Eastman Kodak

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Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
397 Reviews
2.7
397 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-Life balance, benefits, salaries, were excellent in the R&D departments (in 29 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.  

    Solid crew, sad environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    At Kodak I had great co-workers and was paid well especially given the low cost of living in Rochester. I found it to have a supportive environment for new employees.

    Cons

    The company was in disarray and was laying off people right and left making the work environment very stressful. I also found living in Rochester to be challenging, preferring bigger, more economically stable cities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the work environment less dismal.

  2.  

    Behind the times

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit in Norwalk, CT
    Former Employee - Credit in Norwalk, CT

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, benefits and salary are competitive, good perks, good work/life balance. A team oriented environment, you can count on your co-workers.

    Cons

    Always seem to be a step behind on the technology train. Communication is not a priority and can lead to mistrust of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue! Stop the bureaucratic red tape! You don't need a process to write a process. Focus on what you have in front of you and trust your employees to make the right decisions.

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

    Lacking any concrete, long term goals

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
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  5.  

    Working at Kodak

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    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
  6.  

    Barely Surviving

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7.  

    Once a good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Interesting things to work on if you are in the right area

    Cons

    Too many cuts have gutted company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better and try to regain trust in the work place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Best people to work with, too bad company is failing.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, generous salaries and benefits, decent work.

    Cons

    Failing company due to decades of selfish and narrow sighted management. Aging workforce. average age of employees has got to be in the upper 40s lower 50s. Nothing to draw in new blood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Is Eastman Kodak tied to any of its heritage?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work here is learn about the need for change. You can't sit around trying to battle the Fuji film company for market share in film. Kodak has embraced and moved on to commercial digital printing.

    Cons

    One of the challenges here, is the legacy people still have the film based knowledge. It doesn't help with the new direction. Kodak had to let many people go and hire many new people or companies that aligned to their new direction. Now you need to create a new culture from a diverse group of people and companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a new CEO who is very energetic to make a long lasting company. It will be critical to innovate and invest in the next big thing. I hope that is a priority and it won't get squelched as you fight for short term profitability.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Things are getting worse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Still paying well for those still employed

    Cons

    With profit in the red for several quarter, even after coming out Chap. 11, most people are concerned of being laid off soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is concerned for their own jobs, and little information is given out on the future of everyone's jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lost Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Great technologies and people. Numerous opportunities provided over 20+ year career.

    Cons

    Unable to capitalize on developed technologies; poor senior management resulting in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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