Opera Solutions

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Opera Solutions Reviews

Updated 22 October 2014
Updated 22 October 2014
163 Reviews
2.6
163 Reviews
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Opera Solutions CEO Bernhard Nann
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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)

  • 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  

    Empty promises, empty offices

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Associate in Jersey City, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong industry knowledge, especially in healthcare

    Cons

    Terrible senior management
    Lack of transparency and broken promises
    Lack of integrity in the sales process, eventually leading client to unrealistic expectations and working team to terrible hours
    Bad beneifts package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the new CEO to bring his own people and radically change the leadership group
    Abandon bogus products and homegrown technologies (e.g. vektor) to refocus on ad-hoc solutions and consulting engagements, especially where they strategically lead to new client relationships and improved domain knowledge
    Move to a smaller office space (this one looks very empty and kind of depressing now)
    Increase salary and reintroduce bonuses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Chaotic, political and lack of integrity in the sales process

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I worked at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent workforce, competitive compensation, significant buzz in indistry

    Cons

    political and toxic work environment, poor man management, lack of integrity in the sales process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The high turnover and past shortcomings with major clients demonstrates that management needs to be more realistic and less desparate when selling new accounts and more importantly treat middle-management and other staff with more professionalism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Grand Wasted Opportunity

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad. Please don't join

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Noida (India)

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

    Pros

    Good analytics talent.(Whatever little remains). There was a time you could learn a thing or two from some of the folks here.
    Flexible hours.
    Informal atmosphere.

    Cons

    0% transparency
    100% politics
    Management is horrible. Excellent at arbitrary decision making.
    No Vision. Just interested in getting clients by selling the moon and lying through the teeth.
    Cant trust anybody.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue to move forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    NASCAR to Formula One in 9-12 months

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jersey City, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Opera Solutions full-time

    Pros

    Just like Gene Haas is doing by getting the U.S. into F1 from NASCAR....Bernhard, and team, will be leading us through the transition from a very successful consulting organization...to a successful analytics software company.

    We have been racing F1 with a NASCAR team and that doesn't work....and there are some that will prefer to stay with the oval track....nothing wrong with that....but there are many of us that like the roar of a nicely tuned F1 engine....so we are very encouraged !

    Communication is improving and things are changing....and we still have and attract the best talent....

    Cons

    This transition isn't easy or quick....the corporate culture , processes etc need to change....but we have the right team in place to make this happen. ....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the lines of communication alive....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good experience with the company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate
    Current Employee - Associate

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

    Pros

    You will enjoy this company for finding great colleagues and nice working environment. flexi work policies are blessing. Company is stuck due to poor planning, you will be working way too much (non stop for months day and night) & there would be long spells of no work. you could get mix of work, surreal as it is not known what you might be asked to do. no new projects, one has to take whatever comes in

    Cons

    company has lot of talent, however management is insensitive has miserably disappointed employees. they are not able to justify for the poor state of the company. with recent change in management, employees are expecting a better health of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still in a growth market, but with too many choices

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company is making changes to focus more resources on the biggest opportunities and reduce the number of custom projects. This won't please everyone, but it's the right thing to do. We have an opportunity to scale a few proven offers, but need to eliminate distractions. There are growth opportunities for people willing to try new things.

    Cons

    Renewed focus is progressing, but can be accelerated. With so much potential it's hard to say 'no' sometimes. In a leading-edge market people must be willing to try new things and adapt to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Properly resource a few key opportunities. Bigger bets on fewer things. Steady success in a few areas will create personal growth for everyone and eliminate any confusion.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    I had high hopes

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    • Culture & Values
    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

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