Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
162 Reviews
2.6
162 Reviews
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Opera Solutions CEO Bernhard Nann
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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  

    Hitting the reset button (on everything except for some sour grapes on glassdoor) and turning the corner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Incredible access to top executives at several of the world's leading companies.

    Quality of the problems that we're working with our clients to solve are second-to-none. Very intellectually stimulating.

    Good mid-senior level managers.

    Flat organizational structure and team. Challenging "sink or swim" environment provides tremendous opportunity to accelerate professional growth.

    Cons

    Sink or swim environment and roller coaster ride that is Opera is not for everyone. As you can see from some of the negative reviews on glassdoor, prima donnas do not do well here. Smart, self-driven, and intellectually curious people do well here. Those who expect silver spoon feeding and daily parental supervision do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing (but continue to focus on boosting firm morale). We're turning the corner on our transformation but need to keep up the momentum and not lose sight of the importance of the "softer" things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wasted Talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, interesting analytics problems

    Cons

    No concept of work-life balance, career devlopment, etc. company never made the leap from consulting to analytics. BA Business student may be replaceable cogs, but PhD scientists aren't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    EXPERTS AT DOING FRAUD

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

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    NONE.. YOU READ ME RIGHT.. NONE

    Cons

    Calls itself a Big Data firm, What a Joke ! No one knows anything about Big Data here.
    Claims to have a Signal Hub that does automated problem solving. What a Joke ! Just a scam to fool in clients.
    Brought in a new CEO to give new hope to people. What a joke ! He is just being used as a rubber stamp. Company being run by same old evils.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont fool employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, very global so you get to interact across every time zone possible often in the same day, new CEO who is just begging for someone to lead so great opportunity to look smart even if you have no clue, high turnover allows for ample opportunity for those with no experience to try out senior roles and pad their resumes for the next gig.

    Cons

    Everybody who is smart is leaving so fast that you may not have enough time to update your linked in profile before the next job search. Benefits change every year so you can't possibly figure out if your getting screwed unless you compare them to normal companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the games you are playing with people's lives you haven't done a thing for employees over the past two years and you seem more intent on screwing people over than actually building a business please stop and for once treat employees with respect perhaps you could take some sensitivity training since you are basically rehashing the same failing strategy year over year so you must have some free time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Blood suckers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    No pros in the company

    Cons

    The top management is full of con artists.

  11. 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

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