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
  • Upper management has a HUGE disconnect between their employees (in 19 reviews)

  • HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone (in 18 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Will never become a big player because they don't treat employees with respect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    HP recently purchased them and appears changes are coming (hopefully to management)
    Pay is OK
    They have Free Lunch Fridays

    Cons

    Treat employees poorly
    Management is clueless
    No advancement opportunities
    No HR review process or annual raises (get your money going in because you will never see another dime)
    High turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a review process for employees and merit increases
    It is hard to keep good people if you do not incent them!
    For the love of god.... contribute more than $1000 annually to 401K. Most real companies match employees contributions!

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Been miserable. They have no idea how to manage top people. Little confidence unless you are luck enough to close a bi

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    Current Employee - Senior Protect Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Protect Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Possible changes with recent acquisition. May be lots of leads but yet to happen

    Cons

    Horrible arogent culture. Lots of b players. Small percentage of people survive very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change attitude if your interested in retaining and even attracting great people. Get organized and help employees understand how to go to market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Convoluted mess and over-promise under-deliver.

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    Current Employee - Ediscovery  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Ediscovery in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    1. You can say "Look, I work over there!" while pointing at the tallest building in Boston.
    2. Free lunch Friday.

    Cons

    1. No career growth, unless somebody quits.
    2. Bonus system is good only in theory.
    3. If an employee does get a bonus, it is a retainer.
    4. No performance review/feedback.
    5. eDiscovery capabilities are mostly over-promise under deliver
    6. Integration of acquired companies is non-existent. No cross training and knowledge sharing between team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear HP,
    Please look closely and audit all operational aspect of Autonomy. Please talk and listen to employees and come up with a good and tangible plan to address many of their concerns. Please assess the corporate culture, analyze the low employee retention rate and act to address them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Driven by the stick! Floggings will continue until morale improves.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    technology is a cut above.
    very knowledgeable people

    Cons

    little direction
    lousy people skills
    black hole for information access
    no training, cross-training,
    everything's a one-off
    thankless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    put some processes in place, empower your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great technology, way too much micro-management

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Great products and technology
    Strong financials
    Market leader
    Opportunity to make a lot of money

    Cons

    Brutal culture - either fit or you're gone
    Micro management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professionals and provide latitude to do things their own way

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    OK company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    It has some good technologies and smart peoples. It also pays good after merger with other small companies.

    Cons

    benefits are not good. the company is pretty stringent on everything, from pc, laptop and other stuff. Low benefit matches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please offer good benefit packages, good 401k matches. Put more energy on research and development, not only on sales.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meh.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vista, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    "Free Lunch Friday", free sodas. Decent health insurance

    Cons

    "Instantaneous stock value" management style, churn & burn employee treatment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to HP... already did it. Great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    under a microscope

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    talented great group of people.

    Cons

    no personal advancement, lack of on the job training, no bonuses or salary increases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    slow career growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Computer Associates of England

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    There are some very smart people working here. Autonomy has interesting core technology and a good story behind it. It continues to grow and is constantly moving.

    Cons

    Autonomy has been swallowing up companies. It doesn't make the best decisions about how to use those resources. Decisions are often made from the top. There is no management structure so communication about important changes are often through the rumor mill.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    The "boiler room"+ Glengarry, Glen Ross + Full Metal Jacket = better sales jobs elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Autonomy had very interesting technology that is perhaps ahead of it's time. There are smart subject matter experts that can help sell to the right opportunity. There is a very generous compensation package heavily weighted on closed deals.

    Cons

    The is no sales training, but rather two days of presentation training. There is no knowledge transfer of how to succeed. There is nothing that one would relate to a traditional, complex, high dollar sales experience where credibility, competence, and trusting relationships are essential. It's no wonder why they turn over 90% of the sales force every year. There is a very generous compensation package for those who can achieve it, but mainly if you are lucky enough to join the meritocracy that get the leads worth pursuing. It's a shame. This company should be twice as big as it is. I've seen a lot of great sales people leave because of the environment, the intimidation, the micro-management, the many inefficiencies. There are way too few people becoming successful here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read "Principle Centered Leadership" by Stephen Covey. Have a vision and share it, so that those on the front line can get excited about it, and want to follow you in to battle with a purpose in mind. Maybe the leadership at HP can teach you some things after the acquisition. They will never tolerate what goes on now. Best wishes!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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