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Updated Mar 5, 2014

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2.4 19 reviews

29% Approve of the CEO

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Richard Garneau

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13% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Account Manager

    Account Management Representative (Former Employee) Catawba, SC

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp 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.

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

    Operations Manager (Former Employee)

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

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

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

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

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    It's all about the managers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are only a manager because there are others you manage. Treat them with respect.

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

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    Management cares about management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe concept of the business is good.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a backbone

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

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

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

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

    ConsAutomatically signed up for Company Credit Card.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more organized. Know your products better than your employees do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Merged ompany slow to take necessary action

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Catawba, SC

    ProsIndependence 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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementDon't penalize good performers for the poor performance by others.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    No wonder we are in bankruptcy

    Technician (Current Employee) Catawba, SC

    ProsTe Catawba mill is a good mill.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead a book about management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Executive Sales Representative (Former Employee) New York, NY

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

    ConsA 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 Senior ManagementReward 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Staff Systems Administrator (Current Employee) Greenville, SC

    ProsIt is a job that constantly provides challenges.

    ConsAbitibiBowater 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 Senior ManagementKeep the company from going bankrupt.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of communication and effective leadership

    Analyst (Former Employee) Catawba, SC

    ProsGreat, 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.

    ConsLack 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 Senior ManagementPlease communicate with your employees!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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