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"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)
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Nakisa

  1. Helpful (13)

    "Out of touch. Out of time."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees -- and by that I'm referring to the actual workers, not senior management -- are the greatest bunch of people that anyone could ever hope to work with. People are knowledgeable and capable in all that they do. The people you work with with quickly earn your friendship and respect, both professionally and otherwise. Contrary to the yes-men (and women) upper management crave, it is these people that act as Nakisa's only saving grace.

    I can admit that Nakisa is a good stepping stone for graduates, but step quickly.

    Cons

    Senior management at Nakisa doesn't seem to know, or care what it takes to keep employees happy, let alone, just plain "keep" employees. That is not to say that their inflated sense of pride would ever allow them to ask for your opinion, nor would they listen if you somehow managed to be heard beyond their close-mindedness.

    The topic of transparency often arises in regards to communication from senior management. As an employee, the only transparency you should expect to be on the receiving end of, is their contempt for you having the nerve to offer a realistic deadline, project opinion and/or suggestion about how to accomplish your goals. After all, senior management understands your job better than you do. Isn't that right?

    Another mantra frequently chanted by HR is "Culture." Yes, Nakisa has a culture. However, the culture is made up of Fear & Ignorance. Fear, on the part the employee who has quickly learned to sit down, shut up and be thankful that you have been granted the privilege of working for Nakisa. Ignorance, on the part of senior management that will not hesitate to overlook and under-appreciate the talent working for them and eagerly avoid learning about the products they stand on.

    Talent is steadily walking out the door. Be it of their own accord, or with a helpful push from a senior management entity that is indifferent to the loss of talent because its eyes are set too far into the future to recognize that you have had access to incredible talents with voices and ideas that could have taken Nakisa to where it thinks it is, where it wants to be and where it will never reach.

    One more thing. In case you fell for one of those recently posted positive reviews:

    - I dare you to take 2 days off to work from home!

    - The CEO will not hesitate to tell you that he does not want to be a CEO. Luckily, his office is right at the front door. Maybe that problem will take care of itself soon.

    - Do not ever expect to be appreciated for the work you do. It is senior management that will be thanked for their vision and ability to "get it done." You are just a human resource to that end. Nakisa simply shoved the "human" part aside.

    - Free breakfast -- no comment.

    - Regarding that movie theater and the recent article in the Gazette about Nakisa entitled, "Cultivating Great Minds" and what is said -- it never happened. (*hint* *hint* -- July 11 was a Sunday)

    Advice to Management

    Humble yourselves and come down from your high castle. Learn more about your own products, how they are created and more importantly who is creating them. If you won't take the time to recognize the talents at work for you, at least take the time to recognize that you are not the brains of this organization. It is your employees that CHOOSE to coexist with you and not the other way around. They are leaving you, it is happening now because you are out of touch with their needs, and out of time to save what little is left.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Nakisa = Lifestyle Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Sell 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.

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