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OPNET Reviews

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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    Ok place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Cary, NC

    ProsThe culture at OPNET is pretty good.

    ConsThe communication could be better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication could be better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to work...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

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

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementPlace 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

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

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsSmart 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementCommunication 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.

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    Brilliant strategist that has guided the company well, but more frequent communication would be nice.

    Associate Vice President (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsFast-growing dynamic company, where people are given wide latitude to grow the company. Engineering-run and focused, so good for techie's. Very little politics, very transparent organization with well-defined management structures. OPNET also has shown consistent growth since its inception, refusing to follow the whims of the market with rush-hires and layoffs.

    ConsOPNET has a wide variety of technology, from deep R&D to application monitoring, making it hard to really master all the areas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would encourage more frequent communication to the troops.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to work if you want to settle down in the DC area

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    Pros- Great culture
    - Safe job
    - Dinner benefit
    - Great location (can't beat Bethesda area)

    Cons- Not much room for growth.
    - Employees are underpaid. Bethesda is as expensive as California and the salaries can be compared to Mid-west.
    - Micromanagement by some senior people
    - No incentives for professional development

    Advice to Senior Management- Give employees a chance to grow on their feet. Trust them to complete their work, instead of micromanaging them.
    - Be competent and aggressive.
    - Concentrate on important issues. Prioritize the projects than can have a maximum impact on the industry

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a great place to work... back in the 90s.

    Lead Software Engineer (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsOPNET is very shrewd with managing its income, so you do not have to worry about it going out of business.

    ConsThe engineering process needs a lot to be desired. It has all of the downsides of the waterfall model of development with none of the upside. Releases are generally late and initially very buggy. OPNET is also stuck in the past using 90s error technologies like C++ which makes professional growth difficult for engineers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest about what you are building and how long it will take. When development goes awry due to unforeseen circumstances, accept it early, and course correct. Sitting in denial only makes the process worse.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could be much better!

    Senior Software Developer (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    Pros- Free dinner!
    - Good work (depending on the team you work in)
    - Few good team leads
    - Big offices (no cubes)

    Cons- Compensation is below par when compared with other companies (the big guys eat up all the money)
    - Seems like promotion is tied with the amount of hours you put in and not necessarily the quality of work you do
    - Legal department is horrible
    - They make you sign a 18 month contract if they file for your H1B

    Advice to Senior ManagementVP's - Please do read the feedback employees write during their annual reviews and give compensation based on both the reviews and experience, not based on how many hours they sat in their offices. If you want good employees to stay, fix the legal department.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place prior to Riverbed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood pay, small company feel

    Constoo narrow of a product offering

    Advice to Senior Managementstart another compnay!

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    OPNET is a great place to work but don't expect to have much of a life outside of work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting and challenging projects are going on all the time. The opportunity to work on these projects is inspiring at times. Learning from a few of the employees and managers is always a bonus. There is a real sense of camaraderie among groups of employees which makes it a great place to work.

    ConsUpper Management has such a skewed sense of self entitlement that they have lost their manners when speaking to employees. Often times SVP's and below are spoken to with such condescending tones, it's embarrassing to be in the meeting. The company is so overly micro managed it ends up bottle necking projects and costing the company more money due to delayed decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop Micro Managing. NEWS FLASH! Loyalty is a two way street...so many employees are loyal to the Upper Management of OPNET....it would be nice if it were felt from the top down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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