Opera Solutions
2.7 of 5 155 reviews
www.operasolutions.com Jersey City, NJ 500 to 999 Employees

Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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2.7 155 reviews

                             

74% Approve of the CEO

Opera Solutions CEO Bernhard Nann

Bernhard Nann

(19 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Flexible hours of work, though that can turn around and bite you by taking your work-life balance haywire"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Not a strict 9 to 5 office structure; work from home encouraged"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management has almost 0 skills in people management"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Absolute lack of transparency in each and every dealings"
    in 4 reviews
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    Very good people, terrible salaries

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice culture, nice people, decent work life balance

    ConsCEO too in love with SW products

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake better decision

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Top Management needs major changes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Jersey City, NJ

    ProsGood learning environment and to get your feet wet so you can prepare yourself to jump ship for better opportunity.

    ConsToo much internal rift between the departments is pulling the company apart. Considering its still a small to medium sized company which is still trying to get out of the start-up mode it should set it priorities straight. Instead of concentrating on what’s good for the company and being responsible/reasonable, top management is fighting internal/personal battles. Some top managers also have pompous attitude, but in fact they don’t have the knowledge or the experience. Also I know my department head would lie to me from time to time. The top leadership of the company wastes money like drunken alcoholics, and then when the funds are running low, they start lay off employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnjoy the party spend the $$ and then file for bankruptcy. Unless all management changes, who want the company to survive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    We just hit an iceberg - quick, let's rearrange the deck chairs!

    Vice President (Former Employee)
    Jersey City, NJ

    ProsBright and diligent Business Analysts, Data Science pros, and interesting client projects to service. Very effective marketing team.

    Cons- Senior management infighting
    - Lurching from funding round to funding round in choppy waters makes the oarsmen seasick

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management infighting over limited resources leads to failure. Would suggest that investors clean house, but since most of the best talent has already left the company, likely too little too late.

    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 start, bad place to stay.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe big data industry has the potential to be huge.

    ConsThe management at the top is horrible.

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    Opera could be Better with new management!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorks around your schedule, flexible and options to work from home when your kids are sick!

    ConsDo not come clean to employees, underpaid and all suddenly not bonuses!

    Advice to Senior Managementplease be responsible and tell the true what is going on with the company. Money comes but disappear right away. You keep hiring this high level salaries and your people struggling, YOU NEED TO KEEP US HAPPY TO WORK FOR YOU.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting, enlightening, exciting, somewhat unfulfilling, wonderful people to work with

    Management (Current Employee)
    Jersey City, NJ

    ProsBig data space is very hot!!!, good product brand, emerging analytics products

    ConsWeak Sr. Management Team, poor financial management, continual changes in direction, limited staff development

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore focus on developing, retaining, and rewarding good staff!!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a great company, but is falling down quickly

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsSmart and friendly employees, good place to learn.

    ConsManagement is a disaster, the top leaders do not care what the scientists are thinking, they use lies to keep employees, no communications from the leadership to bottom employees, rumors are everywhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think the COO should be the person to be fired first. It was her who leaked the rumor that the company was running out of cash by the end of March 2013. It created panic among employees and people started looking for an exit more actively. Ironically, this lady later was promoted to be the co-COO and started laying off people.

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    Transforming firm that provides great exposure to problems that are challenging the world's top companies

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Incredibly smart and driven colleagues
    - Great opportunities for client exposure and continuous learning
    - Projects are challenging and intellectually stimulating; results matter to clients' top executives

    Cons- "Fabric" of the firm and top-down communication need serious attention; has been improving in last 6 months but still needs significant improvement or attrition will continue
    - Cash bonuses are non-existent or only provided when required for retention

    Advice to Senior Management- Bring back cash bonuses to motivate performance; stock options are not the only way to foster retention
    - Significantly improve communications and intra-office firm building (e.g., off-sites)

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

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    Killed by greed - watch for phony employee reviews

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNone - management team is lost and trying to survive with smoke and mirrors. When the end justifies the means to make a few rich at the expense of employees it is hard to find a 'pro'

    ConsAll fluff and no substance - has NOTHING to sell but marketing materials
    No knowledge of digital - either technology or data
    Spending money like drunken sailors, with nothing to show for in terms of software or IP
    hired 100's of employees overnight with just one phone screen, gave them very high titles and doubled their salaries just to turn around and fire them (and yes it is true)
    Constantly running out of cash and telling lies to employees regarding salaries and bonus payments that never come
    No longer any competent business minds at opera
    EXTREMELY dishonest with employees and clients alike - absolutely no sense of integrity
    Expensive services for clients and engagements that get renewed less that 5% of the time
    Look at the writing style of the positive (3+ stars)reviews ...it's easy to see that they are fake. Management is working hard to fight the flow of negative reviews

    Advice to Senior ManagementKarma is just around the corner

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

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    watching a slow motion train wreck w an out-of-control CEO

    Principal (Former Employee)
    Jersey City, NJ

    Prosthe space was hot (until recently); superficially the story was interesting for Opera; there was great promise for building a disciplined consulting firm with tagalong recurring revenues

    Conszero consistency in execution. The CEO had a new strategy every day. Sycophants surround him and no one is willing to tell the emperor he isn't wearing any clothes

    Advice to Senior Managementprobably too late to save the place without entirely new leadership; significant job cuts; and a renewed build it up again focus on the consulting w selected recurring revs model.

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

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