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Updated July 21, 2014
Updated July 21, 2014
46 Reviews
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, casual dress code, good benefits.

    Cons

    Extreme micro-management prior to Riverbed acquisition. Very unorganized post acquisition, though this will most likely pass when the integration is finished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    needs improvement

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

    I worked at OPNET full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Benefits are okay and helpful
    -Products are good and have potential to be better
    -Yearly conference is a great networking event
    -Commute is very convenient
    -Learning program helps to educate

    Cons

    -too much micro managing
    -unprepared managers
    -rude and intimidating team leads
    -too much team assumptions
    -no room for growth
    -low pay in comparison to the market
    -employees have to figure things out on their own, which wastes time
    -team mates not very helpful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees, give them some leeway and let them grow. Make sure that the people you place in management are well prepared and do their job well. Need to get rid of micro management. People get intimidated and stressed out. Please upgrade to the newest and latest technology, no one uses C and C++ anymore.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It's a revolving door

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OPNET

    Pros

    Good products, good benefits, and good if you're an engineer.

    Cons

    Non - engineering employees are loathed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at OPNET

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place prior to Riverbed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OPNET

    Pros

    good pay, small company feel

    Cons

    too narrow of a product offering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start another compnay!

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good work environment but low on perks

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at OPNET full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible work environment, intelligent colleagues

    Cons

    Low on benefits. Personal growth is not guaranteed. You need to be in the right place at the right time to get good promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During review cycles, management should try to keep engineers as much happy as the higher management because that is the work horse behind the company success and if they are not motivated enough, it is going to hurt the company success in the long run

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at OPNET full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent team environment
    Learning experience
    Good for freshers

    Cons

    No bonus
    Low pay and less salary hikes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OPNET full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work for a while.

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

    I worked at OPNET full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    The cons I listed pretty much translate directly into advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good but could be great

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cary, NC

    I have been working at OPNET full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great technology, independent work life

    Cons

    No growth for experienced professionals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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