Optaros

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Internet projects with open source technology in an international company with good culture

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

Pros

Working on Next Generation Internet projects based on Open Source technology. The company culture is open, friendly and the hierarchy fairly flat. Projects are usually intensive and reasonably short so your experience grows quickly. There are opportunities to travel. Optaros has offices in several countries and employees are frequently exchanged between offices - or work remotely - on projects.
The methodology that Optaros uses for projects is a definite advantage. It gives you structure and allows you to get going quickly on new projects and with new teams.

Cons

It is a young company which is growing quickly. (At the time of this review, June 2008.) That means a certain amount of uncertainty about the company structure and individual opportunities.
Getting staffed on the projects that would be good for you in the role(s) you want is sometimes challenging. You can get stuck on boring projects and/or have to deal with bad clients. (As opposed to a company where you don't deal with clients directly.)
The company culture and business practices are not yet the same in each office even though that is a goal of the company.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Guard the quality of the culture.

Recommends

Other reviews for Optaros

  1.  

    A great place to develop yourself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in Bucharest (Romania)

    Pros

    Really smart and talented people around you from which you can learn and share stuff. A culture based on openness and knowledge sharing. Opportunity to work on big and challenging projects using cool technologies. Really fun to work here too.

    Cons

    A little caught up in the mentality of "coding as last resort", which can limit the amount of inovation it's smart employees can bring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be exciting and fun...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good technical people willing to share knowledge
    Possibility to work with various pieces of technology
    Happy hours
    Good compensation & benefits overall

    Cons

    Stagnating company
    Changed directions too many times. No real vision for where to go.
    Poor staffing on projects (skills available vs needs) causing lots of delivery issues
    Issues with staffing projection (loop: lay-offs, hiring, end loop)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not start a project if you don't have the right staffing
    Pick a direction and turn the boat to avoid the iceberg!

    Doesn't Recommend
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