Eastman Kodak

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Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Rochester, NY

ProsGreat benefits, talented workforce. Contrary to popular belief, this company has been at the forefront of many digital technologies. It was one of the leaders in digital still cameras and the PhotoCD program pioneered the display of consumer images on Video and computer devices at high quality from film scans long before such quality was obtainable via digital capture.

ConsThe downfall of much of the pioneering technology is that Kodak never found the right business model to make digital profitable and hence always reverted to it's bread-n-butter Cash Cow - film. This, coupled with an over-funded Research Laboratory possessing an Ivory Tower mentality doomed any significant inroads into consumer digital dominance. Kodak also possesses an arrogant self image as being the World Expert in Image Science. This has perpetuated a "Not Invented Here" attitude allowing many, more nimble, companies to produce cheaper "good enough" products to displace Kodak brands. Bottom line, although Kodak possesses an extraordinarily talented technical workforce, this has never been properly challenged nor held accountable for performance in the marketplace.
Finally, Kodak's hierarchical management structure precludes individual accountability and individual contribution.

Advice to Senior ManagementShed "leadership teams", replace self-appointed title of "Image Science Excellence" and to demonstrate true innovation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A formerly great company in decline.

    Software Applications (Former Employee) Rochester, NY

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time


    Pros: Good pay, excellent benefits many very good people Cons: Highly regimented, huge bureaucracy. The biggest downside however, is… – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Five years ago things were pretty good. Now it's just getting worse all the time.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak


    Pros: - The *base* pay is reasonably good. However, there's a variable pay portion talked about in the cons section. - Great co-workers, friendly atmosphere. - Surprisingly… Cons: - As mentioned above, they switched to a fairly hefty variable pay system in lieu of giving bonuses a few years ago. As part… Advice to Senior Management: Shake things up! Modernize this place and lose some of the oppressive Corporate America feeling. Speed up the development process… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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