Autonomy

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Autonomy Reviews

Updated Jul 05, 2014
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2.0 318 reviews

42% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

(36 ratings)

18% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

  • Hiring staff was difficult as senior management would only approve a new hire if they came from a university that was acceptable to them(in 18 reviews)

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    I've worked for many technology companies over the years and this one leaves a bad taste.

    Enterprise Account Executive (Former Employee) Denver, CO (US)

    ProsI joined this company with hopes of sharing a technology that I thought would be a difference maker and exciting to sell. I really think the technology is solid.

    ConsToo many skeletons in customer closets. Too many clients that have been burned w/broken promises. This negative information undermines any effort to sell new clients. Management by fear and intimidation has to go. A revolving door of talent. HP is always looking for a replacement body. Training new people is a constant at Autonomy/HP. After 1 year with this company I was one of (3) people left that were in my initial training class of 32. I lasted 1 1/2 years and left completely frustrated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAutonomy management that has stayed on from acquisition needs to go. They may be performing and making their numbers but don't be fooled, they're bad apples. There is no effort to provide customer satisfaction and do the right thing for clients.

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

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    cool technology - poor management and integration

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO (US)

    ProsInteresting technology
    as part of the larger HP organization, it's possible to look at other areas within HP for possible career moves

    ConsMicro management, public belittling of employees, high turnover (i'm the last one left of my initial training group of 24 - and that's less than 2 years later)
    unrealistic

    Advice to Senior Managementunderstand the culture that still exists in Autonomy - and it is toxic to long term success. Bring better and more consistent management from HP or outside the organization.

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

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    worst sw company I have ever seen

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prossome software modules very good

    Consbadly managed, will take too long for HP to restructure , understand how to move forward

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHP purchased
    Free breakfast Wednesday
    Free lunch Fridays
    Most employee are very nice

    ConsLow pay. But you will do the work of higher paying employees without a thank you.
    Managment very sad they no nothing. I have never worked anywhere where management was so off.
    No HR reviews or raises. I no co workers who have not had a review since starting.
    No advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake management courses. Many of you are breaking laws.

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

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    Worst company ever worked for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHonestly can't even think of anything positive of Autonomy, sadly. It had great brand name of Interwoven, people were great

    ConsIn APAC, it was a nightmare. Past management prior HP acquisition was a total shocker. Poor leadership (locally and globally). Product marketing is half baked. Sales ppl ware asked to perform regardless. Unfortunately, this is not the place to be if you want to contribute to a proper working environment that you could excel in your career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to employees and customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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 (US)

    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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    The reign of terror is over!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNone. They bought our company and destroyed it. They didn't care about customers and cared less about employees.

    The only "pro" is that HP have purchased us and everything is better. It was almost an immediate turn around in terms of message. Focus is back on customer satisfaction and it's very clear that employees are considered valuable again.

    Everything

    ConsI was always proud of how much my company cared about our customers and employees and then Autonomy bought us. They clearly didn't care about our customers at all. Everything was about "new license revenue". So sorry if you were already a customer.

    They treated employees like a commodity that could be replaced on a whim. It was truly a terrible few years until HP purchased us and saved us from the horrible policies and behaviour of Autonomy.

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    Just get the deal signed - screw the customer after the sale.

    Professional Services (Former Employee) Southborough, MA (US)

    ProsGreat vacation allowance. Free lunch Fridays.
    Maybe HP can fix some of the mess?

    ConsEverything else.
    No review/raise process. Impossible to get promoted.
    Unethical sales tactics like I've never seen anywhere else.
    Support and services left holding the bag with a poor quality product that is next to impossible to implement and support.
    Secret engineering team that nobody is allowed to actually talk to. You NEVER receive feedback on any bugs submitted unless you are working with the latest hot customer (the one with the most new business riding on the success of your project). Although I can't imagine they actually get any repeat customers. I think Lynch and Co. knew they were running out of suckers and that they had no good reference customers left and that's why they sold.
    Everything is a fire drill - even planned implementations with a long sales cycle are staffed at the last minute. PS Consultants are shipped from one project to another in a big circle as each new customer becomes frustrated with the lack of knowledge and poor quality products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep purging all of the Autonomy middle management and horrible anti-customer anti-support, anti-employee policies.

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

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    Horrible employer, but with hidden pockets of sanity.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    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 (US)

    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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