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Helpful (1)

I like my job at Autonomy... better the Devil you know, than the Devil you don't know

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

-they hire you based on your post-secondary education, and don't nitpick on whether or not you have the latest certifications or not -free soft drinks + free lunch on fridays -free pizza from time to time -profitable company -a job is a job is a job

Cons

-would like to receive more reviews and feedback from the top -raises and bonuses are very sporadic, but they are generous when they do actually occur

Advice to Management

Let the underlings know from time to time (not just by company memo) that they're doing a good job. Regular pay raises would be nice.

Other Employee Reviews for Autonomy

  1. Helpful (11)

    Do not work here if you have any shred of self respect as a software developer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Profitable company Decent salaries if you are a recent CS graduate from a Top 50 school and have GPA over 3.5 (not kidding, that's a mandatory requirement), people with more than 6 years of experience are rarely considered Interesting and highly varied technology (Java, C, C++, C#, etc) Some smart people (depends on the office)

    Cons

    Profitable company that benefits upper management and barely impacts anyone under middle management There are no raises, no performance review, no feedback, no career plan and no promotions; it's like getting stuck in the mud, no matter how much you try you are not going anywhere Very high turnover People get fired almost randomly every 6 months (apparently for performance, but that is often not the case), their work gets assigned to others who are already overworked Most of the new hires are recent graduates with barely any experience, senior people spend a lot of time training them and very often they leave for better jobs after a year or so There is no respect for people, everyone in considered interchangeable and replaceable; they have no problem firing someone and replacing them with no experience person who makes a great mess of things while learning Customers are promised things that do not exist, which means lots of one off coding efforts which get started by inexperienced people and wind up being a quagmire that experienced people get thrown in to make things work. This is the mentality here, let the new hires write things, they always do a poor job (experience does matter people), and senior people get pulled off projects randomly to put out fires. I cannot recommend this place unless you just graduated and need to pad your CV and willing to put up with a year or two of no direction, seemingly random deadlines, reactive management, chaos, and bad coding practices. (There are exceptions, but overall that's the culture here). A promotion here means you are more likely to be fired and replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Have respect for people and domain expertise. Just because you have a PhD doesn't mean you can write code. Regular performance reviews and salary adjustments (at least for inflation). Stop running this company like a startup and start running it like a large company that it is, chaos can only take you so far. Stop firing people so that you can replace them with cheaper, inexperienced labor.


  2. Helpful (11)

    The single worst working environment I've ever experienced as a developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You can get a lunchtime meal for free each day. The company takes employees abroad for the Christmas party. The majority of low-level people are great fun to work with! The salary is reasonably good.

    Cons

    Autonomy is a marketing and sales company masquerading as a software company. There is no such thing as software development at Autonomy; only fixing bugs when customers complain. This is very depressing because it means you can never do things properly, your only option is to fix the bug in the quickest way possible. There are very few software developers per product; often some of the products are handled only by a single developer (probably a novice, most people there are recent graduates!). Put novice engineers together with never-ending-bug-fixing and you get an environment where the smallest of changes to the code is a nightmare! Software development is driven by fear; deadlines are plucked out of thin air and you are expected to work whatever hours are necessary to get this done. Often promises are made that are unachievable and then development suffers the wrath of management if they dare speak up and say that solving XYZ in 48 hours is impossible. Many projects are now in "death-march" status with a bunch of miserable employees struggling to make impossible deadlines. Overall I would not recommend anyone to join Autonomy if you are looking for software engineering. It's probably quite a good place if you are into sales and marketing though!

    Advice to Management

    As far as I know management doesn't exist, only the voice of our exalted high commander. Unfortunately, there has been a complete lack of technical vision at Autonomy for some time. To rectify this, build some structure, let the voices of the engineers reach the top, rather than just doing whatever marketing craziness you think looks good.


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