Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
168 Reviews
2.6
168 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)

  • flexible hours, being able to work from home for a very long time (in unit of month), free snacks and beverage, Friday catering lunches (in 11 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Doing what it takes to succeed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Everyone wants to be successful until they see what it takes.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Working with smart and talented people with constant flow of ideas. Company was started with passion and willingness to take risks. Combined leadership will provide significant strength.

    Cons

    There will always be cons even with the most successful companies, the most successful failed before succeeding. Some of the people have a sense of entitlement due to their unrealistic expectations that causes a negative working environment. They are quick to point fingers when times are tough, but would never be able to start a business of their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to move forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    NASCAR to Formula One in 9-12 months

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Just like Gene Haas is doing by getting the U.S. into F1 from NASCAR....Bernhard, and team, will be leading us through the transition from a very successful consulting organization...to a successful analytics software company.

    We have been racing F1 with a NASCAR team and that doesn't work....and there are some that will prefer to stay with the oval track....nothing wrong with that....but there are many of us that like the roar of a nicely tuned F1 engine....so we are very encouraged !

    Communication is improving and things are changing....and we still have and attract the best talent....

    Cons

    This transition isn't easy or quick....the corporate culture , processes etc need to change....but we have the right team in place to make this happen. ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the lines of communication alive....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Still in a growth market, but with too many choices

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company is making changes to focus more resources on the biggest opportunities and reduce the number of custom projects. This won't please everyone, but it's the right thing to do. We have an opportunity to scale a few proven offers, but need to eliminate distractions. There are growth opportunities for people willing to try new things.

    Cons

    Renewed focus is progressing, but can be accelerated. With so much potential it's hard to say 'no' sometimes. In a leading-edge market people must be willing to try new things and adapt to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Properly resource a few key opportunities. Bigger bets on fewer things. Steady success in a few areas will create personal growth for everyone and eliminate any confusion.

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

    Great People and Opportunities; Leadership Needs to Continue to Make Improvements

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pros: Super-talented line managers and teams in this company who get things done. Our junior team members are outstanding and get a chance to step up and make a difference, get exposure and gain great experience almost from day one. It is truly an amazing group of people. I don’t work with all the different teams, but my experience with teams in our Services, Healthcare, Government and Risk and Financial Services practices have been wonderful. Products get developed and out the door, customers’ needs get met and things get done. Middle managers have a lot of discretion and the problems we are tackling are interesting; we get a chance to solve some of the most fascinating and complex problems our clients are facing today. In my area, our customers seem very satisfied and are renewing/expanding.

    Cons

    Upper management still needs to get better aligned so teams and middle managers can be even more effective. Getting better, but still…

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reach consensus on business decisions before implementing. Put the strategy down on paper so everyone is aligned. Communicate it better, and stick to it so line managers can execute

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

    Turning the Corner with Momentum Building

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    A few recent key business wins with major blue chip companies; Well positioned vis a vis Frost & Sullivan, Gartner, Computerworld, Expedia/Kaggle prize; Messaging and capabilities are differentiated, and the market is responding positively.

    Cons

    Competition is well financed, fierce, and growing market share vigorously; Company is just beginning to deploy a sound strategy that can win the market, but time will tell if we can execute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on execution and improving the Vektor platform. With both nimble and large competitors pursuing us in the market, we can squander our position if we don't deliver.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Enough complaints, already - new year, new dawn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Amazingly smart and committed people, great IP, one of the best customer lists (with significant relationships) in the Big Data space. True success stories to point to. Much more focused direction (finally - took a long time!) and we've stripped down to fighting weight and lost some of the expenses that were dragging us down. Real progress on technology, too, hitting milestones and goals.

    Cons

    Still a pretty grumpy place to work, even though CEO has taken the right actions (IMHO). Naysayers need to either get with the program or find a place they can believe in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to keep focused and keep communicating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    You get out what you put in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Whether you're into business, software, or data science, this is place where you can create your own opportunities in a small enough environment to make meaningful contributions in anything you do. It's not a place where you can scrape by putting in 35 hours a week and hope to expand your growth or make an impact. As with any burgeoning market entrant, growing pains abound. If you're the type to see opportunity in the face of uncertainty, enjoy a good challenge, and can perform under stress and constraints, you'll succeed and be rewarded. If not, you'll quickly become frustrated and end up somewhere else, which isn't a bad thing (though watch out for these reviews). Subtle pros: free lunch every Friday, great culture, high quality colleagues, lasting friendships and professional relationships easily built.

    Cons

    Communication is the biggest con. Most of the time we are completely in the dark about what's going on in the company. It's tough to be motivated when performance bonuses dried up over time. They are allegedly coming back based on individual project performance, but we'll have to see to believe. Benefits are completely terrible, and salaries could be better (promotions help a bit). Hours vary widely, and allocation of work can be very unbalanced within teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explain what is going on! Stop the rumors and address the big issues that bother people the most. Motivate your top performers so they don't leave and empower them to become advocates for your vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opera could be Better with new management!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Works around your schedule, flexible and options to work from home when your kids are sick!

    Cons

    Do not come clean to employees, underpaid and all suddenly not bonuses!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please be responsible and tell the true what is going on with the company. Money comes but disappear right away. You keep hiring this high level salaries and your people struggling, YOU NEED TO KEEP US HAPPY TO WORK FOR YOU.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Despite the long hours and big work load, the company treats you very well.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Fairly flexible schedule
    4 weeks vacation
    Lunch provided on Friday
    Opportunity to learn new skills
    Friendly staff

    Cons

    It feels like the company has lost its direction and is losing a lot of employees. We just got a lot of money from investors but it seems to be going quick on helping us find our way again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with each other so we can all head in the same direction. Let the employees know what's going on within the company. Find out why we are losing so many employees lately. It's bad for morale.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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