Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
378 Reviews
2.9
378 Reviews
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Eastman Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey J. Clarke
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Great experience with a great Company

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    Former Employee - Director of SOX Compliance  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Director of SOX Compliance in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    They look to promote good hard working people and even though they have gone thru major tansitions ion the last few years and during my tenure theyd idnt change the workplace environment

    Cons

    Not very poritable...so job security is a risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a CEO that can be proactive and run the Company like it is in the 21th century

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  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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  5.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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.  

    Its all crumbling down

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

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

    Pros

    Work-Life balance is a plus. Depending on the manager, there are opportunities to work remotely and in this day and age of technology, working remotely is a viable option that many companies haven't embraced yet.

    Cons

    What was once the film giant and the main employer for Rochester NY is now just a shell of what it once was. Poor management and a lack of vision for the future has left the company struggling to survive and too many former employees looking for work. There is very little job security as most of my colleagues are looking for other opportunities or waiting for the hammer to come down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great family oriented company

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great talent. Laid back culture

    Cons

    Company culture declined when film declined

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Review for Dayton, OH facility

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Management in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    Excellent people, communication and vision within Dayton, OH facility. Departments worked well together to achieve site specific goals. Culture was excellent at one point, but has dramatically decreased with the involvement of corporate mandates.

    Cons

    Corporate bureaucracy; performing non-value added activities due to outdated corporate policies; making decisions "across the board" instead of business unit specific. Leadership within the Dayton facility was excellent until corporate brought in management from other business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and start eliminating non-value added activities. Do not continue to perform tasks because "that's the way we've always done it."

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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