Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2014
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2.7 159 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Opera Solutions CEO Bernhard Nann

Bernhard Nann

(22 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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)

  • A good place to learn something about big data and machine learning (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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    A ride unlike any other

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery smart and driven colleagues.

    Extremely interesting problems.

    Great access to top executives at leading firms.

    Flat org structure and good development opportunities (but sink or swim).

    Never a dull moment.

    ConsVery unpredictable - not for the faint of heart.

    Company direction is still fluid but getting much better over last 3 months. Slowly moving away from historic issues driven by never seeing a problem we couldn't solve.

    Still some lingering complainers left who should just leave the firm instead of spending their time taking shots at a company that they're still a part of. Things change. Challenges happen. Get over it or quit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing. The last 2 quarters have put us on a path of open communication and steadily increasing revenue growth that will help us build an amazing company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Getting better!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNew 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Opera Solutions provides innovative big data solutions

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpera 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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvery level of the organization needs more accountability

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Opera has what other companies lack

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpera 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake 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.

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    Best-positioned company in Big Data analytics space

    Vice President (Current Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsOpportunity 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

    ConsDefinite 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 Senior ManagementWhat 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Jersey City, NJ

    ProsAll 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great people to work with. Passion driven

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsNo major challenges as such, as it is a young firm process is evolving and with the pace of growth, things will fall into place.

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    “Great experience,great growth propsects”

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Noida (India)

    ProsPros – 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 !!!

    ConsNot as much impact at an individual level as one would like

    Advice to Senior ManagementIntrospect

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    “I'm in love with Opera !”

    Senior Associate, Management Analyst (Current Employee) Noida (India)

    ProsPros – 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.

    ConsYearly hike should be more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart talking to your team members more often to let them know what's coming!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good , overall a good company

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Noida (India)

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

    ConsAnalytics more, business less..not more consulting oriented

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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