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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Working Environment, Work-Life Balance (in 19 reviews)

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

Cons
  • The work/life balance could be better (in 11 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. Helpful (4)

    "Very talented individuals at the junior level, CEO has a core vision of becoming a great Data Science Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours. Company is comfortable with a work from home policy
    - Great talent at pre-manager levels

    Cons

    - Company is transitioning from consulting services to Data Science
    - History of witholding bonus payments

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on core-areas for improvement
     - Provide enhanced training


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Weird and bazaar place. Like working in a David Lynch movie."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not sure. I like to find the good in everything but it would be a stretch here.

    Cons

    Management lacks emotional intelligence. Attrition is so high you meet someone one week, they are gone the next. No one seems to know who does what. Internal process is cumbersome and absurd. People walk around with scowls on their face. I would be very afraid to come here unless you are desperate for work and have no other options.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe the new CEO will change things but it wont happen soon. I would look very closely at management.....

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to start analytics career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Analytics Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Junior Analytics Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, lots of career growth opportunities. Colleagues are smart and fun. Exposure to number of of top financial service companies

    Cons

    No work life balance, lots of travelling. Have to do conference calls in the night with colleagues from China or India. Struggling with transition from providing consulting service to selling products


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Lost in Translation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Bad Management
    No Direction
    No one speaks English enough to understand
    Not hiring the best people - Interviewers who are not qualified

    Advice to Management

    Hire another company to perform interviews. Hire more US citizens. Work on finding a direction and business objectives


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Doing what it takes to succeed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Developing and validating a entirely new technology platform being adopted by some of the largest corporations in the world. A true game changer. Increasingly proven.
    2. Passionate leadership who believe in what they do and responding and adapting to challenges.
    3. Moving to giving our young associates a chance to take leadership much faster than we could get elsewhere
    4. New CEO has put in a structure with much greater accountability and focus which will payoff.
    5. Truly global company with significant opportunities to see the world.
    6. Business problems at the cutting edge. Unique.

    Cons

    1.truly traumatic transition from a service company to a technology led company. Resulted in dislocation and loss of identity and affiliation for many of us.
    2. Processes such as incentives and staffing in disarray which made life unpleasant and difficult. Being fixed and getting better.
    3. High attrition particularly in the service group as the new direction did not fit. A double edged sword as costs declined and gave us more junior people more opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    So many vitriolic complaints from current and ex employees. Nobody is forcing you to stay. Many of us like the challenges and the direction. Building something new is always difficult. If you don't like it just quit. You will be doing all of us a favor. I don't believe any company can give you as intense, compressed and high quality experience as this company can.
    Keep focused and stay the course. The best revenge is success. Many big deals being closed. The momentum seems to be gaining force.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Opera is trying to stay afloat but way too many holes - not looking good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some interesting projects, nice views from the office, currently there is probably a good opportunity for advancement given the mass exodus (very, very, very high attrition recently)

    Cons

    There aren't very many good people left, the vast majority of the employee base (~90%) has been at Opera for < 2 years, no culture, shady moves by mgmt, inability to staff projects sufficiently given the high attrition = very high risk of not being able to deliver current engagements and recently sold engagements (clients beware), very bad benefits

    Advice to Management

    Find a new job - everyone else is looking, so should you (you probably already are)


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Hopeless Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office view of Hudson river.
    No one cares what you are doing (Pro for slackers). Otherwise see no pros and hope.
    Management talks all positive that's it.

    Cons

    Management confused as ever product company or consulting company. Make you work hard and when time comes of payout rules are changed so as delay the incentive and then pay few hundreds.
    Management is clueless, frequent Town Hall's and talks. Busy flying around the world and cares least about employees.
    Big Data is all BS. None of their products are delivered on time and as promised (Quality is out of question)
    Please check with the customers, they are all very dis-satisfied.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, It is damaged beyond repair. Every year new philosophy with new management and rules.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pathetic place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company for floater's and below average performer.

    Cons

    Not sure where should I start.
    Horrible management, No sense of pride in their delivery its all about $$$$. No project planning, Quality of work, any data security. Bonus is namesake, be ready to get $100 if you are developer upper management sucks out all the cream and actual delivery team gets peanuts.
    I can go on for few more pages. There is nothing "BIG" about this so called "BIG DATA" company.

    Advice to Management

    Old or New its the same thoughts but glorified.
    I am giving LONE star for showing up for work (oops sorry .. no manager is every accessible to employee)


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Everyone wants to be successful until they see what it takes."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with smart and talented people with constant flow of ideas. Company was started with passion and willingness to take risks. Combined leadership will provide significant strength.

    Cons

    There will always be cons even with the most successful companies, the most successful failed before succeeding. Some of the people have a sense of entitlement due to their unrealistic expectations that causes a negative working environment. They are quick to point fingers when times are tough, but would never be able to start a business of their own.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to move forward.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "A Grand Wasted Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was given the opportunity to work with some of the smartest, creative, and talented colleagues ever. Opera's diverse set of clients allows analysts and scientists to hone many skills. The previous out-of-control CEO was finally replaced by someone who seems very competent and understands how to think strategically. Opera's pay is above average, but you'll work for it.

    Cons

    There are so many: the perpetually late (and highly opaque) review cycles whose results are often released when the next cycle is supposed to begin; the lack of strategic development of products that led to massive waste in capital and human potential; promised incentives that were never delivered; a sales staff that doesn't understand what is being promised or delivered; a 24/7 expected work environment that burns out employees; most of the best people have already left the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't make promises to clients or employees that cannot be kept. Need more transparency in performance review and incentive pay.


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