OPNET - Great staff and engaging challenges, but the combination lacks cohesion and makes for an often dispiriting environment. | Glassdoor
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"Great staff and engaging challenges, but the combination lacks cohesion and makes for an often dispiriting environment."

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Smart and talented engineers; superior to my experiences with similar organizations. The company aims high with its software and for the most part delivers, which is a source of pride.

Preparing for the annual customer conference held in August makes for a very hectic summer that's for the most part enjoyable, and the conference itself is a good time.

Company policies make for a flexible work environment--as long as you're responsible for the most part you can work in whatever manner (hours, teleworking, environment setup) suits you best.

Good office space in a great location.

Cons

Very poor communication from senior leadership--creates an environment where there are "haves" and "have nots." The software development process is a cumbersome waterfall approach that was state-of-the-art--for the 1980s. The lack of organization

Benefits have been degrading over the past few years (probably similar for most companies)--401(k) match is fairly small and employee health costs have been rising while benefits shrink.

Advice to Management

Communication and dialog amongst the entire company / major divisions. Streamline the development process--allow for a more iterative process that doesn't rely on large stakeholder meetings that are rarely productive.

Other Employee Reviews for OPNET

  1. "Brilliant strategist that has guided the company well, but more frequent communication would be nice."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Vice President in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast-growing dynamic company, where people are given wide latitude to grow the company. Engineering-run and focused, so good for techie's. Very little politics, very transparent organization with well-defined management structures. OPNET also has shown consistent growth since its inception, refusing to follow the whims of the market with rush-hires and layoffs.

    Cons

    OPNET has a wide variety of technology, from deep R&D to application monitoring, making it hard to really master all the areas.

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage more frequent communication to the troops.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work if you want to settle down in the DC area"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - Safe job
    - Dinner benefit
    - Great location (can't beat Bethesda area)

    Cons

    - Not much room for growth.
    - Employees are underpaid. Bethesda is as expensive as California and the salaries can be compared to Mid-west.
    - Micromanagement by some senior people
    - No incentives for professional development

    Advice to Management

    - Give employees a chance to grow on their feet. Trust them to complete their work, instead of micromanaging them.
    - Be competent and aggressive.
    - Concentrate on important issues. Prioritize the projects than can have a maximum impact on the industry

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