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Worked as a Software Developer

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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 for more than a year

Pros

The R&D department had some pretty solid, albeit overworked leaders. Despite the constant stress they kept level heads. There were some nice people working there overall. They have the occasional really fun events, like Halloween.

Cons

You're surrounded by a lot of overworked developers. While I was there, I spent all too much time working on bugs and working on customer installations rather than on actual development. There was little growth as a developer, the architecture was complex beast. There were turbulent periods where people got fired or started leaving in droves due to dissatisfaction.

CEO, I was never entirely sure what to make of. On one hand, his speeches were engaging, he seemed approachable and open-minded, but seemed his perfectionism was at the detriment of those working under him. Also heard some disheartening 'quotes' (transmitted through the grapevine) such as "I don't care if it's your wedding day or any day, if you have work to do you'll do it."

HR felt like it wasn't there to protect the interests of the employees. The CEO's sister's in charge so you never feel entirely comfortable.

Doesn't Recommend
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    A Great CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Pros

    good location, nice group of people working here

    Cons

    everyone is always complaining, and rightfully so ...but still... it can become a very negative environment to be in day in and day out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Qualities of a Great CEO

    A great CEO leads. They lead the team by creating a strong culture among the troops and continually fueling a vibrant “esprit de corps.” The great ones are both cheerleaders and task masters, only most never use those terms to describe their function.

    A great CEO is clear. They define and communicate the strategy and create buy-in for this strategy along the way among the team members. … and they provide employees with many chances to weigh in with their views. Employees are not left wondering about the strategy because they can repeat the strategy

    A great CEO gets their hands dirty. … They are right there, balancing the priorities and inspiring their team to help win the next opportunity. … They are quick to sort out mistakes in a “blameless autopsy” so that success may be achieved the next time.

    A great CEO is strategic. They know what to do and how to do it. He or she is able to look right, look left and look out over time to see the moves and countermoves of the competition and react accordingly.

    A great CEO knows when they aren’t a great CEO. They know what they’re good at – and when it isn’t being a CEO. They’re willing to seek others more able than themselves to take the helm.

    I’ll add a few more

    A great CEO knows how to listen, rewards loyalty and hard work, knows how to listen, offers adequate benefits, knows how to listen…

    Opposite of these Qualities - That is the Nakisa CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    So far so good

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    Current Employee - Software Developer II  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Pros

    - Oppurtunity to learn
    - Oppurtunity to grow
    - Reasonable pay
    - Friendly management
    - Indoor games (table tennis, pool table etc)
    - Good experienced top management in the field around CEOs
    - Casual dress code (even shorts do)

    Cons

    - Unpaid extra hours
    - No job security
    - Pricey unworthy health benefits (around 5% of your pay and only covers around 70%)
    - No retirement plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Trust your employess and try to retain key people (you a re in HCM business, God dammit!)
    - Go more transparent with your employess
    - Stick to your long term planning
    - Let employee feel they worke hard (lets just share 10% of your pure income among employees but not theone in senior mangement)
    - For God sake don't server pizza in company wide lunch meetings :)

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