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Some pros and cons - good place to start off. Bad place to advance.

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD

I worked at OPNET

Pros

Industry leader for network simulation and modeling. Bethesda is an amazing city to work. The work is very interesting and engaging

Cons

Working on the consulting side of the company, I found it difficult to be noticed or recognized for my successes on customer projects from within OPNET.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Recognize that the job market is not necessarily the same for the entire company and you should treat different employees as commodities appropriately.

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    OK place to work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at OPNET

    Pros

    Nice benefits package; long-term stability of the company is good; people are friendly; Nice corporate offices in DC; paycheck is steady and on time...

    Cons

    Company is very much run like a military operation; Pay is below market standards compared to competitors; Senior Management much too involved in day-to-day operations (micro-management); Company is stable, but extremely slow growth and out of touch with competitors; Spends little to no dollars on marketing. Corporate branding is weak; Senior management way out of touch with typical sales territory demographics and base everything off Named Accounts performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place more trust in the little people and don't assume your business revolves around large named accounts; Senior management has made no effort to listen to the concerns/expertise of its workforce

    Approves of CEO
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    Great staff and engaging challenges, but the combination lacks cohesion and makes for an often dispiriting environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at OPNET

    Pros

    Smart and talented engineers; superior to my experiences with similar organizations. The company aims high with its software and for the most part delivers, which is a source of pride.

    Preparing for the annual customer conference held in August makes for a very hectic summer that's for the most part enjoyable, and the conference itself is a good time.

    Company policies make for a flexible work environment--as long as you're responsible for the most part you can work in whatever manner (hours, teleworking, environment setup) suits you best.

    Good office space in a great location.

    Cons

    Very poor communication from senior leadership--creates an environment where there are "haves" and "have nots." The software development process is a cumbersome waterfall approach that was state-of-the-art--for the 1980s. The lack of organization

    Benefits have been degrading over the past few years (probably similar for most companies)--401(k) match is fairly small and employee health costs have been rising while benefits shrink.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and dialog amongst the entire company / major divisions. Streamline the development process--allow for a more iterative process that doesn't rely on large stakeholder meetings that are rarely productive.

    Disapproves of CEO
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