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15 people found this helpful  

Great until you realise you're putting in crazy hours and the rewards have dried up.

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Current Employee - Software Developer
Current Employee - Software Developer

I have been working at Autonomy

Pros

Some of the technology is excellent and genuinely exciting but theres far too much overlap due to the number of acquisitions.

Bonuses and pay rises can be good but you won't know when or if you're going to get them.

Cons

No feedback on performance, you'll either be told via email that you're getting an bonus/pay rise or you'll receive no feedback regardless of the amount of work you're putting in.

Far too much micro-management from the top level. Simple things like holiday arrangements are controlled by senior management despite them not knowing or you are or what your're actually working on. Middle management have very little control and are largely tasked with reporting to the senior levels.

Product development is purely sales driven, nothing happens without a sale or potential sale. When the sale does happen the pressure is put on the development team to get the product out the door as fast as possible, often with unrealistic schedules.

For a company that sees information as all important theres very little internal communication and no discussion.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop the micro managing, there are excellent mid level managers who helped build succesful companys before Autonomy stepped in.

Make the process behind pay reviews and bonuses review more transparent, especially for non sales.

Unrealistic development schedules need to be addressed, the quality of the product is suffering.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Autonomy

  1. 15 people found this helpful  

    Acquire and dismantle as a business model

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Autonomy

    Pros

    The products and technology from Autonomy itself and from it's many acquisitions have a huge amount of potential. Given the right vision and leadership, the products could be fairly compelling.

    Cons

    There is no vision and leadership, and this permeates the culture. I personally witnessed a thriving vibrant company filled with brilliant extremely hard working people transformed into a group so micromanaged and information starved that most of those who were no laid off left very soon after the corporate office started intervening.

    Independent thought and personal responsibility is actively squashed, somewhat weird given the name of the company isn't it?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the balance sheets look great, they are misleading. Hand the company over to new leadership that has at least a minimal amount of respect for customers and employees and allows management below the C*O level to actually make decisions. At some point enough customers and potential employees will communicate with their peers that sales and recruiting will suffer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work somewhere else first... then try here

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Autonomy

    Pros

    create new code that actually gets to see the light of day (you won't appreciate this point unless you've gigged in a prehistoric valley company); great travel; young environment; get to work with some awesome people; little management hierarchy; significant responsibility to get the job done

    Cons

    quarterly cycles and long days when there's a deadline to hit; sometimes the extra responsibility to take decisions and gets things done is a pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recruit people who can actually leverage the opportunities their given and not be frightened by them; keep the hierarchy 'thin' and ensure the bonuses go to those of us who've earned them!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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