Autonomy Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
510 Reviews

2.3
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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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  1.  

    Worst place I've ever worked.

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The corporate pitch on Meaning Based Computing is intriguing and easily conveyed through their messaging and demos.

    Cons

    The company's biggest hurdle comes from the poor integration of past acquisitions creating a climate of bureaucracy and political fiefdoms. With no enforcement of corporate strategy and organization, disparate systems and culture impede productivity of new hires. I saw no net new client logos presented in quarterly win reviews. Turnover was very high, two of the mentors I was paired with were discharged in their first 12 months. First line managers were more concerned with political self-preservation than mentoring or coaching the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HP is aware of the problems and is taking action to break down the barriers and instill the corporate culture of a professional organization. HP should cull the middle management to accelerate change, eliminate the overlap & fighting from the 3 divisions with a streamlined field force supported by appropriate technical resources at the field level. This will create better opportunity for success with new hire resources and challenge the incumbent reps to drive business in new accounts and prove their worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was the most fear-driven, vampirish work environment I've ever experienced with inept management to boot.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big name company lets you rest comfortably that you'll be paid. Bagel day. woohoo

    Cons

    Everything. No career path. Poor pay. Abusive management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some experience in dealing with people and developing a more collaborative environment and lose the 'us vs them' mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    About the Compnay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    if you are looking for some sort of easy, something similar to govt. desk job, then this is the place for you

    Cons

    not much opportunities. Fresher, avoid it as much as possible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    HP can't fix Autonomy fast enough

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting technology but for the most part, totally oversold. The existing customer base has not been served well and it is impossible to sell again to existing customers due to their poor experience.

    Cons

    Management has been slow to remove the old Autonomy guard. The culture is very much at odds with traditional HP. In short the many of the core solutions do not work or are so heavyweight that it takes an army of consultants to make it work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate Autonomy into HP SW - align the sales teams so there is not so much duplication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work from home (when not traveling). Free Friday lunch and bagels on Wednesday mornings. Many exceptional people work here.

    Cons

    Many unhappy customers. Bad management. Unethical sales teams. Products not as good as advertised and lagging behind the competition. No true integrated solutions, just components that should work together but don't. Unpredictable travel requirements. No career development opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all of the legacy Autonomy managers, they have no idea how to run a company. Reduce the number of products being developed and renew the focus on quality. Try actually using your company's own products.

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

    A sad dream for HP

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    Current Employee - Sales Executive  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in Paris (France)

    I have been working at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    A good technology. A real potential in France, bigger than the original market called the search engine.
    Great HP network.

    Cons

    Acquisition by HP which doesn't know what information management is. HP doesn't know the Autonomy market. Will become a bad acquisition like Palm or EDS.
    Old products (WCM, DAM, records management, ...) compared to competitors and customer requests. Lack of R&D.
    Bad image at many French customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire relevant managers with IM background, not only excel managers. This way, they'll be able to set the right strategy for Autonomy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    disorganized operation!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Able to work independently. Learning experience. Newly created position with many challenges.

    Cons

    No raises or bonuses in two years!! High turnover. When HP took over my position in finance became extremely frustrating with the micro management mentality! My position was newly created & an uphill challenge to say the least! Myself & two colleagues without little supervision made remarkable strides. The manager @ HP had zero experience & would constantly send emails reminding up what to do! So happy my position was relocated!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To retain good talent you must pay well & don't continue to have the arrogant attitude "if you don't like it leave"! In my two year tenure I've seen top talent abandon ship!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Terrible

    Former Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People from companies acquired by Autonomy are descent people.

    Cons

    Horrible management philosophy. Treat employees like crap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To HP management...clean house!

  10.  

    The blind leading the blind

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

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I met very smart and very loyal fellow workers who were honest and hard working.

    Cons

    I met ruthless and unpleasant management who were dishonest and incompetent at their jobs. Some of whom should be in prison for the robbery that was the sale to HP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not the smartest people in the room. Listen to your employees. Respect work life balance. Manage collaboratively and not through intimidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Glad I did, but wouldn't go back.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge learning experience - lots of variety in the work.
    Great people in the Calgary office.
    The experience and the people made the time there worthwhile.

    Cons

    Upper management was terrible. Showed a complete lack of basic respect to staff that was not in Cambridge.
    Raises were rare - basically you had to turn in a resignation for upper management to approve a raise.
    Nearly impossible to get a purchase order for equipment approved.
    Hiring staff was difficult as senior management would only approve a new hire if they came from a university that was acceptable to them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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