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

Autonomy Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated Mar 6, 2014
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2.3 35 reviews

                             

33% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

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21% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Work was challenging and rewarding. However, management is eccentric.

    IT Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    ProsThe company has a large data center presence and steady growth.
    As a PM, you get the chance to apply your project management skills to real-world IT projects.

    ConsManagement is eccentric and acts in a secretive manner.
    One day, your job is going well, and the next day, you're out the door without any explanation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't withhold information from your employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The blind leading the blind

    Sales Director (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsI met very smart and very loyal fellow workers who were honest and hard working.

    ConsI met ruthless and unpleasant management who were dishonest and incompetent at their jobs. Some of whom should be in prison for the robbery that was the sale to HP.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are not the smartest people in the room. Listen to your employees. Respect work life balance. Manage collaboratively and not through intimidation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Law suit waiting to happen - Stay away from this place.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    ProsFree breakfast on Wednesday and lunch on Fridays.

    ConsIf you are a great worker with great talents you will not be recognize for your ideas, hard work or any accomplishments if you are not one of the "favorites". Management is a joke no clue of their management duties. No advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHP needs to step in before this company brings you down.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Waste of time

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

    ProsThere were a few good people, starting pay out of college was great

    ConsThere were many people there who just filled up seats and didn't do much. New ideas are squashed. Many contracts were signed for millions of dollars selling products that do not exist or that actually do nothing. No work-life balance, there is only work and it is your life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourselves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    big lack of integrity

    International Business Development (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prostechnology is interesting, pretty office in San Francisco, good benefits.

    Consa lot product issues, no growth, no employee development,

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't come to work with mental issues, go take care of yourself out of the job environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unbelievable Products, marginal management

    Inside Sales (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosmost powerful black box technology for squeezing maximum value out of corporate knowledge and experience resources.

    ConsVery little flexibility in opportunity management

    Advice to Senior Managementwhy not build a search engine based on IDOL?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A proverbial 'How Not To Manage' a company. Every person is more inept than the last. Zero room for career growth.

    Inside Sales (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsYou aren't held to your ancillary metric of calls so long as you perform the actual task of sourcing meetings.
    Fairly relaxed environment except when management is present.
    Free breakfast Wednesday, free lunch Friday.

    ConsYou cannot advance within the company and there is zero track for career growth.
    Management is pompous, vindictive and petty. A company of many bads ideas.
    Don't confuse motion with action.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit. There's no hope for these people. I would say accept input from your staff but that's already in place in a kind of shrewd attempt at feigning interest.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company being rebuilt

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosmost of crazy behavior is gone, the people who are left are actually very nice to work with. HP is putting in place new management who care more about people and communication

    Consstill a long way to go, some processes still not streamlined

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    Horrible employer, but with hidden pockets of sanity.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsJob security. Plenty of lateral job mobility for competent employees. Offices in many parts of the world.

    ConsWidespread incompetence. Predatory management. Dysfunctional business processes. Starved for resources, because nobody is willing to spend money to make money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMutual trust and repsect is better than fear and bullying. You will retain more quality employees that way, and gain their loyalty. Loyal, competent employees accomplish great things in less time and fewer resources, and you are judged by higher management by the accomplishments of your underlings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty from the outside. Nightmare on the inside.

    Business Development (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Prosgood free lunch on Fridays.
    The product is well marketed and when it works can be a game changer.
    Great people at the worker level.
    great location in san francisco.

    Cons*High attrition. The ones who saw the disaster coming left and the others who chose to stay are struggling to transition with little to no support through internal channels.
    *Low morale due to management ruling through fear and intimidation. HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone. One can only dread who is left to run the ship.
    *Resources and tools are either scattered and/or broken. Company does not eat it's own dog food. There is no loss of ironic laughter when hearing your co-workers complain about the need for "a better search solution".
    *CRM system is broken and it will make your work a nightmare if you're on the sales side of the company.
    *No structured training offered. Meetings that were labeled as training turned out to be just marketing updates with little to no practical use for those in attendance.
    *no standardized organizational charting. You'll either have to keep asking everyone you see or roll the dice with the employee address book which provides no insight towards roles and responsibilities.
    *The company will seek every possible reason to either delay or deny paying commissions to it's sales people no matter how much they meet or exceed beyond their quotas. I have personally seen and experienced the agonizing frustration of dealing with management when the subject of overdue commissions are brought up.
    *work is not merit based. The amount of political savvy you will need to be successful here would qualify you for a seat in congress.
    The list goes on........

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerform a role/performance audit on the legacy Autonomy executives which have seen their departmental staff leave in droves. The ship is being abandoned and it's not because of HP.
    Pay your sales people when they bring in business.
    Engage the message boards and address employee issues positively or see more people leave. How can having such a high turnover of staff be good for any business?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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