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"Mixed Experience, Failing Company"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Great career building experience in a very hot market (Predictive Analytics). The scientists/modelers are profoundly collaborative people who are have great faith in software (not necessarily software engineers). Flexible career options. Friday lunches, happy-hour, high-tea. Good community of people who are sincerely trying to succeed.

Cons

Lack of IT and computing infrastructure conforming to industry standards is holding both analytics and software divisions. Dev-Ops team, which was functional, just disappeared entirely. Company has been steadily losing employees (about 1-3 a week) and laid-off all hiring staff in US. Factions between and within various offices deadlock any meaningful software development, in turn causing significant cash-burn without any enabling revenue. Competing in over-saturated markets because of several employee's and manager's history with Fair-Isaac

Other Employee Reviews for Opera Solutions

  1. Helpful (4)

    "All Sparkle No Substance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding people, questionable leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (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 Management

    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.

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