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Autonomy Reviews

Updated Jul 05, 2014
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2.0 319 reviews

41% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

(37 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)

  • HP executives unresponsive while all the talented Autonomy senior management is gone(in 18 reviews)

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    Starting job here

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Cambridge, South West England, England

    ProsIt is good place for student just graduate from university. It is starting job.

    ConsNo salary increase , benefit is getting worse. Many people leave after it sold to HP.

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

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    Role in Legal Department? AVOID! Do not be fooled, this is NOT HP!

    Legal Counsel (Former Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England

    Pros-*Technically* you are working for HP...
    -Interesting technology
    -Cambridge is a nice city

    Cons-...but actually you are *not* working for HP: if HP is a massive tanker, Autonomy is a pan loosely tied to it with a thin rope, following the acquisition.
    -Even following the acquisition over 2 years ago, Autonomy feels and functions as a completely unrelated company, which is causing terrible bureaucracy.
    -A lot of talk from HP management about how Autonomy's procedures and processes are not synched with those at HP (which makes everything chaotic), yet no one at HP really wants the responsibility to do anything about it, as they know its a mess and will take years to sort out.
    -Pay, benefits, etc are Autonomy levels not HP.
    -State of Legal department in Cambridge is terrible: All lawyers left within past year, including the Head of Legal who left in October 2013. Currently only 2 people but for how long! Everyone is overworked, while HP Legal are not helping.

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

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    Dissatisfied

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsThere is a very relaxed attitude within the workplace. This doesn't make for much of a 'work environment' however.

    ConsThere's often nothing to do, and staff know it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSort out some structure

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay well clear!

    Sales Executive (Current Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England

    ProsThe marketing is top-notch. It basically sells itself.

    ConsToo many to list. It was a sinking ship even before HP came along, now it's just hit an Iceberg and shattered in pieces!

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

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    Aurasma is very apt - explosive bowel movement

    Sales (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsNice offices on St James. You too can have a fumble where the queen mum used to get jiggy.

    ConsThey support chav sports. A lot of hot air at best, aurasma producing is the norn.

    Advice to Senior Managementthe most senior have gone, but the real trash are still there. the training guy is basically lower than a suicide bomber..

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

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    Project Manager (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsNone
    No good benefits
    No commendations

    ConsSenior skilled employees are treated as fresh graduates And paid peanuts

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe generous and reward your best employees and you may be able to retain them

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    Lots of work, no personal gain.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsChristmas party, which they are plan on removing this year. Decent bonus, generally nice working environment. Free food on Fridays and drinks everyday

    ConsThe management never seem to know what's going on down below. The only way to get a pay rise is to quit. The hard work pays off in the short tern, rarely in the long term. Difficult to advance due the the cosy management in place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't break promises (raises, visa, travel). You are working you employees to death. Manage your projects better, quality not quantity.

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    What am i doing?

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cambridge, South West England, England

    ProsGetting paid to arrive in work when i feel like it, play pool or stand around chatting whilst drinking free coffee, having been given any direction in weeks no one seems to know what's going on.

    ConsThe departure of Mike Lynch and he vision he was the reason i joined Autonomy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost employees i speak to have already placed their CV's with recruiters.

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

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    Glad to be out of there

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England

    ProsGood colleagues among the other engineers, free lunches, better salary than at some other places, that's about all I can think of.

    ConsNo communication from senior management; my immediate manager's manager never once spoke to me in all the years I was there. No performance reviews, and my written request for a pay rise after some years there was not even acknowledged, let alone refused. Strict hours of work; you have to be there between 9.30 and 6.00, never mind whether you have family or other commitments, and working from home is not allowed. The top floor was usually unbearably hot (well above the World Health Organization recommended limit) throughout the summer and management's response was not to do anything to remedy the situation but just to send an ice cream van to the front door every afternoon. A dispiriting, soul-destroying place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your engineers as human beings, not just coding machines.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible - Graduates do not come here!

    Presales Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsReasonable compensation if your prepared to have no life
    Nice colleagues
    Some capable upper management

    Cons- Terrible, incompetent middle management. The best pre-sales/tech have left leaving those who were average to push the pencils. Some have never experienced anything else than Autonomy and are incredibly blinkered.
    - churn and burn culture with grads
    - Virtually no QA
    - projects delivered ad-hoc with slaves/graduates
    - unreasonable hours
    - zero training
    - zero respect
    - poor quality software - try and find a working version of introspect/eas/digital safe/etc.
    - over marketed software (bordering on propaganda)
    - lies/deceit to unsatisfied customers
    - graduates are clueless as have no guidance - experience is irrelevant in engineering i suppose?
    - rushed software for sales based culture
    - zero communication (especially for non UK offices)

    Advice to Senior ManagementClear out middle management
    Pray customers dont start asking for references

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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