Autonomy
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www.autonomy.com Cambridge, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

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HORRIFIC

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Autonomy full-time for more than a year

ProsFantastic potential for technology, providing it really works
Many very good people at the worker level
Much of the technology is very cool, demos well, can solve real world issues, and gets very good reports from analysts

ConsCorporate culture is 100 times worse than the worst company you have ever worked for - a former employee called it "Toxic"
Management doesn't care about employees or customers. Only cares about making sales this quarter.
Sales can't be made as either pricing is crazy high or sales cyle takes too long and management forces AE to focus only on more immediate prospects
No concept of creating partnership with customers
Customer support is a total joke. Took 20 calls from me to other AU folks to get one customer's basic support questions answered - no one wanted to own the problem
No idea who does what - org chart can't be found, so only way to get things done is to use your relationships, make tons of calls and hope someone calls back. Don't waste time on email, no one responds - total waste of time and resources
Management lies and instills fear as way of motivating. Most employees simply wait for the day they are fired or laid off. No concept of doing a good job and getting rewarded.
No performance review in over year and a half - spoke to manager once in last three months of employment - no direction given, just criticism - all problems were the employee's to fix and own.
Training was a joke - total drinking from fire hose only about how to do demos and some info about product. Absolutely no information about effective sales tactics to sell specific products
Product line is way too massive - company sells everything from scanning to speech to text to business process management to call center apps to ediscovery to archiving to records management to search. I mean, how does that assortment of technology make sense?

Advice to Senior Management1) Most of the senior management that was there before acquisiiton need to leave. Kudos to Meg for getting rid of Lynch and some of his cronies but his style had been accepted by most every other manager, so to change the culture, needs to start from the top.
2) Focus on what technology really works and pare down the breadth of the technology offerings.
3) Incent people to change the culture to one that values employees and customers. Meg has said the right things at HP meetings but nothing ever changed at Autonomy.
4) Create a more transparent management structure and tell people who does what, so problems and questions can get resolved quickly
5) Create a training program that highlights how to effectively sell this technology. While the stuff is cool, it is very difficult to sell for most people but some are successful - share the wealth and don't force everybody to figure it on their own
6) Use the HP concept of AGM so there aren't 50 sales people all calling on the same customer competing with each other and incentive everyone to help the rest of the team on an account rather than back stabbing and lying.
7) Get managers than truly care about people and want to help grow them and train them. Good guys finished last at Autonomy - some of the best people I worked with got fired as they tried to do the right thing - this is critical to fix
8) Autonomy is way too sales focused and way to focused on current quarter - find a way to support the sales guy that sees the value in deals that take more than a quarter or two to close. If the deal is real, these can be quite lucrative and can be very strategic for the future of the company.
9) Encourage employees to speak out and challenge the status quo. Employees have been treated like mushrooms in the past - this is one of the biggest reasons that Autonomy has the highest turnover rate of any company I have ever seen.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Nightmare - stay away

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Autonomy full-time for more than a year


Pros: Some great technology and a few decent people have hung on and are to be commended for their perserverance. HP, if it sees… Cons: Absolutely the worst possible management culture imaginable; from top (mostly gone - and rightully so as the news will bear out) to bottom. Managers are… Advice to Senior Management: Replace all levels of legacy Autonomy management and issue a public statement to existing customers that you will be in touch to introduce the HP… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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Run a mile

Sales Director (Former Employee)

I worked at Autonomy full-time for less than a year


Pros: HP were able to break-up the kangaroo court that ran… Cons: Products only ever worked with considerable pro services. Management tried to rule through intimidation. Questionable ethics on contract… Advice to Senior Management: My advice to HP is to remove any senior sales management who have been in their roles for more than 3 years. Get a decent CRM… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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