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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Working Environment, Work-Life Balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Flexi timings and work from home are some of the great policies (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance can vary from being awesome to being awful (in 10 reviews)

  • IT/Technology - Being a big data company, there is no understanding or expertise in hadoop/computer architecture (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "When the worst of big meets the best of small"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Freelancer - Head of Sales - Capital Markets in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Freelancer - Head of Sales - Capital Markets in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Opera Solutions (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    entrepreneurial, smart, motivated, nice people

    Cons

    too many controls, too much strategy and not enough execution

    Advice to Management

    agile all the way down to the line.
    listen to employees not just the yes men.


  2. "Boston based software development"

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    Current Employee - Java Developer in Newton, MA
    Current Employee - Java Developer in Newton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Advanced algorithms, large platform experience, flixible hours, small office

    Cons

    Previous development practices with focus on delivery rather than quality resulted in a code base, which has a incredible number of bugs. Most of the effort goes towards bug fixing, rather than new development. This may change depending on when you join the company or not apply to you depending on your particular role.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Not as good as management reviews would indicate, but also not as bad as fleeing employee reviews would indicate either"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I should caveat this review by saying that I was a US based resource and experiences can be very different in other offices. Also, there is a ton of variance between good projects and bad projects so two individuals in the same office with the same title can have a very different experience.

    I was fortunate to land some good projects with some strong teams. I received great exposure to predictive analytics / machine learning and consulting while at Opera. I worked on some very challenging and interesting projects. Predictive analytics / machine learning / Big Data is a very hot space right now so experience in these areas allows for a lot of flexibility.

    I also met some great people (also see cons). Work-life balance was very reasonable for me.

    The worst is probably behind the company as the company hit a bottom 6 months to a year back and Opera seems to be building some positive momentum. We'll see if that lasts.

    Cons

    A few years back this company was attracting top talent both across the globe. That's not the case anymore, though some talented folks still remain. It was painful to see the difference between 2 years back and now since there were so many highly talented, awesome people to be around. There are much fewer that remain.

    Bonuses inconsistent / nonexistent, though perhaps that is a thing of the past. Promotions not really merit based and generally inconsistent.

    Senior management has generally been pretty terrible in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Replacing your lost US talent with resources from India and China is not a good long term solution. You must start hiring more US resources.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Lack of management guidance, limited investment into the company, minimal infrastructure"

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - General Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people below the management layer

    Cons

    Management head completely in the sand, no understanding of the 'Big Data' marketplace or client opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Improve business development organization, hire better delivery resources, focus on marketplace to guide product development


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Amazing people, chaotic direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opera is very flexible. They have big dreams and investors with deep pockets. It has the feel of a start up but slightly more stability. They pay very competitively and the people I've worked with have been fantastic.

    Cons

    Management is shifting, as of May 2014, they have a new CEO. He seems very capable and will hopefully turn around the chaos. Before the company seemed content to half-commit to too many different directions. Marching orders often changed and there was virtually no accountability. They're working really hard to clean this up now, and the future does have tons of potential

    Advice to Management

    There seems to be a greater need to accountability and a more formal channel for people to talk about their supervisors if they see mismanagement and waste.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A OK company but not good."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many smart people in the company. Projects are diverse, and you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Poor management. Policies keeps changing, e.g., the bonus. I have never received bonus in 2 years. Many times the promises are simply promises (and never come true). Bad benefit.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Bad management is killing the company"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst Lead in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Data Analyst Lead in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented people in the company, through many of them are leaving now. The projects are fun and challenging, you can learn a lot and build your experience.

    Cons

    Bad management, policies changed all the time, and didn't live up to the promise. The salary is lower than the market. The benefit is not competitive as well.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employee well. Give them what they deserved.


  9. "Top Management needs major changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good learning environment and to get your feet wet so you can prepare yourself to jump ship for better opportunity.

    Cons

    Too much internal rift between the departments is pulling the company apart. Considering its still a small to medium sized company which is still trying to get out of the start-up mode it should set it priorities straight. Instead of concentrating on what’s good for the company and being responsible/reasonable, top management is fighting internal/personal battles. Some top managers also have pompous attitude, but in fact they don’t have the knowledge or the experience. Also I know my department head would lie to me from time to time. The top leadership of the company wastes money like drunken alcoholics, and then when the funds are running low, they start lay off employees.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy the party spend the $$ and then file for bankruptcy. Unless all management changes, who want the company to survive.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting, enlightening, exciting, somewhat unfulfilling, wonderful people to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Management in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big data space is very hot!!!, good product brand, emerging analytics products

    Cons

    Weak Sr. Management Team, poor financial management, continual changes in direction, limited staff development

    Advice to Management

    More focus on developing, retaining, and rewarding good staff!!!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Experience, Failing Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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