Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
160 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)

  • 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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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Killed by greed - watch for phony employee reviews

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    None - management team is lost and trying to survive with smoke and mirrors. When the end justifies the means to make a few rich at the expense of employees it is hard to find a 'pro'

    Cons

    All fluff and no substance - has NOTHING to sell but marketing materials
    No knowledge of digital - either technology or data
    Spending money like drunken sailors, with nothing to show for in terms of software or IP
    hired 100's of employees overnight with just one phone screen, gave them very high titles and doubled their salaries just to turn around and fire them (and yes it is true)
    Constantly running out of cash and telling lies to employees regarding salaries and bonus payments that never come
    No longer any competent business minds at opera
    EXTREMELY dishonest with employees and clients alike - absolutely no sense of integrity
    Expensive services for clients and engagements that get renewed less that 5% of the time
    Look at the writing style of the positive (3+ stars)reviews ...it's easy to see that they are fake. Management is working hard to fight the flow of negative reviews

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Karma is just around the corner

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

    Well that was disappointing

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    Former Employee - Senior Analytics Specialist  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Analytics Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learned from the many mistakes managers and execs made. Made some good connections that helped me escape.

    Cons

    Management would lie to keep scientists around.
    Managers known to encourage same day departure when you give your two weeks to save the company a buck.
    Owing to clueless managers, the loudest apes would get their way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lost cause. They have no passion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    watching a slow motion train wreck w an out-of-control CEO

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

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    the space was hot (until recently); superficially the story was interesting for Opera; there was great promise for building a disciplined consulting firm with tagalong recurring revenues

    Cons

    zero consistency in execution. The CEO had a new strategy every day. Sycophants surround him and no one is willing to tell the emperor he isn't wearing any clothes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    probably too late to save the place without entirely new leadership; significant job cuts; and a renewed build it up again focus on the consulting w selected recurring revs model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just Ask Three Questions to Learn the Truth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of Potential and good people. But no one at the wheel. The company is flat out untruthful about its offerings and the state of them. At its best, they have smart people who are without any defined guidance. salespeople have no support and no actual thing to sell than How awesome Opera is. The CEO Surrounds himself with people who only tell him what he wants to hear.

    Cons

    To get the reality of this place just ask to :
    1. download any product offering, particularly the magic Signal Hub
    2. get a phone reference of a customer that is using and is happy with any product
    3. Any customer for over 36 months willing to speak positively about Opera

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit you are playing for a cash out, and not building a company. Stop posturing and start telling the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time to abandon ship

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    Former Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart academic ideas - Phd. brains from Ivy league

    Cons

    Lacks leadership and execution, inexperienced people in key roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not lie and play games with employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusion starts from the top

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    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Not having to stay late

    Cons

    Not having to stay late - also

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your exit quick and reward your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost in space? No future for the company or it's people.

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    Current Employee - Senior Executive  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Nothing. Not anymore. Consulting that never grew up.

    Cons

    CEO is completely lost. His strategy is flawed.
    Any new and existing investors will regret every looking at this company. They will loose it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO needs to leave. He is clueless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too Late.

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    Current Employee - Analytics Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Analytics Manager in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Opera has the most compelling story and ideas in the market. And the resources to potentially deliver it. Excellent people all wanting to succeed.

    Cons

    Company has just announced re-org (again) with not one, not two, but THREE separate P&L focus areas, which are separate and do not work together. Products team has no developer investments, support team does not exist and no marketing or sales investments can be seen. Focus is all around raising new money and moving deck chairs around to appease those who spend their time telling the CEO what he wants to hear. No one understands or can repeat the company strategy as none actually exists. We have no guidance or career path, only the promise that everything will get better once we get more seed money. Feels like a shell of a company as the strongest and most believable leadership is either gone or demoted to irrelevance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put customers first and stop putting sycophants in charge. Provide a clear 'we will do this' strategy.
    Empower the true leaders you have left. It may be too late.

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

    Game Over

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    Current Employee - Senior Analytics Specialist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analytics Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant vision and potential for products. Too bad none exist beyond powerpoint.

    Cons

    CEO and senior management are no longer building a company, instead they are running for the exits and begging for money from system integrators for the scientists and smattering of customers. Zero cash for anything to grow the company, and in the last town hall, the CEO admitted the place was in too much disarray to be sold at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do whatever it takes to put the company on solid footing, but please don't sell out to an SI and give away our potential as a pure play. That is why many of us have endured the long road-in hopes of a happy ending or IPO. Invest in either building big data solutions or classic services/consulting. decide to do one or the other. Trying to do both is killing Opera.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Swan song?

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Although some of Opera’s best people have recently left or been pushed out, the company still has some very bright minds knowledgeable not only in Analytics but also in several client industries.

    Cons

    The CEO and main shareholder is after a quick cash-out and is pushing changes that are harmful to the mid- and long-term future of the company.

    Morale is extremely low and most decent people currently interview with other companies, several key scientists and the heads of the London and Paris offices have left already and the quality of client work starts decreasing.
    HR policies and direction are inexistent and bonuses have been pathetic (or nil) for the last couple of years…

    Opera was built with a great business model, combining the insights of advanced analytics with the deep understanding that ex-management consultants can bring to specific industries. For years, it had a clear advantage over other big data market players.
    Now, it endeavors to copy the business model of software houses but without having neither the DNA nor the relevant resources for it… add to that the departure of so many good people and the constant changes in the leadership group… disaster is looming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and stop trying to copy other companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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