Nakisa

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5 people found this helpful  

Looks great from outside but is rotten from the core...

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Nakisa

Pros

-good place for 1 year only when you're a fresh grad with no expectations
-good place to get a head start at consulting or a foot in the door at SAP
-flexible hours (if you don't mind catching up after hours)
-mandatory 8 hours per day that need to be justified, documented and approved by your manager (same as if you worked in a factory and had to clock in and out)
-interesting product (but hasn't changed much in years--the code at least, the look changes frequently)

Cons

-no sick days (taken off your vacation)
-minimal vacations (2 weeks as per the labor laws)
-very minimal health benefits (expensive insurance when you think about it, with very limiting benefits)
-No chance of getting promoted or having a promising title unless you have coffee with the CEO frequently or go to the same church
-No quality assurance is done (always ends up being done by the consultants who are overwhelmed with everything else they need to do with the project)
-HR is not that bad, they are just completely powerless because the CEO overrules
-You can talk to the CEO but he is stubborn, so don't expect your words to stick in his head
-Lots of nepotism when it comes to hiring (HR and CEO as well as some senior VPs are all related either by blood or through their beliefs)
-Lots of unpaid overtime (try 60-80 hours a week)
-Everyone is underpaid (except for external Sr. Management and VPs)
-Senior management and VPs are all external; don't expect to get promoted internally even if you worked there 10+ years
-Don't expect to be heard as a Sr. manager unless you take credit for ideas that come from the CEO. Your creative ideas will be shut down.
-Once you are considered the hero in a domain, you will be called in every time as part of the clean up crew.
-Expect interrupted week-ends, holidays and evenings with your family due to desperate phone calls because of customer escalations
-Meetings everyday, so no time to finish your work

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get your act together! Start listening to your employees, they are not beneath you. In the end, when you go through 5 rounds of lay offs and you still survive, some people can't help but try to survive longer to feed their family and pay their bills, so we all understand the survivor mode and we are not mad at you, we are just disappointed and underappreciated. When all you try to do is survive, it's hard to think of others or really listen. Try to be less selfish and see the big picture!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Horrible company - Read the other reviews before applying

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

    I worked at Nakisa

    Pros

    The few remaining employees are very competent, dedicated and respectful. They are still trying their best to save the company.
    Possibility to travel.
    Lenient/flexible working hours. people can come in late, or leave early. (could be a bad thing when your manager is working only 5 hours a day or works from home 4 days a week)
    Some very good employees activities. BBQ, Halloween party...

    Cons

    Employee morales are all time low. Employees spend more time talking about how bad the company is instead of working. Very unethical company, company promote / lay off employee based on the CEO's preference. If your idea is against CEO's vision, you are the next on the lay off list. If you have enough lunch and coffee breaks with upper management, you get promoted like a rocket.
    You are forced to work over time all the time due to short-vision of the management. and you will be told by the CEO that you should feel thankful to work overtime for free.
    There's no career path, succession planning, or talent management, despite the fact that we build software to do that. Senior people are told to stay where they are because they are good at it. They only hire managers/directors/VPs from outside, and most of them don't even last longer than 1 year, because they may have better offers or they get dismissed because they don't share the same vision as the CEO.
    Employees are always under stressed, because customer escalations happen every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do yourself a favor, sell the company or let someone with a better management skill to manage it. Having an unique partnership with SAP, the company was supposed to "hyper-growth" as you mentioned in your gazette interview, but it didn't happen. The company has been restructured /downsized twice in the past 2 years, and you were the reason. Your incompetences and your actions have given reasons to the best of your talents to leave your company and it's too late to save them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 12 people found this helpful  

    Out of touch. Out of time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Nakisa

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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