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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It was a great place to work... back in the 90s."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    OPNET is very shrewd with managing its income, so you do not have to worry about it going out of business.

    Cons

    The engineering process needs a lot to be desired. It has all of the downsides of the waterfall model of development with none of the upside. Releases are generally late and initially very buggy. OPNET is also stuck in the past using 90s error technologies like C++ which makes professional growth difficult for engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about what you are building and how long it will take. When development goes awry due to unforeseen circumstances, accept it early, and course correct. Sitting in denial only makes the process worse.


  2. "needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Software QA Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OPNET full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Benefits are okay and helpful
    -Products are good and have potential to be better
    -Yearly conference is a great networking event
    -Commute is very convenient
    -Learning program helps to educate

    Cons

    -too much micro managing
    -unprepared managers
    -rude and intimidating team leads
    -too much team assumptions
    -no room for growth
    -low pay in comparison to the market
    -employees have to figure things out on their own, which wastes time
    -team mates not very helpful

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, give them some leeway and let them grow. Make sure that the people you place in management are well prepared and do their job well. Need to get rid of micro management. People get intimidated and stressed out. Please upgrade to the newest and latest technology, no one uses C and C++ anymore.

  3. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, casual dress code, good benefits.

    Cons

    Extreme micro-management prior to Riverbed acquisition. Very unorganized post acquisition, though this will most likely pass when the integration is finished.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Micro management at its worst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at OPNET full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great products that a re nice to haves for an IT company. Some tools are very helpful but are priced where only Fortune 500s can afford them

    Cons

    To say that OPNET was a micromanaged company is not strong enough. Spending time in SCM seems more important to management than making sales!


  5. "Sweatshop"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer Network Modeling in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer Network Modeling in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company that had the technology but lost focus and vision, did not make the right strategic decisions to survive.

    Cons

    The old OPNET was a total brown nose environment. On technical matters, you are expected to defer to higher-ups on the brown-nose chain. "I'm right because I'm the VP"!

    Advice to Management

    Be less arrogant.


  6. "It's a revolving door"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good products, good benefits, and good if you're an engineer.

    Cons

    Non - engineering employees are loathed.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Could be much better!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Free dinner!
    - Good work (depending on the team you work in)
    - Few good team leads
    - Big offices (no cubes)

    Cons

    - Compensation is below par when compared with other companies (the big guys eat up all the money)
    - Seems like promotion is tied with the amount of hours you put in and not necessarily the quality of work you do
    - Legal department is horrible
    - They make you sign a 18 month contract if they file for your H1B

    Advice to Management

    VP's - Please do read the feedback employees write during their annual reviews and give compensation based on both the reviews and experience, not based on how many hours they sat in their offices. If you want good employees to stay, fix the legal department.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    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


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

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


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