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Out of touch. Out of time.

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

I worked at Nakisa

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The employees -- and by that I'm referring to the actual workers, not senior management -- are the greatest bunch of people that anyone could ever hope to work with. People are knowledgeable and capable in all that they do. The people you work with with quickly earn your friendship and respect, both professionally and otherwise. Contrary to the yes-men (and women) upper management crave, it is these people that act as Nakisa's only saving grace.

I can admit that Nakisa is a good stepping stone for graduates, but step quickly.

Cons

Senior management at Nakisa doesn't seem to know, or care what it takes to keep employees happy, let alone, just plain "keep" employees. That is not to say that their inflated sense of pride would ever allow them to ask for your opinion, nor would they listen if you somehow managed to be heard beyond their close-mindedness.

The topic of transparency often arises in regards to communication from senior management. As an employee, the only transparency you should expect to be on the receiving end of, is their contempt for you having the nerve to offer a realistic deadline, project opinion and/or suggestion about how to accomplish your goals. After all, senior management understands your job better than you do. Isn't that right?

Another mantra frequently chanted by HR is "Culture." Yes, Nakisa has a culture. However, the culture is made up of Fear & Ignorance. Fear, on the part the employee who has quickly learned to sit down, shut up and be thankful that you have been granted the privilege of working for Nakisa. Ignorance, on the part of senior management that will not hesitate to overlook and under-appreciate the talent working for them and eagerly avoid learning about the products they stand on.

Talent is steadily walking out the door. Be it of their own accord, or with a helpful push from a senior management entity that is indifferent to the loss of talent because its eyes are set too far into the future to recognize that you have had access to incredible talents with voices and ideas that could have taken Nakisa to where it thinks it is, where it wants to be and where it will never reach.

One more thing. In case you fell for one of those recently posted positive reviews:

- I dare you to take 2 days off to work from home!

- The CEO will not hesitate to tell you that he does not want to be a CEO. Luckily, his office is right at the front door. Maybe that problem will take care of itself soon.

- Do not ever expect to be appreciated for the work you do. It is senior management that will be thanked for their vision and ability to "get it done." You are just a human resource to that end. Nakisa simply shoved the "human" part aside.

- Free breakfast -- no comment.

- Regarding that movie theater and the recent article in the Gazette about Nakisa entitled, "Cultivating Great Minds" and what is said -- it never happened. (*hint* *hint* -- July 11 was a Sunday)

Advice to Management

Humble yourselves and come down from your high castle. Learn more about your own products, how they are created and more importantly who is creating them. If you won't take the time to recognize the talents at work for you, at least take the time to recognize that you are not the brains of this organization. It is your employees that CHOOSE to coexist with you and not the other way around. They are leaving you, it is happening now because you are out of touch with their needs, and out of time to save what little is left.

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    Nakisa is a sinking ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be a very good place if you were starting your career. Now it's a very good place if you want to witness all the mistakes that a company should not make to be successful.

    Location; downtown montreal.

    Talented, friendly but overworked employees.

    Cons

    Despite having a unique partnership with SAP, the company is unable to take advantage of it and grow. Ironically, Nakisa has twice undertaken massive restructuring and layoffs in less than 2 years.

    The CEO micromanages every department and is a control freak. Even though he has openly admitted that he has no idea how to run and grow the company, he continues to operate his own way and refuses to trust his senior managers.

    No stability at the management level. Besides a couple of individuals who simply say yes to everything that comes out of the CEO's mouth, no VP or director has lasted more than 2 years.

    The company absolutely doesn't care about its employees. There is no career development. HR just keeps promising things but never delivers.They only want cheap labor so they always hire fresh grads who end up leaving once they see the real picture.The turnover is high. The benefits have been reduced, there is no overtime pay, and good luck with any decent pay raise if anything at all.

    Advice to Management

    TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES. INVEST IN YOUR EMPLOYEES AND STOP TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEM. IN CASE YOU HAVEN't NOTICED, YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE LEAVING.

    LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES INSTEAD OF REPEATING THEM.

    * I notice that there are 2 positive reviews which have been recently added. Don't believe the propaganda. Those reviews were most definitely written by upper management after finding out about the negative feedback. After all, who would add the awards that the company has won.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Nakisa = Lifestyle Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nakisa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - One of the few areas of the core SAP suite that SAP is terrible at and that customers are willing to spend money on. As a result, you get to work on a very niche, but in-demand and very visible product suite.
    - Potential entry-level way into the SAP world which is VERY lucrative.
    - Many SAP partners are keen to get folks with HCM skills; Nakisa piques curiosity
    - Casual atmosphere
    - Good method to get into "consulting" and get experience on your CV.

    Cons

    - Salary is terrible, especially for consultants (Focus is on hiring developers because of R&D tax credits).
    - Never seen a company where everyone brings laptops and sits on them / their blackberrys during meetings. No wonder there are so many - noone pays any attention!
    - Majority of org has folks with no external experience, at all levels. Thus overall professional maturity is low. New hires with experience have a very high 6 month attrition rate.
    - Small scale makes it difficult for strong career growth... awesome for entry-level, not great for mid-career.

    The merits of Venture Capitalism aside, the CEO/Owner has no real, viable exit strategy. Everything the company does is as a result of what external influences convince the CEO of... usually a well-placed SAP executive or an important customer. There is no holistic vision. No reliance on his own human capital - which is the ultimate irony.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company. Now. You have experience getting a start-up off the ground. You have demonstrated over and over again you have no idea how to grow a company to the next level - and thats ok! - go start the next amazing venture! But leave Nakisa to grow.

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