Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
169 Reviews
2.6
169 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)

  • 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  

    Was fabulous at one time

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Wasted Talent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Lost in Translation

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ

    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
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Grand Wasted Opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Lots of experience that will be taken with me

    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start, bad place to stay.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    The big data industry has the potential to be huge.

    Cons

    The management at the top is horrible.

    Disapproves of CEO

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