Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated May 27, 2015
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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)

  • Lack of transparency and broken promises (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    Rise & Fall of Opera : 2010 2-2015 started small with great momentum flourished in 2013 . Then everything is down fall.

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

    I have been working 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

    Work Flexibility is the only thing.

    Cons

    Management is the screw up. Owner was less informed about reality.

    Advice to Management

    Don't fire good CEO's who had brought some lift to souls after so many years . Favourism is something that can lead to bad things as history indicates


  2. Helpful (4)

    Not as good as management reviews would indicate, but also not as bad as fleeing employee reviews would indicate either

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I should caveat this review by saying that I was a US based resource and experiences can be very different in other offices. Also, there is a ton of variance between good projects and bad projects so two individuals in the same office with the same title can have a very different experience. I was fortunate to land some good projects with some strong teams. I received great exposure to predictive analytics / machine learning and consulting while at Opera. I worked on some very challenging and interesting projects. Predictive analytics / machine learning / Big Data is a very hot space right now so experience in these areas allows for a lot of flexibility. I also met some great people (also see cons). Work-life balance was very reasonable for me. The worst is probably behind the company as the company hit a bottom 6 months to a year back and Opera seems to be building some positive momentum. We'll see if that lasts.

    Cons

    A few years back this company was attracting top talent both across the globe. That's not the case anymore, though some talented folks still remain. It was painful to see the difference between 2 years back and now since there were so many highly talented, awesome people to be around. There are much fewer that remain. Bonuses inconsistent / nonexistent, though perhaps that is a thing of the past. Promotions not really merit based and generally inconsistent. Senior management has generally been pretty terrible in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Replacing your lost US talent with resources from India and China is not a good long term solution. You must start hiring more US resources.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Lack of management guidance, limited investment into the company, minimal infrastructure

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good people below the management layer

    Cons

    Management head completely in the sand, no understanding of the 'Big Data' marketplace or client opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Improve business development organization, hire better delivery resources, focus on marketplace to guide product development


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  5. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Personal Growth and huge learning

    Cons

    Need some training session for employees


  6. Helpful (4)

    Amazing people, chaotic direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opera is very flexible. They have big dreams and investors with deep pockets. It has the feel of a start up but slightly more stability. They pay very competitively and the people I've worked with have been fantastic.

    Cons

    Management is shifting, as of May 2014, they have a new CEO. He seems very capable and will hopefully turn around the chaos. Before the company seemed content to half-commit to too many different directions. Marching orders often changed and there was virtually no accountability. They're working really hard to clean this up now, and the future does have tons of potential

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be a greater need to accountability and a more formal channel for people to talk about their supervisors if they see mismanagement and waste.


  7. Helpful (5)

    A OK company but not good.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    There are many smart people in the company. Projects are diverse, and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Poor management. Policies keeps changing, e.g., the bonus. I have never received bonus in 2 years. Many times the promises are simply promises (and never come true). Bad benefit.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Your experience can be extremely fascinating or the typical consulting work depending on the project type.

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

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with smart people, with blue-chip clients, using cutting-edge technology.

    Cons

    The company is not very focused in direction; there are a lot of projects in many different verticals, which may be great for an analyst fresh out of school but not for an organization trying to do something completely new and disruptive.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on one vertical and try to perfect that particular technology solution before expanding to other verticals.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Bad management is killing the company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst Lead in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Data Analyst Lead in Jersey City, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented people in the company, through many of them are leaving now. The projects are fun and challenging, you can learn a lot and build your experience.

    Cons

    Bad management, policies changed all the time, and didn't live up to the promise. The salary is lower than the market. The benefit is not competitive as well.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employee well. Give them what they deserved.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good people...(data science) bubble-economy decisions.

    Former Employee - Staff Scientist
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist

    I worked at Opera Solutions (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart scientists, fun atmosphere, great managers, good place to learn a semi-rigorous approach to data science. Of course I complained about management while there, but since leaving I see that they were comparatively pretty good.

    Cons

    Fake products such as vektor (that were targeted to impress investors rather than actually do anything) were demoralizing. Lack of profits or great projects led me to seek work elsewhere. The research group was completely disconnected from other groups, which sucked because everyone wanted a little research and a little product development. The focus on PhDs rather than engineers slowed down product development.


  11. Top Management needs major changes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning environment and to get your feet wet so you can prepare yourself to jump ship for better opportunity.

    Cons

    Too much internal rift between the departments is pulling the company apart. Considering its still a small to medium sized company which is still trying to get out of the start-up mode it should set it priorities straight. Instead of concentrating on what’s good for the company and being responsible/reasonable, top management is fighting internal/personal battles. Some top managers also have pompous attitude, but in fact they don’t have the knowledge or the experience. Also I know my department head would lie to me from time to time. The top leadership of the company wastes money like drunken alcoholics, and then when the funds are running low, they start lay off employees.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy the party spend the $$ and then file for bankruptcy. Unless all management changes, who want the company to survive.



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