Imation

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One bad move

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Imation

Pros

Great benefits, some good people, good pay. The company tried to improve but the dysfunction is so deep their efforts were in vane. Direct Managers wanted to improve - and really went out on a limb when issues presented. However, the process stopped there.

Cons

Horrible management, total dysfunction, incredibly frustrating. Unclear expectations, bonus goals drove annual plans, and created unrealistic expectations for employees. No communication within departments. No support system. Lots of negativity. Promotions of people who were not qualified. No training. No support. Lots of hires and layoffs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Company leadership needs a complete overhaul. Good people have come and gone and you missed out on the opportunity to make a difference. Titanic?

Doesn't Recommend
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    Company enduring serious decline and constant change.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imation

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good. Paid time off is good and taking that time is encouraged by human resources, if not necessarily by your direct manager. Many of the employees are very easy to work with.

    Cons

    The company grew on a strong portfolio of recordable media (CDs, DVDs, magnetic tape, etc). Today, that business is rapidly declining. They are trying to mitigate their losses and please shareholders by moving into consumer electronics. Over the past few years Imation has acquired several brands with an eye toward becoming a brand management company in the CE space.

    The problem is that with few exceptions no one in the organization has any idea how to run a CE company. This is prevalent throughout as sales, product development, and logistics have struggled mightily to transition to the breakneck speed of CE from the media which moves much more slowly. They have hired a lot of marketing staff to effect change, but with the other departments being ill-equipped that has had no effect. The net result is that there is a lot of planning taking place, but none of it is resulting in improved sales as the company continues to lose shelf space and market share in CE.

    There are frequent organizational changes at the executive level which is creating turmoil. One day the executive in charge will hire an upper level manager to run a division of the company. That manager in turn restructures his area of responsibility and performs layoffs within the department. Three months later that executive will no longer be in charge, and the process will repeat itself.

    The discretion with which changes are made also leaves a lot to be desired. The company posts job openings for positions that are currently occupied, and/or "eliminates" a position only to post that same position on the company site and other hiring sites. Many of the employees are just waiting for their name to come up on the next list of "eliminated" positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there is a plan for the direction the company is headed in, share it with the employees.

    If everyone knows what the near term and long term goals of the company are, they can evaluate whether they can help execute the plan or not. It will become immediately clear that there are areas where you do not have people qualified to guide the company through those changes and that can be addressed accordingly.

    It is time to set diplomacy and politics aside, admit that mistakes have been made along the way, and rectify those mistakes. Ignoring that the company is being mismanaged today will only deepen the problems and lengthen the amount of time needed to correct them.

    I have chosen N/A as my approval rating for the way Frank Russomanno is running the company, because right now, he isn't running the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Imation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imation

    Pros

    Great culture and had many opportunities to develop skills.

    Cons

    Not many career growth opportunities within Company

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