Nakisa Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fake reviews from HR alert

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    Former Employee - Professional Services Team in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Services Team in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Nakisa full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Few of the remaining people are still great to work with.

    Cons

    Have HR people to post fake positive review to boost its glassdoor rating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, if you have the HR to post positive review, do not ask them to post them 3 times in one day.
    Your company does not need more benefits or fresh fruits and bagels.
    People are eager to leave for another job. people with 5 years , 10 years or 15 years of seniority that are still in the company? There are a few... but what is the ratio? I wouldn't say "many".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Run away from this company .... its life will be over soon .. all positive reviews are fake from Nakisa HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nakisa full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - One of the few enterprise software companies in Montreal
    - You get to work in English
    - Most co-workers are good people and nice to work with

    Cons

    - 30%+ voluntary turnover .... almost the entire executive team and 90% of the product management team have all left within the last year ... why do you think so many people leave?

    - Lower than average pay across the company .... most positions are paying 10K+ below what you can get at other companies for similar roles, senior people have left for double their salary elsewhere

    - Yes men all over the place .... once you are in the company you will learn that only 2-3 people actually get their voice heard and everyone else needs to fall in line with the ''Family'' executive management team. Some people have been there 10 years+ but the only reason they are their is that there is nowhere else they can go for a similar position in montreal

    - Weird office space .....it is very big and airy which is good if you are used to working in a cubicle environment but it is also cavernous and empty .... having so many empty chairs and with so many people working from home or on the road you had the feeling like you were working all alone in this huge space which was demotivating ... in reality they could downgrade their space by 40% and still function properly

    - VPs have no power they just act as a shield/worker ant to the decisions that ownership makes ....ownership decides who is let go in departments, what direction the products will make, what will be done in marketing etc... your input wont matter and when you bring evident and obvious problems to light you will be dismissed or ignored

    - falling revenue , almost non-existant marketshare....the successfactors acquisition by SAP has almost killed the business and the reality is that the company has been able to hang on due to business overseas but in the americas SAP has essentially killed the business by pushing Successfactors while telling their clients to outright not buy Nakisa as product issues with it almost lost SAP a few big clients

    - PS and PM Teams are overworked and with most people being asked to work above and beyond the stated requirements because the company refuses or cannot find people to alleviate the stress in those positions .... if a certain 1-2 people leave in the PS group they would not be able to handle implementations because no one else knows how to implement it

    - ''Leasing Product is a HUGE opportunity'' --- they company is essentially hinging its future on this product just like they did with their orgcharting product that started the company but the legal requirements for this solution have not been placed into law and until this happens no one will buy it and even when the law is put into place it will probably state that there will be a 3-4 year grace period to follow it so this is not really an answer to their revenue problem in the nearterm

    ***** in regards to the positive comments you will see on glassdoor regarding the company ... most are fake and even i after reading them took a job with them because i believed in the manager who was going to be over me but it turned out he had too much on his plate and as stated above actually had very little power in the company ... things didnt work out and all I saw was problem after problem with a horrible culture around the company.

    Unless this is your first job .... look for something else its not worth your time being wasted here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has now gotten to the point where they need a professional manager to take over and the CEO needs to stepdown

    look into the details and embrace your mistakes as opportunities to change ... don't dig your heels in based on your opinion .... learn from your mistakes and move on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Happy that I left the company before it breaks down

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

    I worked at Nakisa full-time

    Pros

    Breakfast is included, BUT always check the expiry dates!

    You will find many fantastic co-workers there, BUT hurry up, on average every week one of them is leaving (Why? check the cons)

    The company is in downtown and has access to underground level (It is important if you know Montreal's winters)

    The chairs! I missed them a lot. Variety of perfect office chairs that you can choose!

    Cons

    The company is totally SAP dependent (partner), and since SAP acquired their competitor (SuccessFactor), they couldn't make enough money!

    Almost all the key people in the company left in late 2012 and early 2013, including 4 VPs (Marketing, PS, Finance and Engineering Operations)! Plus more than 10 developers, five testers and more than 10 people from other departments (More than 20% of company's population!)

    The culture is awful. There is no place for feedback and criticism. The head of HR is the sister of company owner and executive. And his brother is in charge of release, test, IT and finance departments! So, if you are not happy with what they do (which is common), leave the company before they let you go!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't need to give jobs to all your relatives if you want your company grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    to be or not to be at Nakisa. See below and make your own opinion

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    Former Employee - Professional Services Team in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Services Team in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Nakisa full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Breakfast is included. And the selection isn't bad.

    - The office is downtown

    - The office space is nice

    - The people that I worked with are dedicated (the employees)

    - The pay was good

    Cons

    - Insurance plan is way too high for what you get

    - The PS team, is overworked, not appreciated, told that you have to work nights and weekends and you have to push your team to reach unrealistic objectives.

    - They had a compensation plan that was not at all taught through (frankly I think it’s even been abolished)

    - Some of the people that are “connected” are just dead weight and choke you when you try to push a little too hard.

    - Not sure that the CEO is the right person to lead the company to where it needs to be

    - They don’t even use what they sell to clients internally on themselves to promote key people in the organization that could make a real impact.

    - No work life balance

    - There has been a huge turn over for the past year.

    - Things are not getting better.

    - The company is hurting cash wise.

    - Empty promises

    My advice to people trying to apply there; if you already have a job, don't quit to go there, you will regret it as I did. If however you don't have a job and need one until something better comes along; go for it, you will pass probation and get a nice salary while something better comes in. Don't waste your time long term at Nakisa, your career will stagnate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm not sure if you are at the point of no return yet; but chances are you're close. You can't expect people to feel comfortable sharing some frustrations with HR if the head of that department is the sister of the CEO (clear conflict of interest)

    Start cleaning your house, look at what has happened to your PS team, they are all leaving and the remaining ones are not going to put up it with any longer (trust me we all talk amongst ourselves.

    Your biggest problem is in the development team (product) you have people there that aren't team players and think that they are "God"; they aren't and someone needs to tell them that.

     Also, you lost a key player that was coaching your director of PS... that was a huge loss and frankly the director's short coming are starting to show... Hire a new coach for him or replace him all together; he is too ZEN to drive a team. There is someone in that team that could run it the way it should... promote that person before that person leaves too...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not all is perfect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nakisa

    Pros

    Informal environment
    Great group of people. Employees are from different backgrounds. People are fun.
    Company is doing great right now, so they are hiring a lot of help.
    Company tries to create a fun environment
    Company seems more organized than it ever was and is trying to simplify the jobs in a few departments
    Creative solutions
    Good place to start your career

    Cons

    Overworked people
    Crazy deadlines
    No thank yous for working late
    Unpaid overtime
    Ridiculous benefits (5% of your pay, 70% reimbursed). Keeps on getting lower with the time you spend in the company.
    3 weeks vacations that include 2 weeks vacation (mandatory in Quebec) and 1 week of sick leave (mandatory in Quebec). There are no sick or personal days.
    The more years you spend in the company, the less likely you are to get promoted.
    Company does not know how to handle change.
    Company does not use Performance review for anything.
    Company always goes through a hiring spell, then fires most of the new people who were hired.
    We are entering a new recession, so the highest earners will most likely go first
    Company does not retain their knowledge, most veterans have either quit or have been let go.
    Salaries in departments other than RnD are much lower than the market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain your talent
    Less micro-management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Visualize your employees walking out the door

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Could have been better

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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

    Good product
    It uses good technologies.

    Cons

    Salary very low compared to others.
    Minimal benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for ppl who are present. Dont take them for granted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 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

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