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"Swan song?"

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Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ
Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

Pros

Although some of Opera’s best people have recently left or been pushed out, the company still has some very bright minds knowledgeable not only in Analytics but also in several client industries.

Cons

The CEO and main shareholder is after a quick cash-out and is pushing changes that are harmful to the mid- and long-term future of the company.

Morale is extremely low and most decent people currently interview with other companies, several key scientists and the heads of the London and Paris offices have left already and the quality of client work starts decreasing.
HR policies and direction are inexistent and bonuses have been pathetic (or nil) for the last couple of years…

Opera was built with a great business model, combining the insights of advanced analytics with the deep understanding that ex-management consultants can bring to specific industries. For years, it had a clear advantage over other big data market players.
Now, it endeavors to copy the business model of software houses but without having neither the DNA nor the relevant resources for it… add to that the departure of so many good people and the constant changes in the leadership group… disaster is looming.

Advice to Management

Get your act together and stop trying to copy other companies

Other Employee Reviews for Opera Solutions

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Never met a management team that cared less about or communicated less with its people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    1) There are some smart people with decent personalities working for this company (though the # of such people there are rapidly diminishing as you read this)
    2) They provide lunches on Fridays
    4) The jersey office has a nice view of manhattan

    Cons

    1) This is a consulting firm trying to become a big data solutions company - it is trying to develop products without hiring people who know how to manage the products. They plug consultants or programmers who do not have product managing experience to cobble together products. The result: they spend way too long building products that are not outstanding or groundbreaking in anyway, in many cases, they keep investing in failed attempts for far too long.

    2) There are not many people who truly want to mentor the younger people in the firm. A lot of the "mentors" are mentors more because it is a requirement of the job given their level of seniority.

    3) Environment is political, obvious practice of nepotism

    4) Management or those who communicate to the rest of the company on behalf of the management (i'm not clear who's in the "management" anymore these days) also make promises to employees that they cannot keep

    5) The company does not have enough cash to give out any year end bonuses or promote anyone in 2012

    6) The best people in the firm are leaving. Top execs that have been with the firm right from the beginning are also jumping ship -which is an indicator of how bright the growth potential of the firm is these days as these should be the very people who believe most in the company. They have been building the company for years, given stock options, and should be waiting to reap the benefits of seeds they sowed for the firm... but they have decided to give whatever "rewards" this firm can offer to them up

    7) I dont think the company has any values that are inspiring. It has a somewhat decent culture only because the little people that they hire at the bottom happen to be decent people who have a fairly good head on their shoulders and are willing to contribute to the community spirit of the company


  2. "Lots of work, long hours and little fun, though you learn a lot, quickly."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    You get to experience a lot of different things, different companies and sides of companies most will never even read/hear about. Some of the people can be great to work with and be around. Pretty young company, be it since start up and as in the employees are young, so that is good. Lots of freedom and a lack of traditional business structure is a different plus.

    Cons

    Tons of work and long hours. Prepare to work, a lot. People can be helpful most of the time, though there are moments or situations where you just need to fend for yourself and manage a lot. The jobs wears you down and you pay a price for it.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to make projects enjoyable to be on and focus on what is going on. Seems like more time/effort/money goes into the higher ups, marketing and unnecessary items than the people working the projects.

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