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Updated Jul 23, 2014

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2.6 27 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Openet CEO Niall Norton

Niall Norton

(15 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    3 people found this helpful  

    Seems to be moving in the wrong direction

    Various (Former Employee)

    ProsI 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.

    ConsOpenet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good heart, dreams of being something else

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsGrew 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 Senior ManagementStreamline and simplify the company direction. Discourage politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent pay, politics and no growth opportunity

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Politics galore, scramble strategy, no leadership

    Partners (Former Employee) Reston, VA

    ProsYears 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    • Disapproves of CEO

    3 people found this helpful  

    Floundering

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood technical people, flexible products, caring and compassionate mid-level management, exciting field for development (smart-phone support), a large number of engineers with multi-year experience, opportunities for travel to Ireland

    Conssweat-shop environment, lack of collaboration between corporate divisions, large number of executives with long-term tenure who do not seem accountable for decisions, lack of loyalty of executives toward workers, impossible revenue targets preventing bonus payouts, duplicity and behind-the-scenes manipulation, an accelerating drain of technical talent, extremely short-cited decision making

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house of dead-wood in upper levels; start rewarding workers before you lose yet more good people; recognize the talent you have and cast it off only after careful deliberation; develop a realistic plan for corporate future direction that will offset the short-term decision-making that is sabotaging your future; land some sales to new customers;

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management lacks any sense of direction

    Technical Manager (Former Employee) Reston, VA

    ProsFor junior team members, you will have plenty of work and opportunity to advance.

    ConsManagement changes directions with every new revelation or management book they read. Management is not held accountable for their failures, they just get shifted around the company so that they can continue their mistakes. Sales department are desperate to make their numbers, so projects are not sold with enough profit margin to allow the Services teams to deploy the projects correctly, thus projects are often understaffed or have too many junior members who are out of their depth on a project. Engineering department exist in a vacuum from the customers and also from the Services teams, so they often deploy features that are not needed or deploy good features late or untested. Deadlines are often very short, requiring Services teams to work overtime. Employee bonuses have not been paid in past 3 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHold management responsible to meet their goals and if they do not, take action to show the company that they are being held responsible. Withholding bonuses from the workers is not holding management responsible, it only helps management keep the shareholders happy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefit. Good for people with experience

    Constoo specific tasks. not sure where to use what you learn here

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lack of collaboration, communication and innovation

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Reston, VA

    ProsThey have a great product portfolio for policy, charging and rating for the wireless industry. The software is powerful and can perform high number of transactions per second, the ability to scale processing vertically and horizontally is big advantage over its competitors.

    ConsI find many groups within Openet to be territorial and only protecting their turf. Although the company has been going through some process alignment and resource allocation, I find it very difficult to work within the various groups - such as product, engineering and services - and to even share ideas and knowledge across the company.
    When you are trying to estimate a proposal for a client for example, the internal politics and bureaucracy is a nightmare.
    There is too much politics in this company and I find the culture to be very arrogant and not accommodating to new employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to change the culture and politics in the company. There are too many employees who are only looking out for themselves or their own groups. There has to be a more collaborative and innovative environment. Too many times management does not want to listen on ideas on process improvement, or allow people the ability to make decisions without having too many hands involved.
     I think management should also cut down on unnecessary costs. It spends too much on unneeded travel for example.
    The company should focus on its core products and not overstretch itself into other ventures, such as healthcare, where it doesn't have a strong knowledge and experience.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall, a good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Reston, VA

    ProsOpenet is a very relaxed workplace. There are a lot of references that help you learn all that is thrown at you to know

    ConsAlthough there are a lot of references to aid you, there is so much thrown at you in such a short amount of time, it can be overwhelming. Additionally, the company seems to be growing faster than it can control.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe first thing that should change is the pace of training. There are many nuances that can hinder a new employees progress. Also, contain growth.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sweatshop - Be wary

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Reston, VA

    Pros1) It's a good product (slowly getting commoditized in the industry so we'll see)
    2) Pound for pound, has some of the brightest people working for it compared to other companies in the space
    3) Compared to other companies - the real star of the show is the Professional Services organization - they bring in a LOT of money, they do solid work, and they find a lot of new opportunities.
    4) They have achieved a "brand cache" - so it's a premium company in the space to say you worked for.

    Cons1) EQUITY - there is NO EQUITY whatsosever for employees. Just yearly empty promises of "we'll see what business conditions allow." If you were in very early - there was some small equity given, but not really any by this CEO. It's sad actually - it's a real sweatshop and people work so much better when they know they are "owners" not "widgets"
    2) Politics - this place INVITES politics and all the distractions it brings. It's actually crushing and enormously disappointing. At the higher level ranks - it's almost gladiator games. Someone once said "Why aren't you using that against him/her?!?"
    3) Communications/Accountability - what's said from above (goals, budgets, products, etc.) and what happens soon after are not necessarily the same thing. And the reverse is true - you're assured that whatever you say up the food chain is likely not what people will hear and act upon. And when commitments are needed and are missed, nobody seems to get in any heat. This place really has a communications problem.
    4) Focus - the place has a 30 day or less attention span. Nothing gets planned so everything is a complete firedrill for all parties. Everytime - a mad scramble to do anything. Rather than Ready, Aim, Fire...it's FIRE, aim, ready? I'd say they could do twice as much work in 1/2 the time if people would get the support they need and do their job the first time. PS - expect this to affect your work/life balance - i don't know anybody who doesn't work (realistically) at least 10 hr days and 6 day work weeks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're not a startup. You have basically 4 people running the company...for any decision. Stop the firedrill mentality. Push the accountability down- meet commitments - expect others to do the same.

    Simply "Say what you do, and do what you say". And stop with the politics - it's exhausting

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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