Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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Eastman Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey J. Clarke
Jeffrey J. Clarke
35 Ratings

Pros
  • Company respects Work Life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • good people, interesting work, flexibility (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Less than one week later, Chapter 11 was filed (in 20 reviews)

  • Very poor upper management that made Kodak fall apart (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Great company with Great People but Rode the Digital Wave Much Too Late

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Designer/Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Designer/Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - flexible workdays + work from home allowed (~1 - 2x/week) - good transparency: Kodak always communicated with employees in regards to the ups and downs of the company - creativity was enforced and fostered - intelligent, well-tenured and all around nice coworkers - overall, paid well/competitively + reasonable annual bonuses - trust in their employees to try something new, take the lead on a program and present to C-level executives.

    Cons

    - constant annual layoffs and closing of divisions - as people would get laid off, other (sometimes) less-qualified people would have to assume their roles while not being an expert in that specific field.

    Advice to Management

    - Embrace new technologies - After conducting layoffs, try not to make people assume those empty roles while they still have to perform their original job/position.


  2. Channel Manager

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    Former Employee - Channel Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Channel Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative solutions, outstanding resources, great team, great manager, excellent benefits, excellent compensation package, plenty of challenges and rewards.

    Cons

    Very limited business growth potential within the traditional vertical markets served. Task at hand was primarily focused on cost-effectively managing a declining business. The age of the I-Pad and I-Phone accelerated the decline of printed content and imaging.


  3. Field Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Riverside, IL
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Riverside, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, competitive pay, given all the tools needed to successfully do the job. Fellow employees are good people you can count on when things get tough.

    Cons

    Upper management had no vision for the future of the business and as a result they lost out to innovation from their competitors. Company was very slow in reacting to change in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Its too late now - the damage is done. The Kodak brand is dead and will soon be obsolete.


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  5. I hate giving them such a low rating!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Eastman Kodak (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A promising young print technology and fascinating high tech product line which uses it. My former coworkers are an exceptionally strong staff of high performers - a side effect of the Con below - who collaborate willingly to contribute to the organization's and their customers' success. There is plenty of work to be done should they be in a position to expand their staffing.

    Cons

    A series of staff cutbacks over several years and through a (completed) bankruptcy have begun to cost them some of their strongest performers and most clear-visioned leaders, both voluntarily and through mandatory reductions.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more realistic understanding of how complicated it is to turn a new technology into reliable products and bring them to the marketplace. Nurture the bridge products that keep the business going. Value the input of the experts in the markets of companies you have acquired over your own preconceptions of how to best merge organizations. Continue to treat your people with respect even in the layoff process; I truly appreciate the way you handle that part of things.


  6. Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of new innovation at the time.

    Cons

    Go to market strategies lacked sense of urgency.

    Advice to Management

    Seek more feedback from employees


  7. Production Worker Review (Kettering, OH location)

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kettering, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kettering, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Physically clean work environment on production floor.

    Cons

    Too much backstabbing and lack of caring about veteran workers' salaries versus those of newer employees

    Advice to Management

    Need to be part of the solution, not part of the problem!


  8. Great company to work for at that time

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Regional Account Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, solid product to sell

    Cons

    Reduction in knowledge base of support structure (ie: engineers and product managers) made it difficult in the end.

    Advice to Management

    To help re-gain market share, you need experienced engineers and product managers.


  9. Helpful (1)

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

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of resources available to do the job

    Cons

    Too many to list. Not enough space here to write it all


  10. Helpful (1)

    Sales Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time

    Pros

    Phenomenal quality people. Good pay & benefits.

    Cons

    Subsegment of culture arrogantly engages with customers from legacy mindset when Kodak had strong brand equity. At times, hard for street realities & feedback to reach mgmt & see corresponding changes.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback from sales, the field should be king. We are closest to the voice of the customer. Continue to fix internal infrastructure issues.


  11. Engeneer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    good pay but unfair scale

    Cons

    miss management no ethic bad justment,

    Advice to Management

    be fair



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