Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
169 Reviews
2.6
169 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)

  • flexible hours, being able to work from home for a very long time (in unit of month), free snacks and beverage, Friday catering lunches (in 11 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Doing what it takes to succeed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hopeless Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor work environment

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

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Blue Chip Clients base. Reasonably good science base.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    A day late, $114M short...

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

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Bright folks before layoffs and mass exodus
    Friday lunch / office snacks

    Cons

    Bleak outlook for most verticals
    No visibility into reviews, promotions, or bonus structure
    Claims to be a products company when there is very little sw development expertise
    Every year becomes the "worst year" for the firm
    Change of direction every quarter is not yielding required results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it's not a products company
    Former CEO involvement may hinder progress

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

    Amazing people, chaotic direction

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

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Opera is very flexible. They have big dreams and investors with deep pockets. It has the feel of a start up but slightly more stability. They pay very competitively and the people I've worked with have been fantastic.

    Cons

    Management is shifting, as of May 2014, they have a new CEO. He seems very capable and will hopefully turn around the chaos. Before the company seemed content to half-commit to too many different directions. Marching orders often changed and there was virtually no accountability. They're working really hard to clean this up now, and the future does have tons of potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There seems to be a greater need to accountability and a more formal channel for people to talk about their supervisors if they see mismanagement and waste.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great, fantastic company but its best years are in the past

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Opera was voted as one of the best company to work for in New Jersey. A great work environment.
    This was driven mostly driven by a great corporate culture, fantastic people, and unique industry and functional know-how.
    While many of the nice perks are gone (corporate box at the Madison Square Garden, Christmas parties and presents, etc.), the people are still fantastic. Friday lunches are something to look forward as they increase camaraderie and facilitate knowledge sharing.
    Some of the best Senior Vice Presidents are still around and working with them is a true pleasure and great learning experience.
    The new CEO is a great person and skilled leader; he is really doing his best to improve this situation. The recent town halls are finally providing some clarity on what' happening with the company.
    The beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline from the Jersey City office is another nice element (and working from JC is not as bad as it sounds)

    Cons

    The true cancer was the lack of steady long-term vision and industry focus.
    The change of operating model (from a management consulting firm to a Big Data software company) brought some inevitable hurdles, but the absence of a coherent vision made things worse. The focus on dead-end products, the loss of historical clients, some bad corporate decisions, unexpected rounds of lay-offs, and a few broken promises drastically accelerated the existing attrition, and emptied the NY/JC offices.
    Other issues to be addressed are:
    Compensation (low salaries, no more bonuses, fuzzy sales commission plan, etc.)
    Communication/transparency
    Employee morale
    Uncertainty and possibility of being acquired by a large system Integration services company. Maybe just a rumor, but it'd be nice to know more about the authenticity of this event and its implications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving interactions with employees with honest messages about the company current situation and outlook. Provide early warning about future, potential risks, events (e.g., rounds of lay-offs, potential acquisitions)
    Maintain a coherent road-map

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Empty promises, empty offices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong industry knowledge, especially in healthcare

    Cons

    Terrible senior management
    Lack of transparency and broken promises
    Lack of integrity in the sales process, eventually leading client to unrealistic expectations and working team to terrible hours
    Bad beneifts package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the new CEO to bring his own people and radically change the leadership group
    Abandon bogus products and homegrown technologies (e.g. vektor) to refocus on ad-hoc solutions and consulting engagements, especially where they strategically lead to new client relationships and improved domain knowledge
    Move to a smaller office space (this one looks very empty and kind of depressing now)
    Increase salary and reintroduce bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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