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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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. 4 people found this helpful  

    All Sparkle No Substance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Hard working and bright employees
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Key positions in management have been held by people because they have been with the company from the beginning and not because of merit or qualification. Here is the brief summary of the management.
    CEO - Waiting for his golden parachute
    COO - Redefining the word "wannabe"
    CSO - Madeup and non-existant - cleanup needs to start from here
    CTO - Scamster
    PMO - Junior Scamster aka making up his own work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consist of people with good experience and credentials . whether in consulting or product development

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding people, questionable leadership

    • 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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Intelligent and hardworking employees with a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from consulting, software, to sciences resulting in a friendly and tight-knit culture.

    Ability to do innovative analytics and see business value of projects.

    Access to and experience working with senior-level decision makers at client firms.

    Overall a decent place to learn things, e.g., ideal for someone's first job out of school.

    Cons

    Complete lack of understanding of software and technology by Sr. management. No understanding of how to build software.

    Extreme micromanagement by Sr. Managers stemming from what seemed to be a highly top-down culture.

    Below-market salaries for almost all equivalent positions at other firms and even other start-ups. No matching 401K. Healthcare was a joke.

    Complete lack of transparency on how the company was doing overall. Very little communication to the "grunts" resulting in rumor mills being a fact of life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The virtual religious devotion of trying to "productize" everything combined with leadership that has no experience developing real software products is killing what was once I believe a very vibrant consulting business. Go back to being a consulting firm with analytics instead of trying to become yet-another-overly-hyped big data offering. Stop sourcing work to overseas offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just Ask Three Questions to Learn the Truth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of Potential and good people. But no one at the wheel. The company is flat out untruthful about its offerings and the state of them. At its best, they have smart people who are without any defined guidance. salespeople have no support and no actual thing to sell than How awesome Opera is. The CEO Surrounds himself with people who only tell him what he wants to hear.

    Cons

    To get the reality of this place just ask to :
    1. download any product offering, particularly the magic Signal Hub
    2. get a phone reference of a customer that is using and is happy with any product
    3. Any customer for over 36 months willing to speak positively about Opera

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admit you are playing for a cash out, and not building a company. Stop posturing and start telling the truth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Time to abandon ship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Smart academic ideas - Phd. brains from Ivy league

    Cons

    Lacks leadership and execution, inexperienced people in key roles

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not lie and play games with employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusion starts from the top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engagement Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Not having to stay late

    Cons

    Not having to stay late - also

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your exit quick and reward your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Loads of potential and talented people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company is positioned on the leading edge of a booming industry, no doubt about it. We are constantly asked to solve incredibly complex questions for some of the best known companies in the world. The work is challenging and changes frequently, like at any successful start-up.

    Cons

    We need to accelerate the transition from a consulting model to being a repeatable solution company. This is critical to growth and scale. Many of us know this is the correct path, but some people are confused or hesitant about how the changes will affect them. There's a ton of great technology and science being developed, can make prioritization tough at times for a company of this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speed up the transition process. Communicate clearly and frequently. Put some opportunities on the back burner and execute on a few truly great ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Opera has what other companies lack

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Opera Solutions is full of young, smart, optimistic people. Maybe too optimistic. As someone who's worked at several companies and in a completely different industry, I find many of the things that others are disgruntled about at Opera refreshing. The company is trying to redefine itself from a consulting firm to a product-based company, which is a very difficult task. But instead of just laying off consultants (and those who are a bit stuck in the consultant mindset), the company (from my perspective at least) seems to be trying to hold onto them, valuing its people more than any other company I've worked at. After many rounds of layoffs at other companies, this is a nice change of pace, even if it is to the temporary detriment of others.

    The CEO is incredibly smart. He knows big data, he knows business, and he's smart enough to know what he doesn't know—and hires the best scientists and domain experts to make his vision a reality. I find him refreshingly honest, able to admit to his mistakes and humble enough to learn from them and move on. The company is forging through uncharted territory, and you need a leader who is willing to self-correct.

    My favorite part about Opera is the employees. The company spares no expense in the hiring department (it seems), and that is a huge benefit. Many companies hire the least expensive people who can barely do the job that's necessary in order to save money. When that happens, growth is impossible, as no one can excel or learn, and the company becomes stagnant and dies. Here, you have a company full of overachievers--Ivy League grads, some with years of experience in their fields who can really help shape the careers of the younger staff. In my experience, this is no longer the norm most places.

    Other quick notes from my perspective:

    --My hours are great. There has been some evening and weekend work, but on average, I'm home an hour earlier than was I used to be.

    --While I haven't participated in many of the extracurriculars, that there are any is rare. A company that volunteers, has happy hours, reaches out to the community, etc. speaks to the forward-thinking company culture, as well as to the level and type of employees here.

    --This is a fluid, dynamic environment. While that may make some people crazy (and it makes me crazy sometimes, too), it also means that employees can move around a bit. I think some employees give managers too much power to control their experience here. *Everyone* contributes to the overall dynamic, and each of us is ultimately in charge of our own experiences. Those who are willing and able to take on additional responsibility and/or leadership roles seem to move up very quickly. This is rare and should be seen as a benefit and opportunity.

    Cons

    The "flat" organization isn't really flat--nor is it beneficial. It just makes transparency that much more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some management courses. As with most companies, you're all adept in your fields, but managing people isn't it. Get on the same page and provide a clear, unified company structure and direction, and then stick to it.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Promising ideas, mediocre execution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Unique approach to solving large business problems by combining consulting and analytics/software, at least as an idea
    - Very smart, personable, kind and creative people with high willingness to learn and teach
    - Good place to learn how to do a little of everything, although that is partly due to massive lack of formal structure
    - Decent compensation and work hours flexibility

    Cons

    - Highly disorganized organizational structure that changes every few months
    - Lack of communication and transparency
    - Lack of clear and consistent career ladder - expectations are always shifting and employees are expected to hit moving targets each review cycles
    - Too many product ideas with nearly not enough staff to execute on them - no good products firm was built by chasing 10+ targets
    - Some people in senior management are trying to do some good, but it may be too late

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Communicate honestly with your employees and trust that they can help turn the company around - you hired them because they are smart and capable, you use them to solve clients' problems, so why not your own
    - Pick 2-3 products, at most, and invest in them
    - Identify a growth strategy and stick with it
    - Make HR do it's job of actually helping people manage their careers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Delusional management, no transparency, nepotistic disorganization

    • 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

    Good people. Talented people but in short supply. The culture is communal and social within and among teams.

    Cons

    Talent leaving like running from a burning building.
    Management playing violins on the deck of the titanic.
    Lack of faith, trust and honesty from managers.
    If you're not in the inner circle, you're growth stops and your career dies.
    Every 1-2 months a marketing release goes out and it's about a product no one has seen and doesn't exist. It's in a powerpoint.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an attempt to restore faith in employees (and investors)
    Quit the hide-and-run management style
    Stop signing death-march deals and failing to reward your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Best-positioned company in Big Data analytics space

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to be part of the most advanced company in the exploding Big Data arena
    Great people - accomplished, intelligent, fun
    Chance to be part of fluid, entrepreneurial culture, bring great products to new markets, and get in on ground floor of the Big Data economy

    Cons

    Definite growing pains - particularly in shedding the old consulting values and approaches
    Some grumpy and cynical old-style consultants who create a lot of noise and won't get on the new bandwagon
    Company has grown so fast that its processes and infrastructure have not kept up - it's harder to get things done than it should be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What the company represents in the market, and the traction it's gaining, is real. But management needs to do a better job of communicating it all internally, especially to the few folks who just don't "get it" and are creating a lot of needless angst.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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