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Nakisa Reviews

Updated 4 August 2014
Updated 4 August 2014
64 Reviews

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Nakisa President and CEO Babak Varjavandi
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  1.  

    Great people, challenging work, lots of growth opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This company has some of the best people I have ever worked with. It's like a "mini-UN" -- people come from all walks of life, different backgrounds, and different points. This definitely adds to the innovative and creative culture of the company. All teams work well together and everyone is always willing to help each other. Collaboration is definitely a strong point here.

    The work is always changing, and it keeps you on your toes. Being a small company, you have the chance to get involved in many different initiatives that are outside of your typical job description. This really helps you in discovering your own strengths and interests and also build new marketable skills to put on your CV for the future.

    Nakisa is also quite open to your personal growth and aligning your goals with the company goals. In times of growth, management is very good at recruiting internally first. As long as you make yourself clear of your interests, and where you think you can add value, management is very open to change your role to fit your satisfaction.

    You get unlimited sick days a year. Your health and well-being is taken care of quite well. They're pretty good at accepting your request for time off, unless there is some dire need for you to be in during the time you requested. I have never been rejected for taking a vacation when I wanted

    Cons

    -Benefits are quite expensive for what is included in the package
    -Cubicles, though they are roomy, suck! Wish we could have an open-concept space
    -Not a big Work-From-Home culture - should be measured on the work you complete and its quality, not where you're working from...
    -no RRSP plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can we look into other companies and plans for our benefits? I've previously had plans with way better coverage that cost about the same as what we pay for ours.

    Be greener - lower our carbon footprint! for example...let's ask our cleaning staff to recycle our recycling bins...not just throw it in the same garbage bin as the actual garbage!

    Also, there are other small benefits like transit cost sharing (50-50 on employees' transit pass costs). Many employees transit in, and this is a huge cost for them in a year. It would also encourage more employees to take transit, contributing to a lower company carbon footprint!

    Give back to the community. Initiate relief fund collections for disasters, organize team building activities that include some sort of volunteering

    Brighten up the office...the dark paint colors are not conducive to productivity!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This is a great place to work and that is why I am here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    • Great colleague, lots of recruiting efforts goes into finding them.
    • Team spirit and friendly work culture
    • Interesting and challenging projects; see list of customers
    • Great products to work on
    • Great office spaces and location
    • Lots of room to grow, lots of vertical and lateral movements, employees are given the chance to move to new positions or new departments
    • Growth, opportunity
    • Kitchen and breakfast
    • Occasional movies in the private theater

    Cons

    Cons: Usual growing pains, have to adapt to changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    Easy to access, downtown Montreal, great people, cool benefits. If you like not seeing the day go by like me, well this is the place, always something to do.

    Cons

    I don't really see any Cons for now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More benefits...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    ..3 years now and ....still happy.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are very friendly, most of them are easy to work with.
    Mostly young people, open minded, lot of fun. If you work hard you may get promoted.
    Good location, closed to the train.
    Free breakfast, including: fruits, milk, cereals, butter, jam, juice, bagels etc.
    Salary: fair.
    Sick days: unlimited, if you don't abuse.

    Cons

    Insurance cost a bit high.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nakisa deserves better reviews

    Before I interviewed at Nakisa, I read glassdoor and still took the job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    Nakisa was recommended to me by a friend who works here. After a year he is still here and I could not be happier. Working here you will meet people who have been here for 5, 10 even 15 years or more. Obviously many glassdoor comments are not reflective of how these employees feel.

    The people are great. The management team has some new faces and all are eager to make the company a better place and help the company grow..... and it is growing. While there are lots of opportunities for the existing products, the new leasing product has a HUGE opportunity.

    New to management is a COO, responsible for HR, someone with extensive experience with HR.

    Nice office, good location, free fresh fruit and other food and the other stuff you would expect from a software company, and things you don't expect - their own movie theatre. I have never worked for a company that has so many staff lunches.

    A truly worldwide company, but it is still small enough that the CEO will know your name.

    Cons

    The company could provide more career advancement type training. I will have to do some of this on my own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can see you have lots of jobs posted. These positions are needed and more. Hire good people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Run away from this company .... its life will be over soon .. all positive reviews are fake from Nakisa HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - One of the few enterprise software companies in Montreal
    - You get to work in English
    - Most co-workers are good people and nice to work with

    Cons

    - 30%+ voluntary turnover .... almost the entire executive team and 90% of the product management team have all left within the last year ... why do you think so many people leave?

    - Lower than average pay across the company .... most positions are paying 10K+ below what you can get at other companies for similar roles, senior people have left for double their salary elsewhere

    - Yes men all over the place .... once you are in the company you will learn that only 2-3 people actually get their voice heard and everyone else needs to fall in line with the ''Family'' executive management team. Some people have been there 10 years+ but the only reason they are their is that there is nowhere else they can go for a similar position in montreal

    - Weird office space .....it is very big and airy which is good if you are used to working in a cubicle environment but it is also cavernous and empty .... having so many empty chairs and with so many people working from home or on the road you had the feeling like you were working all alone in this huge space which was demotivating ... in reality they could downgrade their space by 40% and still function properly

    - VPs have no power they just act as a shield/worker ant to the decisions that ownership makes ....ownership decides who is let go in departments, what direction the products will make, what will be done in marketing etc... your input wont matter and when you bring evident and obvious problems to light you will be dismissed or ignored

    - falling revenue , almost non-existant marketshare....the successfactors acquisition by SAP has almost killed the business and the reality is that the company has been able to hang on due to business overseas but in the americas SAP has essentially killed the business by pushing Successfactors while telling their clients to outright not buy Nakisa as product issues with it almost lost SAP a few big clients

    - PS and PM Teams are overworked and with most people being asked to work above and beyond the stated requirements because the company refuses or cannot find people to alleviate the stress in those positions .... if a certain 1-2 people leave in the PS group they would not be able to handle implementations because no one else knows how to implement it

    - ''Leasing Product is a HUGE opportunity'' --- they company is essentially hinging its future on this product just like they did with their orgcharting product that started the company but the legal requirements for this solution have not been placed into law and until this happens no one will buy it and even when the law is put into place it will probably state that there will be a 3-4 year grace period to follow it so this is not really an answer to their revenue problem in the nearterm

    * in regards to the positive comments you will see on glassdoor regarding the company ... most are fake and even i after reading them took a job with them because i believed in the manager who was going to be over me but it turned out he had too much on his plate and as stated above actually had very little power in the company ... things didnt work out and all I saw was problem after problem with a horrible culture around the company.

    Unless this is your first job .... look for something else its not worth your time being wasted here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has now gotten to the point where they need a professional manager to take over and the CEO needs to stepdown

    look into the details and embrace your mistakes as opportunities to change ... don't dig your heels in based on your opinion .... learn from your mistakes and move on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fake reviews from HR alert

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    Former Employee - Professional Services Team  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Professional Services Team in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    Few of the remaining people are still great to work with.

    Cons

    Have HR people to post fake positive review to boost its glassdoor rating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, if you have the HR to post positive review, do not ask them to post them 3 times in one day.
    Your company does not need more benefits or fresh fruits and bagels.
    People are eager to leave for another job. people with 5 years , 10 years or 15 years of seniority that are still in the company? There are a few... but what is the ratio? I wouldn't say "many".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Make the best of it

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company itself is confused

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    The job itself was fun
    Many of the people are nice

    Cons

    Management and team leads seem confused most of the time and miss deadlines
    Upper management is not pleasant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better project managers and treat employees better.
    HR is great, our teams are great, it is just a downer to see someone from management carrying all the negative energy or showing off to us. We do not care about you, we care about getting the project done ON TIME!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, boring job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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