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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated 25 May 2017
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Opera Solutions Chairman & CEO Arnab Gupta
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Pros
  • Good Working Environment, Work-Life Balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Flexi timings and work from home are some of the great policies (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance can vary from being awesome to being awful (in 10 reviews)

  • IT/Technology - Being a big data company, there is no understanding or expertise in hadoop/computer architecture (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Engagement Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Deeply entrepreneurial in approach; some of the smartest people to work with.

    Cons

    Un-structured transition from consulting to Big Data

    Advice to Management

    Clarify short, medium and long term vision and align go-to-market approach accordingly.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clear vision and mission - To help companies extract & use intelligence, at scale, hidden in all their enterprise wide data assets ; using both technology & human intelligence . Proposition around analytics has evolved over the years and is now very clearly defined & differentiated from some of the other firms operating in this space.
    Innovative business model - Offerings built to add value to firms on both ends of the big data maturity pyramid ; point solutions & analytics as a service for some of the less mature firms and enterprise wide software for some of the more mature firms
    Culture - Very entrepreneurial ; Freedom to innovate ; Freedom to shape your own career : Multitude of roles to chose from - Could work as a business consultant, as a product manager or as a technology expert or ALL ! taking on extremely challenging & ambiguous business problems and building very creative & sustainable solutions, using technology & human insight, to solve them is ingrained in the DNA of the firm

    Cons

    lack of a very well defined career path - This is good and bad both - Good as you have the flexibility to discover what you like and accordingly shape up your career and bad because you may get lost ! (especially when you have very clear career goals)

    Advice to Management

    Now that the transformation to a big data analytics company is complete ; Need to be more aggressive in spreading awareness around the core mission of the company and how it differentiates itself from other companies in this space


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Total disapointment"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (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


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "I had high hopes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Lead by example and appreciate your staff.


  7. "Great place to start a career"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Analyst in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Solutions Analyst in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Smart, competent people (recruit from best schools/programs in country)
    -Growing company (business opps and tech expanding rapidly)
    -Flat structure, easy to move up
    -Management gives consistent performance feedback
    -Consistently improving management (great mentorship opportunities)
    -Collegiate, social environment
    -Advancement opportunities
    -Office location (less than 20 min from most places in Manhattan)
    -Amazing work/life balance compared to competitors (hours of software company but work of a consulting firm)
    -Free Friday lunch and stocked kitchen
    -Happy hours most Fridays, social events throughout year

    Cons

    -Steep learning curve (responsibilities can grow quickly)
    -Little room to slack off due to small size
    -If you're looking for consistent business travel like other consultancies, there are only a few projects that require travel

    Advice to Management

    -Keep investing in new talent
    -Make sure to prioritize star assets
    -Expand training in Signal Hub for professional services side of business


  8. "Analytics Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    very good culture, people here are really nice and always willing to share. good opportunity to do data analysis

    Cons

    salary is not aligned with the average level of the industry. has experienced some kind of decline on business


  9. "good place to start your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    We have flexible working hours, so you can manage your time well accordingly. The people here are all talented, and graduated from top universities, you can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    project is long, skill set learnt here might not be applicable to other industry and company


  10. "Graphic Designing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Noida (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Time flexibility is too good, Too good for other staff (i.e. except supporting staff. Designing Team)

    Cons

    Increment/bonus is too less comparison market. yet so big consulting firm. Yes boss always high.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Company has no values"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work timings
    Good office location

    Cons

    This is a good example of how a team and company can get ruined with no values or integrity. Values is just a webpage on the website with absolutely no meaning. Worked for 5 years and never had a meaningful review. Politics is very very high even for such a small company. You don't need merit or credentials to be successful just be friends/part of the Boss's club. Since the Boss also got his position doing the same.

    Advice to Management

    Analyze why the company is still a startup for the past 10 years! with exponentially decreasing revenues. I think the company needs the product signalhub more than its client's now.


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