Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
385 Reviews
2.9
385 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 28 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 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    project manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    salaries are very competitive - good benefits

    Cons

    possibility that the company will not rebound

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wow, what a huge disappointment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak

    Pros

    Work from home
    Fairly flexible
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Possibly the oldest systems I have ever worked on in my life. I think actually many of the systems were written before the year of my birth (70s). The leadership lies to you and customer. Prior to Kodak announcing the bankruptcy, I had arranged a conference call with a large end user customer along with top leadership to assure them we were NOT filing for bankruptcy. Less than one week later, Chapter 11 was filed. I understood that this wasn't something that should have been shared prematurely, but then why get on the call?!?! Postpone it- push it off, don't bold faced lie to them. The top management are all in bed with each other (literally). The tenure at the company is embarrassing and there are dozens of people retired on the job. So when someone without retirement countdown clock joins the company, they are met with constant resistance to change ANYTHING. Imagine that- the employees are the worst enemy for company success. Stay away from this place; it is a Cancer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RETIRE!!!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    More than 20 years of transition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many great people working here. Time off is good for years of service.

    Cons

    Depending on unit, office culture can be terrible. Training is less than minimal with most training occurring solo on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most issues that are common through out Kodak can be resolved by a strict adherence to our company core values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Not the company you grew up with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are what make Kodak great. Some of the most talented, ethical and caring people I've run into. Plus, there is a pride of belonging to such an iconic brand, and caring for the customers. I suspect that there will be significant hiring in the coming years as the aging workforce retires. The cutting edge work in certain technological areas is exciting.

    Cons

    The company has changed dramatically in the past few years. Gone is pretty much everything that most of us grew up with as Kodak. Now, it is a B2B company focusing primarily on the graphics and functional printing space. It still has the remnants of a big company in terms of culture (bureaucracy, slow) that need to change to make it the employer of choice, and the focus on the employees is not what it once was.

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

    Working with a cutting-edge, only-one-of-its-kind technology in a generally good work environment.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot with many new challenges over the years. Good coworkers.

    Cons

    Tight financial times and recent Chapter 11 have meant no salary growth for several years, while inflation continues. Recent layoffs, with the last round cutting some really essential people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less bean-counting, and more attention to intelligent use of your (intellectual) resources is required. Regarding CEO: too early to tell about the new CEO (glassdoor specifically asked me to rate him), but the previous CEO led us down this rat-hole to Chap. 11 and "guided" us through and out of Chap. 11, and now leaves with millions. You should have handed him his hat years ago.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Digital Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company respects Work Life balance

    Cons

    Limited resources for employee development, which leads to limited opportunities for advancement.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Sinking Ship

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    Current Employee - Image Scientist  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Image Scientist in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Incredible collective knowledge in the company. Coworkers were generally very friendly and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Upper management ran the company into the ground. Morale was always low with poor company performance, layoffs, and lack of raises. Constant exodus of the brightest minds in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None... already missed the boat.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Kodak was a great place to work but there was too much red tape.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Koda was a great work place with great coworkers. I felt respected for what I brought to the table.

    Cons

    There was so much old-school, legacy red tape that it was nearly impossible to get anything done or make significant change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace market changes more quickly and listen more to the talent you've got on your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Film manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits, competitive pay

    Cons

    Declining business, constant downsizes, poor morale,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good people but short sighted vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people I worked with were excellent. They were intelligent, articulate, and cared about others

    Cons

    Management was a little short sighted...hence bankruptcy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek more tangential opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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