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Mixed Experience, Failing Company

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

Pros

Great career building experience in a very hot market (Predictive Analytics). The scientists/modelers are profoundly collaborative people who are have great faith in software (not necessarily software engineers). Flexible career options. Friday lunches, happy-hour, high-tea. Good community of people who are sincerely trying to succeed.

Cons

Lack of IT and computing infrastructure conforming to industry standards is holding both analytics and software divisions. Dev-Ops team, which was functional, just disappeared entirely. Company has been steadily losing employees (about 1-3 a week) and laid-off all hiring staff in US. Factions between and within various offices deadlock any meaningful software development, in turn causing significant cash-burn without any enabling revenue. Competing in over-saturated markets because of several employee's and manager's history with Fair-Isaac

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Opera Getting Its Act Together

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people to work with. Very cool projects. Much better communication. Deals starting to take shape at Opera. No doubt prior management had issues but now things seem to starting to take hold. Good to see new outside talent coming in. Recent deal closures and new outside relationships are real and with some of largest companies on the planet.

    Cons

    Still has work to do in getting company and messaging aligned. Some leaders still need help. Stop chasing tails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused. Keep on the path and stick to the current organization that has been put in place. Review compensation program for everyone.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding people, questionable leadership

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

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and hardworking employees with a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from consulting, software, to sciences resulting in a friendly and tight-knit culture.

    Ability to do innovative analytics and see business value of projects.

    Access to and experience working with senior-level decision makers at client firms.

    Overall a decent place to learn things, e.g., ideal for someone's first job out of school.

    Cons

    Complete lack of understanding of software and technology by Sr. management. No understanding of how to build software.

    Extreme micromanagement by Sr. Managers stemming from what seemed to be a highly top-down culture.

    Below-market salaries for almost all equivalent positions at other firms and even other start-ups. No matching 401K. Healthcare was a joke.

    Complete lack of transparency on how the company was doing overall. Very little communication to the "grunts" resulting in rumor mills being a fact of life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The virtual religious devotion of trying to "productize" everything combined with leadership that has no experience developing real software products is killing what was once I believe a very vibrant consulting business. Go back to being a consulting firm with analytics instead of trying to become yet-another-overly-hyped big data offering. Stop sourcing work to overseas offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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