AbitibiBowater Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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  1. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pulp and Paper Technician
    Former Employee - Pulp and Paper Technician

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, coworkers, OT available anytime you needed it

    Cons

    Hot nasty work environment


  2. Account Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Management Representative in Catawba, SC
    Former Employee - Account Management Representative in Catawba, SC

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pros of working in this position at AbitibiBowater was the ability to manage your accounts independently without a lot of mirco-management.

    Cons

    Cons of this position was that supervisors were often afraid or unwilling to assist employers with develop career goals and paths.

    Advice to Management

    Help to grow your associates, if they should move to other departments and positions throughout the organization that is a positive reflection of your leadership abilities.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company but in an industry that is in decline. Lack of direction within Recycle.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good employees (below upper management) who do their jobs well and care about what they do.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and direction from above. Constant change and fear of losing your job because of cost cutting efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people and make use of the talent that is available to you rather than just cutting costs for executive team bonuses.


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  5. It's all about the managers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at AbitibiBowater full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    OK to work for as long as you were on managements good side

    Cons

    Managers care about themselves and no one else. They get bonuses and don't let anyone know.

    Advice to Management

    You are only a manager because there are others you manage. Treat them with respect.


  6. Management cares about management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AbitibiBowater (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The concept of the business is good.

    Cons

    Rules/policies don't apply to everyone, especially management.

    Advice to Management

    Get a backbone


  7. Good company. Got laid off. Wish I could have worked there longer.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Year-over-year , month-to-month performance-based bonuses. Some travel.

    Cons

    Automatically signed up for Company Credit Card.

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized. Know your products better than your employees do.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Merged ompany slow to take necessary action

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catawba, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catawba, SC

    I have been working at AbitibiBowater

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Independence to conduct your business as you should (if you work in certain departments) Benefits Coworker loyalty Strong track record of positive results at the Catawba location

    Cons

    The business is too dependent on a declining newsprint market. Executive management responding too slowly to market conditions Bankruptcy Frozen pay for 4 years

    Advice to Management

    Don't penalize good performers for the poor performance by others.


  9. Helpful (1)

    No wonder we are in bankruptcy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Catawba, SC
    Current Employee - Technician in Catawba, SC

    I have been working at AbitibiBowater

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Te Catawba mill is a good mill.

    Cons

    A dying industry with no opportunities except to earn a check.

    Advice to Management

    Read a book about management.


  10. AB Continues in Bankrupcy and loses $500 million more in last three months!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at AbitibiBowater

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy going management, not concerned about profitability as long as plenty of orders to keep mills full. Expenses are not looked at closely.

    Cons

    A Canadian company looking to reward canadian employees first with job promotions, perks etc. Information flow from top down often does not get to where it needs to be. The are in bankrupcy and the canadian paper industry is a disaster area. AB Lost $500 million last quarter (2009)

    Advice to Management

    Reward best talent not only canadians. Drive for profitablity not just to keep machines full. Actually negotiate contracts rather than just cave in to price pressure from customers.


  11. Helpful (1)

    It is a job. Before the merger, it was a great job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Administrator in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Administrator in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at AbitibiBowater

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a job that constantly provides challenges.

    Cons

    AbitibiBowater is the result of a merger between Abitibi Consolidated and Bowater. The corporate IT department going forward is the one from Abitibi Consolidated. Bowater IT people are being phased out. This merger was supposed to be a "merger of equals".

    Advice to Management

    Keep the company from going bankrupt.



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