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A nightmare of constant belittlement and unrealistic expectations.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

I worked at Autonomy

Pros

Free drinks in the break room. Free lunch on Fridays. A constant employee turnover means that you'll be able to meet new friends whenever they replace one of your co-workers.

Cons

Once hired, training is nonexistent; you're shown the code and simply told to "be an expert". Documentation for the code manages to be both sparse and inaccurate at the same time. Deadlines are set without negotiation; estimates are met with "that isn't good enough. It needs to be done by-" without any discussion of the problems with that possible date, or requests for information about why the original estimate was what it was. Any mistake is met with insults from your manager, and if anything goes wrong, a frantic search goes on to find a scapegoat to punish. Testing is nonexistent. No clear chain of command; any request made by your manager may end up infringing on the systems under the control of three different people, all of whom insist you do nothing for fear of messing up their own programs, and any attempt at referring this conflict to management is met simply with a restatement of your original objective. Constant oppressive gloom of fear coats the entire company; I don't believe I saw a single person smile while on the premises.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

An oppressive atmosphere of fear and ignorance only extracts the minimum amount of work from employees needed to get you to go away. Either start treating your employees better, or hope word doesn't get around about you.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company to work for, unless you live to travel

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    travel, downtown San Francisco office

    Cons

    terrible management communication,
    terrible atmosphere,
    terrible culture.
    No transparency,
    no career path,
    no praise,
    no trust

    Autonomy has grown very quickly through aquisition. It often scares away or eliminates those in the companies it aquires. This strategy might lead to good balance sheets and cash flow statements, but it does not help create a positive or healthy work atmosphere.

    While some people have a good experience (because they are shielded from some senior managers), many do not and wish they could get out or for those who have - had gotten out sooner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes founders stay onboard too long, great marketing fluff though

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

    Outstanding Example of Corporate Fascism

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    - Good benefits package (health, dental, etc.)
    - Core technology is solid
    - Decent stock option grants for select few

    **Very well-oiled separation process when you quit***

    Cons

    - Megalomaniacal management
    - Terrible, unpredictable bonus plan for many employees
    - Generous use of FIBCAMM (Fear and Intimidation-Based Computer-Aided Micro Management)
    - Growth through acquisition w/little understanding of businesses acquired
    - Steady loss of talent and intellectual capital in units outside core business
    - Financial success in spite of myriad flaws has convinced management there's no need to change or adapt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doesn't matter--they don't want, wouldn't heed it, and would never accept it for what it is--honest feedback. They are likely very proud of the fact that Autonomy has the worst rating of any company on this site--proof that only the fittest will survive. So be it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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