Employee Review

  1. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    You will be at a disadvantage

    Feb 22, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    If you don't go through the cycle and join directly, it's probably not a bad gig. You can get perks if you're on-site at a client who makes it a priority (food notwithstanding, as food is usually provided by your peers) Exposure to a lot of different technologies Lots of very interesting, very talented people

    Cons

    If you come through the cycle, the contract will be used to management's advantage and not yours. This will be sold to you as if it's for your benefit while they relabel wages/positions to fit their desires. If you aren't one of the chosen ones, your career will be mostly ignored.. but upper management will still be shocked by your desire to leave (It's a combination of both extreme optimism about how much you should love the company and cynicism that you will be loyal to people who are not loyal back) People will talk a big game about fixing the wage issues, but no one will actually do so. (A big pay bump rollout resulted in a $1 per hour increase, and one of the executives gave a presentation on retirement which still had a slide about 401K matching, to which he stuttered with, 'Uh, we don't do that', then skipped it) It's rare to receive much useful advice from mentors who have gone through the cycle because they don't know enough to steer mentees towards meaningful knowledge and even outside hires have the same difficulty

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    Catalyte Response

    Marketing Manager

    We are sorry to hear about your negative experience with Catalyte but appreciate your feedback and thoughts on what we are doing well and where we can continue to improve. Catalyte strives to ensure that each employee experience is one of continuous learning and engagement in an open, relaxed atmosphere. As the company continues to grow there may be changes to process and policy but those changes are made through the lens of our Catalyte culture, careers and our communities. Paige Cox Lisk Chief People Officer

  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    I was skeptical, but it's a good company to work for

    May 20, 2021 - Software Developer I 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The training cycle is intense. I learned more in six months than I did in five years of previous job experience. They really strive to provide a good balance between career and personal life. I have never been encouraged (and have been actively discouraged) from putting in hours on the weekends or evenings even though I work remotely.

    Cons

    Pay is reduced to compensate for free training

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Good for career start

    Apr 19, 2021 - Software Engineer in Milwaukie, OR
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Gets you into the software industry without prior experience. - Gives you lots of experience across multiple companies, beefing up your resume with multiple clients while being employed by one company (Catalyte) - Untracked vacation time for Salaried employees - Pays the majority of healthcare premiums for employees - Since COVID, has become very remote friendly

    Cons

    - Often client engagements don't last more than a year, which can also not be great for a resume - Often salary is a bit below what you could get working for another company - Often get stuck working on Clients that are overbearing and have high expectations and little understanding (and bad culture) - Catalyte culture is not as great as it used to be, partially because of company growth, partially because we're all remote, and partially because Catalyte is increasingly become a talent pipeline for other companies with less incentive to retrain their own employees. - Does not subsidize healthcare premiums for family members - Does not do 401K Matching - Catalyte has become very draconian about their Slack, they do not allow anyone except a select group of admins to create new channels or upload new emojis. They've even disabled the ability to delete one's own messages. Feels like leadership doesn't trust their employees anymore. In comparison, Nike is far bigger than Catalyte but they haven't locked down their slack the way Catalyte has. This contributes to Catalyte's cultural decline.

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