Prithvi Catalytic

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Prithvi Catalytic Reviews

Updated May 14, 2014
Updated May 14, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch Out Company Coming Down

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

    I have been working at Prithvi Catalytic full-time

    Pros

    When the company was going good it was good!! In the height of the company they were going in the right direction. Employees were glad to work for Prithvi Catalytic.

    Cons

    If you don't pay your employees on time why would they want to work for you. Not making sure the insurance is up and running is another reason not to work for this company. Have to ask how much long is this company going to be running.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees on time and have benefits available when needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked for them for about 5 months, the worst rep I ever worked with.

    Former Employee - Lad Test Tech in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Lad Test Tech in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I can't really think of anything.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, under pay, old equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire that rep.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Sourcing Specialist in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to learn recruiting and staffing industry

    Cons

    they only hire the VP's buddies who are not sales people; they do not know how to sell services or staffing. they promoted the bosses best friend's boyfriend even though he had the lowest amount of hires than anyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a leader that knows how to hire real sales people not just your buddies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Prithvi Catalytic: Leaving it was the best thing I've ever done with the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - a "foot in the door" into recruiting and the tech industry
    - I was always well fed and caffienated via the breakroom

    Cons

    - "Used Car Salesman" pretty much sums up the tactics management encourages with recruiters working with candidates. Smarmy, high-pressure sales style to strongarm candidates into the lowest wage for less-than-stellar tech contract work.
    - No trust between management and recruiting staff. It didn't take long for us to realize that the managers, who are so good at talking candidates into lower wages, likely did the same with us when we were hired. Raises don't happen for at least a year and most recruiters were given only a dollar more per hour, regardless of how stellar they were.
    - Your daily routine involved sitting in a cubicle looking at resumes that people had posted on career sites and cold calling people to talk them into letting you submit their resume for a job. You can guess how easy those conversations were. They weren't. The calling was followed up by email spamming.
    - To make bad candidates seem better we were encouraged to "prep" them for interviews and redo their resumes for them. Now that I work in a real company, I see how wrong this actually is.
    - Employee reviews are a joke. Almost all employees "scored" the same overall marks. It was obvious that they were careful not to make anyone feel like they were doing too good of a job lest we feel we are entitled to better pay and treatment. Every compliment seems to be doled out with two negatives, usually related to how we aren't "producing enough" or being "assertive" with our cadidates.
    - In my time there, I surmised that it takes a LOT to actually get fired from there, but my incentive to become a rock star producer was only to keep management off my back, not because I thought I would actually be rewarded/compensated/promoted for doing more.
    - They hired some truly incompetent recruiters, and it was frustrating that we were all basically treated as if we were incomptent. There seemed to be no value for smart and motivated people.
    - Account managers were generally miserable to work with. There was a general "thats just they way they are" attitidue if anyone were to question why they were so brusque, dismissive and critical of the recruiters they worked with. By far my most negative interpersonal interactions were with account managers.
    - I didn't see anyone promote in my time there, but I found it suspect that the only two people I can think of that did get promoted there had close personal ties with management.
    - Management talked openly about how much money the company made each month. I'm not sure if that in itself is a "con" but they used it to paint a picture of doom and gloom in an effort to make us work harder and tell us it is our fault the company isn't making money. While this fact may have been true. I was never certain on what THEY were doing to help the company make money. . . It was just generally a negative environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Outdated sales-y tactics don't work on today's job force. They know the other options out there and are less likely to fall for them as in the past. Time for a new strategy.
    - Treat recruiters as value adding assets. Rebuild the trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Disappointing Relationship

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

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pays well if you negotiate

    Cons

    <1% employee support. no training. no teamwork. every one for himself. no loyalty. no trust. The company operation is nothing more than a temp worker front for Microsoft. It won't advance your career and it is at most a holding pattern while you find something better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop relationships with employees through loyalty, honesty and proving you can be trusted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Not business saavy at all

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are great to work with, hours are flexible and salaries are fairly competitive. The working environment internally is positive and lower management treats employees well.

    Cons

    The CEO at Prithvi has no business acumen at all and drove the company into the ground. The company has filed for bankruptcy and will likely not survive. Internal employees are not respected and are seen as being valuable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lie to internal employees and expect them to lie to your clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Poor management with very cheap approach

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

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic full-time

    Pros

    Friendly team . Good training approach. Not bad benefits.

    Cons

    Disrespectful and high head management which hates own employees. No say "hi", "good bye" or "thank you", just you should work more. No paid overtime job. It really looks like some kinda discrimination. "We are everything - you are nothing."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change some managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Underpaid Workhorses

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

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic full-time

    Pros

    co-workers were fantastic and it was nice to have treats in the break room. People at the front desk were friendly

    Cons

    they want the people they can get in the chair for the lowest wage and won't pay more for talented employees. Managers use scare tactics to get employees to meet their numbers and encourage "used car salesman" tactics for recruiters to use on their candidates. They work the absolute WORST positions (ones that get called out to 10+ agencies for short term contracts) so the role is more about competing against other recruiting firms than actually finding a quality hire. A lot of stories abound of empty or broken promises as far as raises, promotions, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality employees see right thru the smarmy and outdated high-pressue sales tactics you use on your employees and candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Compelled to work on the cheap

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer III in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer III in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * HR and recruiters are civil, considerate

    Cons

    * Company is in the business of hiring cheap, desperate technical labor for Microsoft.
    * They view contractors as disposable entities.
    * They recruit people for lowball rates just before unemployment runs out, and you have no choice.
    * Almost like slave-catchers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your business model. Try to care about helping people with their careers rather than just trapping warm bodies in jobs. Don't make people sign documents saying they will not work for anyone else for the next 5 years. It's legally unsupportable, and not everyone recruited for similar positions is required to sign. Don't place experienced people in entry-level grunt jobs. Don't fire people execution-style, it scares people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Do your homework, Quality not quantity.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Prithvi Catalytic

    Pros

    Worked remotely. My mngr. Antonia Novak
    had so much knowledge, and made the effort for everyone on her team to know inside and
    Out what the client needs are. Do your homework to be second nature with Job description.

    Cons

    Coworkers relationships on a private level (dating one another, drinking buddies) showed up at inconvenient moment's, when professional atmosphere a must. The bankruptcy/ reorganization, one lie followed
    by another, etc., etc..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Problems should be resolved, not made into screaming matches with insults, leaving a incompatible atmosphere.
    keywords ; RESOLVE & HONESTY

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