Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated 16 November 2014
Updated 16 November 2014
166 Reviews
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166 Reviews
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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)

  • Friday lunches, happy-hour, high-tea (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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Blue Chip Clients base. Reasonably good science base.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great, fantastic company but its best years are in the past

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Opera was voted as one of the best company to work for in New Jersey. A great work environment.
    This was driven mostly driven by a great corporate culture, fantastic people, and unique industry and functional know-how.
    While many of the nice perks are gone (corporate box at the Madison Square Garden, Christmas parties and presents, etc.), the people are still fantastic. Friday lunches are something to look forward as they increase camaraderie and facilitate knowledge sharing.
    Some of the best Senior Vice Presidents are still around and working with them is a true pleasure and great learning experience.
    The new CEO is a great person and skilled leader; he is really doing his best to improve this situation. The recent town halls are finally providing some clarity on what' happening with the company.
    The beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline from the Jersey City office is another nice element (and working from JC is not as bad as it sounds)

    Cons

    The true cancer was the lack of steady long-term vision and industry focus.
    The change of operating model (from a management consulting firm to a Big Data software company) brought some inevitable hurdles, but the absence of a coherent vision made things worse. The focus on dead-end products, the loss of historical clients, some bad corporate decisions, unexpected rounds of lay-offs, and a few broken promises drastically accelerated the existing attrition, and emptied the NY/JC offices.
    Other issues to be addressed are:
    Compensation (low salaries, no more bonuses, fuzzy sales commission plan, etc.)
    Communication/transparency
    Employee morale
    Uncertainty and possibility of being acquired by a large system Integration services company. Maybe just a rumor, but it'd be nice to know more about the authenticity of this event and its implications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving interactions with employees with honest messages about the company current situation and outlook. Provide early warning about future, potential risks, events (e.g., rounds of lay-offs, potential acquisitions)
    Maintain a coherent road-map

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

    Give it time! Not a good place to join at least for an year now!

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

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong fundamentals and positioning in market

    Cons

    Everything, from previous management to internal policies and current work ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain the valuable employees at any cost

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It is a fine organisation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    - Good/smart people around
    - Nice/quality analytics work
    - quality junior staff
    - very good and transparent CEO

    Cons

    - Less focus on primary delivery
    - politicising any situation for own benefit
    - no personal support system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - there is a difference of meaning in bonus as incentive and promotions as incentive. One should not swap for each other.
    - Early promotions of junior at batch level may end up creating issue to senior staff

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    A day late, $114M short...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Bright folks before layoffs and mass exodus
    Friday lunch / office snacks

    Cons

    Bleak outlook for most verticals
    No visibility into reviews, promotions, or bonus structure
    Claims to be a products company when there is very little sw development expertise
    Every year becomes the "worst year" for the firm
    Change of direction every quarter is not yielding required results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it's not a products company
    Former CEO involvement may hinder progress

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing people, chaotic direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Opera is very flexible. They have big dreams and investors with deep pockets. It has the feel of a start up but slightly more stability. They pay very competitively and the people I've worked with have been fantastic.

    Cons

    Management is shifting, as of May 2014, they have a new CEO. He seems very capable and will hopefully turn around the chaos. Before the company seemed content to half-commit to too many different directions. Marching orders often changed and there was virtually no accountability. They're working really hard to clean this up now, and the future does have tons of potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There seems to be a greater need to accountability and a more formal channel for people to talk about their supervisors if they see mismanagement and waste.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Empty promises, empty offices

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong industry knowledge, especially in healthcare

    Cons

    Terrible senior management
    Lack of transparency and broken promises
    Lack of integrity in the sales process, eventually leading client to unrealistic expectations and working team to terrible hours
    Bad beneifts package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the new CEO to bring his own people and radically change the leadership group
    Abandon bogus products and homegrown technologies (e.g. vektor) to refocus on ad-hoc solutions and consulting engagements, especially where they strategically lead to new client relationships and improved domain knowledge
    Move to a smaller office space (this one looks very empty and kind of depressing now)
    Increase salary and reintroduce bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic, political and lack of integrity in the sales process

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent workforce, competitive compensation, significant buzz in indistry

    Cons

    political and toxic work environment, poor man management, lack of integrity in the sales process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The high turnover and past shortcomings with major clients demonstrates that management needs to be more realistic and less desparate when selling new accounts and more importantly treat middle-management and other staff with more professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Grand Wasted Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to work with some of the smartest, creative, and talented colleagues ever. Opera's diverse set of clients allows analysts and scientists to hone many skills. The previous out-of-control CEO was finally replaced by someone who seems very competent and understands how to think strategically. Opera's pay is above average, but you'll work for it.

    Cons

    There are so many: the perpetually late (and highly opaque) review cycles whose results are often released when the next cycle is supposed to begin; the lack of strategic development of products that led to massive waste in capital and human potential; promised incentives that were never delivered; a sales staff that doesn't understand what is being promised or delivered; a 24/7 expected work environment that burns out employees; most of the best people have already left the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make promises to clients or employees that cannot be kept. Need more transparency in performance review and incentive pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad. Please don't join

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good analytics talent.(Whatever little remains). There was a time you could learn a thing or two from some of the folks here.
    Flexible hours.
    Informal atmosphere.

    Cons

    0% transparency
    100% politics
    Management is horrible. Excellent at arbitrary decision making.
    No Vision. Just interested in getting clients by selling the moon and lying through the teeth.
    Cant trust anybody.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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