Nakisa Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (8)

    Worked as a Software Developer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nakisa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The R&D department had some pretty solid, albeit overworked leaders. Despite the constant stress they kept level heads. There were some nice people working there overall. They have the occasional really fun events, like Halloween.

    Cons

    You're surrounded by a lot of overworked developers. While I was there, I spent all too much time working on bugs and working on customer installations rather than on actual development. There was little growth as a developer, the architecture was complex beast. There were turbulent periods where people got fired or started leaving in droves due to dissatisfaction. CEO, I was never entirely sure what to make of. On one hand, his speeches were engaging, he seemed approachable and open-minded, but seemed his perfectionism was at the detriment of those working under him. Also heard some disheartening 'quotes' (transmitted through the grapevine) such as "I don't care if it's your wedding day or any day, if you have work to do you'll do it." HR felt like it wasn't there to protect the interests of the employees. The CEO's sister's in charge so you never feel entirely comfortable.


  2. Helpful (5)

    A Great CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  3. So far so good

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    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Oppurtunity to learn - Oppurtunity to grow - Reasonable pay - Friendly management - Indoor games (table tennis, pool table etc) - Good experienced top management in the field around CEOs - Casual dress code (even shorts do)

    Cons

    - Unpaid extra hours - No job security - Pricey unworthy health benefits (around 5% of your pay and only covers around 70%) - No retirement plan

    Advice to Management

    - Trust your employess and try to retain key people (you a re in HCM business, God dammit!) - Go more transparent with your employess - Stick to your long term planning - Let employee feel they worke hard (lets just share 10% of your pure income among employees but not theone in senior mangement) - For God sake don't server pizza in company wide lunch meetings :)


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Not all is perfect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Try to retain your talent Less micro-management


  6. Helpful (1)

    So far, so good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It’s been less than a year since I joined Nakisa. I want to write a comment because when I was offered the job I looked at the past glassdoor comments before giving my final answer. I was surprised with what I read as it was not the feeling I had during my recruitment process with all the people I met. In the end, I went with my gut feeling and decided to join Nakisa. It was the right decision as the position and the culture of the company was what I expected.

    Cons

    It is a growing company right now so it is obvious that there are areas of improvement and processes to be put in place. It is the choice of each employee. Do you want to work in a big structure where everything is defined and your responsibilities are limited? Or do you prefer to work in a smaller and growing company where you can bring ideas on the table, be innovative, improve your work each day and put processes in place? So far, I have enjoyed my experience at Nakisa. I am working with a lot of smart people and within a multicultural environment. The client base is impressive, I believe in the products and in the HR industry market.


  7. Good place to build your career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Get exposure to different departments/teams -Knowledgeable and approachable managers, team leads and colleagues, which makes it easy when having a question -Multicultural -Lots of activities which give a chance to get to know people from different departments -Since it is growing there is lots of opportunity for career growth/transfers

    Cons

    -Managers are in meetings a lot. It becomes difficult to track them down -Since the company is growing policies and procedures are still not always clear, yet are noticeably improving


  8. Great Place to Grow with a Great Team

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Continue with the spirit of innvoation and team encouragement.


  9. A company with great potential !

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Multicultural company - Great coworkers - Traveling opportunities - Innovative and user friendly products - Management listens to new ideas - Strong relationship with SAP - Relaxed working environment - Downtown - Free food and drinks !

    Cons

    - Company communication needs to improve - Too many meetings sometimes - Lack of resources in some departments


  10. Look forward to go to work everyday

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative 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

    Cons

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


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

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



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