Katun Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. Solid company to work for,, but there were limited growth opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Miami, FL

    Pros

    Solid company. Leader in the market.

    Cons

    Not very good benefits and limited growth.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Uncertainty of Companies future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Katun (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Casual attire work environment, some what flex hours, fairly 'young' company - regarding average age of employees, benefit package is good.

    Cons

    To few employees to get the jobs done properly - after 2 large lay-offs, company is in 'maintenance' mode - due to lack of employees to properly support the company. Stability of company is uncertain after two large lay-offs - and countless number of CEO's, talk of being sold, and or re-financed - Management says they're all about 'communication', but that's not the case - can't get straight forward answers to where the company is headed. Company isn't willing to stay current with hardware and software, no room for advancing, no proper training for employees when having to learn and or support new software.

    Advice to Management

    Backup your direct reports, learn to say 'no', actually 'communicate' with company employees honestly, what's good for the 'many' in a department should be good for the 'few' in the department.


  3. Strong customer loyalty squandered by poor management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Bloomington, MN

    Pros

    Great people, professional and motivated. Solid supplier base with many technological advantages over competitors. Good analytics for in market products and channels. Very loyal customer base many for over 20 years.

    Cons

    Thin management aptitude. No sense of moving forward, just status quo maintenance actions. Pay is below average, but decent benefits. Focused on quarterly results almost exclusively. Many customers went elsewhere.


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  5. don't bother

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of staff are good but over worked

    Cons

    Bad management spinning down and out


  6. Former Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Katun full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good company history for products and services. Great co-workers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor management. Top management has no people skills, everything is just a number. Low moral because of that.

    Advice to Management

    Change upper management. Treat your emplotees like people not numbers.


  7. Going Downhill Fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Katun full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall, most people are great to work with.

    Cons

    The key goal is to sell the company, and therefore we have to too many products that are not ready to be sold - quality issues (launching as many products as possible to look good on paper). Very poor leadership, with too many secrets. Micromanagement is a major issue. Too much experience was let go during the head count reduction in Dec. 2012, many mistakes are now being repeated.

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible and share more with employees. At least act like they care about employees. Make an attempt to determine the cause of low morale issues. More true leadership needed, not micromanagement.


  8. Optimistic at first but reality soon set in

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Katun full-time

    Pros

    People and culture are great. The pay and benefits are all within industry norms. Very easy going at headquarters

    Cons

    Little chance for growth in a career, company is in a downward slide for the past ten years and senior leadership themselves even admit to knowing this is most likely going to continue for the foreseeable future.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to give advice to leadership of a revenue declining company in a shrinking market, but faster to market, cheaper alternatives, and a better sales force would be good places to start to turn around the revenue decline.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Katun: Great people, atmosphere, and career development opportunities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Great people to work with. + Adapatable and flexible to individual employee needs. + Most management get the big picture and are looking to make things better in their jobs, the business, employee's lives. + Pay and benefits are competitive. + H.R. team is great at H.Q. and does a lot for the employees.

    Cons

    + Some of the management (middle management to be specific) is CLUELESS to their own responsibilities but maintain jobs for no apparent reason. Why are they still here? Being here 20 years is not an answer if a replacement hire can walk in and due a better job at a lower wage in short order. Cut ties and move on so we can make this company go in a positive direction! + Little growth as a company + Little growth for an employee (outside of a few cases here or there) in career advancement. Great for stepping up and doing more due to the size of the company, but does not necessarily reflect a promotion or pay increase in your future.

    Advice to Management

    More consistent approach and better communication from department to department. Business units / departments are too independent from one another for a company of this size.


  10. Katun gave me the opportunity to grow and took a chance on a young person to execute strategic plans

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Career opportunities are varied and gives a person a good variety of work. The people at katun are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Growth in revenue is slow. Turnover in senior leadership is confusing and the resulting communication is often not timely and not collaborative.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in your communication and take a stand on where you are going as an organization. Develop a strategy and stick with it.


  11. Good job to have when entering job market

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No compensation ceiling on sales positions Managment enourages creativity

    Cons

    Dying median Constant upper managment turnover

    Advice to Management

    Stability



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