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Nakisa Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Nakisa President and CEO Babak Varjavandi
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Pros
  • Free breakfast and snacks all day (in 11 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)

  • Benefits plan could be better but isn't there always room for improvement (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "A place for new college grads"

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    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


  2. "Positive environment with productive acquaintances"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nakisa as an intern

    Pros

    -Convenient location as Montreal office is located in downtown.

     -Extremely friendly and helpful colleagues.

    -Clear and concise chain of commands

    -Several and frequent training sessions.

    -Healthy food in the cafeteria, ample amount of recreational facilities

    Cons

    - Precise and clear approach needed in order to improvise training material.

  3. "Job Seeker"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Lahore (Pakistan)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Lahore (Pakistan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nakisa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    in pakistan you will get your salary before starting of month, also get 13th salary, but that's all, nothing else

    Cons

    Very less benefits and In Pakistan it will take more time to expand and then there will be senior level opportunites

    Advice to Management

    management in pakistan is good specially technical manager is very helpful hand, he is always there when you are in some trouble or need his help,


  4. Helpful (4)

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

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    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


  5. "not bad, not good"

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

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

    Pros

    decent co-worker, have healthy food in kitchen, nice location

    Cons

    poor management; not enough chances/challenges/trainings for employee to grow; a lot outstanding people left after 1st year;

    Advice to Management

    hire professional management team, have more respect on employees' talent, do some investment on employees

    Nakisa Response

    Apr 18, 2016

    We strongly believe that we are in a good place. And after conducting Employee Engagement Surveys, and doing many of our hires through internal referrals, we know that we have built a strong and... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Really good people, fast pace work environment, but a bit below average benefits"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nakisa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Located in heart of downtown, the best about Nakisa is its people. Most people are smart, courteous, helpful and joy to work with. Fast pace dynamic work environment that provides learning opportunities but brings in instability as everything is changing constantly from product to processes to customers.

    Cons

    Below average benefits. Not much compensation for challenging tasks and extra work.
    Nothing much for employees to stick long term with company.

    Advice to Management

    You have some good products and serious potential of sales. So encourage your sales department to employ aggressive strategy for getting customers.
    Take care of your key people at least who had given decades to company. Invest in their careers (by providing training/courses) and in their future (provide some retirement funds, group plans etc.)


  7. Helpful (4)

    "In general, Nakisa is a good company, and can be improved drastically"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nakisa full-time

    Pros

    Great enterprise culture
    Adequate work-life balance
    Comprehensive management regarding time-off
    Some great talent within the company
    Downtown Montreal
    Product has the potential to grow and improve drastically

    Cons

    Breakfast is free, but bagels and bread needs to be refreshed more often.
    The company lacks structure, planning and control over projects and changes in the enterprise.
    R&D is king of the mountain there and restrain the proper expansion of the company.
    Major employees retention problems, they need to keep their talent.
    Training can be improved

    Advice to Management

    Put a proper structure and foundation in place, and stick to it.
    Change the culture, define your company mission and base all your decisions on core values.
    Spend more on R&D, they are restraining your growth capacity (better resources, not always go for the cheap labor).
    Be demanding and apply a tighter control and quality over operations.
    Align departments better, so they work together properly.

    Nakisa Response

    Mar 27, 2015 – Director of HR

    As a result of growth, Nakisa has experienced a time of rapid change. With change comes great opportunities but also a need to adapt. In recent months, we have welcomed some of Montreal’s top talent... More

  8. "Make the best of it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Interesting product and underlying tech
    + Good location
    + People

    Cons

    - No development past the 1 or 2 year mark
    - Sense of mediocrity; no 'A' game

    Advice to Management

    Great place to get a start in either Development or Services. Not such a great place to stick around in after you've gained some experience (2 years). If you stay you won't develop.

    In Development, expect to work on front end JS / XML / HTML unless you're half decent in which case they let you in to work on their Java core framework.

    In Services the projects are quick installations of org charting and talent management software. The clients are all over the globe. You can expect to get sent to places like Brazil, Australia, and interact with some large companies and public sector organizations.

    However because of limited growth potential and inexperience in management, for those of you who want to give to and receive more from their career, you will need to go somewhere else. This is everything but on a small scale. Good luck to you and Nakisa!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good people, boring job"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The best thing about Nakisa is the people who work there. They are friendly and help you a lot.
    - Very friendly, hand in code managers. Chris & Albert are great managers to work with. They will support their team 100%.
    - The location is down town Montreal, McGill Collage.

    Cons

    - More work in XML, XSL than Java. As a software developer you may expect to work with Java but mostly it is configuration.
    - It is more like a family business. The head of HR is CEO's sister, Head of IT, QA, Finance & Support is CEO's brother. Working with him is hard & he doesn't have knowledge for technical decisions that he make.
    - No pension plan.
    - Limited insurance.
    - I would only recommend this company for the first job.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think your brother has enough knowledge for the decisions he make.


  10. "A company with great potential !"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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