Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
160 Reviews

2.7
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    best training camp for new graduate students to enter bid data industry.

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    Former Employee - Analytics Lead  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Analytics Lead in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Pros

    very flat structure, inspiring intelligent people.to work with

    Cons

    total different industry for different project, different project management style. quick pick up ability is needed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Blue Chip Clients base. Reasonably good science base.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from management.

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

    Chaotic, political and lack of integrity in the sales process

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

    Pros

    Intelligent workforce, competitive compensation, significant buzz in indistry

    Cons

    political and toxic work environment, poor man management, lack of integrity in the sales process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The high turnover and past shortcomings with major clients demonstrates that management needs to be more realistic and less desparate when selling new accounts and more importantly treat middle-management and other staff with more professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad. Please don't join

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)

    Pros

    Good analytics talent.(Whatever little remains). There was a time you could learn a thing or two from some of the folks here.
    Flexible hours.
    Informal atmosphere.

    Cons

    0% transparency
    100% politics
    Management is horrible. Excellent at arbitrary decision making.
    No Vision. Just interested in getting clients by selling the moon and lying through the teeth.
    Cant trust anybody.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ

    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
  7.  

    It is a fine organisation

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Good/smart people around
    - Nice/quality analytics work
    - quality junior staff
    - very good and transparent CEO

    Cons

    - Less focus on primary delivery
    - politicising any situation for own benefit
    - no personal support system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - there is a difference of meaning in bonus as incentive and promotions as incentive. One should not swap for each other.
    - Early promotions of junior at batch level may end up creating issue to senior staff

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Quality of Work.. Better Pay than Peers.. Resources not managed optimally

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    Current Employee - Senior Analytics Specialist  in  Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Analytics Specialist in Noida (India)

    Pros

    Some Very Talented People (some remain, some have left). Great technical learning environment. No hesitation in applying and experimenting with innovative techniques. Very few but very bright scientific minds at most senior level in India team. Optimistic with the vision and enthusiasm of new CEO

    Cons

    Poor division of work among teams. Good resources are over utilized leading them to burn out with too much work. Bad resources ( there are people especially in India team who forever work from home, run their startups or family businesses and avoid Opera's work) still being given incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for your good resources and dont over burden them just because they dont complain. Please make sure that everybody in the team works equally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everyone wants to be successful until they see what it takes.

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ

    Pros

    Working with smart and talented people with constant flow of ideas. Company was started with passion and willingness to take risks. Combined leadership will provide significant strength.

    Cons

    There will always be cons even with the most successful companies, the most successful failed before succeeding. Some of the people have a sense of entitlement due to their unrealistic expectations that causes a negative working environment. They are quick to point fingers when times are tough, but would never be able to start a business of their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to move forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Grand Wasted Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to work with some of the smartest, creative, and talented colleagues ever. Opera's diverse set of clients allows analysts and scientists to hone many skills. The previous out-of-control CEO was finally replaced by someone who seems very competent and understands how to think strategically. Opera's pay is above average, but you'll work for it.

    Cons

    There are so many: the perpetually late (and highly opaque) review cycles whose results are often released when the next cycle is supposed to begin; the lack of strategic development of products that led to massive waste in capital and human potential; promised incentives that were never delivered; a sales staff that doesn't understand what is being promised or delivered; a 24/7 expected work environment that burns out employees; most of the best people have already left the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make promises to clients or employees that cannot be kept. Need more transparency in performance review and incentive pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing people, chaotic direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    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

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