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Nakisa Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Nakisa President and CEO Babak Varjavandi
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Pros
  • Free breakfast and snacks all day (in 10 reviews)

  • Very nice people to work with and open to employee feedback (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Cons: Usual growing pains, have to adapt to changes (in 4 reviews)

  • People do come and go a lot, that tells a lot about the company (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Present Employee Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nakisa full-time

    Pros

    Growing company with leading edge products to Fortune 1000 companies. Very nice people to work with and open to employee feedback.

    Cons

    Company going through the usual growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employee feedback and the marketplace.

    Nakisa Response

    Apr 25, 2017

    Thank you for your feedback. We believe we need to listen and learn from what the employee's experience is and have no intentions on changing that.


  2. "Onboarding"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has made every effort to ensure the on-boarding process is smooth and easy. People have been very friendly and willing to help

    Cons

    Benefits package could be a little more robust


  3. "A place for new college grads"

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

    I worked at Nakisa full-time

    Pros

    - nice people
    - close to downtown
    - easy access to metro

    Cons

    - messy culture
    - messy product


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  5. "Great people and work environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Functional Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Functional Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nakisa full-time

    Pros

    - You can ask anyone if you have questions
    - Everyone was helpful
    - Office located in downtown
    - Projects with big companies
    - well stocked pantry (breakfast, fruits)

    Cons

    - can be very busy
    - need more staff to handle volume of clients

    Advice to Management

    - Continue improving the product

    Nakisa Response

    Apr 25, 2017

    Thank you for sharing, and as you likely know, we are in full recruiting mode. We ask to hear from you so we can improve, we appreciate your feedback.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure for starting career

    Cons

    Bad management family business like

    Nakisa Response

    Mar 23, 2017

    We would hope that someone who stays in an organization for five years stays for more reasons than “good exposure”. We are proud of what we do, how we do it, and for what we have to offer our team ... More


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good for beginners to put some experience on resume but not for long term career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nakisa full-time

    Pros

    free breakfast, friendly env, reasonable deadlines

    Cons

    no career growth, low salaries, they didn't give us salary raise for straight 3 years! not much to learn except their own framework.

    Nakisa Response

    Mar 23, 2017

    Your feedback is welcome although surprising to hear as Nakisa has always allotted salary increases in order to remain competitive. Not only do we do so, but an annual in depth market trend analysis ... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Some good but more bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Professional in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free breakfast and central location accessible from underground city

    Cons

    management is erratic, decisions seem not to be thought through, lots of turnover even on C-Level (seen plenty of VP Sales, VP Marketing, VP Finance) come and go.
    many employees I know feel constantly job insecurity

    Nakisa Response

    Mar 23, 2017

    It is true that Nakisa has undergone some changes, but not without good reason which may not be obvious to all. Just like any fast growing company, we need to be able to turn quickly and redirect our ... More


  9. "Working at Nakisa"

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

    Pros

    -The people are really friendly, creating a very positive atmosphere
    -The downtown location is very close to public transportation as well as many services (restaurants and gyms etc.)
    -They provide a free breakfast (a wide variety of foods)
    -They provide each new employee a generous amount of stock in the company
    -There is a casual dress code
    -They have a pool table, tennis table and movie nights with the in house cinema

    Cons

    None so far at this time

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to trust the employees feedback about what is needed to support the growth of the company


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Micromanagement and toxic environment"

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

    I worked at Nakisa (More than a year)

    Pros

    - There are some genuinely good people who work there
    - Pay and benefits are decent

    Cons

    - Micromanagement
    - Turnover is high
    - The company lacks trust in their employees and its a regular occurrence for positions to have their responsibilities cut or to be completely transformed.
    - They do not invest in growing employees
    - Culture of fear and negativity
    - Lack of professionalism

    Advice to Management

    Bad attitude and poor work habits among the executive team. Not interested in fixing problems they create. Would rather blame employees for their mistakes than attempt to improve themselves.

    Nakisa Response

    Feb 8, 2017

    Hello, It is apparent that you and Nakisa were not the right match, yet we appreciate the experience and believe it was a learning opportunity for both sides. For those of us who choose to stay ... More


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Poor leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nakisa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is trully a company that values its employees, no doubt.

    Cons

    This is indeed a family run business. The great thing about this is that employees are treated as if they were part of one big happy familiy. The downside is that not necessarely all positions are occupied by the best talent available . At a time when growing pains need to get adressed quickly and effectively, when recruiting talent is a question of survival and when experience around the executive table is key, relying on family members and friends that have been around for a long time is not necessarely what's going to make this business succesful at capturing the enormous opportunity it faces.

    Advice to Management

    The owner of this company needs to surround himself with strong leaders at the top and empower them, not with friends, family members or yes men if they don't have what's required to get the job done. Time will tell, many entrepreneurs just don't have what it takes to get their business to the next level. We shall see.


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