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Work Hard Play Hard and Bag The Cash!!

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Current Employee - Sales Exec in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Sales Exec in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Autonomy

Pros

I've read the other comments and they all miss the point... you work at Autonomy to use the best kit, tools and work on the world's best information access projects and of course bag some big bucks. Forget "culture" and "information sharing".. that was all 20th Century. We all want the money!!

Cons

Depends who you are? If you're a Sales Engineer you won't be spending a lot of time in the office so you'd better like travelling! Some I know go all over the world. If you're a developer you might not like working on lots of different projects (some don't - fair enough) and if you're a bit dense between the ears you'll get to know it!!!!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Some of the managers ‘live to work’ and that has an inevitably impact on some teams... but then they tend to attract those people that like to 'live to work' too so maybe "birds of a feather flock together" and all that? Having said that, there are lots of social activities, games rooms, etc and they even own chalets in places like Tahoe which the supe- performers get to use FOC, so as I say, "horses for courses" eh?

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  1. Good working culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Employee Engagement, Industry level comp & benefits, Lot of growth opportunities within the company, Diversity and inclusion council actively working to bring in more diversity and bringing more women back to work.

    Cons

    Software needs more focus and need to move away from he Services oriented culture. Engineering and Non-Engineering viz. Operations & Services need to co locate so that it brings the Engineering closer to the customer needs and interests

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With HP split in the process now, both the companies should bring back innovation and R & D to the fore & focus so that the companies are able to maintain the leadership status in the market with more new products and services.

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  2. Good starting graduate salary but offers very poor career progression.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work culture. Casual to smart casual dress code. Good starting salary for graduates. There are times when there is actually nothing to do (sometimes for weeks or even months), usually between projects or when a project is postponed. You'll be able to work from home frequently if that's what you prefer as it's quite common with other employees and managers. Newly refurbished office is in a very good location based in the City, London with various places to go to for lunch. Biggest positive was that I was fortunate enough to work with a great bunch of fellow consultants (except one) on various projects. They were extremely helpful and a joy to work with.

    Cons

    There isn't really a future working for the company. The old Autonomy philosophy was to hire consultants within the first couple of years of graduating and offer a decent graduate salary. From there the chances of getting a pay rise or a promotion is very unlikely, even after when the company was acquired by HP. Training/shadowing is insufficient and sometimes non-existent (depending on the product.) There's no formal practice for the company to retain material (documentation, guides etc.) created from previous projects, therefore information is siloed in people's heads which is then lost when they leave the company. Most consultants are shoved onto projects that are mid-way though its lifecycle with little support or briefing. The company has no structure or process to help employees with their career progression. Consultants spend most of their time using and deploying in-house software applications, and learning very little transferable skills in the process. Projects are managed in a very top heavy structure, with many PMs and seniors managers reporting progress but very few consultants assigned to do the actual work.

    Lastly, many employees (consultants, PMs, managers etc.) including myself have left the company recently. Some being made redundant, others leaving for the greater good. HP don't intend to hire new people any time soon, especially not for the HP Software/Autonomy division. Further redundancies are inevitable as the company seeks to minimise losses from the acquisition and other areas of the business as they prepare to split the company into two at the end of the year. If you are lucky enough to receive an offer to join HP Autonomy, be very prepared to what you are signing up for!

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