Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
163 Reviews
2.6
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Pros
  • Flexible hours of work, though that can turn around and bite you by taking your work-life balance haywire (in 9 reviews)

  • Friday lunches, happy-hour, high-tea (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management has almost 0 skills in people management (in 11 reviews)

  • Complete lack of transparency on how the company was doing overall (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Wasted Talent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent salary, interesting analytics problems

    Cons

    No concept of work-life balance, career devlopment, etc. company never made the leap from consulting to analytics. BA Business student may be replaceable cogs, but PhD scientists aren't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Lost in Translation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - IT Operations Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not fit to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Noida (India)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Noida (India)

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation...especially for the analytics & consulting teams but not for others..

    Cons

    No standard procedures for employee appraisal/promotion/bonus disbursement, no growth, no new projects coming in....already a lot of attrition from a long period of time but no efforts by top management to check it, all in all not worth a try even

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please get your act together and make the employees believe in your vision by tangible actions instead of just words....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Blue Chip Clients base. Reasonably good science base.

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Give it time! Not a good place to join at least for an year now!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Associate in Noida (India)

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong fundamentals and positioning in market

    Cons

    Everything, from previous management to internal policies and current work ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain the valuable employees at any cost

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great, fantastic company but its best years are in the past

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Opera was voted as one of the best company to work for in New Jersey. A great work environment.
    This was driven mostly driven by a great corporate culture, fantastic people, and unique industry and functional know-how.
    While many of the nice perks are gone (corporate box at the Madison Square Garden, Christmas parties and presents, etc.), the people are still fantastic. Friday lunches are something to look forward as they increase camaraderie and facilitate knowledge sharing.
    Some of the best Senior Vice Presidents are still around and working with them is a true pleasure and great learning experience.
    The new CEO is a great person and skilled leader; he is really doing his best to improve this situation. The recent town halls are finally providing some clarity on what' happening with the company.
    The beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline from the Jersey City office is another nice element (and working from JC is not as bad as it sounds)

    Cons

    The true cancer was the lack of steady long-term vision and industry focus.
    The change of operating model (from a management consulting firm to a Big Data software company) brought some inevitable hurdles, but the absence of a coherent vision made things worse. The focus on dead-end products, the loss of historical clients, some bad corporate decisions, unexpected rounds of lay-offs, and a few broken promises drastically accelerated the existing attrition, and emptied the NY/JC offices.
    Other issues to be addressed are:
    Compensation (low salaries, no more bonuses, fuzzy sales commission plan, etc.)
    Communication/transparency
    Employee morale
    Uncertainty and possibility of being acquired by a large system Integration services company. Maybe just a rumor, but it'd be nice to know more about the authenticity of this event and its implications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving interactions with employees with honest messages about the company current situation and outlook. Provide early warning about future, potential risks, events (e.g., rounds of lay-offs, potential acquisitions)
    Maintain a coherent road-map

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Grand Wasted Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great vision, subpar execution

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    Although most of them already gone or on their way out, there are some real talents in science and R&D. The company survives on hard work from folks in Shanghai and Dehli. Great people on the business side as well, but mostly at below manager level.

    Cons

    Though packaged as a technology/solution company, Opera is still mostly run as an old school consulting firm, i.e. sales eat what they kill, fight for resources, and lots of internal politics. The incentive and organizational structure aren't set up for focused execution.

    Former CEO never showed a clear conviction to build a great long-term company. Always shooting for a good next few quarters, and we are all gonna be rich! With this kind of mentality, things like developing your people and building a company culture naturally take a back seat to making a quick buck. Real successful companies rarely talk about IPO before actual IPO!

    There is a clear disconnection and distrust between analytics and business. With most of the good EMs and above already gone, those that are left are mostly overpaid talking heads who have zero understanding of analytics or technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Stop employee exodus in China and India.
    2) Between your people and investors, need to have the guts to pick your people.
    3) Clean up the mid-level management. Hire business people who understand technology.
    4) Clarify focus and stay with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    I had high hopes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions

    Pros

    A lot of talented people work/ have worked for the company. The work environment is great and the people I work with are awesome.

    Cons

    Where do I start. Staff turnover is high which is to be expected in this industry however management are doing nothing to retain the talent that they have. Moral is low and it appears nobody really knows where they stand. Management and policies have changed so much that I not sure if the company will survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example and appreciate your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on good, innovative problems

    Cons

    Learning is mostly driven via you, India Management is biased and unfair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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