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Catalyst Repository Systems Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  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


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "The Good, the Bad, and the Tired"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Staff in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is the staff here that makes employment worthwhile. Collaboration and solid working relationships abound. Some departments have interesting work and learning opportunities. There is a good work-from-home program, employees are paid bonuses, vacation time is fair and the health benefits are very good. The CEO has great aspirations and enthusiasm for what he wants to do with the company.

    Cons

    What is shared externally about the company is very different than the reality of the experience internally (an example in the review "Standout Company with Great Technology and People In Crowded Industry”). The lack of cohesion at the senior level is evident. Improvements in the work environment are difficult to get approved and are sometimes paid out of the pockets of the staff. When there is a failure in a process, some senior managers want to identify the "who" that is responsible. An anonymous suggestion process rarely ever yields any positive action or follow-up. Some managers that have been here for some time appear tired and lack enthusiasm.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees have been here long enough to recognize that the talk of about company greatness does not match up against the business indicators. Stop talking about how good things are. You need to drop the titles and work together as a unified group. Decide what the company is to be and take action on that. Expect more from yourselves in leadership, and in turn expect more from your staff. Stop looking for blame and examine the decisions (or lack of) that allow issues to manifest. Look for ways to reward based on measurable results.


  8. "Standout Company with Great Technology and People In Crowded Industry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Catalyst Repository Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The eDiscovery industry has been driven to commoditization and hyper-competition, Catalyst is one of the few companies that continues to innovate. This technology innovation combined with passionate and talented people make for a winning combination.

    Catalyst holds the keys to it's future with industry leading IP and unique value proposition. Catalyst has invested in rebuilding it's flagship platform from the ground up and is now realizing the rewards of delivery. Not many entities are afforded the opportunity to re-invent their technology and brand in the market and Catalyst is one of those in this unique position.

    Cons

    Like any company Catalyst has it's challenges. These challenges are attributed to external industry forces and internal challenges. The external industry forces are attributed to lack of brand awareness, industry (consumer) complacency with status quo technology and accelerated price erosion.

    The internal challenges are similar to any high growth/high technology organization that is balancing innovation and growth. The company needs to be more aggressive about creating brand awareness, marketing and moving outside of typical stakeholders and consumers.

    Advice to Management

    Your passion and commitment is apparent and infectious. Employees are looking for longer-term vision and strategy that affords the company to get outside of the core offering and industry application. This is where future growth opporutnity resides.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not What it Was"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + there are some brilliant people in operations
    + great group of developers
    + if you have drive you will be promoted
    + great location and good health benefits
    + 401k match & Bonus system

    Cons

    - too many "old timers" who lack flexibility and vision: from sales to management
    - complete lack of respect for the chain of command
    - only a few departments have solid leadership

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a better management structure in place - The CEO should be working with his senior management team more effectively


  10. "Experiencing Growing Pains"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged. The offer flexible shifts and the opportunity to work from home (for some positions). The bonus system is nice. They prefer to hire from within for the management track and offer a referral bonus program.

    Cons

    Too many fingers in the pot. Senior Management should focus on managing, not day to day operations. The benefits are below average. No 401k match. Pay is slightly below the Denver market for similar jobs.


  11. 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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