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  • "Under-utilization of resources from India office on analytics projects(in 18 reviews)

  • "senior management at India level is very cheap with no professionalism(in 12 reviews)

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  1. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for 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.

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    Opera Solutions2015-02-07
  2. "Mixed Bag - Good People Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very high caliber professional services team Interesting and challenging projects

    Cons

    Poor senior management team Has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars in repositioning company into a solutions SaaS company rather than its legacy consulting business - largely unsuccessfully. Now has too much focus upon scalability and replicability In projects rather than adopting a bespoke business problem and solutioning approach - all problems are addressed as analytical challenges addressed through the Signal Hub platform, when this should actually share and inform strategy rather than being the solution itself.

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    Opera Solutions2019-12-10
  3. Helpful (1)

    "We just hit an iceberg - quick, let's rearrange the deck chairs!"

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Bright and diligent Business Analysts, Data Science pros, and interesting client projects to service. Very effective marketing team.

    Cons

    - Senior management infighting - Lurching from funding round to funding round in choppy waters makes the oarsmen seasick

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    Opera Solutions2013-11-30
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Promising ideas, mediocre execution"

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Unique approach to solving large business problems by combining consulting and analytics/software, at least as an idea - Very smart, personable, kind and creative people with high willingness to learn and teach - Good place to learn how to do a little of everything, although that is partly due to massive lack of formal structure - Decent compensation and work hours flexibility

    Cons

    - Highly disorganized organizational structure that changes every few months - Lack of communication and transparency - Lack of clear and consistent career ladder - expectations are always shifting and employees are expected to hit moving targets each review cycles - Too many product ideas with nearly not enough staff to execute on them - no good products firm was built by chasing 10+ targets - Some people in senior management are trying to do some good, but it may be too late

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    Opera Solutions2013-04-14
  5. Helpful (6)

    "Smart, motivated, excited junior employees...wasted"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People at manager and below levels are great - Smart: top schools, top performers - Personable: normal people you'd want to grab a drink with - Creative: willing to suggest new ideas, and try to learn new things rapidly (as the firm shifts focus) The idea behind "predictive analytics" is a good one. That said, so is the idea to time travel. Success takes more than an idea. You need to be able to execute on it. Execution is not hiring a bunch of smart people. You need leadership and direction.

    Cons

    Employees are Mistreated - Pay is below market, especially for the hours put in - You work 80+ hour weeks, only to be told retroactively you won't get a bonus (3+ months after you were supposed to get it, with ZERO communication or lies in the interim) - I have been bonus eligible for 4 years here: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012: No bonus in 2009 (financial crisis, understandable), decent bonuses in 2010 and 2011, No bonus in 2012 (even though we were told all year it was our best year ever). 50% bonus rate is unacceptable. - Management is sneaky, deceitful, and totally unethical: Both times we got zero bonuses, we were strung along by lies. Management would tell us bonuses were "delayed" for weeks, then months, then complete silence on the matter, then the hammer would drop and we'd be told the truth. They're literally just trying to squeeze water out of rocks. - More unethical practices: They closed the Paris office and told the employees they'd have the option to transfer. Then, they stopped answering all communications from the Paris employees, declared bankruptcy in France, and didn't offer transfers (after months of saying they would and leaving the employees in limbo). The French employees had to scramble to find jobs, after being lied to for months. On top of that, management told everyone that the French employees simply didn't accept the transfer offers. - You're still expected to work like a consultant, but be paid like Horrible Execution by Management - Senior Management was tasked with facilitating the shift from "consulting" to "technology / product". They have failed. Horribly. - Whenever someone who knows what they are doing in the big data / product world (e.g. senior folks from SAP, Oracle, etc.) is brought in, they realize what a mess Opera is and leave within 6 months. - Many managers and principals are former consultants, and have no idea what they're doing in analytics projects or product driven projects. Not their fault - they're consultants, but it makes projects extremely frustrating. They haven't been trained, and many have no idea how to deliver a product driven project. - Horrible cash management: Hired tons of scientists and sales people who have yet to deliver anything really, while the consultants deliver project after project in "services", working typical consulting hours. Then there is no cash to pay the revenue generating consultants, because cash was burned on scientists, sales people, and failed products. - Everything is pretty much smoke and mirrors. Product names and ideas keep changing, but there is nearly nothing tangible to show for it. Consultants are then tasked with spinning this smoke and mirrors into something during business development and sales efforts Offshore Model - The offshore model is extremely frustrating. On analytics projects, huge chunks of teams are in Shanghai and India - Hours become unmanageable if you want to be in any way productive due to time zone differences - Turnaround times are slow because of the timezones. Though the "24 hour model" is pitched, what it really means is everything takes at least twice as long to do because you can only talk to your team at the beginning and end of each day, and deliverables can then be reviewed, with more wait time in between - Communication can be very difficult and inefficient. Lengthy, detailed emails are required, compared to traditional consulting firms where you can just sit with your team, brainstorm, review data together in real time, etc. Huge waste of time, and very stressful, because if the communication is not clear, you lose an entire day of work from the offshore team - It is all stemmed from Opera's reluctance to bring teams to the same location to work (because this costs money)

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    Opera Solutions2013-03-27
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Tons of politics, unfairness in staffing and promotion"

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    Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with lots of financial services clients Good managers good place to start for fresh college graduates Meet clients after first week

    Cons

    Lots of politics at senior management level unfairness in project assignments Promotion depended on whether your principle had firm standing in the firm, I.e. being able toconsistently bring in projects Brown nosers get ahead

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    Opera Solutions2011-09-02
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Don't go to this company"

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     in Noida
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    no pros..only cons...very bad company to work

    Cons

    fraud company....will tell different profile at time of interview and after joining you will be working something else....senior management at India level is very cheap with no professionalism. HR is even worst

    Opera Solutions2016-06-27
  8. "Average Company"

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Work culture is good, managers are very supportive in nature Provide good platform to freshers Give good learn opportunities to the employees who wanted to learn and work hard People are very friendly and warm welcoming in nature

    Cons

    Senior Management is very bad They consider their employees as if they are their slaves HR is useless Lots n lots of politics Compensation wise they pay you very less then the current market

    Opera Solutions2015-02-06
  9. Helpful (2)

    "No sense of direction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Noida
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great exposure, greater responsibilities and hence learning, great peer group, outstanding work life balance, above average pay for initial years

    Cons

    senior management lacks vision and direction..bunch of quickly promoted personnel not mature enough to run india operations..discrimination in promotions based on geography (india employee in us/uk based client project will be promoted above peer working out of india office for india client project)

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    Opera Solutions2015-01-24
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Directionless organization with no respect for junior workforce"

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

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    1 .Flexi Timing 2. Young and dynamic work force

    Cons

    1.There is no concept of work life balance in the organisation- its either no work or work till 3 am and on weekends kind of situation 2. Company has no idea where its headed towards, we take up anything and everything that comes our way even if we don't have resources or expertise to complete the task. The result- point 1 for resources involved and then usually projects don't go beyond the POC stage and the effort goes in waste 3. Junior resources have no say or aren't kept in consideration for any policy change in the company. No clear growth structure, no encouragement to venture out of their respective BUs to discover their interest areas and don't expect any benefits or respect if you are working at anything junior then a business analyst level. They say they have a very flat hierarchy but that is just on paper and whatever exists, only exists at the senior management level.

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    Opera Solutions2014-12-13
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