Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014
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2.7 158 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

Opera Solutions CEO Bernhard Nann

Bernhard Nann

(21 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours of work, though that can turn around and bite you by taking your work-life balance haywire(in 9 reviews)

  • A good place to learn something about big data and machine learning(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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Not fit to work

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Noida (India)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Poor work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBlue Chip Clients base. Reasonably good science base.

    ConsLack of transparency from management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Associate (Current Employee) Noida (India)

    ProsStrong fundamentals and positioning in market

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetain the valuable employees at any cost

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

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

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

    ProsOpera 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)

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementKeep 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    7 people found this helpful  

    A Grand Wasted Opportunity

    Staff Scientist (Former Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsWas 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great vision, subpar execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAlthough 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.

    ConsThough 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 Senior Management1) 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Bad Management and horrible execution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsLot of talented people in Analytics and Big Data space.

    ConsWork force leaving due to no new projects (no work) and forcing analytics team to use bogus home grown tool call VEKTOR. Horrible management and worst delivery

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease have steady and realistic vision..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Opera Solutions Manager responded to this review

    Apr 18, 2014

    Thank you for your feedback. We want you to know that we take these reviews seriously and are paying attention to company morale. We have taken the suggestions posted here to heart and are evaluating ... More
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    I had high hopes

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsWhere 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 Senior ManagementLead by example and appreciate your staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not Great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to work on good, innovative problems

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Lots of experience that will be taken with me

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe variety and level of clients we work with is pretty amazing. Anything from a smaller company in a rural setting to a fortune 500 company right in NYC. Not only that, but there are healthcare companies, state agencies, banks, credit card companies, manufacturers, etc. The people area really intelligent and from all over, making for a (mostly) enjoyable experience. The work environment is awesome and something I wish more companies had. Gives you a good sense of freedom compared to the typical corporate structure.

    ConsWhere to start on the cons. There is a definitive struggle to find a working strategy here. I think we all know we want to be innovative and product solutions in some way that harnesses data, big/small/disparate/whatever. Though we can't seem to get past fancy marketing and smoke/mirror tactics and simply explain the real value that we provide. I feel like we sell ourselves short of what we really do with trying to make it look like this magical machine that spits out insights. Nobody really knows what is going on, though it is hard to stay positive with how things are.

    Another review mentioned this, but while the variety of work is nice, the quality of project can vary greatly. Plus we're now in the spot with little room to move.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need more transparency and a clear/concise plan. Pick one and let us work towards it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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