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Updated September 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, training and development focused (in 10 reviews)

  • flexi working hour: work from home once in a while, should be 9 to 530 but it's ok to 10 to 5 or even 11 to 4 (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • The Management team too static, company has outgrown some (in 4 reviews)

  • A lot of work still being done with awful proprietary language (DSD), especially in Professional Services department (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Software Engineer."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Openet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    challenging work in production engineering team, good team mates, flexible work times.

    Cons

    unable to move out to different teams, low pay.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Telecom vendor company"

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

    Pros

    Innovative, working on cutting edge technology
    Small to Medium size company
    Some very nice individuals you get to work with
    Work from Home by default

    Cons

    Bad middle management
    Dirty politics
    No culture of sharing info
    Lacking vision
    All decisions made in Dublin
    You can be on a very bad spot, left on your own
    Lacking integrity

    Advice to Management

    Cut the politics, focus on technology and core skills

  3. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Openet full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment, smart people

    Cons

    Out of touch management team, fragmented and ever-changing company strategy


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company to work if they make few changes"

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    Current Employee - Operational Support Engineer in Stone Ridge, VA
    Current Employee - Operational Support Engineer in Stone Ridge, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Openet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to work from home, intelligent people, good customer based solution and can give a very tough competition to competitors.

    Cons

    Hiring too many contractors unnecessary, should train internal resources to do the job.
    Increment not at its best have to prove to capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Need to check at the root level to see how is team performing and reason of loosing some big opportunity


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Openet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great engineers. Can be challenging, exciting work. Many different technologies that continually evolve. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor career paths and upward mobility. More often than not people are hired in above rather than being promoted internally.
    Many of the great engineers have moved on due to stagnant remuneration and career advancement.
    HQ gets more attention than other locations. Career advancement more likely there than other locations.
    Top heavy company. It used to be primarily an engineering company. Many years ago it grew significantly and ended up having far too many management positions and resources for the number of engineers.
    Information sharing is a big challenge. Still very silo'd knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on reigniting employee passion and finding more motivating remuneration incentives.


  6. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catonsville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catonsville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Openet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    * you can make a mistake and not be fired for it - you can learn from it and improve
    * they have some top notch engineers and brains who are mostly allowed to grown and improve the products
    * i have helpful and supportive management

    Cons

    * Lost some of the can-do attitude from 5 years ago
    * The groups are separate and competitive to the point of almost being detrimental to the clients
    * appreciate more funding in areas such as hardware labs

    Advice to Management

    Better commission structure and training would go a long way.
    instead of encouraging competition, encourage all groups to be cooperative to help the end goal - the client


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Seems to be moving in the wrong direction"

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    Former Employee - Various
    Former Employee - Various
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot working at Openet and worked with some very sharp people. The benefits were pretty good, and at first the atmosphere was great.

    Work-life balance was hit-or-miss. There were times when it was pretty good, but also a lot of get-it-done-yesterday fire drills. Not unusual for a small technology company with huge telecom clients, I think.

    Overall my experience was positive, but I wouldn't go back there now.

    Cons

    Openet seems to be losing its touch. It grew very rapidly for a few years, but over the last year or so seems to be shrinking just as rapidly. Openet has some very compelling products, but doesn't seem to be able to focus on really polishing them and moving them forward.

    The company seemed quite management-heavy toward the end of my time there.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good heart, dreams of being something else"

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

    Pros

    Very strong technology, very engaged and smart employees. Interesting area to work.

    Cons

    Grew by riding a wave of investment in flagship product. The wave is receding, and the company is unsure what to do with itself. Constant half-baked dabbling in various strategic directions, which are followed with urgency until the next idea comes along. Very political with lots of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, a situation encouraged by top leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline and simplify the company direction. Discourage politics.


  9. "Good place to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefit. Good for people with experience

    Cons

    too specific tasks. not sure where to use what you learn here


  10. "Overall, a good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Openet is a very relaxed workplace. There are a lot of references that help you learn all that is thrown at you to know

    Cons

    Although there are a lot of references to aid you, there is so much thrown at you in such a short amount of time, it can be overwhelming. Additionally, the company seems to be growing faster than it can control.

    Advice to Management

    The first thing that should change is the pace of training. There are many nuances that can hinder a new employees progress. Also, contain growth.


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