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Updated February 6, 2015
Updated February 6, 2015
47 Reviews
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Imation President, CEO, and Director Mark E. Lucas
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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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    Imation once a multibillion dollar company losing ground

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    Former Employee - Architect in Oakdale, MN
    Former Employee - Architect in Oakdale, MN

    I worked at Imation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not much:
    Flexibility,
    Strong Brand (I don't know for how long),
    Learning opportunities

    Cons

    Clueless CEO
    Outsourced IT infrastructure
    Compensation is so-so
    Low motivation from upper management
    Slow decision making
    Redundant staff at some middle, senior level management contributing nothing, not capable of their jobs but have been there in Imation for years/decades
    Long meetings at times leading in no direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the clueless CEO
    Invest in good people and try to keep them, train them, motivate them, improve the pay package

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Top Mgmt out of touch

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Oakdale, MN
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Oakdale, MN

    I worked at Imation

    Pros

    Professional, ethical company with strong mid-west values.

    Cons

    Top management (CEO, Sr. VP's) are not in touch with the market dynamics and realities. The strategic vision is flawed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain a market consultant for the data storage market and look for opportunities to "partner" with industry leaders. Its too late to try and design products to compete. Need to focus on "enabling technology".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Horrible Company and Cultural

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakdale, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakdale, MN

    I have been working at Imation

    Pros

    Great cafeteria and excellent commute

    Cons

    Unprofessional work environment
    No sense of teamwork
    Poor management
    Have no real strategy
    Poor stock market showing
    High turnover
    Do not waste your time with this place!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try being honest and a real leader!

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    Not what I was told it would be..

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imation

    Pros

    Good commute, fun corporate events, great cafeteria

    Cons

    Loud working environment,lots of layoffs, unprofessional staff and micromanaging. People keep quiting by the minute.
    pay is little for all you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees and manage the chaotic work environment.

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    Nice environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Campbell, CA

    I worked at Imation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Not stressful. Flexible work environment. Great people.

    Cons

    Company is retracting fast. Poor business strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell it off in pieces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Hopefully the bad times are over....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakdale, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakdale, MN

    I worked at Imation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and most employees are easy to work with.

    Cons

    Imation is the leader in a dying industry (optical). They tried offsetting those loses by pursuing CE, but failed. Now they are focused once again on storage only in B2B. Overall they do not have any edge over the competition and stopped growing their IP years ago. They need a large scale transformational change to remain a player long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace current management, develop a vision and strategy for the company that will last long term and execute. Stop making decisions to hit targets for the short term at the expense of long term success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imation

    Pros

    Friendly working environment with a flexible schedule to help students that are attending college.

    Cons

    No real direction. Many employees afraid of layoffs and there is not much opportunity for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Fighting through a difficult transition into a new company - rooting for you!

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Oakdale, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Oakdale, MN

    I worked at Imation full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a well defined strategy, and a very hard working team of employees, managers and executives. Inorganic acquisition strategy is the only way forward. Mark Lucas allows acquired companies to decide if they want to integrate or operate as separate units - which is a rarity. Excellent communication and town hall meetings led by Mark and Executive Staff. Everyone is incredibly nice at the company. Management team is knowledgeable and works hard to hear input from employees through different formal and informal communication methods.

    Cons

    Integrating acquisitions has been a challenge - nothing unusual here - similar to any large company acquiring smaller ones. Product Line Management team needs upgrading of talent for directing new product development for complex technologies (e.g. security, cloud storage, etc.). Too much expertise in older technologies and lack of understanding of integrated software and hardware offerings. Causing key executives and managers from acquired companies to leave because junior PLMs are calling the shots but don't have the expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep executing to the plan. Try to think and act more like a small business. Upgrade the PLM team and hold them more accountable for their decisions. Scale back unneeded processes and meetings so that you can make decisions more quickly and timely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Mobile Security team.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imation full-time

    Pros

    Great, leverage-able portfolio of technologies.

    Cons

    No corporate strategy - what's a tech portfolio without a strategy!! Weak corporate leadership. The business rests on tape media without expansion into other areas or other ways to leverage media.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company badly needs new leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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