Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
380 Reviews
2.9
380 Reviews
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Eastman Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey J. Clarke
Jeffrey J. Clarke
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance, benefits, salaries, were excellent in the R&D departments (in 27 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Atmosphere was not very good after going in to Chapter 11 in 2012 (in 18 reviews)

  • Upper management is absolutely blind to any holes in their strategy (in 18 reviews)

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    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.  

    Good long carrer while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Site Controller  in  Windsor, CO
    Former Employee - Site Controller in Windsor, CO

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

    Pros

    Lots of experience with different business units

    Cons

    Company failure to adapt to digital age. Bankruptcy.

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

    Business Downsizing

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    Former Employee - Manager of Industrial Design  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Manager of Industrial Design in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Work variety (different types of products) and a corporate commitment to significantly improve the overall use experience through extensive user testing, observation and prototyping.

    Cons

    The decline in personal photographic products market (that are not smart phones) resulted in a significant downsizing of our internal department. The company shifted from and internal business structure to a private branding model..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It started out as a great company...but over the years has dropped badly

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Your coworkers were the best, until they started all yearly downsizing's in the early 2000's. Early on there was a lot of places to move and grow your career.

    Cons

    After the yearly downsizing's started then it was always looking over your shoulder and wondering if you were going to be the next one to be "impacted". A sense of relief and you could work for another year and then be told the financials were bad and then they would have to cut some more jobs. It just got so disheartening. And then after they had layed off someone you had to take on the extra work with no help. And all the goodbye lunches were so sad.

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

    A once great company, now struggling to find its way.

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning and growth opportunities in technical and leadership arenas. Fantastic portfolio of technology and IP. Outstanding skill, talent and competency in the workforce.

    Cons

    Lack of a solid and shared future vision. Lack of job security due to continuous downsizing. Employee and retiree benefits eroding. Future is uncertain, and morale took a huge hit over past years prior to and through bankruptcy. A once great company, fallen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to listen to and utilize the insights and talent of your people. Learn to support innovation and take calculated risks. Create a viable vision for the future. Confidently challenge your higher-ups when you ought to, as there is no safety in being a yes-person.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Company ethics

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Good compnay to work with. Good technology, culture, people and environment

    Cons

    company went bankrupt due to mismanagement by the top managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider having moal vaues when you start working for the company like Kodak

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    R&D technician

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    Former Employee - Research Technician  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Rochester is a great community of diverse people. Kodak has a renewed energy about itself and the future and it is starting to be reflected in the employees

    Cons

    Projects can still be cancelled with little or no warning and new projects are very competitive to get into. Seniority is no longer a means unto itself. Things are always changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a strategic plan for the future

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

    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
  10.  

    The co-workers and benefits made Kodak an exceptional place to work.

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    Former Employee - Patent Analyst  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Patent Analyst in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Work-Life balance, benefits, salaries, were excellent in the R&D departments.

    Cons

    Uncertain future for the company's business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think beyond established industries, such as printing and even touch screens.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Struggling in business transformation, this also means opportunities and uncertainties.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Stamford, CT

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

    Pros

    Good health benefit and unemployment packages. Good working environment.

    Cons

    Always in Re-Organization. Changed reporting managers almost every half year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilities of management and future goal should be clear for all the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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