AbitibiBowater Reviews

Updated March 5, 2014
Updated March 5, 2014
19 Reviews

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19 Reviews
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    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Management Representative  in  Catawba, SC
    Former Employee - Account Management Representative in Catawba, SC

    I worked at AbitibiBowater full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at AbitibiBowater full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's all about the managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at AbitibiBowater full-time for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Management cares about management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AbitibiBowater for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The concept of the business is good.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a backbone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good company. Got laid off. Wish I could have worked there longer.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at AbitibiBowater full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Automatically signed up for Company Credit Card.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Merged ompany slow to take necessary action

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Catawba, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Catawba, SC

    I have been working at AbitibiBowater

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No wonder we are in bankruptcy

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Catawba, SC
    Current Employee - Technician in Catawba, SC

    I have been working at AbitibiBowater

    Pros

    Te Catawba mill is a good mill.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read a book about management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    AB Continues in Bankrupcy and loses $500 million more in last three months!

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    Former Employee - Executive Sales Representative  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I worked at AbitibiBowater

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Staff Systems Administrator  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Staff Systems Administrator in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at AbitibiBowater

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company from going bankrupt.

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

    Lack of communication and effective leadership

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Catawba, SC
    Former Employee - Analyst in Catawba, SC

    I worked at AbitibiBowater

    Pros

    Great, supportive coworkers; Bowater had a great staff of smart, hardworking employees, but leadership was severely lacking. I no longer work for ABH, and have fond memories of the old Bowater, but do not regret leaving the company.

    Cons

    Lack of management communication, little opportunity for advancement. Career opportunities for advancement were minimal as well; there was no mentoring or leadership program available for high potential employees. Annual performance reviews were a joke; I believe I only received 3 during my 7 1/2 years at Bowater. Senior Management consisted of the "good old boy" network with little diversity at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please communicate with your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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