Autonomy
2.0 of 5 301 reviews
www.autonomy.com Cambridge, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Autonomy Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
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38% Approve of the CEO

Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns

Robert Youngjohns

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Be prepared

Business Development Executive (Former Employee)
Cambridge, East of England, England

I worked at Autonomy

ProsGood place to learn every single aspect of search technology. In fact, EXCELLENT for this! And instills good work ethic as they demand so much.

ConsSay bye, bye to your life, and hello to always feeling like you're failing!

Advice to Senior ManagementI think they know...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Welcome to Hell

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Autonomy

ProsBasic package is good, other employees friendly and free lunch on a Friday. Once you've worked the place out you can get by.

ConsUnfortunately the employees who have managed to endure it for years are so poorly treated they now see this as the norm and thus new employees are treated the same. Working conditions, equipment, training and moral are appalling. The complete management team treat everyone with distrust and insist on archaic sales practices which basically involve bullying and micromanagement of the sales teams which is deemed as the only way to run the company. Employees are also told to always say yes to customers even when the products are unsuitable or don’t even exist, not a nice position to be in if your customer facing and have any integrity at all. The ‘C’ level executives take great pleasure in informing new employees that “if they don’t perform then you won’t be here very long” and these threats continue throughout your working life. I’m lucky in the fact that I’ve been around the block, the poor graduate’s that they work like dogs and pay minimal salaries don’t know any better and are quite happy to fly to Miami (via most obscure and painful routes possible) and share a hotel room with a complete stranger (who’s just as depressed about the situation he’s in as you are) for a weekend of “aren’t we great” at which the leading ‘performers’, you can spot them, the technical employee of the year – Young, clever, hasn’t been home for 8 months, twitchy, nervous, needs a bath – gets a bottle of fizzy wine and a weekend in rehab! Nice touch. Don’t go near this place it’s an empty hole full of the people that either can’t get other jobs or don’t know any better.

Advice to Senior ManagementSell out and replace with competent senior management team who can drive the company forward to the next level. Constant acquisition to ‘keep the wheel spinning’ is a strategy that can only fail given the current blinkered attitudes and approach to solution selling and determination to succeed at whatever cost.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Quick thinking required.

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

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsDiverse range of products, and wide variety of customers.
Lots of travelling, offers a good lifestyle for people who manage their time.
People seem to be compensated well.

ConsLots of travelling.
A lot of the skills you need have to be picked up on the spot, and quite a bit of improvisation is needed to complete the task.

Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure training for the necessary work is given before deploying projects, this will allow the project to be completed to higher standards.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great technology. Lots of pressure to succeed. Unforgiving of the slothful, moaning & stupid.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsNot very PC I know! But its both true that its great technology and that there is a great deal of pressure to succeed at every level. The rewards for the successful and hard working are significant and the opportunities for where this gig could go are immense, but the problems come when everyone thinks THEY are the hard working ones (and aren't) in which case its pretty unforgiving.

ConsIts not a perfect world but this seems to sort out the men from the boys. Choose wisely and know you're strengths.

Advice to Senior ManagementIts a big mistake not to publicise rewards more internally. Need better internal comms. Having said that, the fundamentals are the right ones so these are relatively minor concerns.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, but no place for slackers

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsGreat opportunities, steep learning curve, excellent senior management, dynamic environment and the people are great - some of the best in the industry.

ConsThis is not the place for someone passive, if you don't get a response to an email, just escalate. Don't sit around thinking it is not your responsibility just because you didn't hear back. This is actually a pro as I dislike reactive behavior.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicating the rules more openly would help new employees adjust more easily.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's not worth the sacrifice - you won't be thanked.

Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Autonomy

ProsAutonomy pays pretty good salaries, and offers perks such as a free Christmas trip to Europe for their party, and for salespeople, a trip to Miami in January for a conference. Both of these trips are well funded, great hotels and lots of fun (Miami is also hard work, but in a good way!)
The technology is really exciting, and the brand has a fairly good image. The 'story' is a good one to tell customers and the PR team are fantastic at their jobs. There's an amazing client list - although double check as some of those 'clients' are clients of acquired companies, and some of them are emphatically no longer clients!

ConsPerks are NOT guaranteed - they are entirely at management discretion. Cross the wrong person and you will find yourself without an invitation, or even 'uninvited' by them providing you with 'vital' work to do which means you cannot attend. Holidays are the legal minimum unless you have come from an acquired company. Other benefits are nonexistent - no health cover, no dental, nothing. There's a discount on childcare vouchers, but frankly if you have kids...Autonomy is the last place you would want to work. Hours are very long, and weekend work is common - with no overtime, or time in lieu. Tough luck! Their approach is that you should be overwhelmed with gratitude for still being in a job - seriously.

Autonomy suffers from a culture of endemic bullying endorsed by senior management. This is not a joke - even great performers can be shouted at or threatened if they are having a bad quarter. And at Autonomy, *everything* is about the quarter. Stand up for yourself, question management decisions in any way - and you will magically find yourself working away from home for weeks on end, or working till 3am over the weekend.

The company does *not* support home working - they will not pay for any communications setup (though you can use your own broadband), and instead prefer to see employees work ridiculous hours in the office.

You may be required to attend Webex conferences at any hour of the day or night. These are compulsory and attendance is monitored.

Everything employees do is monitored and measured exhaustively. Underperformance for any reason will incur a humiliating 'conversation' with management, or termination. Employees are incentivised not to help each other out - there is no perceptible chain of command, so finding an answer to a query can take hours of messing around, buck-passing, or a blank wall of deliberate ignorance.

There is no training given to salespeople - they get 1 week of 'training' how to deliver a slide presentation and as a result, most of them have little clue and are frequently told 'just sell it, say whatever you need to, and we'll sort it out afterwards' - NOT a recipe for customer satisfaction. Even the top long-serving performers are not informed of new developments/acquisitions until after the event.

Staff turnover is absolutely terrifying - they say here that unless you've been to Miami twice, it's not worth getting to know you. Sad, but not much of an exaggeration. Leavers are not talked about - they become 'the vanished', and usually the only way you will find out is when they stop responding to your emails and you ask around.

There are just a few people at the top of the company who are proud of 'running like a startup'. Even so-called 'senior managers' and 'directors' have no power and have to refer upwards even for minor decisions, yet they're given the most unpleasant tasks, e.g. firing people.

You are expected to 'believe' - the company's arrogance knows no bounds, competitors are denigrated rather than investigated. At the moment, the technology is truly exciting - but execution is very poor in places. Don't believe the PR juggernaut, many of their customers are very unhappy indeed.

I have worked for 4 major PLC companies in the last 15 years, and have never worked in such an unpleasant, unfriendly, unprofessional environment. Both customers and employees are treated with total disdain. Leaving the company was the best decision I ever made, what a sad thing to have to say.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to treat your employees as human beings - they have lives, families, and a lot of loyalty to give. 'Presenteeism' is not a good culture for productivity! It would be much better to build a friendly atmosphere of ethical success, with a culture of training, growth and promotion, and employee loyalty would be fanatical. Having to constantly find more 'cannonfodder' to replace constant staff turnover is expensive and counterproductive. A focus on quality and testing instead of PR could make Autonomy bigger than Microsoft.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Meaning Based Computing not Meaning based life

Technical Support Specialist (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsIf you're young, single, life evolves around work, and you're happy to fight your colleagues and do the hours you'll be rewarded. Technology is pretty cool, and leading edge in many areas. Chance for travel. Central London office is great location, and all the marketing girls are gorgeous.
Sales People can earn literally millions. Most of the support people are young and energetic, and fantastic guys to work with.

ConsBullting and intimidation by management.
Almost messiah approach to company philosophy - there shall be no opion/thoughts/views/ other than the CEO. If you clone yourself into Mike (as senior management have) you will be despised but financially well rewarded.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo need to ask staff opinions of work environment. its put up or shut up. Trust your staff and move to reward culture.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging, Dynamic and interesting place to work provided you like hard work!

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

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsHugely challenging workin environement. Broad exposure to new technologies. Excellent team ethos and dynamic working environment. Opportunties are varied and performance related. Excellent identification of an individuals skills and strengths. Hard work and dedication are rewarded. Strong competent management who quickly identify what is neccessary.

ConsCore emphasis on sales and targets, placing enginering under strain. Acceptance that hours beyond 40+ a week are standard with no obvious financial reward; no clearly defined bonus structure. Dynamic working environment, wi'th 'upstart' approach is effective provided communication is clear and well maintained. Otherwise, lack of process can result in work being duplicated and poor quality results. Probably the result of rapid growth and huge success.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement basic processes and ensure products and services are sold clearly with regards to their capabailities. 'Yes' cluture places engineering under unsustainable pressure.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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if you have talent come here, fun and rewarding , if mediocre avoid

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

I have been working at Autonomy

ProsIf you have talent its a greatcompany, best technology unlimited rewards for the stars. Company is grwoing very fast and awards big opions grants to those that suceed. If youa re brifgr you will be surrounded by really smart people.

Consif you are mediocre or want 9-5 avoid this company, if you don't like a hot kitchen this is not for you. The company is on a mission and you are either on board or not. People here do amazing things and when there is a crunch hours can be long for a week or two.

Advice to Senior Managementmore training and as things are moving so fast it would be good to get more updates. Don't be told to put in more process keep it the fun place it is

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not the old Autonomy

Business Development (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHP culture is leaking in...good stuff, products are being reinvigorated, new product coming out, the analysts now like what we are doing and the world seems bright again

ConsLarge company, with the associated processes, but at least there are processes...not like before--everything was single-threaded through one man, the former founder, who wasn't very good at it and really could not get out of his own way, to be quite frank.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue on the journey of transformation, keep communicating and leading by example

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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