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Catalyst Repository Systems Reviews

Updated June 11, 2014
Updated June 11, 2014
8 Reviews

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    The Good, the Bad, and the Tired

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is the staff here that makes employment worthwhile. Collaboration and solid working relationships abound. Some departments have interesting work and learning opportunities. There is a good work-from-home program, employees are paid bonuses, vacation time is fair and the health benefits are very good. The CEO has great aspirations and enthusiasm for what he wants to do with the company.

    Cons

    What is shared externally about the company is very different than the reality of the experience internally (an example in the review "Standout Company with Great Technology and People In Crowded Industry”). The lack of cohesion at the senior level is evident. Improvements in the work environment are difficult to get approved and are sometimes paid out of the pockets of the staff. When there is a failure in a process, some senior managers want to identify the "who" that is responsible. An anonymous suggestion process rarely ever yields any positive action or follow-up. Some managers that have been here for some time appear tired and lack enthusiasm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees have been here long enough to recognize that the talk of about company greatness does not match up against the business indicators. Stop talking about how good things are. You need to drop the titles and work together as a unified group. Decide what the company is to be and take action on that. Expect more from yourselves in leadership, and in turn expect more from your staff. Stop looking for blame and examine the decisions (or lack of) that allow issues to manifest. Look for ways to reward based on measurable results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Standout Company with Great Technology and People In Crowded Industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The eDiscovery industry has been driven to commoditization and hyper-competition, Catalyst is one of the few companies that continues to innovate. This technology innovation combined with passionate and talented people make for a winning combination.

    Catalyst holds the keys to it's future with industry leading IP and unique value proposition. Catalyst has invested in rebuilding it's flagship platform from the ground up and is now realizing the rewards of delivery. Not many entities are afforded the opportunity to re-invent their technology and brand in the market and Catalyst is one of those in this unique position.

    Cons

    Like any company Catalyst has it's challenges. These challenges are attributed to external industry forces and internal challenges. The external industry forces are attributed to lack of brand awareness, industry (consumer) complacency with status quo technology and accelerated price erosion.

    The internal challenges are similar to any high growth/high technology organization that is balancing innovation and growth. The company needs to be more aggressive about creating brand awareness, marketing and moving outside of typical stakeholders and consumers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your passion and commitment is apparent and infectious. Employees are looking for longer-term vision and strategy that affords the company to get outside of the core offering and industry application. This is where future growth opporutnity resides.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going Down in Flames

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time

    Pros

    The Middle and Senior Management are very good people. Most of the employees are truly talented and brilliant people. Some amazing developers and technically gifted individuals drive the software.

    Cons

    Terrible business decisions made by the board and most notably the CEO. His arrogance is unmatched. The outright contempt for the people whom staff his company and the attrocious manner in which he treats people have caused the majority of the business staff that were excellent to leave. They fired 10-20% of their staff the day of the 2013 holiday party.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New leadership needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs New Life

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

    I worked at Catalyst Repository Systems

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with.

    Cons

    There is a laziness to the employees that have been there for over 5 years and Senior Management could be replaced with individuals with more vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the dead weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not What it Was

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    + there are some brilliant people in operations
    + great group of developers
    + if you have drive you will be promoted
    + great location and good health benefits
    + 401k match & Bonus system

    Cons

    - too many "old timers" who lack flexibility and vision: from sales to management
    - complete lack of respect for the chain of command
    - only a few departments have solid leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a better management structure in place - The CEO should be working with his senior management team more effectively

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Experiencing Growing Pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems

    Pros

    Problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged. The offer flexible shifts and the opportunity to work from home (for some positions). The bonus system is nice. They prefer to hire from within for the management track and offer a referral bonus program.

    Cons

    Too many fingers in the pot. Senior Management should focus on managing, not day to day operations. The benefits are below average. No 401k match. Pay is slightly below the Denver market for similar jobs.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Currently under reorganization and new product launch.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Most of the people are very good to work with and you can enjoy a mostly casual and relaxed work environment. Company offers good benefits and has implemented 401k matching as well as a bonus structure.

    Cons

    Experiencing a good deal of attrition and reorganization change currently. Job responsibilities are unclear and not well defined. Reactionary company with not enough resources for planning. Little to no growth opportunity for medium to higher level positions. Rife with corporate political issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Catalyst

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

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems

    Pros

    The work does not have to be too stressful. The company is getting to a size that allows more than one person to handle coverage or escalations.

    Cons

    Still a small company trying to do too many things. Product cycles can get rushed and should be reigned in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to pick a strategy that could be used for longer than a few weeks. Focus on the long vision to get employees to take it to the next level

    Recommends

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