Autonomy Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
326 Reviews
2.3
326 Reviews
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Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns
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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not working.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are many great people working here, but not enough. They are all holding on. There are good places to burrow in. There is no real pressure to perform, so you can have security, almost like a government job.

    Cons

    The technology is rotten. Management is a slumlord. There is no appetite to rearchitect, refactor, rewrite, so the product line is struggling to keep scale with existing client data/demands. Look at the timeline of the companies Autonomy comprises. All of that stuff is still around, like a museum of technology in the 1990s. Smell opportunity? Please! It will take you so long to achieve anything it will make you look bad interviewing for your next job. Money is only available in the wake of a crisis, so you'll be muddling-through. Good ideas are scary. Basic stuff you need to manage crises are broken too: the network, for example, is pathologically broken due to integration problems since the merger. There's more, but trust me, you don't really want to know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please! ... as if they care. You'll never pay for the acquisition deal losses, so kick back and enjoy the ride, right? It will take another decade for clients to abandon Autonomy, so the gravy train will keep flowing and the decline will match expenses recouped through employee attrition. Maybe you can replace experienced staff with gullible recent grads? A cakewalk! 100% play-acting! HP had better buy some more (new) companies with products to replace 90% of the Autonomy stuff if they want to keep those lucrative clients locked in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Autonomy, Great Company, Top of the line engineers.

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    Former Employee - Solutions Support Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Solutions Support Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great products, Great employees, Lots of opportunity to grow. Great benefits for Employees.

    Cons

    Needs to improve to catch up with competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Was a mess during HP Merger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    if you had the right opportunities, pay was good

    Cons

    toxic company culture, very public leadership issues during merger killed sales cycles.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    HP Autonomy culture a 180. Great place to work now.

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A great mix: still very entrepreneurial and agile with the support and backing of the broader HP.
    Compensation and benefits are fair and competitive. You'll see more equity upside at a startup, but the compensation at HP Autonomy is as good or better than competitors. The previous leadership prior to the acquisition by HP was confrontational and rough on employees but great energy has been spent to turn away from that legacy. The new culture is that of collaboration, rational decisions and empowerment. I'm very comfortable here and expect to make this a long-term fit.

    Cons

    Can be a challenge to get the attention of HP Corp. Processes and rules that apply to the legacy HP business don't always work for a fast moving software group/company. And HP Corp hasn't yet figured out all the nuances between hardware and software. Can make processes challenging. Also, as is the case in all aggressive software groups, the pace is extreme. Can create late nights at time... But the staff feeds off this energy... Really a pro for many of us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make big bets. Take more risks in markets. Invest even more in R&D. Let's turn this into a rocket ship!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    office culture, city workingmn environment

    Cons

    bad management and lack of communication

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work from home (when not traveling). Free Friday lunch and bagels on Wednesday mornings. Many exceptional people work here.

    Cons

    Many unhappy customers. Bad management. Unethical sales teams. Products not as good as advertised and lagging behind the competition. No true integrated solutions, just components that should work together but don't. Unpredictable travel requirements. No career development opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all of the legacy Autonomy managers, they have no idea how to run a company. Reduce the number of products being developed and renew the focus on quality. Try actually using your company's own products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    disorganized operation!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Able to work independently. Learning experience. Newly created position with many challenges.

    Cons

    No raises or bonuses in two years!! High turnover. When HP took over my position in finance became extremely frustrating with the micro management mentality! My position was newly created & an uphill challenge to say the least! Myself & two colleagues without little supervision made remarkable strides. The manager @ HP had zero experience & would constantly send emails reminding up what to do! So happy my position was relocated!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To retain good talent you must pay well & don't continue to have the arrogant attitude "if you don't like it leave"! In my two year tenure I've seen top talent abandon ship!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better since the HP Acquisition

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    Current Employee - Technical Consultant III
    Current Employee - Technical Consultant III

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    Management seems to take more of an interest in taking care of customers since the HP acquisition
    Great coworkers
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Massive cuts to bonuses since the HP acquisition
    Software still has many core issues/bugs
    Software is often oversold leading to customer complaints
    HP is such an enormous company its hard to feel connected to anything but your home office
    Engineering is still very much a closed off world, seemingly disconnected from the reality of how the software actually works
    More of a focus on metrics as opposed to quality of work since the HP acquisition
    No pride in the work from anyone in the company
    Everyone I've spoken to internally detests our software, sales practices, and has no faith what-so-ever in the company (this includes having no faith in the HP parent organization).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on getting the core software solid and bug free - its currently an embarrassment. This isn't a start-up company but the software quality is that of a beta from a start-up. Only within the last few months were sprints started for engineering - before that the release schedule would be over a year between updates. This is a step in the right direction, but without continued pressure its going to be far too little far too late. The only reason the company hasn't gone under is because of overly aggressive sales (the sales guys could probably sand to a guy dying of thirst) and our competitors not having much better offering. Basing your strategy on being just a little better than mediocre competitors is not a good way to inspire employee loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the old Autonomy

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    Current Employee - Business Development
    Current Employee - Business Development

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    HP culture is leaking in...good stuff, products are being reinvigorated, new product coming out, the analysts now like what we are doing and the world seems bright again

    Cons

    Large company, with the associated processes, but at least there are processes...not like before--everything was single-threaded through one man, the former founder, who wasn't very good at it and really could not get out of his own way, to be quite frank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue on the journey of transformation, keep communicating and leading by example

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    No intent to work hard for this company

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Knew that working on litigation software was the right business direction

    Cons

    Didn't treat employees respectfully. Slave driving parent company that didn't value the competency of company that it purchased. Employees felt they were treated as second class citizens, only be told what to do, instead of integrating with main company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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