Nakisa
2.5 of 5 40 reviews
www.nakisa.com Montreal, Canada 150 to 499 Employees

Nakisa Reviews

Updated May 6, 2014
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39% Approve of the CEO

Nakisa President and CEO Babak Varjavandi

Babak Varjavandi

(36 ratings)

36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great Place to Grow with a Great Team

    Employee (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros- Challenging environment
    - Opportunity for creative thinking and innovation
    - Good team spirit

    Cons- Sometimes tough deadlines
    - Time of flux as company goes through some growing pains
    - Not a good fit if you are only driven by money

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue with the spirit of innvoation and team encouragement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Look forward to go to work everyday

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

    ProsInnovative product
    Fast paced
    has a strong software developer base
    great team work and friendly
    new ideas are welcomed
    multi cultural/ multi religion
    3 weeks vacation for newbies
    Nakisa stock option has great potential
    great relationship with SAP

    ConsThe company is growing and as a result there are lots of changes
    Need more resources

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Friendly culture with lots of opportunity to grow and develop my career

    Employee (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGreat team environment
    Lots of opportunity for High Potentials to grow into leadership positions
    Amazingly smart and hard working colleagues
    Everyone share knowledge and support each other
    Lots and lots of learning opportunity
    Fast paced, never get bored always learning
    Management is open and willing to help
    High potentials can advance very fast if they prove themselves
    Huge opportunity to learn to work with large organisations such as SAP
    Very impressive client base
    Lots of fun team building activities including a game room with Foosball, Table tennis, pool table
    For the past cuople of years Nakisa has been giving one week of bonus vacation during Christmas

    ConsGrowing organization, needs more processes to be put in place
    until they hire more resource there is lots of work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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)

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

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    Visualize your employees walking out the door

    (Current Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    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 resume for future employers
    -You can leverage the SAP partnership to learn as much about SAP as possible
    -An advantage to such a high turn-over of people is that you get to meet many new people, so there is the chance to make new friends and relationships.
    -Another advantage to such a high turnover is that in about 1 or 2 years time you can easily get "Senior" attached as a prefix to whatever title you decide to give yourself.
    -There are some very smart employees in the company, learn as much from them as you can before they walk out the door. (Edit: this may no longer be valid as they are almost all gone)

    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 is no “work at home” for everyone. This is kind of on the “per employee” basis which would work great if you could be rewarded with that, but if your particular manager doesn’t believe in it…tough luck.
    -Management doesn’t seem to trust their employees no matter how long they’ve been there. There always seems to be a sort of attitude that you as the employee are going to screw over the company some how.
    -If you travel on a week-end (which you may have to do because of cost or time) good luck trying to get compensated (either with money or a day off) for your missed personal day. If asked, you will be told that this is part of the job description and if you don’t like it, you can leave (this may no longer be relevant as it seems like no one else can get fired since there are hardly any employees left)
    -If you somehow manage to get yourself into the “doghouse” with the CEO, your only hope is that someone else moves in and the focus switches to him or her.
    -Management likes to act chummy with people, but sometimes they need to own up and be professional instead of walking around swearing and dumping on other departments behind their backs.
    -PS and R&D employees seem to have no respect for one another and instead of senior management addressing the situation, they seem to encourage it with their remarks and innuendos.
    -Since the latest CFO came in, the benefits plan has steadily decreased in its offering, the cost has gone up and any employee perks have been eroded away.
    -If you're about to start a job there, negotiate everything from salary to vacation days. It seems like you can easily get more vacation time than an employee that's been there 5+ years just by asking for it.
    -Nakisa likes to think of itself as a big company by putting in big company rules, but they still have small company benefits and salaries. It seems like Nakisa CAN have its cake and eat it too!

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement, we know that you are actually reading this now but the question is what will you do about it? Let me tell you a few things that your employees are afraid to tell you. First off, the Director of HR is the CEO’s sister….can you say “conflict of interest”? Do you think that your employees will actually go tell her the truth about anything knowing that whatever you say will be reported directly to the CEO with your name attached? Come on, wake up.

    Respect your employees. You’ve gotten away with treating us like dirt for so long that you may not know how to treat us any differently but it looks like you have no choice. Get the message from the droves of talented people you’ve pushed to walk out the door. I’m not saying that they were pushed because they got fired, they were pushed because you left them no choice. People are not as dumb and blind as you think. Pastures are far greener outside of Nakisa and since the “culture” is now non- existent, everyone is leaving to pursue better career opportunities and to finally get a decent salary for the hard work they’ve put in. We've all known that as soon as the economy was going to pick up, people were going to take off. Did management try to do anything about it? No...why would you? You've gotten away with not really having to pay us what we deserve, so instead of thinking ahead and prying open the wallet, you continue to pass the message that we should be lucky to have a job with Nakisa.

    You have no idea what kind of confusion and distrust you cause your employees with the endless changes in direction for everything from the next release to the platforms we support. You’re quick to point the blame at individuals but hardly ever point the blame at yourself. When you do point at yourself, it’s only to take someone else down further. Here’s a key piece of advice, get rid of the family and friends that are yes men around you who only tell you what you want to hear. This company will never move forward without some senior management with some experience outside of Nakisa. Anytime you brought some outside people in, you got rid of them in a hurry since they didn’t just forget everything they’ve learned and did what the CEO says. There is one or 2 there right now, we had high hopes but they’ve learned to become yes men like the rest of them.
    Its almost too late, but start treating your employees like adults and you’ll be surprised at how they’ll react. You’d better go to the people who you cannot afford to lose and give them what they want because we all know that they’re probably already looking for work elsewhere.

    You can start to implement change, but expect to still lose people. Your employees have been burned too many times that nothing will keep them, but you have to start sometime right? It’s too bad that your pride and your thick-headedness has lead your company to be the shell of what it once was and what it could have been. Don’t kid yourself and think that “culture” is enough to keep people anymore. Wake up and realize that money, benefits and working conditions are what people really want, so stop using the recession excuse and start to match the market value for salaries.
    One more thing, enough with the useless company meetings where you tell the company how great everything is going. When you ask people if they have questions, the question they want to ask is "if the company is doing so great, what do I get out of it?". Everyone is afraid to ask for fear of being "blacklisted" or fired for some unknown reason shortly after. Try throwing your people a bonus every now and then, this will actually prove to them that the company is doing great and they can feel like they get something for all the hard work and time they've put in. Instead they're told, "you've been working hard, but we need to work harder". People cannot work at 100% 365 days a year and you need to recognize that.

    Good luck, it looks like you need it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Could have been better

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

    ProsGood product
    It uses good technologies.

    ConsSalary very low compared to others.
    Minimal benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare for ppl who are present. Dont take them for granted.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    (Former Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementGet 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible company - Read the other reviews before applying

    (Former Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsThe 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...

    ConsEmployee 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nakisa = Lifestyle Company

    (Former Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementSell 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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