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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great products - extremely micro managed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and technology, very smart people work and run the company. The management is very responsive to customer needs. The mgr.do things first class,very detailed and don't cut corners on things.

    Cons

    This company invented the term micro managed. You'd be extremely hard pressed to find another company that's more micro managed, the cultre is manage by fear not only sales but most dept.'s in the company. The pay for s/wsales is way below the industry for what your asked to do. Loved the products but wouldn't go back for twice the $$.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have any because they wouldn't listen anyway. From their perspective they've been successful doing it their way why change,


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The brothers can be hard to work for but you can do well if you're good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products
    Great people
    Solid financials
    A great company to have on your resume if you make it 3+ years
    One of the most successful public software companies in the last 10 years!

    Cons

    Senior leaders can be unreasonable and rude.
    Heavy micromanagement.
    Very politically charged. Make sure you are in lock step with the brothers.

    Advice to Management

    You've done an exceptional job hiring and growing middle managers. Give them more authority and ownership in the company.

  3. "Great for the resume, stay for a few years and go"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are geniuses there. The environment is such that information sharing between people is great. A great place to learn

    Small and powerful company that lets you run the show. I have learned so much about all parts of a software company as I participated in the sales to software creation to contracts process

    The products are well made and well appreciated. The successes will make you look like a hero to the customers

    Cons

    The pay structure looks to be for new engineers. The benefits and promotion cycle is suited to those starting their career.

    There is a ton of turn over with employees. Nobody leaves and says 'I hated OPNET.' They leave and say 'great opportunities but now I want to take care of my own'

    For this reason, most people are quite young there, under 35.

    Advice to Management

    The employment model is working. Making it easy to stay a long time will change the model and thus change the company. It produces good results just not long term careers at the company


  4. "Ok place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The culture at OPNET is pretty good.

    Cons

    The communication could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Communication could be better.


  5. "Some pros and cons - good place to start off. Bad place to advance."

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

    Pros

    Industry leader for network simulation and modeling. Bethesda is an amazing city to work. The work is very interesting and engaging

    Cons

    Working on the consulting side of the company, I found it difficult to be noticed or recognized for my successes on customer projects from within OPNET.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the job market is not necessarily the same for the entire company and you should treat different employees as commodities appropriately.


  6. "OK place to work..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice benefits package; long-term stability of the company is good; people are friendly; Nice corporate offices in DC; paycheck is steady and on time...

    Cons

    Company is very much run like a military operation; Pay is below market standards compared to competitors; Senior Management much too involved in day-to-day operations (micro-management); Company is stable, but extremely slow growth and out of touch with competitors; Spends little to no dollars on marketing. Corporate branding is weak; Senior management way out of touch with typical sales territory demographics and base everything off Named Accounts performance.

    Advice to Management

    Place more trust in the little people and don't assume your business revolves around large named accounts; Senior management has made no effort to listen to the concerns/expertise of its workforce


  7. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    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.

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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