Eastman Kodak

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, NY
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, NY

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

Pros

Great 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.

Cons

The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    A formerly great company in decline.

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    Former Employee - Software Applications in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Applications in 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 the bankruptcy and the constant threat of layoffs

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Five years ago things were pretty good. Now it's just getting worse all the time.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in 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 good job security in my part of the company (Document Imaging).
    - Software development feels important despite the size of the company and breadth of products. We're not just slaves tucked away working on internal tools.

    Cons

    - As mentioned above, they switched to a fairly hefty variable pay system in lieu of giving bonuses a few years ago. As part of the chapter 11 filing, they're not paying out any of that variable pay which is a pretty big hit. There's no monetary incentive to perform well anymore.
    - Old fashioned, big Corporate America feel.
    - Slow pace.
    - Terrible tools and development environment.
    - Depressing mood after chapter 11 filing.
    - Impossible to get promoted to higher wage grades, despite several years of great reviews and the fact that I'm below all of my peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up! Modernize this place and lose some of the oppressive Corporate America feeling. Speed up the development process to make it more fun and interesting. Hiring some kids straight out of college would help. Get rid of Perez!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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