Autonomy Reviews

Updated 8 September 2014
Updated 8 September 2014
326 Reviews
2.3
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
  • 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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Hell bent on headlines with little in the way of substance and nothing in the way of planning !

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in London, England

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    They pay well. They know it's all that keeps you there.
    Technology has a good story, but has failed to move on.

    Cons

    Agressive Microso management with no respect or empathy for staff.
    The software has a good story but as they increase product range through acquisition Rand D is suffering in favour of gluing products together.
    Customer care is non-existant.
    Software is rarely deployed past a pilot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone who works or has worked at Autonomy knows what has to change and who has to go......make the changes before the market changes it's mind. You're only one bad quarter away from what you deserve !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    In brief- avoid

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Free food on Friday.
    Thats it.

    Cons

    The management tend to bully workers, have no concept of how difficult a project is and demand unreasonable timetables.
    If you complain about a manager, they close ranks and effectively force you out.
    They contact your doctors to query your illness, so their is no trust there at all.
    Software is a unholy mess with little in the way of comments or documentation.
    The workplace is literally a sweatshop, especially in summer. Air conditioning is reserved for managers and guests.
    Their legal minions threaten you if you speak out against the company.
    They check when you enter and leave the building. They don't care if you start work 15 or 30 minutes early, but raise hell if you leave 5 minutes early.
    They expect you to work till demanding hours, and to hell with your social life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start afresh. Get rid of the managers and hire a new team with new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Schoolboy errors in handling a workforce / large company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Other nice people in your situation to compare bad experiences with.
    Tea coffee biscuits.

    Cons

    Where to start... Well the main issues start and end at the top. It all began as a start-up company in a single office. A place where the founders could watch over every project person and bark orders accordingly. This is where the bad management ethic began. You were expected to work hard to push the company places in the vain hope you would be part of the success. Unfortunately this ethic has stayed in the bigger corporation. All efforts from employees are watched over, taken over and unrewarded... Select people take all the credit and effectively bully the workforce who are frozen out in a static dead end position. The result is a very high employee turnover and a company reaching crisis point through lack of ideas from the powerless disillusioned workforce pushed along by a power crazed CEO. Customers are often misled and analysis are starting to smell a rat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop... re-assess... Look at what you have and try and build from that. So much potential is overlooked and the technology could be great, but everything is so rushed and people so downtrodden it is wasted. Good luck, but it may be time to sell up and let an experience team take the company places.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared

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    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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they know...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 18 people found this helpful  

    Welcome to Hell

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Unfortunately 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sell 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quick thinking required.

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    Current Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Diverse 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.

    Cons

    Lots 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    Not 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but no place for slackers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicating the rules more openly would help new employees adjust more easily.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 15 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in London, England

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Autonomy 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!

    Cons

    Perks 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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Meaning Based Computing not Meaning based life

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in London, England

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Bullting 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 ManagementAdvice

    No need to ask staff opinions of work environment. its put up or shut up. Trust your staff and move to reward culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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