Autonomy Reviews

Updated 7 September 2014
Updated 7 September 2014
328 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.  

    Law suit waiting to happen - Stay away from this place.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free breakfast on Wednesday and lunch on Fridays.

    Cons

    If you are a great worker with great talents you will not be recognize for your ideas, hard work or any accomplishments if you are not one of the "favorites". Management is a joke no clue of their management duties. No advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP needs to step in before this company brings you down.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waste of time

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    There were a few good people, starting pay out of college was great

    Cons

    There were many people there who just filled up seats and didn't do much. New ideas are squashed. Many contracts were signed for millions of dollars selling products that do not exist or that actually do nothing. No work-life balance, there is only work and it is your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Autonomy 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.

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

    cool technology - poor management and integration

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Micro 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 ManagementAdvice

    understand 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    worst sw company I have ever seen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    some software modules very good

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not a good place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take management courses. Many of you are breaking laws.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst company ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    In 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A proverbial 'How Not To Manage' a company. Every person is more inept than the last. Zero room for career growth.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit. 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The reign of terror is over!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    None. 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

    Cons

    I 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.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everything 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep purging all of the Autonomy middle management and horrible anti-customer anti-support, anti-employee policies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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