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Autonomy Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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2.0 317 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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    Much improved

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

    ProsSince the directors quit a couple of months ago things have really got better for us in Cambridge at least. Plus the web filter that blocked access to a load of websites has gone and the dress code is now casual.

    But the best thing here has always been the rest of the dev team who are all great guys and you learn loads from each other.

    ConsThough the directors were the cause of much of the negativity here we could still do with some new ones, so I hope they're looking for some.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Much improved

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

    ProsSince the directors quit a couple of months ago things have got much better here. Plus the web filter that stopped us getting to a load of websites has gone and the dress code is casual at last.

    But the best thing about being here is the rest of the dev team who are great guys and you learn loads from each other.

    ConsThough the former directors were the cause of most of the negativity here we could still probably do with some new ones so I hope someone's looking.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    4 people found this helpful  

    Nano-managers

    Research and Development Engineer (Former Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England

    ProsThe main focus of the company is to sell, not to develop good quality software. The whole production and sales is governed by a "Let's sell it ASAP, we (may) fix it later" mentality.
    Mid-managers are inadequate, they over micro-manage their team members (I call it nano-management).

    They are strict about work hours: they record people's arrival and check out times every day. Phone calls are recorded, email communication and internet traffic is monitored heavily. Access to personal email services and many other sites is not allowed by their firewall. I once attempted to access a personal email domain of mine, which the filter did not permit to my surprise. Only a couple minutes later, as I was going downstairs I saw the page I tried to access (my email domain web site bearing my personal logo) in front of the company's Chief Operation Officer!

    The HR is inadequate, too: They didn't bother asking me why I was leaving at my exit interview! In fact, they are not aware that the three people (from the same group) who left before me, and the person who resigned after me did so because of the same problem/person. Unfortunately they are not aware that the cause of many of the problems in the company are their control-freak group leaders who are not aware of any modern-day management techniques.

    There is no concept of trust in the company. For example, I report a problem to my group leader, he goes to someone else to challenge my claim, treating me like a potential liar in front of everybody, and despite I end up being correct I never get an apology for the shouting and lack of trust. I use a mobile phone to check my emails while getting a coffee outside of the office room, he gets angry and tells me "if you continue to use your phone I will take you to the HR". Very laughable indeed. It was me who went to the HR to resign in the end :) You can't run a company with terror like this, even if you do so you can't expect these qualified people to work for you. Qualified people are hard to find, and they can easily find (better) jobs somewhere else!

    ConsFree lunches, nice Christmas trips every year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to get rid of some of your team leaders! Regularly give negative (if any) and as well as positive feedback to employees. Also get some regular feedback from employees! Don't wait for the exit interviews for that (which are useless at the moment). Improve your bonus scheme and benefits to please your developers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No appreciation, no progression, no point

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England

    ProsStarting salary is good, though don't expect it to go up.
    Free meals and a good christmas party

    ConsLong hours, no appreciation.
    Are expected to put the extra untold (unpaid) hours in, week in week out.
    management are so sales driven that they can only focus on the end of the week
    no thought towards the future
    things have only gotten worse since the acquisition by HP

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your staff better, or they'll all leave, and since the entire company is in the head of a select few developers, you'd do well to try and keep them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    shiny baubles distract from rotten core

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England

    Prosfree lunch in the canteen each day, free ice cream in the summer, weekend abroad in plush hotel for a christmas party, friendly and helpful colleagues on the shop floor.

    ConsNo support or guidance from management- they ignore you entirely for large stretches before swooping in without warning to berate and patronise you. No documentation for any code- all in the heads of others, who while generally helpful are too highly strung and busy with their own work; sales is everything, quality not even an after thought - just so long as the sales rep can blag it past the client. Churn and burn of graduates who are about 90% of their developers- constant stream of people leaving after 9-18 months.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide support and feedback to your employees. Stop treating them like drones in a sweatshop.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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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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    6 people found this helpful  

    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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    12 people found this helpful  

    Worst. Job. Ever.

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

    ProsThere's free food in the kitchen and a holiday abroad at Christmas. The company also sponsors a Formula One team, so you might be lucky and get to go to a free practice session. They also sponsor Tottenham Hotspur, so you might be able to go and watch a match.

    Oh, there's also a table football game. Because that will cancel out the cons, right?

    ConsAs a graduate, do not expect any training. In fact, do not expect very much other than to be placed in front of a PC and given orders! Chances are you will be working alone on some horrific code base that no-one else in the company understands. Good luck with that.

    You'll need to learn on the job and under pressure and you will be expected to delivery results however much of your day/night this costs. Most of the projects continually operate in fire-fighting mode because the number of developers is very low. No-one ever has the chance to sit back and say "hey, wouldn't it be better if we changed this bit and did it properly" because they have to fix the bugs TODAY or face a shouting match from superiors.

    Software is very much secondary to Autonomy. The goal is sales. Software just gets in the way. This means no emphasis in design, documentation or testing. Or in other words, no value to software guys/gals whatsoever. As a software engineer you are regarded as a button pusher, you have no skill and any software engineer can be replaced by any other (or indeed a new graduate). If you want to become a better software developer, simply don't start here (or come here and then write a book on how not to do things).

    Learning on the job is hampered by the firewall. China's censorship policies have nothing on Autonomy. Want to downloads some open-source software? No chance! Want to read documentation? No chance! Do you want to read a blog article explaining your problem? Nope, you're out of luck. The firewall blocks almost everything to the point where you might as well just bring books in and use that. The internet is vastly overrated anyway!

    Management can best be characterized as arrogant and technically incompetent. Whatever you can do, they can do better and in half the time. They'll not demonstrate this, but they will use it to try and force you to finish items very quickly, often pressurising you into working very late.

    I'll stop there because it says "describe some of the downsides". There's plenty more, but suffice to say this isn't a place I would recommend to others (or my worst enemy for that matter!).

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere's no hope. You can't build a company on the lie of great software when the core is so totally rotten.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    10 people found this helpful  

    A rancid, seething mess, of a company

    Developer (Former Employee) Cambridge, East of England, England

    ProsCambridge is a great city
    Some bright folk that have been conned into working here for a short while
    Great sewage work smells
    If you have chav tastes you will be well catered for with football tickets avaible at Spurs

    ConsExceptionally poor company to be an employee
    Sweat shop style
    Thoroughly dislikeable management
    Feel like a con worker
    All the disadvantages of a start up with few of the benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out before the sham is exposed

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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