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Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.7 46 reviews

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79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to work for a while.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsThere are a lot of smart people there and there is a a lot of very technical and challenging work.

    ConsThey are a company that hasn't seemed to keep up with the times. They haven't adapted to new software processes, new languages, new SCM tools, or anything in the world of software development. They also are too slow to let go of underperforming engineers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe cons I listed pretty much translate directly into advice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good but could be great

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsGreat technology, independent work life

    ConsNo growth for experienced professionals

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OPNET is a great place to grow a career with a good work life balance

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsStrong work life balance, engineers are valued, challenging work and bright people to work with. Managers know what they are managing and set realistic expectations. Very low churn

    ConsAdvancement is difficult to low churn and a young flat management hierarchy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDelegation is important, and senior management needs to federate more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The work environment is extremely healthy and you feel motivated

    (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsThe is a perfect place for a beginner. You get to learn a lot of best practices in the industry.Everyone is easily approachable and very much willing to help you in your work.

    ConsGiven the small size of the company, the growth can be slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management has been doing a decent job. However, the compensation package is definitely low compared to the high cost of living.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid place to work if you want to stay technical and have a work / life balance

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Cary, NC

    Pros- Cary dev team manager is one of the best
    - Good work / life balance
    - Solid design and development guidance, you learn a lot of good OO practices
    - Wii room, gym on-site, break room

    Cons- Career growth and upward mobility is limited, management hierarchy is very flat
    - Have to do Tech Support for a few hours a week

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    low compensation

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    Prosthere is a good life/work balance

    Cons* low compensation compared to other similar companies
    * the decisions that senior management makes are way too conservative without taking even a little bit of a risk

    Advice to Senior Managementthe only way that someone advances in the hierarchy is mostly the number of years that he/she is with OPNET.

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    A dynamic environment with very smart people and challenging work

    Senior Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsSmall company so great level of challenges. Your work is not strictly limited to your title or what you were hired to do - there is always scope for learning new things and for you to contribute positively to the development of the organization.

    ConsThe management style is not the best, very strict management that is also very conservative. Not a lot of things to do beside wok when your at OPNET for example no team development activities or fun outings, events etc. Its mostly just work.

    Since the company is small there are times when the work load is monumental because some teams are heavily understaffed and hence you will have to step up and lead the way. There is not much pressure from management but a normal ethical person would end up putting in more hours to complete the task at hand when there is no one else to do the job because the team is understaffed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open and conservative
    Offer employees more time off and or more team building, office events, parties, happy hours etc. All work and no play makes jack and dull boy - and that is kind of true because of the very conservative management style and lack of things to do other than work.

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    Great products - extremely micro managed

    Sales Representative (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsGreat products and technology, very smart people work and run the company. The management is very responsive to customer needs. The mgr.do things first class,very detailed and don't cut corners on things.

    ConsThis company invented the term micro managed. You'd be extremely hard pressed to find another company that's more micro managed, the cultre is manage by fear not only sales but most dept.'s in the company. The pay for s/wsales is way below the industry for what your asked to do. Loved the products but wouldn't go back for twice the $$.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't have any because they wouldn't listen anyway. From their perspective they've been successful doing it their way why change,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The brothers can be hard to work for but you can do well if you're good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsGreat products
    Great people
    Solid financials
    A great company to have on your resume if you make it 3+ years
    One of the most successful public software companies in the last 10 years!

    ConsSenior leaders can be unreasonable and rude.
    Heavy micromanagement.
    Very politically charged. Make sure you are in lock step with the brothers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've done an exceptional job hiring and growing middle managers. Give them more authority and ownership in the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for the resume, stay for a few years and go

    Senior Network Engineer (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsThe people are geniuses there. The environment is such that information sharing between people is great. A great place to learn

    Small and powerful company that lets you run the show. I have learned so much about all parts of a software company as I participated in the sales to software creation to contracts process

    The products are well made and well appreciated. The successes will make you look like a hero to the customers

    ConsThe pay structure looks to be for new engineers. The benefits and promotion cycle is suited to those starting their career.

    There is a ton of turn over with employees. Nobody leaves and says 'I hated OPNET.' They leave and say 'great opportunities but now I want to take care of my own'

    For this reason, most people are quite young there, under 35.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe employment model is working. Making it easy to stay a long time will change the model and thus change the company. It produces good results just not long term careers at the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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