Nakisa Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    A Great CEO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    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


  2. So far so good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer II in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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 :)


  3. Helpful (5)

    Not all is perfect

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nakisa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    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


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  5. Good place to build your career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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


  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)

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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. Great Place to Grow with a Great Team

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

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  8. A company with great potential !

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Approves of CEO
    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


  9. Look forward to go to work everyday

    • 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)

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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


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

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

    I have been working at Nakisa

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    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


  11. Helpful (6)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Nakisa

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Alas, 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.



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