Autonomy Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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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. World class organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology products & people. Plenty of training available. Competitive salary 401 and ESPP.

    Cons

    Commissions are hard to track. Health and welfare benefits are decent but very expensive. Sometimes big company red tape is a barrier.

  2. Account executive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    Smart people at HP, easy to get customers to take calls using HP name.

    Cons

    Horrible paperwork, high turnover, poor internal systems to get anything done, quotas with double digit annual increases, commissions three months after sales. There are at least half a dozen managers scrutinizing each rep on nearly a daily basis to critique sales progress.

    Advice to Management

    Before you move hardware managers into software management roles, explain to them that's there's a difference. Instead of making sales reps responsible for documenting multiple systems for the benefit of everyone in the company, maybe provide some admin support. Figure out that it's cheaper to keep employees and customers than it is to replace them.

  3. skeevy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time

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

    Pros

    got paid a nice salary, good office space in downtown san francisco, many smart employees, opportunity for international travel

    Cons

    bi-polar head of US operations, abusive and fraudulent CEO, zero QA done on the products, toxic culture from the top down

    Advice to Management

    only a company as dumb as HP would have every bought Autonomy, issues they uncovered had been there since 2000

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  5. HP Autonomy is struggling to create and sell products that "MOVE THE NEEDLE"

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    Many good people, low pressure, decent pay

    Cons

    Lack of product investment, several layoffs, hard to know what's next and when

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent, if you are going to kill a product - Just do it !!

  6. Older technology with limited vision for refresh and poor work environment

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    Market Education. Some of the offerings are considered leaders in their respective markets.

    Cons

    There were some good people but many more in the organization who were full arrogance and personal agendas. It was extremely difficult to get focus on client issues. Much of poor attitude was a result of the leadership in place from the old Autonomy regime.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate your existing Autonomy management teams carefully. Bring in new talent who can focus on rebuilding the brand through improved customer support and innovation.

  7. Good Comp, long hours

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    Free lunches, breakfast. Good people.

    Cons

    Long hours and very tedious work with no vision to make better.

    Advice to Management

    Grow talent from within rather than trying to quickly grow teams from outside.

  8. Sweat shop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    Consultants in the consulting team are great.

    Cons

    Autonomy used H1B employees from India and Russia and required consulting service employees to be 80 hours a week billable.
    Dead wood in the management team collect the bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood in the management team.

  9. I arrived at the party late

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hp has good brand recogntion

    Cons

    Compared to other software firms

    No Strong direction or ethos
    Variable pay and reward structure seems fairly negligible
    Very bureaucratic and process heavy for everything
    Little day to day perks, subsidized food, coffee cups and etc

    Advice to Management

    Actions matter, talking about investing in the business is more then stock buy backs and layoffs. The software is lacking true identity and vision, it is just figuring out new buzz words to try to sell yesterdays news

  10. High stress fast paced sales environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    High earning potential and now part of HP

    Cons

    Disorganized management structure with high targets

  11. Present Company bears no resemblance to its Garage Roots

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Boston, MA

    I worked at Autonomy

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits; status of HP

    Cons

    Disconnected Management; daily changes in strategy. No New Business DNA in the software business.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it for more than 30 days

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