Nakisa
2.4 of 5 34 reviews
www.nakisa.com Montreal, Canada 150 to 499 Employees

Nakisa Reviews

Updated Dec 14, 2013
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2.4 34 reviews

                             

33% Approve of the CEO

Nakisa President and CEO Babak Varjavandi

Babak Varjavandi

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30% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Make the best of it

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I worked at Nakisa full-time for 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 Senior ManagementGreat 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!

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Good people, boring job

Software Developer (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I worked at Nakisa full-time for 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 Senior ManagementI don't think your brother has enough knowledge for the decisions he make.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The company itself is confused

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

I worked at Nakisa full-time for more than a year

ProsThe job itself was fun
Many of the people are nice

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

Advice to Senior ManagementHire 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!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Happy that I left the company before it breaks down

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I worked at Nakisa full-time

ProsBreakfast is included, BUT always check the expiry dates!

You will find many fantastic co-workers there, BUT hurry up, on average every week one of them is leaving (Why? check the cons)

The company is in downtown and has access to underground level (It is important if you know Montreal's winters)

The chairs! I missed them a lot. Variety of perfect office chairs that you can choose!

ConsThe company is totally SAP dependent (partner), and since SAP acquired their competitor (SuccessFactor), they couldn't make enough money!

Almost all the key people in the company left in late 2012 and early 2013, including 4 VPs (Marketing, PS, Finance and Engineering Operations)! Plus more than 10 developers, five testers and more than 10 people from other departments (More than 20% of company's population!)

The culture is awful. There is no place for feedback and criticism. The head of HR is the sister of company owner and executive. And his brother is in charge of release, test, IT and finance departments! So, if you are not happy with what they do (which is common), leave the company before they let you go!

Advice to Senior ManagementYou don't need to give jobs to all your relatives if you want your company grow.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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All in all, very satisfied with my experience at Nakisa.

Software Developer (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I worked at Nakisa full-time for more than a year

ProsThe location is very convenient (downtown Montreal).
There was a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere in the office.
My direct managers were knowledgeable, supportive and helpful. The other managers that I worked with, were good in general but few of them weren't either as resourceful as I wished them to be or as supportive.
Down to earth and easy to reach CEO; same goes for most of other top level managers.
Good pay and compensation.
Free breakfast, coffee and snack.

ConsThere was not much hard core Java involved in daily work. As a developer I was looking for more Java work than XML, XSL or JS tasks.
There was lighting issue in most areas of the office. Also heating and cooling system was not very good (temperature was very different in different floors of the building).
No private parking, so if you want to take your car to work, you either have to find a spot in the street , which isn't very easy all the time as the area and surrounding streets are super busy, or pay 20 to 30 bucks to park in one of the buildings around the office like Place Ville-Marie.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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to be or not to be at Nakisa. See below and make your own opinion

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

I worked at Nakisa full-time for more than a year

Pros- Breakfast is included. And the selection isn't bad.

- The office is downtown

- The office space is nice

- The people that I worked with are dedicated (the employees)

- The pay was good

Cons- Insurance plan is way too high for what you get

- The PS team, is overworked, not appreciated, told that you have to work nights and weekends and you have to push your team to reach unrealistic objectives.

- They had a compensation plan that was not at all taught through (frankly I think it’s even been abolished)

- Some of the people that are “connected” are just dead weight and choke you when you try to push a little too hard.

- Not sure that the CEO is the right person to lead the company to where it needs to be

- They don’t even use what they sell to clients internally on themselves to promote key people in the organization that could make a real impact.

- No work life balance

- There has been a huge turn over for the past year.

- Things are not getting better.

- The company is hurting cash wise.

- Empty promises

My advice to people trying to apply there; if you already have a job, don't quit to go there, you will regret it as I did. If however you don't have a job and need one until something better comes along; go for it, you will pass probation and get a nice salary while something better comes in. Don't waste your time long term at Nakisa, your career will stagnate.

Advice to Senior ManagementI'm not sure if you are at the point of no return yet; but chances are you're close. You can't expect people to feel comfortable sharing some frustrations with HR if the head of that department is the sister of the CEO (clear conflict of interest)

Start cleaning your house, look at what has happened to your PS team, they are all leaving and the remaining ones are not going to put up it with any longer (trust me we all talk amongst ourselves.

Your biggest problem is in the development team (product) you have people there that aren't team players and think that they are "God"; they aren't and someone needs to tell them that.

 Also, you lost a key player that was coaching your director of PS... that was a huge loss and frankly the director's short coming are starting to show... Hire a new coach for him or replace him all together; he is too ZEN to drive a team. There is someone in that team that could run it the way it should... promote that person before that person leaves too...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

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

I have been working at Nakisa full-time for more than 3 years

Proslots career opportunities
great learning opportunities
friendly culture everyday breakfast

Conscompany gorwing fast and at time deadlines are tight

Advice to Senior Managementdont have one

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Software Developer (Former Employee)
Montreal, QC (Canada)

I worked at Nakisa full-time for more than a year

ProsThe R&D department had some pretty solid, albeit overworked leaders. Despite the constant stress they kept level heads. There were some nice people working there overall. They have the occasional really fun events, like Halloween.

ConsYou're surrounded by a lot of overworked developers. While I was there, I spent all too much time working on bugs and working on customer installations rather than on actual development. There was little growth as a developer, the architecture was complex beast. There were turbulent periods where people got fired or started leaving in droves due to dissatisfaction.

CEO, I was never entirely sure what to make of. On one hand, his speeches were engaging, he seemed approachable and open-minded, but seemed his perfectionism was at the detriment of those working under him. Also heard some disheartening 'quotes' (transmitted through the grapevine) such as "I don't care if it's your wedding day or any day, if you have work to do you'll do it."

HR felt like it wasn't there to protect the interests of the employees. The CEO's sister's in charge so you never feel entirely comfortable.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A Great CEO

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nakisa

Prosgood location, nice group of people working here

Conseveryone 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 Senior ManagementQualities 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A company with great potential !

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Nakisa

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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