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Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (15)

    Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Boston, MA

    I worked at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    The offices at Autonomy are nice. All of the offices across the company are very nice. Most of the people that you interacted with on a day-to-day basis were very talented, dedicated, intelligent and worked very hard.

    Cons

    The company operates under a fear-and-intimidation style of upper management. They want to make it certain, from the first day on the job, that you know you are dissposable. The most disfunctional company culture I've ever seen.

    Advice to Management

    I honeslty don't think Upper Management would ever take advice from its employees. But, fear-and-intimidation management styles only get short-term results. I would put more effort into enabling talented employees to do their job and less effort into thinking up ways to squeeze more productivity out of them through threatining their job.

  2. Helpful (14)

    The British are coming! Run away as fast as you can!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    I came to Autonomy from an acquisition and I don't have anything good to say about Autonomy. I have a lot of great things to say about the company that they acquired and destroyed, a company that had solid management and friendly co-workers and good communication and no insane paranoid policies. They provide free lunch on Friday, whoopee.

    Cons

    Management in England is arrogant and short-sighted. They acquired us with no plan for integrating the business units, and most of us left already in less than a year. Autonomy does not understand our business or our customers, and they do not value the people. They have no long term plan for the business and just move from one fire drill to the next, yelling at anyone in firing range. They are paranoid and impose policies that make it clear they do not trust any of their employees. Autonomy has no annual review process for employees and no annual raise. I talked to some longtime employees who had never received a review or a raise in years. HR is nonexistent, just a revolving door of clueless young cannon fodder with no experience with benefits or employee issues. In 15 months at Autonomy, not a single email was sent to employees from any of the Brits regarding the corporate strategy or plans. There is almost no actual software development happening at Autonomy. It is all bug fixes after customers complain that the software does not work. Press releases are issued before anything is implemented, just hoping someone will buy the vaporware.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot continue to acquire and destroy other companies, losing all corporate knowledge in the process. You should communicate with all employees and not treat us like cattle who can be led to the slaughterhouse and replaced with a new herd next week.

  3. Helpful (12)

    A horrible place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vista, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    It's really hard to think of any - but to fair, if you're in the right place at the right time, you may get an interesting project to work on. Oh, and six weeks of vacation, but I'm pretty sure that's just because it was grandfathered in from the previous company that Autonomy acquired.

    Cons

    It would be really hard to list them all here.

    Senior management is somewhere between incompetent and evil. They come from the Karl Rove/George Bush school of PR - i.e. the belief that if you tell a lie enough times it will become true. One example: The day after there were company wide layoffs in the QA department (on the order of 50 people overall), the company newsletter was sent out containing the quote "You should be proud to work at a company that has never had economic layoffs". Perhaps including the qualifier 'economic' makes it technically true, but only in the most weasel-like of ways. The dismissals were definitely *not* due to performance or other issues.

    Senior management is also terrible when it comes to basic communication. If there is long-term vision or strategy for the company, they do a great job of keeping it a secret.

    As far as opportunities for advancement goes, there doesn't seem to be any. Nobody in this office has gotten a raise or bonus in the past two years. There are people working for me that are producing above their pay grade and have completed projects that have led directly to large sales, but all requests for raises or bonuses have been met with a deafening silence. I could handle it if we were given a reason why the requests were denied, or maybe some constructive feedback about what senior management would like to see before granting the requests. But there is none.

    Probably the most galling thing of all, and the thing that makes me most glad to be leaving, is the complete lack of commitment to producing quality software. We are being ordered, from the CEO level, to ship software that does not, for any sane definition of the word, work. It may install and launch (on a good) day, but there is no chance that it meet the customer's needs. None. The problems have been clearly communicated to the level of the CEO, but they don't care.

    It makes me especially angry that the current lapses in quality can be traced directly to decisions forced upon us by senior management:
    * Reducing the need for dedicated QA staffing by increasing the amount of automated testing that is done on a product is a good idea. But the rational way to achieve this is to first build up your suite of automated tests and train your engineers on how to produce testable code. Starting by simply firing your QA department and then ignoring the ensuing quality issues is just insane.
    * Replacing royalty bearing libraries with internally developed code can be a smart move. But the rational way to do this is to first work on your internal library until it's quality is on par with the third party library. Providing a library that runs four times slower with accuracy levels that might have been acceptable 12 years ago and forcing us to ship with it is insane.
    * Replacing royalty bearing libraries with appropriate open-source alternatives can be a smart move. But canceling all of your contracts before you've determined that the open-source alternatives can do what you need, is just insane.

    I could go on. But I will stop here.

    I feel sorry for companies who purchase Autonomy software expecting to receive value for the money they spend.

    And I am sickened by what is being done to what was once a proud company, and to the customers we've sweat blood for over the past 10+ years.

    Advice to Management

    Tone down the arrogance a bit.

    Communicate more. Provide actual guidance with goals, expectations, etc.

    The company has had three straight quarters of record growth and profit. It is really hard to get excited about the good results when the only rewards are seeing your coworkers laid-off and yet another quarter with no raises or bonuses. Share at least a little bit of the wealth!

    Allow local offices a bit more autonomy in how they run their business. What works well in Cambridge, England might not play as well in California. Set measurable goals and then reward (or not) based on whether the group meets those goals. Having butts in seats from 8am-5pm is a poor measure of how productive an office is.

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  5. Good starting graduate salary but offers very poor career progression.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work culture. Casual to smart casual dress code. Good starting salary for graduates. There are times when there is actually nothing to do (sometimes for weeks or even months), usually between projects or when a project is postponed. You'll be able to work from home frequently if that's what you prefer as it's quite common with other employees and managers. Newly refurbished office is in a very good location based in the City, London with various places to go to for lunch. Biggest positive was that I was fortunate enough to work with a great bunch of fellow consultants (except one) on various projects. They were extremely helpful and a joy to work with.

    Cons

    There isn't really a future working for the company. The old Autonomy philosophy was to hire consultants within the first couple of years of graduating and offer a decent graduate salary. From there the chances of getting a pay rise or a promotion is very unlikely, even after when the company was acquired by HP. Training/shadowing is insufficient and sometimes non-existent (depending on the product.) There's no formal practice for the company to retain material (documentation, guides etc.) created from previous projects, therefore information is siloed in people's heads which is then lost when they leave the company. Most consultants are shoved onto projects that are mid-way though its lifecycle with little support or briefing. The company has no structure or process to help employees with their career progression. Consultants spend most of their time using and deploying in-house software applications, and learning very little transferable skills in the process. Projects are managed in a very top heavy structure, with many PMs and seniors managers reporting progress but very few consultants assigned to do the actual work.

    Lastly, many employees (consultants, PMs, managers etc.) including myself have left the company recently. Some being made redundant, others leaving for the greater good. HP don't intend to hire new people any time soon, especially not for the HP Software/Autonomy division. Further redundancies are inevitable as the company seeks to minimise losses from the acquisition and other areas of the business as they prepare to split the company into two at the end of the year. If you are lucky enough to receive an offer to join HP Autonomy, be very prepared to what you are signing up for!

  6. HP can't fix Autonomy fast enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting technology but for the most part, totally oversold. The existing customer base has not been served well and it is impossible to sell again to existing customers due to their poor experience.

    Cons

    Management has been slow to remove the old Autonomy guard. The culture is very much at odds with traditional HP. In short the many of the core solutions do not work or are so heavyweight that it takes an army of consultants to make it work.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate Autonomy into HP SW - align the sales teams so there is not so much duplication.

  7. Starting job here

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, South West England, England (UK)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is good place for student just graduate from university. It is starting job.

    Cons

    No salary increase , benefit is getting worse. Many people leave after it sold to HP.

  8. Glad I did, but wouldn't go back.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Huge learning experience - lots of variety in the work.
    Great people in the Calgary office.
    The experience and the people made the time there worthwhile.

    Cons

    Upper management was terrible. Showed a complete lack of basic respect to staff that was not in Cambridge.
    Raises were rare - basically you had to turn in a resignation for upper management to approve a raise.
    Nearly impossible to get a purchase order for equipment approved.
    Hiring staff was difficult as senior management would only approve a new hire if they came from a university that was acceptable to them.

  9. Helpful (2)

    no change = no improvement!

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * Good environment to learn office politics.
    * Some solutions are good, but built on legacy software that was leading edge at one time

    Cons

    In APAC:

    * Lipstick on the pig! - since HP has taken over Autonomy nothing has really changed except quotas have doubled blindly with no understanding of long term delivery or market trends.

    * All they give is Obama style motivational speeches and no action!

    * You are constantly beaten every day with unrealistic pressure at every turn because HP is trying to recouporate their money back!

    Advice to Management

    Get realistic and focus on people! They are the only REAL asset you have.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Role in Legal Department? AVOID! Do not be fooled, this is NOT HP!

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    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -*Technically* you are working for HP...
    -Interesting technology
    -Cambridge is a nice city

    Cons

    -...but actually you are *not* working for HP: if HP is a massive tanker, Autonomy is a pan loosely tied to it with a thin rope, following the acquisition.
    -Even following the acquisition over 2 years ago, Autonomy feels and functions as a completely unrelated company, which is causing terrible bureaucracy.
    -A lot of talk from HP management about how Autonomy's procedures and processes are not synched with those at HP (which makes everything chaotic), yet no one at HP really wants the responsibility to do anything about it, as they know its a mess and will take years to sort out.
    -Pay, benefits, etc are Autonomy levels not HP.
    -State of Legal department in Cambridge is terrible: All lawyers left within past year, including the Head of Legal who left in October 2013. Currently only 2 people but for how long! Everyone is overworked, while HP Legal are not helping.

  11. Dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time

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

    Pros

    There is a very relaxed attitude within the workplace. This doesn't make for much of a 'work environment' however.

    Cons

    There's often nothing to do, and staff know it.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out some structure

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