Imation Reviews

Updated April 22, 2014
Updated April 22, 2014
41 Reviews
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Imation President, CEO, and Director Mark E. Lucas
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  1.  

    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 for 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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    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 for 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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Lots of opportunity for amazing experience.

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Oakdale, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Oakdale, MN

    I have been working at Imation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Dynamic changing environment, opportunity for change and adding value is near constant. Great place to work if you enjoy change, making a difference and gaining a wealth of experience.

    Cons

    Pay is consistently under market, too many directors/executives, management is over compensated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate those employees you wouldn't want to leave appropriately with market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Up and down

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imation full-time

    Pros

    Salary and benefits, good PTO time

    Cons

    Management keeps changing strategies and buying worthless companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company in a state of confusion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great mid-level management team - although many have left. At the time great technology - although most has been sold off.

    Cons

    They are in a mad scramble to figure out how to make money other than optical disks and tape. They buy a company, try to integrate it, fail, and then buy another. No commitment to the technologies, no direction, no understanding of the industry they are trying to penetrate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the CEO - he is way over his head.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bleeding Out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Imation

    Pros

    Great pay and very flexible

    Cons

    Financial situation isn't getting better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    IronKey Division: Low morale, high management turnover, no clear vision

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Campbell, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Campbell, CA

    I worked at Imation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    IronKey is a good product and the parent company has been around a long time. The company culture is ok.

    Cons

    Zero communication about product launches, comp structure, expected quota. Very high management turn over. Very low morale among employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a clear roadmap with solid communication of company goals/strategies and stick with it for more than a few months

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    down the drain

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Oakdale, MN
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Oakdale, MN

    I worked at Imation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is nothing to mention.

    Cons

    The company is in shutdown mode. If you are looking for a long-term career DO NOT work here. Layoffs are happening every month, and people who haven't been cut are actively looking for employment elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current CEO has driven Imation into the ground. Any advice he was offered he wouldn't understand. The CFO has been in over his head for years and is just biding his time until he can start drawing on his 3M pension.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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