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Autonomy Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
335 Reviews
2.5
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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
  • 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.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    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

    Pros

    Free lunches, breakfast. Good people.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Sweat shop

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead wood in the management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    High stress fast paced sales environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    High earning potential and now part of HP

    Cons

    Disorganized management structure with high targets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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

    Pros

    Great Benefits; status of HP

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    If you want a paycheck, this is for you.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    It is a paycheck.

    You can work from home writing bandaid code to work around stupid bugs or talking to India or Chicago.

    2000-era software.

    Discounted HP products.

    Cons

    You can ask for a raise and they will give someone else a raise even after working 70 hour weeks. The HP name is why they are still in business.

    Culture is divided by roles and perception. High school mentality with roles of geeks, jocks, PTA moms, and coaches. Entertaining if you stay out of it. It affects professional relationships when senior members take part in it and actively suppress others.

    If you are a girl, you will have guys all over you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a lot of dead weight here (management, too). The team is not going to succeed at anything more than maintaining the product. The team does not care. The ones who would have cared are gone. Hire innovative people and eliminate the culture of fear and passive aggression.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Run, don't walk, away from Sales Executive opportunity

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    Former Employee - Promote Account Executive
    Former Employee - Promote Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Office locations are great.

    Really nice catalog to leave behind during site visits.

    Cons

    Where to start... From end-to-end, this company has some serious issues. The hiring process was flawed though and through. HR touted hiring the "best of the best" from pedigree schools, which was found to be completely false when actually meeting sales team. HR promoted their home-grown CRM as being superior to Salesforce, which was horribly misleading... it was garbage (I would hope they have fixed that by now). Commission structure was grossly against your favor, where it was tiered by quarter and dependent on you making your quarterly quota to move up from first tier (which was lousy)... fail to achieve your number in a quarter, you fall back to tier one which is very low and you start all over again. Training consisted of 5 days, of which only one day applied to product group I was responsible for selling (Promote)... in other words, I had to train up and be evaluated on 4 days of products that I would never sell or talk to a customer about. Territory was geographical, but what you are not told until after you are on board is that the 'old guard' (the reps that have been around for while mostly consisting of folks from Interwoven, Iron Mountain, etc. acquisitions) get to cherry pick the better accounts with opportunities or any promise of a sale, and you are left to make quota with scraps.... mostly consisting of former disgruntled customers who have been burned by Autonomy and will never talk to you or accounts well entrenched with a competitive product. The "old guard" have it really good as they all look out for each other and ensure to keep success within the inner circle. If you are new, everything is stacked against you.
    Customer Service is horrible... The product rarely delivers on its promise, and the only way of getting support for a customer is to convince them to spend more money... If you can't get them to do so, then that customer remains at the bottom of the priority list for support. So many things were just so... shady... at the company, and it started at the highest levels and trickled down to adversely affect the entire organization. Problems with customers were left for you to deal with on your own, support from management was non-existent. When the news hit national television regarding the HP acquisition " "accounting improprieties, misrepresentations and disclosure failures", management's response was to continue business as usual and fiercely discouraged any discussion on the matter. It was swept under the rug and it was as if we were forced to pretend nothing was happening, even though it was national news... and this is representative of the culture and environment that stemmed through all levels and departments of Autonomy. Morale was super low, a common metric HR failed to mention during hiring process was that attrition rate was roughly 70-80%, but was common talk once you came on board and got the real scoop from the other folks who felt duped into joining the company.
    I summarize this by saying that I wish I had known of glassdoor.com prior to joining, as the warning signals of this and more are clearly articulated within other employee reviews. I didn't know any better and simply drank the kool-aide of what those trying to hire me evangelized. You will be painted a picture of a fantastic company with fantastic product and huge customer base consisting of top household name companies... you will be promised the opportunity of a lifetime with a potential to make excellent money. When you actually come on board and get to see behind the curtain at the reality of it all, it is as misleading, misrepresenting and as shady as the sale to HP itself was alleged to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company values and culture, as well as the approach to customer service need a complete makeover. This company needs a serious education session on integrity and honesty on how to do business, and this applies from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Autonomy... Waste years .. Never hit your Quota.. Products are outdated

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, Nice People, Good Expense AMEX Card..

    Cons

    Waste years of sales growth.. Sell products that you don't believe in...

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Autonomy went through multiple acquisitions and a lot of employee has been laid off ... not sure if it finished ...

    Current Employee - Software Support Consultant in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Software Support Consultant in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting products. With right / smart management can be progress in the future - with out appropriate management way to nowhere.

    Cons

    You will utilize wide range of knowledge and learn well balancing proportion of IT and Telecom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management level very from one to another person. People (employee and managers) playing a lot of "job security" tricks ..

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