Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
162 Reviews
2.6
162 Reviews
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Opera Solutions CEO Bernhard Nann
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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 9 reviews)

  • A good place to learn something about big data and machine learning (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has almost 0 skills in people management (in 11 reviews)

  • Complete lack of transparency on how the company was doing overall (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hitting the reset button (on everything except for some sour grapes on glassdoor) and turning the corner

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Incredible access to top executives at several of the world's leading companies.

    Quality of the problems that we're working with our clients to solve are second-to-none. Very intellectually stimulating.

    Good mid-senior level managers.

    Flat organizational structure and team. Challenging "sink or swim" environment provides tremendous opportunity to accelerate professional growth.

    Cons

    Sink or swim environment and roller coaster ride that is Opera is not for everyone. As you can see from some of the negative reviews on glassdoor, prima donnas do not do well here. Smart, self-driven, and intellectually curious people do well here. Those who expect silver spoon feeding and daily parental supervision do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing (but continue to focus on boosting firm morale). We're turning the corner on our transformation but need to keep up the momentum and not lose sight of the importance of the "softer" things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Wasted Talent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, interesting analytics problems

    Cons

    No concept of work-life balance, career devlopment, etc. company never made the leap from consulting to analytics. BA Business student may be replaceable cogs, but PhD scientists aren't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't waste your talent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, very global so you get to interact across every time zone possible often in the same day, new CEO who is just begging for someone to lead so great opportunity to look smart even if you have no clue, high turnover allows for ample opportunity for those with no experience to try out senior roles and pad their resumes for the next gig.

    Cons

    Everybody who is smart is leaving so fast that you may not have enough time to update your linked in profile before the next job search. Benefits change every year so you can't possibly figure out if your getting screwed unless you compare them to normal companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the games you are playing with people's lives you haven't done a thing for employees over the past two years and you seem more intent on screwing people over than actually building a business please stop and for once treat employees with respect perhaps you could take some sensitivity training since you are basically rehashing the same failing strategy year over year so you must have some free time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lost in Translation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Bad Management
    No Direction
    No one speaks English enough to understand
    Not hiring the best people - Interviewers who are not qualified

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire another company to perform interviews. Hire more US citizens. Work on finding a direction and business objectives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Doing what it takes to succeed

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Developing and validating a entirely new technology platform being adopted by some of the largest corporations in the world. A true game changer. Increasingly proven.
    2. Passionate leadership who believe in what they do and responding and adapting to challenges.
    3. Moving to giving our young associates a chance to take leadership much faster than we could get elsewhere
    4. New CEO has put in a structure with much greater accountability and focus which will payoff.
    5. Truly global company with significant opportunities to see the world.
    6. Business problems at the cutting edge. Unique.

    Cons

    1.truly traumatic transition from a service company to a technology led company. Resulted in dislocation and loss of identity and affiliation for many of us.
    2. Processes such as incentives and staffing in disarray which made life unpleasant and difficult. Being fixed and getting better.
    3. High attrition particularly in the service group as the new direction did not fit. A double edged sword as costs declined and gave us more junior people more opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So many vitriolic complaints from current and ex employees. Nobody is forcing you to stay. Many of us like the challenges and the direction. Building something new is always difficult. If you don't like it just quit. You will be doing all of us a favor. I don't believe any company can give you as intense, compressed and high quality experience as this company can.
    Keep focused and stay the course. The best revenge is success. Many big deals being closed. The momentum seems to be gaining force.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Opportunity to interact with others cultures.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company has been an opportunity for me growth in the professional area. Colleagues are very nice, fun, smart, easy to get along with so many different cultures.

    Cons

    Management has been shaddy this past three year and not clear what they wanted. Poor management levels as well and G&A not pay well accordingly to today's living cost.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize your employees effort to work and clearly project trust and wisdom as of where you want to take the company in the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Opera is trying to stay afloat but way too many holes - not looking good

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some interesting projects, nice views from the office, currently there is probably a good opportunity for advancement given the mass exodus (very, very, very high attrition recently)

    Cons

    There aren't very many good people left, the vast majority of the employee base (~90%) has been at Opera for < 2 years, no culture, shady moves by mgmt, inability to staff projects sufficiently given the high attrition = very high risk of not being able to deliver current engagements and recently sold engagements (clients beware), very bad benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a new job - everyone else is looking, so should you (you probably already are)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hopeless Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice office view of Hudson river.
    No one cares what you are doing (Pro for slackers). Otherwise see no pros and hope.
    Management talks all positive that's it.

    Cons

    Management confused as ever product company or consulting company. Make you work hard and when time comes of payout rules are changed so as delay the incentive and then pay few hundreds.
    Management is clueless, frequent Town Hall's and talks. Busy flying around the world and cares least about employees.
    Big Data is all BS. None of their products are delivered on time and as promised (Quality is out of question)
    Please check with the customers, they are all very dis-satisfied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, It is damaged beyond repair. Every year new philosophy with new management and rules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch on Friday, free food in the kitchen.
    There were many, many good reasons to join this company. But these days are long gone.

    Cons

    Political and confused senior management ruined a great company and started an unstoppable talent exodus. Future looks really uncertain, with an attrition rate never seen before. Offices are empty end depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Personal Growth and huge learning

    Cons

    Need some training session for employees

    Approves of CEO

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