Autonomy
2.0 of 5 314 reviews
www.autonomy.com Sunnyvale, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Autonomy Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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44% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

(34 ratings)

18% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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:
  • "Hiring staff was difficult as senior management would only approve a new hire if they came from a university that was acceptable to them"
    in 18 reviews
  • "maybe that the upper management could have more direction in what they are doing"
    in 18 reviews
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    3 people found this helpful  

    Unstructured but successful company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat commission if you are successful

    ConsLackluster training, huge pressure to perform with little ownership of sales process by others.

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Everything you read is true.

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in sales reps. Avoid high turnover. Respect reps.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Exspendiable! Churn and Burn

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

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

    ConsExpectaions 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    its wasn't something i would expect

    Systems Administrator (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsPays good thats about it

    ConsThey run it like a start up company

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

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    10 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company to work for, unless you live to travel

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prostravel, downtown San Francisco office

    Consterrible management communication,
    terrible atmosphere,
    terrible culture.
    No transparency,
    no career path,
    no praise,
    no trust

    Autonomy has grown very quickly through aquisition. It often scares away or eliminates those in the companies it aquires. This strategy might lead to good balance sheets and cash flow statements, but it does not help create a positive or healthy work atmosphere.

    While some people have a good experience (because they are shielded from some senior managers), many do not and wish they could get out or for those who have - had gotten out sooner.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSometimes founders stay onboard too long, great marketing fluff though

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Rude manager depressed employees

    Researcher (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsCompensation was okay, some competent people on the team.

    ConsConstant bullying from the management. Depressing environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to learn some basic manners and respect. Learn how to actually do management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    9 people found this helpful  

    A nightmare of constant belittlement and unrealistic expectations.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsFree 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.

    ConsOnce 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 Senior ManagementAn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    10 people found this helpful  

    Outstanding Example of Corporate Fascism

    Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    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 Senior ManagementDoesn'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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Account Executive (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

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

    ConsSales 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 Senior ManagementHire competent management, who knows how to train, motivate and retain people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

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

    ConsNon-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 Senior ManagementBesides selling the product, spend some time to listen more to all employee feedback.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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