Group Director, Retail Brand Development (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – January 23, 2018
Difficult environment now with a lack of growth for a number of years and no well defined consistent growth/innovation strategy. Private Equity owned so they are sacrificing investment for the future for short term cash to pay off debt.
IT Specialist (Current Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – February 17, 2018
challenging work environment. Difficult to know what's important to management at any given time, and priorities change rapidly. Very high turnover in some areas of the corporation--not a good sign at all.
Manger on Duty (Former Employee) – St Petersburg Beach, FL – February 7, 2018
Upper Management constantly contacts you after hours and expect you to answer the phone when your off. Managers have been hired that do not understand the technology they manage. This company consistently had meetings that did not make sense or helped with the project they were working on at the time. There were lot of "buzz words" being thrown around and stagnate projects. This company isn't going anywhere were fast. If you want to be underpaid and overworked, this may be the place for you. I've worked for Fortune 500 Companies and this one does not operate like one. Cursing at the workplace in unacceptable and discriminating against employees is bad business practice too.
Company with a lot of potential, hard to see it being wasted away
Management (Current Employee) – San Jose, CA – February 3, 2018
Catalina's need of the hour is to recognize the core strength they have and build on it. Always whining about how much money you have to spend (which seriously is not that much for a company that has existed for so long) and not investing in key people and key areas is going to hurt you.
Also, even with the recent middle management changes and all the churn, not all the right people are in the right places - both in and out of Catalina. Stop hiring more and more VPs and hire actual workers. The company is like "Michelin man" with multiple layers of fat all around.
A lot of intelligent people - lots of changes in company strategy
SENIOR BUSINESS ANALYST (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – December 3, 2017
Catalina Marketing has many intelligent and friendly people. Many times groups collaborate well to accomplish goals. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and supportive.
During my time at Catalina, management changed strategy multiple times. Frequently, this resulted in layoffs and or changes in staff.
It seems like they chase one strategy after another and never give it time to take hold. The result is teams getting halfway through projects and not allowed to finish them before they are assigned to the "next big thing".
The business then has to do work-arounds while being forced to used a half-finished system.
Overall, my co-workers were the best part of the job. They also have an interesting business.
Relaxed atmosphere; supportive co-workers; good pay and benefits
Constantly changing priorities; half finished projects; sometimes lay-offs
Procurement Specialist (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – November 9, 2017
I enjoyed my time working here. I was sad to be laid off. It truly was a company that believed in their employees. They believed in work / life balance. I was very lucky to land a job here and will continue to try and get back in the door if something opens up.
Option to be able to work from home if needed
New management not agreeing with the company vision
As an executive director who travels 30%, there are always three types of typical work days: 1) travel day; 2) office visit day; 3) work from home day. Travel day is always my favorite, it gives me great opportunities to make business impact via direct-client meetings/presentations. It also gives me the most physical exercise from stand-up presentations, walking/running between meeting rooms. Office visit day is where I can get connect with Catalina experts and management teams to learn about newest company tools/solutions, and obtain guidance from leadership team. Work from home day is when I get most of hands-on work done. The cons from working from home is no exercising and no people interactions.
VP (Former Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – September 1, 2017
What was once a great company is now floundering. Institutional knowledge has been replaced with management that knows very little about their business. They have an antiquated infrastructure and no solid plans to move forward or recapturing the market. Debt intensive. Suggest selling the furniture, pens, paper and shutting it down.
Lead SQA Engineer (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – August 6, 2017
The company is struggling to remain relevant, but like many old school corporations they are trying to innovate by acquisition and grabbing at whatever buzzwords that get thrown out and as such the management direction changes often with lots of work being thrown out when the company pivots. The corporation is based in Florida, but has offices around the world. I wouldn’t recommend this as a career move mostly because of the lack of stability.
Account Manager (Current Employee) – Saint Petersburg, FL – June 3, 2017
Company is genuinely committed to work-life balance, but it comes at the expense of salary. Many employee-appreciation events. Company is very top-heavy. Executives seem happy. Many lower-rung employees leave for middle-management roles, then return for executive positions. Leadership is so focused on the ideal, they are out of touch with reality. Too many new programs without support for existing clients, products and systems. Executive leadership loves to hold meetings where very basic ideas and information are coated with a thick layer of corporate jargon. Few actionable insights for the individual. Leaders like to solicit feedback, but have a tendency to respond to complaints with social engineering tactics: misremembering, twisting your words, straw man arguments, ambiguous promises, etc.
Media Specialist (Former Employee) – St. Petersburg, FL – February 17, 2017
New CFO has created a toxic working environment across the company. Cleaning house their first year in office. Tremendous favoritism towards new hires. A huge wall is being built between new hires and existing staff. Things are out of control.
Global Ops (Former Employee) – St Petersburg – February 29, 2016
Continuous improvement is a necessity to support an ever-changing CPG marketing environment. However, continuous improvement and recreating the wheel every six months are two entirely different things. Catalina literally changes it's vision/mission on an annual basis, and the results of that are clear. Inability to hit budgets and regular mass layoffs are now the norm. When I was hired, I was told that budget was only missed once in 15 years. Now, they are going on their third year in a row, and this is combatted by regular layoffs as opposed to innovative or thought-provoking strategies and solutions. I could write a book on the inefficiencies at Catalina, but I value my time too much.
Help Desk Associate (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – February 24, 2016
Worked on calling supermarkets to have them reboot their Catalina Marketing software. This was used when you buy a 2 littler of Coke you would then get a coupon back for a 2 litter of Pepsi. Sometimes the machines that would produce the coupons would break down or need to be reset. Not a lot of customer calling in and mostly was all call outs being made when the reports were ran to see if any of theses machines were running offline.