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Catalyst Paper Canada Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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  1. "Great culture, unpredictable lifespan."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalyst Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Room for advancement, very competitive pay, opportunities to learn more about the paper industry, excellent experience in sales, distribution, and manufacturing.

    Cons

    Unpredictable future, dying industry, can have limited growth for some, poor internal communication, limited thinking outside of the box, rigid when it comes to change.

    Advice to Management

    Offer everyone a chance for added knowledge and experience, improve internal communication.

    Catalyst Paper Response

    Sep 8, 2017 – Recruitment Coordinator

    Thanks for taking the time to provide your feedback! Glad to hear all is going well :)


  2. "Customer Account Representative Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Customer Account Representative in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Customer Account Representative in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalyst Paper as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Approachable management, decision making opportunities, career/education advancement, work-life balance.

    Cons

    I live 25 KM away, the commute is the only downside

    Advice to Management

    Management of work load, as an account rep, there is a never ending work load. although stressful it keeps your days moving fast and you are never board!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Shift Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Shift Engineer in Crofton, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Shift Engineer in Crofton, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Catalyst Paper full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for a pulp mill Catalyst has some of the best locations

    Cons

    Has a lot of fatalities for the industry, the worst safety record of major pulp mills in Canada, old poorly maintained equipment benefits are on the low end, especially pension.

    Advice to Management

    Give respect to your employees

    Catalyst Paper Response

    Jul 10, 2017 – Director, Talent

    Thanks for taking the time to post a review. Catalyst is not perfect, but in fact has an improving safety record, with both the injury severity rate and number of incidents resulting in lost time... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Enforce company policies for ALL not just new hires"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Alberni, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Alberni, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalyst Paper full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None right now......really horrific experience

    Cons

    Got bullied so bad had to leave because safety and health deteriorated, long-time employees bad behaviours overlooked and catered to

    Advice to Management

    Enforce company policies for ALL employees not just new hires


  5. "My first 90 days"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at Catalyst are the best all the way from the CEO to the receptionist they have made my on-boarding experience a great one!

    Cons

    The only con is that there are not many amenities in the area of office for lunch, etc.

    Catalyst Paper Response

    May 31, 2017 – Director, Talent

    Appreciate the feedback, glad to hear things are going well!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of interesting challenges."

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Powell River, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Powell River, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Catalyst Paper (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Busy place with many challenges and opportunities for improvement. A great place to build your experiences. Has been a great place to work in prior years.

    Cons

    High expectations and minimal resources. Limited advancement. Cost cutting that is not sustainable resulting in poor equipment maintenance practices. Short term thinking characterizes many decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Take steps to cut politics at middle management levels and improve resource allocation around a balanced score driven criteria rather than permitting islanded mentalities amongst stakeholders. Allow star players to develop by mentoring others and reward good track records with advancement and opportunities to develop.

    Catalyst Paper Response

    Oct 24, 2016 – Director, Talent

    Thanks for taking the time to review your experience working at Catalyst, your comments help us to build a better future for our company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crofton, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crofton, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Catalyst Paper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of work variety and opportunity to learn and grow

    Cons

    Poor overall morale since 2012 negotiations
    Uncertain future with financial challenges

    Advice to Management

    Value your people so they get engaged

  8. "Exceed your expectations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalyst Paper full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, innovative, great people without big egos who care about improving, sustainability leader, flat hierarchy, lots of learning opportunities at a growing company.

    Cons

    Recent doubling in size means some growth pains (but also some opportunities). Challenging sector and market turbulence.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on listening to experienced employees, including the ones with the "soft" skills.


  9. "Exceed your expectations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalyst Paper full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial, innovative, good people who care about making the company better, flat hierarchy, a sustainability leader, great leadership. North American presence (Can & US operations) with interesting internal and external organizational relationships.

    Cons

    Some growth pains (and also opportunities) from recent doubling in size. Bit of a hike to coffee/food, and traffic can be challenging. Challenging sector.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on listening to employees with experience, especially those with "soft" skills.


  10. "It's been a great career"

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    Current Employee - Senior V/P Sales & Marketing in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior V/P Sales & Marketing in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Catalyst and its predecessor companies always gave me a chance to prove myself, excel and advance within the organization.
    I was always given the latitude to make decisions appropriate for my position and while I made some mistakes along the way, none were tragic and the company has always supported me.

    Cons

    No cons for the company as we have an energetic yet seasoned leadership team. The only downside is that most segments of our paper business are in a state of steady decline, primarily due to migration to the digital world. However this can be an exciting challenge as well since the company is actively looking to stem these declines by moving into alternative streams of revenue using our existing assets. This is very exciting and we have a core group of employees dedicated to this New Product Development ( NPD)endeavor.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. We are on the right track.

    Catalyst Paper Response

    Mar 29, 2016 – Director, Talent

    Appreciate the feedback - yes, lots of innovation in new product development, exciting times!


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