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Catalyst Paper Reviews

Updated October 19, 2016
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  1. Featured Review

    "Innovation, environmental sustainability, customer service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent customer service and order management teams, dedicated to long term customer partnerships. Very strong leadership team, driving operational excellence and increased productivity with a focus on safety and the environment. Lots of opportunity to be innovative - and in fact rewarded for innovation and creativity. Not afraid to evolve - change is a positive experience, always opportunities to get involved in making improvements.

    Cons

    Nothing major that I can think of, other than lack of cafes, restaurants in the Richmond HQ area

    Catalyst Paper Response

    Mar 29, 2016 – Director, Talent

    Thanks for the great feedback!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Biron, Wi"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Biron, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Biron, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, not really anything else just had to have five words

    Cons

    Most coworkers are good, however the ones that are bad are the worst people I have ever met in my life, good old boys club mentality, management sides with senior employees even when they're in the wrong legally, safety is a joke and only used to punish workers, they aren't concerned about safety when they want something done

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about safety, start actually following employment laws, listen to your employees instead of wasting money to have people come in from some Nordic country to tell you the same exact thing


  3. "Dont relocate here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrician in Powell River, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Electrician in Powell River, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    its a job if you dont have one.

    The 5 star reviewer must be planted from the company, no real person could say such a thing about this company. I heard similar hype during the interview process.

    Cons

    1 very dirty everywhere, no money for housekeeping
    2 wage rollbacks in 2012 amounted to 10% wage and 8% health/pension (lowest paid union trades in BC)
    3 ban on OT, company working on goal of less that 6% OT
    4 dying industry, feels like the catalyst is milking every dollar out before the paper machines shut down
    5 catalyst is very aggressive trying to keep labour cost down while spending a fortune on equipment, materials, and consultants
    6 very negative work environment, company simply does not respect workers
    7 Catalyst stock just keeps going down from over 6 a year ago to 2 now

    Advice to Management

    The union workers are not the enemy


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  5. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Catalyst Paper"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 $ .


  7. "process control specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Challenging industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Pros and Cons to work at Catalyst Paper"

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

    Pros

    Big company, no overtime and a place to have work and life balance

    Cons

    No professional development and advance opportunity for growth

    Advice to Management

    recognize the value of key employees and offer opportunity for growth and advancement


  10. "Long Term Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist Utilities in Port Alberni, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist Utilities in Port Alberni, BC (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Catalyst Paper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well established company that has servived industry down sizing.

    Cons

    Due to restructuring wages and benifits have diminished over recent years.


  11. "Needs Improvement in SAP Practices"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior SAP Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior SAP Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits and pay.

    Good HR Team .

    Cons

    Poorly Documenting and Tracking Code Modifications in SAP.

    Advice to Management

    Following best Practices of SAP Development Projects.



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