Catapult Systems

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Great people, family oriented, great learning experience, weak benefits

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Consultant
Current Employee - Senior Consultant

I have been working at Catapult Systems full-time (more than an year)

Pros

1) I love the exposure to technology.

2) I love meeting a bunch of new people.

3) They are very forgiving if you have a family commitment that interferes with a project. They will back you up and not hold it against you.

4) The culture is top notch. The employee events are fun and interesting.

5) The pay can be very good (if you haggle for it or are an established name in the community).

6) As long as you are able to self-manage, you do not have to go to the office in between clients. Being able to work from home somewhat makes up for the weak vacation time off. But, make sure you are not a slacker or you will not last in this industry.

7) At least in our office, we are often able to manage our own projects (IMO, PMs don't add value unless it's a giant project that needs separate managing).

8) Every once in a while, a more experienced consultant will hold a training session to introduce you to something new so you can increase your knowledge and your value.

9) Some of the managers make you feel comfortable to talk to them.

Cons

1) Weak benefits. The only thing attractive about the benefits here is that you have insurance. The insurance premium per paycheck is pretty high. Almost no 401k matching.

2) They will sometimes try to push you into an engagement you are not ready for. So, tell them NO if you are not ready. But, this is not just an issue with Catapult. It's an issue with this industry.

3) Sometimes they make ridiculous inquiries about travel expenses.

4) As mentioned in a couple other reviews, not much formal training is available. But, to be fair, if you request a week on the bench before your first project on something new to you, they often will grant it. But, that learning is 90% on your own. The SME is often too busy to help you learn it.

5) The merit/promotion pay increases are not very good. This goes back to the "haggling" comment in #5 of the pros.

6) Communication is sometimes frustrating. Some of the more experienced consultants with that product simply ignore you if you send an IM/email with a question. They could at least acknowledge you and say that they will get back to you as soon as they can. But, again to be fair: There are quite a few who are super helpful.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees and do your best to act on their concerns. Do something about the benefits. Make Catapult more attractive to new employees. Make your mid-level consultants feel more valued. Change your promotion/merit increase policy to make it less likely that a consultant will leave or threaten to leave. Do something about the benefits (Yes, I said that twice for emphasis on importance).

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, work balance OK, great team work, communication OK.

    Cons

    No training
    Stressful environment
    Promise not kept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at only the money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Catapult

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SharePoint Architect in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - SharePoint Architect in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Catapult Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent people and knowledge base - good access to learning assets as long as you learn on your own

    Cons

    very low raises and low bonus set up - training is on your own - no sending people to classes
    BUT, they go give you resources to read and encourage testing. Just sold to the Chinese

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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