Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated 6 August 2014
Updated 6 August 2014
160 Reviews

2.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours of work, though that can turn around and bite you by taking your work-life balance haywire (in 9 reviews)

  • A good place to learn something about big data and machine learning (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has almost 0 skills in people management (in 11 reviews)

  • Complete lack of transparency on how the company was doing overall (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had high hopes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    A lot of talented people work/ have worked for the company. The work environment is great and the people I work with are awesome.

    Cons

    Where do I start. Staff turnover is high which is to be expected in this industry however management are doing nothing to retain the talent that they have. Moral is low and it appears nobody really knows where they stand. Management and policies have changed so much that I not sure if the company will survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example and appreciate your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Total disapointment

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Interesting proposals and ideas for projects
    - Interesting field with good potential
    - Good differentiation as consulting branch

    Cons

    - Financially unstable, bloated operating expenses
    - Very weak internal firm building
    - Exceptionally bad, downright mean, in treating employees during problems and difficulties
    - Firm running as silos with Principals and Partner's focusing only on their pet projects
    - Arbitrary and political promotions
    - Clear high level vision but no leadership nor clarity in execution. Bad implementation of overall strategy
    - Big difference for the worse between original ideas and actual client project. Ideas get dilluted

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

    Absolute dissapointment - a wannabe Consulting firm with no leadership and poor senior management

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in London, England

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    very little other than the good collegiate atmosphere across the firm (excluding managers to principals though). All people below Manager are really cool and very nice. I can say that I really miss a lot of them.

    Cons

    Absolutely no transparency in the promotion / feedback process
    clear cut between the base (analyst to senior associate) and the rest (manager to principal)
    Total lack of leadership, principals bring no business and they have no understanding of how to manage teams.
    Unclear strategy with the UK team: one day it's very strategic, the next day it doesn't matter much
    Zero communication: one day you learn that everything is going well, the next day the firm might be for sale and the third day your colleagues call you to let you know that they have just been fired
    Excluding 1 or 2 big clients monopolizing a large chunk of the consultants there is very little client relationship going on
    Moving away from strategic consulting and now mostly focused on analytics. Great to invest in but not interesting to work for
    Poor planning: the firm just crashed after having hired massive number of people, they had to fire 15% of the people, cut 10% of all salaries and bonuses were delayed forever...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the firm to competent people who have the skills and the experience to properly develop this business and provide opportunities for its consultants to learn and develop new skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lost in Translation

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    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Bad Management
    No Direction
    No one speaks English enough to understand
    Not hiring the best people - Interviewers who are not qualified

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire another company to perform interviews. Hire more US citizens. Work on finding a direction and business objectives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working towards a brighter future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    - Small teams for each project with easy to mingle people
    - Good work environment
    - Vast exposure
    - Flexible timings

    Cons

    - Management needs to pay more attention to employee retention plans

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A ride unlike any other

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Very smart and driven colleagues.

    Extremely interesting problems.

    Great access to top executives at leading firms.

    Flat org structure and good development opportunities (but sink or swim).

    Never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Very unpredictable - not for the faint of heart.

    Company direction is still fluid but getting much better over last 3 months. Slowly moving away from historic issues driven by never seeing a problem we couldn't solve.

    Still some lingering complainers left who should just leave the firm instead of spending their time taking shots at a company that they're still a part of. Things change. Challenges happen. Get over it or quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. The last 2 quarters have put us on a path of open communication and steadily increasing revenue growth that will help us build an amazing company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doing what it takes to succeed

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    1. Developing and validating a entirely new technology platform being adopted by some of the largest corporations in the world. A true game changer. Increasingly proven.
    2. Passionate leadership who believe in what they do and responding and adapting to challenges.
    3. Moving to giving our young associates a chance to take leadership much faster than we could get elsewhere
    4. New CEO has put in a structure with much greater accountability and focus which will payoff.
    5. Truly global company with significant opportunities to see the world.
    6. Business problems at the cutting edge. Unique.

    Cons

    1.truly traumatic transition from a service company to a technology led company. Resulted in dislocation and loss of identity and affiliation for many of us.
    2. Processes such as incentives and staffing in disarray which made life unpleasant and difficult. Being fixed and getting better.
    3. High attrition particularly in the service group as the new direction did not fit. A double edged sword as costs declined and gave us more junior people more opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So many vitriolic complaints from current and ex employees. Nobody is forcing you to stay. Many of us like the challenges and the direction. Building something new is always difficult. If you don't like it just quit. You will be doing all of us a favor. I don't believe any company can give you as intense, compressed and high quality experience as this company can.
    Keep focused and stay the course. The best revenge is success. Many big deals being closed. The momentum seems to be gaining force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunity to interact with others cultures.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    The company has been an opportunity for me growth in the professional area. Colleagues are very nice, fun, smart, easy to get along with so many different cultures.

    Cons

    Management has been shaddy this past three year and not clear what they wanted. Poor management levels as well and G&A not pay well accordingly to today's living cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize your employees effort to work and clearly project trust and wisdom as of where you want to take the company in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Company going through the transition phase

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, smart colleagues, start-up friendly culture

    Cons

    flat learning curve in consulting stream, no one gets onshore opportunities in first year, low employee morale currently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Campus pass-outs join the firm hoping that it'll be a great learning opportunity for them. In absence of learning opportunities, attrition is bound to happen. Management should push policies that ensure steep learning curve for freshers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent management

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    Former Employee - Analytics Manager  in  Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Analytics Manager in Noida (India)

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everything except senior management who repeatedly failed to provide leadership and guidance to an exceptionally talented bunch of employees

    Cons

    I was an India employee and I have experienced that the leader in India and few of his cronies have reduced the India operation into a nonsense. They simply don't know (and want to either) how the analytics industry works and hence couldn't leverage the India operation full of bright people. They fired all the lateral hires because they were perceived as a threat and the leader in particular is very scared about his own prospects as the laterals outwitted him on many occasions. Now the situation is so bad that Opera is begging for Wipro's business - whereas Wipro wanted to leverage Opera as its analytics powerhouse! I think some good leaders can be hired for India and the situation can be salvaged. Damage control cannot be done by commenting on glass door posts - that too by junior HR trainees proxying as "management"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the courage to hire laterally and challenge yourselves, shed you arrogance and submit to the fact that it needs a different type of skill sets to run an aspiring analytics shop. Not everything can be achieved by PowerPoint decks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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