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Autonomy Reviews

Updated 10 November 2014
Updated 10 November 2014
326 Reviews
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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
  • 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.  

    Genuinely Exciting Proposition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great company with a group of employees that are very energising to work among. I joined prior to the acquisition, and have seen so much change throughout the whole organisation, almost entirely for the better. A solid product set with a genuinely exciting story to tell. It's given me opportunities that I would never have had anywhere else.

    Cons

    HP is a very big company, and that inevitably leads to some frustrations. These are probably less problematic for someone joining the company fresh, but it represented quite a shift for existing employees. It can be a lot to get your head round at first, but is something that you can figure out with time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep betting on your people, and keep telling the big story.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Suffocating Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Worked on a great sub-team with great people, which was the only reason I stayed as long as I did. Free Friday lunch.

    Cons

    Terrible culture. Micro-managing leadership. Lack of product vision in areas with limited experience. Inconsistent messaging to employees. Ridiculous hiring guidelines that could be overturned at any point by the CTO at the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    A great place to work for some, but not what I signed up for

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in London, England

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

    Pros

    - good work life balance
    - excellent project managers from HP recently brought in
    - stable career
    - good line managers

    Cons

    - There was not a Christmas party this year - the norm before the takeover was for the company to hire a jet, fly us out and put us up in a 5* hotel for the weekend.
    - Free Friday lunch has been cancelled
    - pigeon holed into learning about technologies which are likely to be torn apart and rebuilt over the coming years
    - salary increases are fairly non existent
    - some of the technology is fairly dated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - create a graduate scheme with clear learning objectives and cash incentives to stay for X years.
    -hire UI developers to create a cross platform easily configurable UI for IDOL

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7.  

    very disorganised senior mangement

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in London, England
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great people and travel expenses.

    Cons

    Poor management and poor allocation of resources. False promises...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't buy a company then sue it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Dissatisfied

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing culture change since previous management left - bright future ahead!

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    Pros

    - Really smart & friendly co-workers
    - Great line managers
    - Great potential for growth
    - HP Software believe in treating employees like human beings - such a contrast to the old Autonomy way
    - Casual dress code
    - Exciting products to work on
    - Approachable senior management - any bottom-rung developer can go and chat to the CTO
    - Free lunch
    - Great opportunities to work with new technology

    A year ago Autonomy was an awful place to work. It started changing on the day that Mike Lynch was fired. Let me have a little rant about him.... He had no idea how to run a technology company. He was a salesman, through and through - he even used to say "we're not a software company, we're a company that sells software". He had no idea how to manage people, either. He created a culture of fear, where whoever shouted the loudest (always senior management) got their way.

    Shortly after he left, HP moved in. Since then they've forced Autonomy to do things properly. Product plans, roadmaps, not selling things that don't exist, only selling things that we can definitely deliver. Treating employees well. No arbitrary firings, shouting or forced overtime/weekend work. Heck, they're even about to introduce pay bands! Under the old regime pay was completely arbitrary and rarely increased. Under HP pay is linked to your job role, level and performance, with a review at the end of every year.

    So, if I hated the old Autonomy so much, why did I stay for so long? I can think of three reasons:
    1) The forced overtime cost me my social life. My only friends were my co-workers. That made leaving a really scary prospect.
    - Forced overtime doesn't happen anymore, horray!
    2) My skills hadn't improved. Autonomy never did anything properly, so I felt that I wouldn't be able to get a job elsewhere as I was becoming a cowboy coder.
    - Under the new Autonomy, doing things properly has become a priority. My CV is a lot more robust now.
    3) It was my first job out of uni. I wasn't alone in that, either - Lynch's hiring policy was "fresh grads only, don't hire anyone with relevant experience". How was I to know that real software companies were better than Autonomy?

    Cons

    - Some managers haven't adjusted to the HP way yet
    - Previous management left the company in a horrible state
    - We're doing things now that we should have done five years ago... if only Mike Lynch & co had had a vision beyond "sell software make money" :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try to short change us when you adjust salaries to match pay bands. It might cost a lot of money, but you'll buy a lot of loyalty by paying us what we're worth. A company is the sum of it's employees - you can't afford to lose the ones who are holding it all together.

    Apart from that, keep driving us hard. We're really loving actually having a vision and strategy for once!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fantastic software, dishonest management, lack of training

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Business Development Executive in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    Pros

    You could promote quickly if you were good at "networking"

    Cons

    Pre HP acquisition: Lack of structured training, Dodgy sales commision scheme (paid late and alwayas trying to avoid it). Management of HQ absolutley tyrannical, unable to motivate employees other than with shouting and menacing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire

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

    Very hands off

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Autonomy full-time

    Pros

    A lot of freedom with your work. No pressure whatsoever. Nice Christmas party.

    Cons

    Most of the codebase was pure spaghetti code and new grads are just thrown in there without any training or support. Most of the developers seem to be Cambridge geeks with no social skills. I can't think of a single time anyone in my team has greeted me with a 'Hello' in the morning. Very strange...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to change the company culture and support your new grads with training!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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