Openet Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Openet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great engineers. Can be challenging, exciting work. Many different technologies that continually evolve. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor career paths and upward mobility. More often than not people are hired in above rather than being promoted internally.
    Many of the great engineers have moved on due to stagnant remuneration and career advancement.
    HQ gets more attention than other locations. Career advancement more likely there than other locations.
    Top heavy company. It used to be primarily an engineering company. Many years ago it grew significantly and ended up having far too many management positions and resources for the number of engineers.
    Information sharing is a big challenge. Still very silo'd knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on reigniting employee passion and finding more motivating remuneration incentives.


  2. Project Manager

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

    I have been working at Openet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    * you can make a mistake and not be fired for it - you can learn from it and improve
    * they have some top notch engineers and brains who are mostly allowed to grown and improve the products
    * i have helpful and supportive management

    Cons

    * Lost some of the can-do attitude from 5 years ago
    * The groups are separate and competitive to the point of almost being detrimental to the clients
    * appreciate more funding in areas such as hardware labs

    Advice to Management

    Better commission structure and training would go a long way.
    instead of encouraging competition, encourage all groups to be cooperative to help the end goal - the client


  3. Positive experience so far

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Openet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is definitely growing. Opportunites are definitely available for Software developers and testers.

    Cons

    There may be an inner circle. I'm sure every company has one.


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  5. Good place to work with some awesome and skillful engineers. Openet is diversifying its portfolio .

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Openet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good challenges been introduced like ideation which keeps the engineers motivated

    Cons

    No bouns for last 3 years
    Should invest more in hardware for testing purposes


  6. Helpful (1)

    Rudderless ship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Openet

    Pros

    Was able to work from home easily. Most people were friendly and good to work with.

    Cons

    Management does not have a strong consistent plan. More like 2 or 3 plans a year. Management is not held accountable, as when they fail in their job, they just move to another role. Product development has not been given enough direction and nothing new has taken the place of older products. Also, pay is poor and bonuses never happen.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourselves accountable.


  7. Company has Issues

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

    I worked at Openet full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are not many pros for this company.

    Cons

    The Salary and Benefits for this company are very low and never see a raise in the time you have put in with the company, filling out review when review time comes around there are hard to fill out with out help from MGMT . There is no HR departments in the US all is handled over seas in India and internal web site and trying to find your way around that is a talk in it's self.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your American workers more than your own people. This is not India. Learn to talk to Americans properly with out talking down to them. Better benefits package.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Seems to be moving in the wrong direction

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

    I worked at Openet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I learned a lot working at Openet and worked with some very sharp people. The benefits were pretty good, and at first the atmosphere was great.

    Work-life balance was hit-or-miss. There were times when it was pretty good, but also a lot of get-it-done-yesterday fire drills. Not unusual for a small technology company with huge telecom clients, I think.

    Overall my experience was positive, but I wouldn't go back there now.

    Cons

    Openet seems to be losing its touch. It grew very rapidly for a few years, but over the last year or so seems to be shrinking just as rapidly. Openet has some very compelling products, but doesn't seem to be able to focus on really polishing them and moving them forward.

    The company seemed quite management-heavy toward the end of my time there.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Decent pay, politics and no growth opportunity

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

    I have been working at Openet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Get to travel to Dublin
    * Decent salary, but average overall package
    * The company still retains a number of a high caliber engineers and architects

    Cons

    * Every trip needs to be approved by several managers, all the way to CEO
    * Employees are not trusted to make even simple decisions, delegation is an alien term
    * Talent is leaving
    * Innovation is focused primarily on cost savings
    * Known to raid employee benefiits
    * Everything you read in the recent reviews is, sadly, true


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good heart, dreams of being something else

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

    I have been working at Openet

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

    Pros

    Very strong technology, very engaged and smart employees. Interesting area to work.

    Cons

    Grew by riding a wave of investment in flagship product. The wave is receding, and the company is unsure what to do with itself. Constant half-baked dabbling in various strategic directions, which are followed with urgency until the next idea comes along. Very political with lots of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, a situation encouraged by top leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline and simplify the company direction. Discourage politics.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Politics galore, scramble strategy, no leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partners in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Partners in Reston, VA

    I worked at Openet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Years ago Charging/Policy were a white hot space and Openet had the leading product. When it was smaller, everyone was a team going for the growth and it was cooperative and innovative and interesting.

    Cons

    Politics abound. Some very hard working people go unrecognized. And some very undeserving people continue to keep their jobs at the expense of others. There's not a real strategy other than sales, so everything is a scramble and last minute deadline. And the market has moved on with acquisitions by BroadHop, Bridgewater, and Volubill. I don't know if they have an exit left. Despite their statements that they love partners, professional services undermines the partners by taking their hours. There is no strategic relationships to leverage - bridges have been burned too many times. Also there's no equity for anyone...that was years ago. It's just a job.

    Advice to Management

    Put some new ideas and new people on the team. Embrace your partners who work so hard for you.



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