Autonomy

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Autonomy Reviews

Updated 7 September 2014
Updated 7 September 2014
326 Reviews
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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
  • maybe that the upper management could have more direction in what they are doing (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Starting job here

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, South West England, England

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No salary increase , benefit is getting worse. Many people leave after it sold to HP.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Legal Counsel in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Autonomy full-time

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Dissatisfied

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out some structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay well clear!

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Aurasma is very apt - explosive bowel movement

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Salary review

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None
    No good benefits
    No commendations

    Cons

    Senior skilled employees are treated as fresh graduates And paid peanuts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be generous and reward your best employees and you may be able to retain them

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of work, no personal gain.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  9.  

    What am i doing?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, South West England, England

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    Getting 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most employees i speak to have already placed their CV's with recruiters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Glad to be out of there

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat your engineers as human beings, not just coding machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Terrible - Graduates do not come here!

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    Current Employee - Presales Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Presales Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Reasonable 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clear out middle management
    Pray customers dont start asking for references

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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