Eastman Kodak

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Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
409 Reviews
2.8
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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.  

    Is there a future at Kodak?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    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
  2.  

    A once great company struggling to recreate itself.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Rochester, NY

    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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Dayton, OH

    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
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  5.  

    Lacking any concrete, long term goals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Generally good natured, positive people throughout.

    Cons

    No raises, bankruptcy, your boss changed every 3 months, always looking over your shoulder due to massive layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want to do and stick to it. You own a zillion patents and have one of the top brand names in the world. Shouldn't be that tough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Kodak

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great working people that want to do a good job. The folks I worked with did a fine job trying to make things work. Saving pennies anywhere they could.

    Cons

    Poor upper management decisions have drive this company into bankruptcy, out of bankruptcy and appearing to be heading back that way. Only way to make ends meet is to downsize again, again and again. Be careful if you want to work here. The marketing side needs to be overhauled to be able to be competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together sometime!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Barely Surviving

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is great technology in some areas of the company.

    Cons

    Tribalism, scarcity of resources, and lack of revenue are all contributing to a twisted sort of "Lord of the Flies" syndrome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a vacuum of real leadership across the major structural pillars of the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be a reference

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Some intelligent people who still are around, mostly engineers and scientists, much fewer managers

    Cons

    No real & proven ability to even articulate let alone deliver on a strategy from Executive Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the few remaining good people at Kodak

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Still selling buggywhips for horses in the 21st century

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastman Kodak

    Pros

    Name brand recognition of products and logo

    Cons

    Nursing home culture, old world management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give it up

  10.  

    bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    nice place to raise a family

    Cons

    not much opportunity to move forward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the compensation of the top brass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Wow, what a huge disappointment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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