OPNET
3.7 of 5 43 reviews
www.opnet.com Bethesda, MD 500 to 999 Employees

OPNET Reviews

Updated Feb 21, 2014
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3.7 43 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

OPNET Chairman and CEO Marc A. Cohen

Marc A. Cohen

(33 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Smart leadership and disciplined growth (since acquired by Riverbed)

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA (US)

I worked at OPNET full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFocused, visionary leadership.
Well-chosen new technology acquisitions.
Smart, motivated team, top to bottom; good camaraderie.
Engineering- and technology-friendly company and management.

ConsBottlenecks because of micromanagement. Loose product definition discipline.

Recruiting/hiring structure seemed to be aimed at fitting a specific mold. I might not have been hired if my team hadn't been brought aboard en masse.

As with many SW development houses, the drive for new functionality leaves numerous old issues and enhancement requests from customers in limbo.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent company to work for

Senior Product Engineer (Former Employee)
Cary, NC (US)

I worked at OPNET full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmart people, interesting projects, very dynamic work environment

ConsSometimes too dynamic, contribution level depends on the team you are in

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Information Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Bethesda, MD (US)

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

ProsLow stress except for maybe one or two weeks out of the year. Flexible hours. Compensation is fair. Office location is excellent, near several restaurants and close to metro. Relatively flat management hierarchy (although this may not stay the case after the acquisition). Employee retention is good.

ConsNot many additional benefits or perks. When the CEO/CTO tell you to do something, there's not much room for argument.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good place to work and learn

Senior Product Engineer (Current Employee)
Bethesda, MD (US)

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

ProsExcellent team environment
Learning experience
Good for freshers

ConsNo bonus
Low pay and less salary hikes

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great company

Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Bethesda, MD (US)

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

Prosprovide info on my current employer

ConsR&D and technical high tech company.

Advice to Senior ManagementI like it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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OPNET was one of the best companies I ever worked for.

Director of Operations (Former Employee)
Bethesda, MD (US)

I worked at OPNET full-time for more than a year

ProsThe company is young, fresh, fast and growing. Everyone I worked with at OPNET was smart fun and on top of their game. The company will allow you to drink from the proverbial fire hose until you can no longer take it any more. They were good about allowing you to carve your own path through the company once you proved your worth. Engineering skills are a hurdle rate at OPNET.

ConsThe company had/has a bit of founders syndrome. They just got bought by Riverbed so things may change...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Engineers, Great Pay, & Brilliant People

Senior Account Executive (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX (US)

I have been working at OPNET full-time for more than a year

ProsTrue customer advocate and keeps customer committments.

ConsStill acts as a small company

Advice to Senior ManagementDelegate to Mgmt some of the items that Marc must approve.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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needs improvement

Software QA Engineer (Former Employee)
Bethesda, MD (US)

I worked at OPNET full-time for less than a year

Pros-Benefits are okay and helpful
-Products are good and have potential to be better
-Yearly conference is a great networking event
-Commute is very convenient
-Learning program helps to educate

Cons-too much micro managing
-unprepared managers
-rude and intimidating team leads
-too much team assumptions
-no room for growth
-low pay in comparison to the market
-employees have to figure things out on their own, which wastes time
-team mates not very helpful

Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees, give them some leeway and let them grow. Make sure that the people you place in management are well prepared and do their job well. Need to get rid of micro management. People get intimidated and stressed out. Please upgrade to the newest and latest technology, no one uses C and C++ anymore.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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OPNET is a great place to work but don't expect to have much of a life outside of work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at OPNET full-time for more than 10 years

ProsInteresting and challenging projects are going on all the time. The opportunity to work on these projects is inspiring at times. Learning from a few of the employees and managers is always a bonus. There is a real sense of camaraderie among groups of employees which makes it a great place to work.

ConsUpper Management has such a skewed sense of self entitlement that they have lost their manners when speaking to employees. Often times SVP's and below are spoken to with such condescending tones, it's embarrassing to be in the meeting. The company is so overly micro managed it ends up bottle necking projects and costing the company more money due to delayed decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop Micro Managing. NEWS FLASH! Loyalty is a two way street...so many employees are loyal to the Upper Management of OPNET....it would be nice if it were felt from the top down.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work for a while.

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Bethesda, MD (US)

I worked at OPNET full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere are a lot of smart people there and there is a a lot of very technical and challenging work.

ConsThey are a company that hasn't seemed to keep up with the times. They haven't adapted to new software processes, new languages, new SCM tools, or anything in the world of software development. They also are too slow to let go of underperforming engineers.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe cons I listed pretty much translate directly into advice.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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