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OpenLink Financial Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance was very good considering this is a financial services company (in 13 reviews)

  • There are many good people - who genuinely want to do good work for our Clients (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • The biggest negative about OpenLink is that there is no career growth (in 9 reviews)

  • No training is offered either for your professional improvement or even for you job (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Yes, there are actually career growth opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenLink Financial full-time

    Pros

    The reviews saying there are no career growth opportunities are complete nonsense. All openings are available for internal transfers, and many developers have been taking advantage and branching out. Furthermore, earlier in the year, the current CTO (then head of Product Development) announced all of the promotions for the beginning of the year, which included no less than 33! Lots of new Seniors, Leads, and yes, Managers and Principal Architects (director level).

    Cons

    Yes, there are cons. We still have a long way to go in advancing our technology for the 21st century. We're still playing catchup here. Silos are also a problem, but becoming less so, due to, among other things, the internal transfers.

    Very limited hiring is also a huge problem. For the most part, it is nearly impossible to hire new staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people. You will need to grow the team if you want to both "keep the lights on" and move the technology forward.


  2. "The work is challenging but rewarding"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uniondale, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uniondale, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenLink Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been with OpenLink for 16-years and have had a few different managers, some with great leadership skills and others lacking in this area. Throughout my career here, I have experienced professionalism and a great work environment. I have had the opportunity to learn many aspects of the business and technology with the support from my coworkers, management, and executives.

    Under the CTO, better alignment of Development, QA and Product Management has taken place to become a more effective and high performance team.

    The CEO is approachable and highly regarded around the office. He is visible and connects with all employees, making you feel part of the team.

    Yes, the work is challenging but rewarding. I definitely feel valued and appreciated.

    Cons

    At times stakeholders are brought into projects late.

    Advice to Management

    Be cognizant of the expectations you set, continue investing in your employees and providing them an environment to continuously improve.

  3. "Good company in transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OpenLink Financial full-time

    Pros

    Professional people who are nice to work with. The company offers good benefits and training.

    Cons

    The past few years have seen many management changes, reorganizations and downsizing of staff.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Consultant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpenLink Financial full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn risk management and trade life cycle management software
    Build good contacts in O&G, E&P, midstreams, energy trading shops, and investment banks
    Healthy bonus (based on billable hours)
    Very good benefits

    Cons

    No clear visions and goals from senior management, which changes every couple of years
    Constant re-org
    Very low starting salary if you are new to the industry or college grad
    Difficult to get raised
    Lack of formal training
    Sending junior resources as (very) senior, putting consultants in bad spots when client expectations not met

    Advice to Management

    Determine if OpenLink wants to be a software company or service provider. It is ok to be both but constantly changing position doesn't help.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "2 years in and a great place to work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Uniondale, NY
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst in Uniondale, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fantastic teams filled with smart people.
    -Adapters of Agile Methodology with the tools to utilize it.
    -Great opportunities for career advancement.
    -Great benefits, (health insurance, birthday off paid, good amount of sick/vacation days)
    -Employees who stay for more than a year tend to stay for many years - good career.
    -No forced overtime
    -Allow you to work from home if required

    Cons

    Sometimes feels like teams work in silos (currently being addressed by company)


  6. Helpful (2)

    "OpenLink is a great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Lead in Uniondale, NY
    Current Employee - Support Lead in Uniondale, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenLink Financial full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a 14 year veteran at Openlink, I've experienced nothing but amazing teamwork, great work environment, and fantastic professional experiences. Our management and employees create a great atmosphere that makes Openlink a great place to work with alongside the best and brightest.

    A prime example of Openlink taking the industry's technological changes to heart is recently appointing a well-deserved and well-experienced CTO to continue making innovations in the industry.

    Cons

    None that I am aware of.

    Advice to Management

    Management does a great job - keep up the good work!


  7. "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many good people - who genuinely want to do good work for our Clients.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lack on investment dollars in needed areas - resulting in more difficult implementations and overages.

  8. "ELT Needs work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Uniondale, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in Uniondale, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OpenLink Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with my immediate team

    Cons

    The company leadership is more concerned with being trendy and using buzzwords than getting results


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Profits over People, but generally good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OpenLink Financial full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive staff/management in Tulsa, Good benefits, great culture in the Tulsa office, unique company for our region in terms of benefits/culture

    Cons

    No room for growth, pay is often below market, private company only interested in profits

    Advice to Management

    Either change your value message to reflect the profits only mentality you hold or actually start making decisions with your people in mind. Strive to be the best in industry instead of matching "the industry standards".


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Management Lacks Integrity"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uniondale, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Uniondale, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance is good.
    Nice Offices space and amenities.
    Occasional work from home and flex time is acceptable practice.
    Intelligent, talented, hardworking, committed employees.
    ‘Initiatives’ to improve culture and one-team vision keep employees hopeful for change…but?

    Cons

    Very fast paced, constant change in management, teams and priorities challenges focus and productivity.
    Agile teams, Product Management, QA and Dev managers need better alignment.
    Not all employees are provided training and mentorship that can prove beneficial.
    Meeting year objectives/goals with positive team rating is meaningless.
    When it comes to annual budget cuts BEWARE – arrogant managers will rate/treat you unfairly hoping you quit – if that doesn’t work, they can/will target you to fail – HR looks the other way – Committed employees should NEVER be treated this way!
    Employees cannot formally rate managers so those lacking values remain.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with INTEGRITY – this can go a long way in improving overall culture and company reputation.
    Employees understand business and budget cuts - just be honest.
    Practice what you preach, “Culture, One Team, and Transparency” – employees deserve this from you.
    Add ‘Integrity, Trust, Respect’ to Company Core Values


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