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Eastman Kodak Photos
I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than 10 years)
People are still dedicated although nothing goes for them. Once upon a time, Creo was a very progressive and successful Canadian company where employees used to have a strong technical background and very good education. Now here and there you could see some of the employees trying to keep the Creoite culture in place and stop the corporation-old dinosaur Kodak culture at bay.
Working for the company for 16 years. Started at Creo, continued with Creo-Sitex and then Kodak. Kodak destroyed R&D in Burnaby. Three waves of management (and their cliques) came and went within two years. Huge void of people with technical and people skills and education. Most excellent employees left the job on their own looking for greener pastures while whoever stayed is being laid off by a handful of managers who play Rochester, NY's cards with disregard of any common sense, employees well being or technical acumen. Employees are overworked, stressed to max, underpaid and totally mistreated by managers who were appointed by upper echelons and who are demonstrating their lack of knowledge and people skills but showing their big egos. Newly hired employees are not committed to the company but are paid way better than loyal employees with better knowledge, product understanding and dedication. The HR Department is almost nonexistent and not represented by knowledgeable members. Complaining unhappy people are listened to in a charade-type meeting but targeted by managers for lay offs, not taken seriously, and bullied. The culture is only for "Yes Man" people. Initiative, outspokenness, back bone, educational, emotional and spiritual verticality have no place in Kodak-Burnaby. Managers are the ones bullying and people are extremely afraid to speak up, fearing the loss of their job during a bad economy period of time. No bonuses, no salary increases for many, many years, benefits lessening in time, no more flexibility. Hemorrhaging money left and right due to managerial incompetence. Nobody is accountable for anything and only the little-(wo)men, on low paid jobs, are the ones paying the price. People getting sick and repeated, long periods of disability leave. Old equipment, no money to update. Managers' friends sleep in the First Aid Room or at the plotting machines while others overtake jobs that initially were performed by 3-4 people. Long time to implement product improvements and no remorse when the competition is getting ahead with new ideas that are still in the process of discussing at Kodak. If you want to work and be paid, contribute and be acknowledged, feel like in a family and stress free, look somewhere else to work, not at Kodak-Burnaby.
Advice to Management
The new CEO should shake up the clique in power in Burnaby, promote competent employees and good leaders.