Eastman Kodak

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Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated 14 December 2014
Updated 14 December 2014
404 Reviews
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404 Reviews
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Eastman Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey J. Clarke
Jeffrey J. Clarke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-Life balance, benefits, salaries, were excellent in the R&D departments (in 30 reviews)

  • Excellent managers who had a vested interest in developing good people (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Unable to capitalize on developed technologies; poor senior management resulting in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper management is absolutely blind to any holes in their strategy (in 19 reviews)

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  1.  

    Ok place to work, great work colleagues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Intersate travel, Intermediate management OK great friendships,

    Cons

    Upper level management unresponsive, dirrectionless,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Kodak is being reorganized to drive needed operational and cultural changes. Should really help.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and technology, respectful culture, fast paced turnaround environment under new leadership.

    Cons

    Still too much complexity in some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep driving the changes needed for Kodak to be a faster moving company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Company under pressure to revive itself.

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Rochester, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Rochester, NY (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mid-sized city with very good public schools in suburbs. Family oriented. Work-life balance,
    Was a very diverse company with great opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    Lot of wrong strategic decisions that burn up cash. Sold profitable businesses to support unrealistic new ventures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great gone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Rochester, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Rochester, NY (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Afforded good opportunities most of career

    Cons

    Some key leadership prioritized personal incentives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Is there a future at Kodak?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak

    Pros

    Has exceptional technology and long-service employees committed to the business

    Cons

    Employee moral is very low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A once great company struggling to recreate itself.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Rochester, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Rochester, NY (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people at this company are the best reason to work there. They are smart, productive and friendly. The compensation package is good. The company values are honesty and integrity and usually maintained. People who want to advance can usually find a path.

    Cons

    There is one major con. The company is shrinking in employees. There are constant reductions and reorganizations. Budgets are tight and spending cash is tightly controlled with multiple levels of required. The systems in place were designed for a working populations of tens of thousands and there are only thousands left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to streamline the systems. Hold program directors responsible for not meeting their goals. The marketing group needs to sell equipment, not give it away in hopes that the customer will eventually buy it. If they actually spoke to the individual contributors (engineers, assembly, purchasing, etc) They would be much farther ahead than just looking at plans provide the program directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    It is what it is. Antonio Perez said that so many times in a town hall meeting after announcing bankruptcy.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Dayton, OH (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Don't have to clock in. Flexible breaks. Paycheck. Air conditioned.

    Cons

    More lay offs again. No 401k match. No college reimbersments. No shoe allowance. No clothes allowance. No flex time. No pay increase. No bonuses. All gone. What a great place this was 17 years ago. Upper management took all the small perks away and put it right in their pockets. Management pretends that any monkey can do a job in manufacturing and have said so publicly and doesn't know the skills required. Some jobs require a skill that most can not do and if one is good at this job you are stuck. Contractors get more money for certain jobs but once you are employed you get the same. No more pay. Stuck at it for years. I've seen so many co workers try and move up in the organization but get laid off soon after. One engineer just a few months ago moved to R N D and now is out of a job as of last week. He has been with the company over 17 years. Why post a job if they don't need it? Seems like they are not proactive at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue who is doing the work. Get rid of those who don't. Procedures that are out dated and engineers do not allow for change or new ideas to be brought forth. God forbid we change. New management all the time. How does a supervisor do a performance review when they don't even know the employees. I asked my new supervisor the same question and she said I just go on previous years reviews. I've had four supervisors since 2009. They had no expierence how to do any of the jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Company that put too much bottomline matters over pushing technology enabling and nurturing people to do their best work

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a strong desire to assemble a strong and passionate group of employee especially when there is a renewed focus on differentiating in the digital industry after going through very rough patches reinventing and reimagineering a very culturally endowed company. There are deep passion in making an impact as part of the turnaround effort for Eastman Kodak to stay relevant and competitive in the digital imaging industry. There are certainly stretches of successes in doing that when there are deep believe that the success is around the corner

    Cons

    While there are focus on making things happen in the company, there are occasions when the management is over burdened with operational aspects of things without giving sufficient trust over to the intensely passionate group of engineering teams. The is too much overlooking the shoulders of the team to provide the empowerment needed for success to flourish. There is nit picking on the details that risk and sometime is actually stifling creative energy of the team. Instead of nurturing creative work, the scrutiny and paying attention to unnecessary bottomline aspects of the work activities, changes the dynamics of the outcome. Reminds people of the phrase "penny wise pound foolish"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people that has invested their work in the company and unleash the potential that has a long runway for success. For an iconic company with some much history, it is a pain to see it languish in this state

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Solid crew, sad environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Rochester, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Rochester, NY (US)

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    At Kodak I had great co-workers and was paid well especially given the low cost of living in Rochester. I found it to have a supportive environment for new employees.

    Cons

    The company was in disarray and was laying off people right and left making the work environment very stressful. I also found living in Rochester to be challenging, preferring bigger, more economically stable cities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the work environment less dismal.

  11.  

    Behind the times

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    Former Employee - Credit in Norwalk, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Credit in Norwalk, CT (US)

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, benefits and salary are competitive, good perks, good work/life balance. A team oriented environment, you can count on your co-workers.

    Cons

    Always seem to be a step behind on the technology train. Communication is not a priority and can lead to mistrust of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue! Stop the bureaucratic red tape! You don't need a process to write a process. Focus on what you have in front of you and trust your employees to make the right decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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