Autonomy Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
510 Reviews

2.3
510 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Autonomy SVP & General Manager Robert Youngjohns
Robert Youngjohns
38 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    Worst. Job. Ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    There'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?

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    A rancid, seething mess, of a company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    Cambridge 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

    Cons

    Exceptionally 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get out before the sham is exposed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    In brief- avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Schoolboy errors in handling a workforce / large company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

Worked for Autonomy? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.