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Updated January 14, 2018
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Catalyst Repository Systems CEO John Tredennick
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  1. "New Leadership. FINALLY!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time

    Pros

    Positive changes are afoot at long last. Changes needed to be made, and the new leadership is stepping up and making it happen. It will be interesting to see if it can be maintained, or if the "Catalyst Status Quo" will return.

    Cons

    There are people in leadership positions that are unskilled, bullies, or have simply kissed up to the old CEO to reach the positions they have. Clean house!

    Too many remote employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to make the changes that need to be made. Be ruthless and tear off the band-aid.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Big changes"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has an excellent product to sell

    Cons

    Middle management leadership is very lacking

    Advice to Management

    Hire leaders for leadership positions

  3. Helpful (5)

    "My Experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Catalyst has a really good product and the team of people was fun to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management team. Marketing team or the lack of one and small budget made it tough to sell. Company was run very cheap. Tough to compete on price and against relativity.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "A stuck company, deep seated issues, may have missed its chance"

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

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

    Pros

    Some great people

    Latest version of software is good and could be industry leader

    Good training folks

    Collegiate feel

    Cool offices in cool part of denver

    Cons

    May have missed chance against well established competition eg Recommind Equivio kcura Relativity

    Poor project management

    Stuck at sub $30 M after 15 years

    Seemingly Reliant on one big corp client

    Sales head known as bully and know it all

    Leadership may have taken this as far as can go

    Clients complain hard to do business with across the board

    Cheap: Employees have to write down each bottle of water they drink and pay at end of month

    Complicated pricing cause confusion and billing probs etc

    Salaries low end

    A lifestyle company?

    Total lack of marketing (until this year now much better)

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new blood and new ideas Decide what you are good at Focus in the market instead of chasing everything Stop competing with Relativity in large firms


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Started as a small, family and team-oriented company; no longer even close to that."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time

    Pros

    There are some truly good, smart and professional people who work at Catalyst and believe in the company.

    Cons

    Unproductive environment and lack of a common vision

    Advice to Management

    Address the toxicity within the culture and work to remedy it and return to a team atmosphere


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company Who Has Lost Its Way"

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    Former Employee - Client Services in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Client Services in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Great coworkers
    - Flexible work environment
    - Casual
    - Interesting work

    Cons

    - CEO is easily swayed by others and too reactive to clients/market. There is a lack of vision and thus the company jumps quickly and responds to small trends, rather than using a deliberate strategy.
    - The company's politics are incredibly out of control. Favoritism reigns - particularly from the CEO - and influences the way that the company operates.
    - The new product (Insight) is problematic. It is slick but still quite buggy, which makes it difficult to sell/support.
    - Lack of leadership to help employees develop as professionals.

    Advice to Management

    The politics are killing the company. Be more strategic and methodical, less reactive and political. Invest in your people - not just technology.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great atmosphere, and great co-workers."

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Technician I in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Applications Support Technician I in Denver, CO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly co-workers, heavily discounted drinks for staff. Opportunities to advance within the company are there.

    Cons

    Downtown parking can be difficult, RTD is the best option for getting there.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Below average Company"

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    Former Employee - Applications Support Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Applications Support Technician in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great benefits
    * added benefits to be able to work from home when needed.

    Cons

    * No HR support
    * Too much business politics.
    * Laid off employees that actually do the hard work and in addition it was done during their 2013 Christmas Party.
    * Blames the last person who handled the work rather than going to the source.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the real dead weight and stop taking sides. Be more partial or neutral to situations.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A company that has lost its way"

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

    Pros

    The product is decent but it doesn't always perform well and there is a revolving door with the PM's and salespeople that doesn't look good for the clients.

    Cons

    There is no sales or marketing strategy at all. The sales pitch was supposed to be modified in June and nothing was changed. Clients have not been happy with product and in a very crowded industry the product doesn't stand out. The head of the client advisory board left after a botched project. The company has been trying to move from channel sales to direct sales and neither side of the business has done well. The channel team lost the largest client to Relativity and hasn't filled that revenue void. Direct clients complain about buying directly from catalyst or a channel partner. There have been many layoffs but no new strategy. The projects are increasing but the revenue has been declining.

    Advice to Management

    A new marketing and sales pitch is needed. Layoffs don't look good in the industry and show that the company is declining.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lost at Sea"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great solution/platform has enormous potential. Good people, very low turnover and great HQ in Denver. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Complete absence of marketing, unified sales pitch, lead generation and brand awareness makes it difficult to compete in a crowded, very competitive space. Long term sales strategy is non-existent and is constantly changing every 6 months. Company is stuck in neutral and it will be tough to move forward and grow. The shortfall in success is starting to erode the team, causing management to point fingers and distrust among employees. The sad truth is the best years are behind it and hopefully it will be acquired so the great technology they built can be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Build a solid, experienced marketing team. Develop a long term sales strategy.


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