Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
163 Reviews
2.6
163 Reviews
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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)

  • Friday lunches, happy-hour, high-tea (in 9 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  

    Beware of posts from ex-employees let go from Opera (posing as current employees) and throwing darts from their new home

    • 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

    Pros

    Doing big things in a white hot space.

    Highly entrepreneurial culture and fluid work environment - you will grow faster at Opera than almost anywhere.

    Cons

    Lack of clearly structured environment and defined processes is not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course - we'll get there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Getting better!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    New upper management. Seems like they’re starting to listen to their staff and making real changes, starting at the top. New CEO seems to be focused on communication and transparency with weekly emails, which is greatly needed. I’m encouraged by his approach to take stock of the company and fill us in on his findings as he goes. I have high hopes for him and believe he’ll be able to effect real change.

    Cons

    Many processes are still too slow. Middle and upper management needs to provide more timely feedback and communication for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to remember your people are your greatest asset. “Thank you” and honest communication about next steps regarding promotions, projects, and reassignments go a long way. Even if you don’t have the answers we want, letting us know where you are in the process is a step in the right direction.

    Advice to fellow employees: This company hires a lot of people fresh out of school, which means they’re young millennials with high (unrealistic) expectations and little perspective. While things at Opera have not been perfect, they could be so much worse. We’ve gone through a huge transition — or three — but I’ll take that over a “this is the way it’s always been done” mentality any day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Opera Solutions provides innovative big data solutions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opera is very flexible. The management is laid back. They are not afraid to be experimental. It feels like working at a startup with the stability of a major company

    Cons

    Business models often seem to change on a whim leaving everyone feeling uncertain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every level of the organization needs more accountability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Opera has what other companies lack

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Opera Solutions is full of young, smart, optimistic people. Maybe too optimistic. As someone who's worked at several companies and in a completely different industry, I find many of the things that others are disgruntled about at Opera refreshing. The company is trying to redefine itself from a consulting firm to a product-based company, which is a very difficult task. But instead of just laying off consultants (and those who are a bit stuck in the consultant mindset), the company (from my perspective at least) seems to be trying to hold onto them, valuing its people more than any other company I've worked at. After many rounds of layoffs at other companies, this is a nice change of pace, even if it is to the temporary detriment of others.

    The CEO is incredibly smart. He knows big data, he knows business, and he's smart enough to know what he doesn't know—and hires the best scientists and domain experts to make his vision a reality. I find him refreshingly honest, able to admit to his mistakes and humble enough to learn from them and move on. The company is forging through uncharted territory, and you need a leader who is willing to self-correct.

    My favorite part about Opera is the employees. The company spares no expense in the hiring department (it seems), and that is a huge benefit. Many companies hire the least expensive people who can barely do the job that's necessary in order to save money. When that happens, growth is impossible, as no one can excel or learn, and the company becomes stagnant and dies. Here, you have a company full of overachievers--Ivy League grads, some with years of experience in their fields who can really help shape the careers of the younger staff. In my experience, this is no longer the norm most places.

    Other quick notes from my perspective:

    --My hours are great. There has been some evening and weekend work, but on average, I'm home an hour earlier than was I used to be.

    --While I haven't participated in many of the extracurriculars, that there are any is rare. A company that volunteers, has happy hours, reaches out to the community, etc. speaks to the forward-thinking company culture, as well as to the level and type of employees here.

    --This is a fluid, dynamic environment. While that may make some people crazy (and it makes me crazy sometimes, too), it also means that employees can move around a bit. I think some employees give managers too much power to control their experience here. *Everyone* contributes to the overall dynamic, and each of us is ultimately in charge of our own experiences. Those who are willing and able to take on additional responsibility and/or leadership roles seem to move up very quickly. This is rare and should be seen as a benefit and opportunity.

    Cons

    The "flat" organization isn't really flat--nor is it beneficial. It just makes transparency that much more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some management courses. As with most companies, you're all adept in your fields, but managing people isn't it. Get on the same page and provide a clear, unified company structure and direction, and then stick to it.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best-positioned company in Big Data analytics space

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to be part of the most advanced company in the exploding Big Data arena
    Great people - accomplished, intelligent, fun
    Chance to be part of fluid, entrepreneurial culture, bring great products to new markets, and get in on ground floor of the Big Data economy

    Cons

    Definite growing pains - particularly in shedding the old consulting values and approaches
    Some grumpy and cynical old-style consultants who create a lot of noise and won't get on the new bandwagon
    Company has grown so fast that its processes and infrastructure have not kept up - it's harder to get things done than it should be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What the company represents in the market, and the traction it's gaining, is real. But management needs to do a better job of communicating it all internally, especially to the few folks who just don't "get it" and are creating a lot of needless angst.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A fun place to work with a lot of smart peers and solid management

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

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    All the people I work with are extremely bright and I can learn a lot from them. Also, there are no egos. We're all trying to accomplish the same thing and more focused on the pioneering and outcome rather than individual praise. If you work hard, you get noticed because there is a high degree of visibility. Also there are good perks like friday lunches, happy hours, access to the MSG box, etc.

    Cons

    Their benefits package is not the best. Also, there is sometimes chaos working in a start-up type environment. Typical growing pains.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with. Passion driven

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Friendly environment, everyone is ready to help. Promotions totally based on merit.
    Performance based incentives at the end of the year

    Cons

    No major challenges as such, as it is a young firm process is evolving and with the pace of growth, things will fall into place.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    “Great experience,great growth propsects”

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Noida (India)

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pros – Open culture,Fun atmosphere, super smart minds, loads to learn,Flexible working hours for every one.
     Great workplace, Great Culture and a place to be in !!!

    Cons

    Not as much impact at an individual level as one would like

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introspect

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    “I'm in love with Opera !”

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Management Analyst in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate, Management Analyst in Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    Pros – 1. Very friendly colleagues.
    2. Great place to gain knowledge about the processes & is a step ahead in technology.
    3. Flexi timings.
    4. Everybody follows the company core values & team work is excellent.
    5. You can change your domain if interested.
    6. Pays way better than several companies.

    Cons

    Yearly hike should be more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start talking to your team members more often to let them know what's coming!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good , overall a good company

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    Nice work enviroment here at Opera . Work life balance is also present. Moreover you get to be in Noida city.

    Cons

    Analytics more, business less..not more consulting oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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