OPNET Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
46 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good work environment but low on perks

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at OPNET full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment, intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    Low on benefits. Personal growth is not guaranteed. You need to be in the right place at the right time to get good promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During review cycles, management should try to keep engineers as much happy as the higher management because that is the work horse behind the company success and if they are not motivated enough, it is going to hurt the company success in the long run

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work and learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Excellent team environment
    Learning experience
    Good for freshers

    Cons

    No bonus
    Low pay and less salary hikes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work for a while.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at OPNET full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart people there and there is a a lot of very technical and challenging work.

    Cons

    They are a company that hasn't seemed to keep up with the times. They haven't adapted to new software processes, new languages, new SCM tools, or anything in the world of software development. They also are too slow to let go of underperforming engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The cons I listed pretty much translate directly into advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good but could be great

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC

    I have been working at OPNET full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great technology, independent work life

    Cons

    No growth for experienced professionals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    low compensation

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at OPNET

    Pros

    there is a good life/work balance

    Cons

    * low compensation compared to other similar companies
    * the decisions that senior management makes are way too conservative without taking even a little bit of a risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the only way that someone advances in the hierarchy is mostly the number of years that he/she is with OPNET.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A dynamic environment with very smart people and challenging work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at OPNET

    Pros

    Small company so great level of challenges. Your work is not strictly limited to your title or what you were hired to do - there is always scope for learning new things and for you to contribute positively to the development of the organization.

    Cons

    The management style is not the best, very strict management that is also very conservative. Not a lot of things to do beside wok when your at OPNET for example no team development activities or fun outings, events etc. Its mostly just work.

    Since the company is small there are times when the work load is monumental because some teams are heavily understaffed and hence you will have to step up and lead the way. There is not much pressure from management but a normal ethical person would end up putting in more hours to complete the task at hand when there is no one else to do the job because the team is understaffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and conservative
    Offer employees more time off and or more team building, office events, parties, happy hours etc. All work and no play makes jack and dull boy - and that is kind of true because of the very conservative management style and lack of things to do other than work.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great products - extremely micro managed

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at OPNET

    Pros

    Great products and technology, very smart people work and run the company. The management is very responsive to customer needs. The mgr.do things first class,very detailed and don't cut corners on things.

    Cons

    This company invented the term micro managed. You'd be extremely hard pressed to find another company that's more micro managed, the cultre is manage by fear not only sales but most dept.'s in the company. The pay for s/wsales is way below the industry for what your asked to do. Loved the products but wouldn't go back for twice the $$.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't have any because they wouldn't listen anyway. From their perspective they've been successful doing it their way why change,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The brothers can be hard to work for but you can do well if you're good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at OPNET

    Pros

    Great products
    Great people
    Solid financials
    A great company to have on your resume if you make it 3+ years
    One of the most successful public software companies in the last 10 years!

    Cons

    Senior leaders can be unreasonable and rude.
    Heavy micromanagement.
    Very politically charged. Make sure you are in lock step with the brothers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've done an exceptional job hiring and growing middle managers. Give them more authority and ownership in the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great for the resume, stay for a few years and go

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at OPNET

    Pros

    The people are geniuses there. The environment is such that information sharing between people is great. A great place to learn

    Small and powerful company that lets you run the show. I have learned so much about all parts of a software company as I participated in the sales to software creation to contracts process

    The products are well made and well appreciated. The successes will make you look like a hero to the customers

    Cons

    The pay structure looks to be for new engineers. The benefits and promotion cycle is suited to those starting their career.

    There is a ton of turn over with employees. Nobody leaves and says 'I hated OPNET.' They leave and say 'great opportunities but now I want to take care of my own'

    For this reason, most people are quite young there, under 35.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employment model is working. Making it easy to stay a long time will change the model and thus change the company. It produces good results just not long term careers at the company

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

    I have been working at OPNET

    Pros

    The culture at OPNET is pretty good.

    Cons

    The communication could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication could be better.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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