Catapult Systems

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Catapult Systems Reviews

Updated October 25, 2014
Updated October 25, 2014
56 Reviews
3.8
56 Reviews
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Catapult Systems Chief Executive Officer David Fuess
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great work life balance and managers really value your life outside of work (in 13 reviews)

  • The best part about working here is getting to know and work with great people (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Employee Bonus structure is a joke and don (in 3 reviews)

  • There are only two cons in working at Catapult the first is the lack of leadership (at least in the Houston office) (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great at first, but too many changes equal an unstable atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catapult Systems full-time

    Pros

    Fun events, Good work/life balance, great location, great in-office perks

    Cons

    Not transparent in real company issues, "every man for himself" mentality, Chinese acquirement has caused negative changes, less than appealing salary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not fair

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catapult Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Gained great knowledge in the industry Ocean and Air.

    Cons

    Company tried taking on more than they should have. Need to get solid in the original field of Business before trying to start new avenues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Immature, failing company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Catapult Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Old reputation from twenty years ago, tied to Microsoft's growth

    Cons

    Out of date
    Immature
    Lost
    Failing business model
    Lack of foresight in Executive management
    Mid-manager drones, hiring more (ex-military) drones
    Avoid this place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upgrade your view on work before you die

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Catapult Systems Response

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool company that is still in transition

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    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Austin, TX

    I worked at Catapult Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The culture is still laid back. And for the most part you are treated like an adult.

    Cons

    Do to their incomplete transition with their merger the company has little room for spin up or time to let individuals develop. I was laid off after 3 short months!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ditto to "immature, failing company" review

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Austin, TX

    I worked at Catapult Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beer cart on Fridays, easy to maintain a work/life balance, awesome company parties, gained a lot of friends who feel the same way I do

    Cons

    Poor management. I second everything said by the "immature, failing company" review. Also disappointed that we were asked by our CEO and managers to give positive ratings on Best Places to Work every year instead of addressing how we really felt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to be managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Catapult Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has an amazing culture, smart people, great teamwork, and opportunity to enhance your career while having lots of fun. The company exhibits its brand promise of Our people are easy to work with, We bring the whole team, and We always deliver on a daily basis.

    Cons

    If you are not passionate about what you do, you'll be in open pretty quick! Guess that is not a bad thing!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing the right things. Keep focus on employees and clients and company growth.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Without a question, Catapult has been the best place I've worked, ever. I will retire with this company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Sales in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Catapult Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I love this company both at a local and corporate level. Systems are mature and rock solid. There's a great attitude that permeates from the top down. The management team is fabulous, engaging and lead from example. This is a company where anyone can grow, develop and proudly carry the company flag. Or in this case, crest.

    Cons

    The only challenge I see is market driven. We are growing at such a fast pace, we need to have more consultants on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would consider offering a sabbatical program for long-term employment. Perhaps something like 1 week per year of employment once someone has fully vested 10 years. This could be a great incentive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    One of a kind

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Consultant in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Consultant in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Catapult Systems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Catapult truly cares about people. They hire smart professionals in the top 10% of their field. Catapult is 'others' focused from the CEO to the Director of First Impressions.

    Cons

    Rapid growth at times can spread teams thin. This corrects itself once hiring ramps up, but hiring the best and the brightest takes time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire to the bench.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fair, Hard Working, Smart and Fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Managing Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Catapult Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tons of really smart people who are really focused on delivering great solutions for customers, they are very fair with employees and reasonable for work/life balance. Very low turnover, a great place for folks tired of the nonsense with the average consulting companies.

    Cons

    Client projects can be intense and challenging. Catapult doesn't have the same benefits as the full time travel consulting gigs, so that is a trade off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand to the West Coast and internationally, which will allow consultants to have more opportunity for growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A recognition that consultants are the center of the entire business model.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Catapult Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    First, I have been consulting for many years (and for many companies prior to Catapult). Hands down I work with the most talented and brightest technologists and business consultants in the land. There is not a weak link given our recruiting process covers all aspect of hiring - technical chops, cultural fit, fun individuals, team players, and hard workers.

    Secondly, Bonuses are right sized and are given for the individual contribution each consultant makes to the overall business (whether the business is doing well or not so well). For those who have experience with other technology consulting companies, it's not about an arbitrary quarterly bonus based on the financial performance of the company that may or may not be paid out. Our metrics are well defined, and are based on the individuals contribution on a weekly and monthly basis (and bonuses are paid monthly). My monthly bonuses are predictable, and really just a regular part of my overall income.

    Third, Catapult's Systems model is to keep local consultants local. There is certainly occasional travel, however, consultants are not expected (unless the want to) to be road warriors. That speaks to work life balance. You may be able to get a point or two up in Salary by going to another consulting company - but that company is going to expect you to get on a plane Monday morning and come home Friday night. That's just not Catapult's model.

    Lastly, I have been at Catapult Systems for over 5 years, and there was not a single career growth opportunity or career development discussion or request that I was not supported on. Not one, seriously. Catapult as a company and a culture has supported any interest or career path I wanted to pursue. There are a lot of talented folks here, and not one idea or one voice is ever drowned out.

    Cons

    In my time at Catapult, one of the challenges (and benefits) was our size. Small company with tight culture, but sometimes we didn't get invited to the party on some of the bigger and more technical projects. I am hopeful that with the recent acquisition by a global company and our leaderships communication that our culture will stay the same may open up some of these larger and more complex (and fun) opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep nurturing the "Catapult Culture".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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