Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Was fabulous at one time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The flexibility you have, interaction with others culture was amazing

    Cons

    Management just awful. Not posibility for GA to growth within the company

    Advice to Management

    New management needs transparency and balance. A lot of promises and nothing happen, also keep in mind you need to value your loyal employees and GA also deserves respect like others

  2. Helpful (3)

    Very talented individuals at the junior level, CEO has a core vision of becoming a great Data Science Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours. Company is comfortable with a work from home policy
    - Great talent at pre-manager levels

    Cons

    - Company is transitioning from consulting services to Data Science
    - History of witholding bonus payments

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on core-areas for improvement
     - Provide enhanced training

  3. Helpful (5)

    Wasted Talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    Lost in Translation

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    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    Hire another company to perform interviews. Hire more US citizens. Work on finding a direction and business objectives

  6. Helpful (5)

    Poor work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Blue Chip Clients base. Reasonably good science base.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from management.

  7. Helpful (8)

    A Grand Wasted Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA

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

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (6)

    Lots of experience that will be taken with me

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The variety and level of clients we work with is pretty amazing. Anything from a smaller company in a rural setting to a fortune 500 company right in NYC. Not only that, but there are healthcare companies, state agencies, banks, credit card companies, manufacturers, etc. The people area really intelligent and from all over, making for a (mostly) enjoyable experience. The work environment is awesome and something I wish more companies had. Gives you a good sense of freedom compared to the typical corporate structure.

    Cons

    Where to start on the cons. There is a definitive struggle to find a working strategy here. I think we all know we want to be innovative and product solutions in some way that harnesses data, big/small/disparate/whatever. Though we can't seem to get past fancy marketing and smoke/mirror tactics and simply explain the real value that we provide. I feel like we sell ourselves short of what we really do with trying to make it look like this magical machine that spits out insights. Nobody really knows what is going on, though it is hard to stay positive with how things are.

    Another review mentioned this, but while the variety of work is nice, the quality of project can vary greatly. Plus we're now in the spot with little room to move.

    Advice to Management

    We need more transparency and a clear/concise plan. Pick one and let us work towards it.

  9. Helpful (3)

    We just hit an iceberg - quick, let's rearrange the deck chairs!

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright and diligent Business Analysts, Data Science pros, and interesting client projects to service. Very effective marketing team.

    Cons

    - Senior management infighting
    - Lurching from funding round to funding round in choppy waters makes the oarsmen seasick

    Advice to Management

    Senior management infighting over limited resources leads to failure. Would suggest that investors clean house, but since most of the best talent has already left the company, likely too little too late.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start, bad place to stay.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The big data industry has the potential to be huge.

    Cons

    The management at the top is horrible.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Was a great company, but is falling down quickly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and friendly employees, good place to learn.

    Cons

    Management is a disaster, the top leaders do not care what the scientists are thinking, they use lies to keep employees, no communications from the leadership to bottom employees, rumors are everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    I think the COO should be the person to be fired first. It was her who leaked the rumor that the company was running out of cash by the end of March 2013. It created panic among employees and people started looking for an exit more actively. Ironically, this lady later was promoted to be the co-COO and started laying off people.

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