Openet Reviews

Updated 8 September 2014
Updated 8 September 2014
29 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still a small company with big ambitions but senior management team are not right people to deliver.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Openet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Additional holidays award for each year of service.
    Good employee welfare.
    Generally flexible working hours - can come to work early / late for doctor / dentist visits.
    Graduates get exposure to some interesting work.

    Cons

    Managers are great at fire-fighting but poor at planning.
    Nepotism and cliques are prevalent. If you're not part of the club, too bad.
    No pay rises or bonus for part 4 years. Little scope for learning new skills or career advancement.
    Office environment is poor, split across two buildings in Dublin.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional Services Engineers get shafted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Professional Services Engineer  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Professional Services Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Openet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Has all the usual perks. Can be a good way to network as deal with many operators and some third party vendors. Seems to be great if in test, development (usual s/w busy periods preceding deadlines) or other role (ice cream days, Wednesday breakfasts, on site health checks). Travel if that's what you are after.

    Cons

    In Professional Services - long hours, weekend work, work through holidays etc. little-no "project" bonus on green field sites (as often projects are highly underestimated). Some clueless, time-wasting, project managers that add to the pressure of tight schedules and quite often mislead customers. no pay for all the extra hours and you do not get anywhere near the extra days lost en lieu.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    level the field amongst the different groups. either PS hours drop or they are rewarded for all the extra work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly good, with a mix of non-ideal situations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Openet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of learning to be gained
    Management does genuinely tries to make this a better workplace
    Some managers do care about the welfare of the staff

    Cons

    Some politics across different organizations in the company, not as rampant as some similarly sized companies but if this is not controlled or discouraged, this may grow.
    Attempts on improvements are not done right yet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the folks that work with you better and show it
    You need to spend money to make money, there are a lot of talented people in the company, engineers or not that needs to be appreciated better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software issues are killing the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Openet full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Openet was innovative and a thought leader. Lost track when trying to go IPOD

    Cons

    Nepotism.... Unwilling to listen to the customer. Arrogant VP level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-invent....flush out VP and above layer. Everyone else has been acquired except Openet. Best times are PAST TENSE

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor management, heavy spending cuts everywhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Openet full-time

    Pros

    Used to have very good atmosphere at work. Currently no longer the case as people who created it are getting more and more frustrated or they are gone already

    Cons

    The quality of management is below minimum standard. Irrational decissions are being made at all levels, especially VP and above. HR is hostile, arrogant and constantly trying to make life harder for employees. Products are developed using waterfall methodology even though management calls it Agile, they are slow, buggy and don't really work together. Company is trying to find a magic solution to make them work faster but all attempts are unsuccessful because most of them are written using a primitive homemade programming language which noone bothers to deprecate. Tallented engineers have either left or will leave soon. The company would rarely backfill such positions, and even if, they would usually hire graduates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way is down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a nice working environment anymore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Openet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1) Good benefits
    2) 21 days annual leave (incremental every 2 years up to 26 days)
    3) Provides training

    Cons

    1) Unreasonable project timelines. Management expects employees to work extra hours and weekends to complete project.
    2) Office politics aplenty
    3) No contractual bonus (only got company and performance bonus once in 5 years)
    4) Too many managers to report to, and insufficient developers and QA in a project.
    5) No travel allowance, only by claim
    6) Openet is losing a lot of experienced employees
    7) Very few experienced and good employees. It is difficult to seek help from them as they are very busy (because everyone is asking help from them).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to train up more employees to become SME for every region to reduce the dependent on those few good employees.
    Management needs to make the employees feel appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Getting worse and worse each year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Openet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1) 21 days annual leave
    2) Able to learn some advance C++ codes (only certain teams)

    Cons

    1) Politics are increasingly entwined.
    2) Some managers in Product Department are incompetent, indecisive, and always push responsibilities to someone else.
    3) Interview process is critically flawed, resulting in hiring many incapable engineers, who are only good at presenting themselves.
    4) Inefficient management, poor project planning, and glitchy software design causes delay after delay.
    5) Try to force employees to work during weekends when deadline could not be met.
    6) Practice Agile wrongly.
    7) Fail to identify the contribution of engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a lost cause.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, most of the time.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Helpful
    - Flexi hours
    - variaty of projects
    - decent benefits

    Cons

    - constant fires!
    - support work at last minute
    - losing senior staff
    - no sense of direction
    - uses in house programming language

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Need to keep senior staff and pay out to keep them.
    - Need more realistic targets and company direction.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits but poor management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Openet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good medical benefits
    Flexi work time

    Cons

    Poor management
    Politic in office
    Some manager doesn't notice those who contributes and those who doesn't

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Seems to be moving in the wrong direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various
    Former Employee - Various

    I worked at Openet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I learned a lot working at Openet and worked with some very sharp people. The benefits were pretty good, and at first the atmosphere was great.

    Work-life balance was hit-or-miss. There were times when it was pretty good, but also a lot of get-it-done-yesterday fire drills. Not unusual for a small technology company with huge telecom clients, I think.

    Overall my experience was positive, but I wouldn't go back there now.

    Cons

    Openet seems to be losing its touch. It grew very rapidly for a few years, but over the last year or so seems to be shrinking just as rapidly. Openet has some very compelling products, but doesn't seem to be able to focus on really polishing them and moving them forward.

    The company seemed quite management-heavy toward the end of my time there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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