Nakisa Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
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  1. Helpful (2)

    In general, Nakisa is a good company, and can be improved drastically

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Nakisa full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great enterprise culture
    Adequate work-life balance
    Comprehensive management regarding time-off
    Some great talent within the company
    Downtown Montreal
    Product has the potential to grow and improve drastically

    Cons

    Breakfast is free, but bagels and bread needs to be refreshed more often.
    The company lacks structure, planning and control over projects and changes in the enterprise.
    R&D is king of the mountain there and restrain the proper expansion of the company.
    Major employees retention problems, they need to keep their talent.
    Training can be improved

    Advice to Management

    Put a proper structure and foundation in place, and stick to it.
    Change the culture, define your company mission and base all your decisions on core values.
    Spend more on R&D, they are restraining your growth capacity (better resources, not always go for the cheap labor).
    Be demanding and apply a tighter control and quality over operations.
    Align departments better, so they work together properly.

    Nakisa Response

    Mar 27, 2015Director of HR

    As a result of growth, Nakisa has experienced a time of rapid change. With change comes great opportunities but also a need to adapt. In recent months, we have welcomed some of Montreal’s top talent ... More

  2. Exiting work in diverse and greatly helpful team with OK-ish salary

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    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Java Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Nakisa full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    >> a great culture of understanding, respect, trust and team-work. Absolutely loving it.
    >> opportunity to work with some amazingly smart and very passionate people.
    >> opportunities to work with latest web-technologies and learn new things.
    >> plenty of opportunists for career growth/switching within company.
    >> good work-life balance most of the time.
    >> extra paid days offered to all employees on Christmas from the last few years.
    >> flexible schedule, work from home is acceptable sometimes but not regularly.
    >> foosball and eight-ball tables.
    >> style of management has improved since home-grown people have been promoted to senior management positions lately.
    >> easy access to workplace from Metro or Train.
    >> free breakfast available.

    Cons

    >> no group pension plans, neither any contribution towards RRSP
    >> below par IT infrastructure.
    >> below par benefits compared to market especially health coverage is too expensive. (You will end up paying 7% to 10% of your pay for very basic health plan).
    >> high turn-over that seems unusual for a company in HCM market.

    Advice to Management

    >> High turn-over is hurting company, please do something to manage it. Stuck in a cycle where new people make mistakes and leave, whoever left behind have to go through a lot of firefighting to mange other's mistakes and so looses focus.
    >> it is improving but senior management team should need to do a lot more to gain back employee's confidence.
    >> For God sake, improve IT infrastructure. Can't understand how hey do math, 20$ savings in hardware is worth more than 20% productivity for IT. Not to mention the frustration build-up on employee's part.

  3. Make the best of it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Nakisa full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + Interesting product and underlying tech
    + Good location
    + People

    Cons

    - No development past the 1 or 2 year mark
    - Sense of mediocrity; no 'A' game

    Advice to Management

    Great place to get a start in either Development or Services. Not such a great place to stick around in after you've gained some experience (2 years). If you stay you won't develop.

    In Development, expect to work on front end JS / XML / HTML unless you're half decent in which case they let you in to work on their Java core framework.

    In Services the projects are quick installations of org charting and talent management software. The clients are all over the globe. You can expect to get sent to places like Brazil, Australia, and interact with some large companies and public sector organizations.

    However because of limited growth potential and inexperience in management, for those of you who want to give to and receive more from their career, you will need to go somewhere else. This is everything but on a small scale. Good luck to you and Nakisa!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good people, boring job

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Nakisa full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -The best thing about Nakisa is the people who work there. They are friendly and help you a lot.
    - Very friendly, hand in code managers. Chris & Albert are great managers to work with. They will support their team 100%.
    - The location is down town Montreal, McGill Collage.

    Cons

    - More work in XML, XSL than Java. As a software developer you may expect to work with Java but mostly it is configuration.
    - It is more like a family business. The head of HR is CEO's sister, Head of IT, QA, Finance & Support is CEO's brother. Working with him is hard & he doesn't have knowledge for technical decisions that he make.
    - No pension plan.
    - Limited insurance.
    - I would only recommend this company for the first job.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think your brother has enough knowledge for the decisions he make.

  6. A company with great potential !

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Multicultural company
    - Great coworkers
    - Traveling opportunities
    - Innovative and user friendly products
    - Management listens to new ideas
    - Strong relationship with SAP
    - Relaxed working environment
    - Downtown
    - Free food and drinks !

    Cons

    - Company communication needs to improve
    - Too many meetings sometimes
    - Lack of resources in some departments

  7. Good to start and learn, you should be a self starter.

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Consultant in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Nakisa

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Learn new things
    - Easeness to move from one department to another if you fits in there
    - To many thinks to learn, SAP, java, interacting with clients

    Cons

    - Unorganized in dealing with issues
    - Overtime on week days and weekend, no choice

    Advice to Management

    Be more competetive in employee benefits. Retain your employees instead of hiring new one to whom you dont even know.

  8. Helpful (5)

    badly managed company, however, provides good experience for consultants in early part of career.

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    Former Employee - Employee
    Former Employee - Employee

    I worked at Nakisa

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very good for those who are starting a career, expecially in consulting
    - services side offers a lot of diversity in projects and customers
    - you gain very good experience and have chances of going up (to a certain extent)
    - travel is good (if you like to go to new places)
    - some people are cool to work with

    Cons

    - on average, employees are paid below industry standard
    - products do not have a strong foundation. Being a product company, they dont invest enough in architecture and invest more in rapid development.
    - leaders are not qualified. company needs to recycle some of the leadership positions. Some have never worked elsewhere in their careers. you cannot grow a company with that
    - there is no clear vision or path. Things change all the time. there are no standards or benchmarks or philosophies that are followed
    - no bonuses
    - bare minimal benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Change leadership team
    Build better products

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