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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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


  2. "process control specialist"

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    Former Employee - Process Control Specialist in Crofton, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Process Control Specialist in Crofton, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Catalyst Paper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Perform the following functions:
    • Set and Maintain Systems Standards
    • Ensure Safe use and operation of systems based equipment
    • Systems Maintenance (direct and indirect)
    • CCER, Capital Project, OFI feasibility, design, and implementation (follow standards)
    • Non capital improvements
    • Process Troubleshooting
    • Trades Support
    • Operations Support
    • OBC support
    • Systems training and technical training (others and self)
    • Process and Mill Network architecture and function (pertains to systems millwide)
    • Capstone / Parcview (Use and Interface with)
    • Control Tuning
    • Systems Risk assessment and succession plan

    Cons

    pay is low
    All but no bonus
    no support - knowledge base has all but gone, most have retired are going to retire.
    Paper Product is at its lowest price on the market, and less consumer demand.
    Pulp Product is making money but limited.
    Poor investment in infrastructure since bankruptcy

    Advice to Management

    Spend money on your people, and support them.

  3. "Catalyst Paper"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pay is union negotiated and good if you can get work

    Cons

    Union breaking seems to be the plan. Company pits it's mills and unions against each other in an effort to break contract pattern. No jobs, no future,

    Advice to Management

    Respect the people who make your product. Note, we do not control the CDN vs US $ .


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work if you've only got a few years left to work and want to retire on Van Isle."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to live on Vancouver Island and work in a company full of great people to work with. The most cooperative atmosphere I've ever worked in, very few ladder climbers and a stable, low-turnover workforce.

    Cons

    The company is in a sunset industry and has not invested the necessary capital to make their mills competitive. As a result they are continuous shutting down non-competitive equipment. This leads to the constant fear that there is another downsizing coming around the corner so you cannot make any long term life plans, are afraid to buy a house in town and always have one eye on the classified ads. This is not a concern if you're financially set and only a few years away from retirement, but for younger folks trying to make a life it is not viable.

    Advice to Management

    Make the cuts hard and fast then invest in the remaining assets to make them competitive.


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