth through acquisition w/little understanding of businesses acquired
    - Steady loss of talent and intellectual capital in units outside core business
    - Financial success in spite of myriad flaws has convinced management there's no need to change or adapt

    Advice to Management

    Doesn't matter--they don't want, wouldn't heed it, and would never accept it for what it is--honest feedback. They are likely very proud of the fact that Autonomy has the worst rating of any company on this site--proof that only the fittest will survive. So be it.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Not a good place to work, and not enough substantive and meaningful work, run by fear and trembling

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I worked at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free sodas,
    Ocasional free lunch
    Sales Kickoff meeting is in Miami
    Travel?
    Nice offices

    Cons

    Sales management process consumes a lot of time--but spent actually selling
    No performance reviews
    No raises
    Compensation plans are over-engineered and stacked to be in Autonomy's favor

    Advice to Management

    Hire competent management, who knows how to train, motivate and retain people.


  10. Helpful (10)

    It is all about the company and very little about the employee.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Management knows the way to get the best profit for the company. Great sales force that gets the products sold to the customers.

    Cons

    Non-Silicon Valley working culture. One way communication from the top. Recognition is minimal. No performance review. Employees are not shared with the company direction and vision. Upper management doesn't seem to be interested in employee feedback. Employees are assigned with tasks as it goes and told to work on them with no question asked, and yet, direction changes often and is confusing.

    Advice to Management

    Besides selling the product, spend some time to listen more to all employee feedback.


  11. Helpful (10)

    Interesting technology, terrible work environment, very weak senior management

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

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology is very interesting
    Company founders continue to invest large sums into R&D
    Financial results reflect a wide market acceptance for product offerings
    Little to no real competition

    Cons

    Very poor work environment
    Account management is ... just bring me the deals no matter what territory or product line
    Account management is ... Do your five visits a week and 2 proposals and you are a good AE otherwise expect to be openly harrassed in front of sales team during weekly sales calls
    If you enjoy micro-management then this is the place to work

    Advice to Management

    Strategies that worked so well at the start-up phase are no longer applicable as a global software player. Company can be doing 5x more revenue if current Senior Management is replaced by capable professionals that know from experience how to run a global software company.



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