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There are better companies but there are worse companies ...

(Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

Pros- Travel.
- Exposure to all areas of the organization.
- Office location.
- Food in the lounge.
- Hard-working employees.

Cons- Despite the glaring issues and some positives about the organization, current and past employees' attitudes (understandably) are hurting the company's image / value both internally and externally.
- Perhaps it is time to consider a change in management or at least a big shift in management attitude as the constant flip-flop in direction is really difficult to understand and accept.
- Rumors spread like wildfire - mainly due to the small population of employees.
- Nakisa is a cashflow company - no flow, no go.
- Departments are pitted against each other with some artificial attempts to make sure everyone gets along.

Advice to Senior ManagementAlas, it is not my job to tell you how to do yours. All I can say is that maybe it is easy for current and past employees to berate the CEO and the organization, but that won't really solve anything. It's not easy running a company, let alone build one from nothing. So at least there is credit to be given. However, if the company wants to grow beyond 100 employees perhaps it may be helpful to consider some of the following points:

- SAP understandably controls a lot of what is being done, but it's time to start saying NO if you can't keep up with their constant unrealistic demands on what little resources you have.
- It's nice to innovate, but fix the issues that are constantly in the product and never seem to get resolved.
- Being risk averse isn't a bad thing, but a company that doesn't leverage debt will find it very difficult to grow beyond its current means.
- A CEO who considers himself a product manager should perhaps think about delegating CEO duties to someone who is less vested in the product. Understand the difference between micro-managing and delegating. There is simply too much micro-managing at the top and it sets the tone for the rest of the organization.
- After a while, it kind of makes sense why partner trainings continue to be a disaster. Management is so focused on products and jumping high when SAP demands it that there is no one to take ownership of training. The slides haven't improved at all and countless different people pull in different directions. Was getting rid of the training coordinator to save on cost really worth it in the long run? The company has wasted time, money, resources and effort scrambling to improve training and there's really nothing to show for it. But saving 50K at the time made more sense, right?
- With such high turnover, you'd think some kind of extra effort would be made to entice talent to stay within the company. It's almost sad that when someone leaves they are presented with a laughable counter-offer.
- Don't give raises to some people mid-year and nothing to others. The people who get raises mid-year will still expect their usual annual raise and those who don't get mid-year raises feel left out. Yeah, it's supposed to be confidential. But everybody knows the reality of the situation. Money is a band-aid solution and you don't throw it around, especially not after laying off countless employees for financial reasons.
- Be consistent. Be consistent. Be consistent.
- Why so many meetings? Are good decisions actually being made or are we all just wasting our time? If all of these meetings brought the company to its current state ... perhaps LESS meetings and more productivity may help?
- Ban iPhones during meetings. Maybe people would start listening.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Consultant (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Nakisa

    Pros: - Learn new things - Easeness to move from one department to another if you… Cons: - Unorganized in dealing with issues - Overtime on week days… Advice to Senior Management: Be more competetive in employee benefits. Retain your employees instead… More
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    9 people found this helpful  

    Visualize your employees walking out the door

    (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Pros: -Ability to travel abroad -There are a lot of opportunities to learn new technologies and new methodologies -The experience here allows you to spruce up your… Cons: -Where to start…. -Independent thought is only encouraged if it is in line of the flavor of that particular week -Regardless of what is mentioned here, there… Advice to Senior Management: Management, we know that you are actually reading this now but the question is what will you do about it? Let me tell you… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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