Lexmark
3.1 of 5 76 reviews
www.lexmark.com Lexington, KY 5000+ Employees

Lexmark Reviews

Updated Jun 29, 2014
Lexmark – Boulder – “Lexmark in Boulder, CO”

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3.1 76 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Lexmark President, CEO, and Director Paul A. Rooke

Paul A. Rooke

(37 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great Work Life Balance and exposure to cross-country experience"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Cost of living is great, entertainment and social scene is booming"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Very few A players in middle to upper management and this trickles down"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Work environment was too noisy, though I think the company offers alternative options to "open" workspaces"
    in 3 reviews
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    Focused and smart.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsAggressive profit-driven culture. Experienced global sales force. Follows best practices with a laser-focus.

    ConsNot a place for work-life balance seekers. Limited advancement without long-tenure with firm. (You will need to put in at least eight years service before you are in the queue for advancement.)

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpand on embracing new technology by incorporating more remote working opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good job in an industry that seems to be fading for mechanical engineers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits and the hours are very good for the city of Lexington. Flexible time off and plenty of technology to work on.

    ConsNot a good long term career choice for new product development. The company is planning on smaller development budgets every year

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

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    Terrible for mechanical engineers, but probably great for software folks

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Lexington-Fayette, KY

    Pros-Flexible work schedule
    -Unlimited vacation
    -Three paid volunteer time off days per year
    -Laid back environment- everyone wears jeans
    -Excellent coworkers
    -A lot of cool stuff in house (acoustics chamber, EMC chamber, environmentally controlled chambers, etc)

    Cons-Mechanical engineers are over burdened
    -Lay offs every year and people are not back filled
    -Lack of opportunity for advancement
    -Declining market

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop caressing the software folks so much and pay attention to the engineers that make the bulk of your salary.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The only way to seceded is to either be a minority or become good friends with management.

    Tool Maker (Current Employee)
    Lexington-Fayette, KY

    ProsIt is very laid back.

    ConsIt is hard to be promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop wasting money on everything other than your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cordial and friendly relationships, challenging work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lexington, KY

    ProsPeople are generally good-hearted and cordial.

    ConsEver-increasing work-loads and at times a short term focus. Little to no preparation prior to meetings and as a result never-ending meetings. Very inconsistent time discipline - because of back-to-back meetings and culture, meetings may or may not start on time and milestones may or may not be met.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average

    Manufacturing Operator (Current Employee)
    Boulder, CO

    ProsHard Workers, lots to do

    Conspay was below average for area

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Single minded, top-down hierarchical management limits advancement and long term company growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Lexington-Fayette, KY

    ProsThe workforce is full of smart people ready and willing to do what they are told; since the company culture is reactive to issues rather than proactive to prevent them, the collective intelligence of the business is mostly (and effectively) used to put out fires.

    ConsThe business is run solely by upper management echelons, and frequently by gut decisions based on arcane experience and desired financial goals rather than by current business facts such as operational metrics, customer behaviors, and actual financial results. As a result, the business frequently finds itself outplayed by its competitors and relies on a customer base that is loyal based solely on rock bottom pricing. The hierarchical top down approach practiced by upper management limits the voicing of dissent and exploration of new opportunities. It also slows down the path to promotion, limits learning by lower level employees, repeats past failures, denies knowledge transfer, and gives kudos solely to those that blindly follow top-level directives and are most vocally in support of them, perpetuating the issues long term.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust the intelligence and experience of the employee base to make decisions on their own, even if some of these result in outright failure. Continuing to run the business without any real form of delegation will ultimately result in complete business failure as old customers wane and new customers avoid engagement.

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

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    Top heavy and short sighted.

    R&D Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Lexington-Fayette, KY

    ProsThe people in my area, R&D, are generally good to work with.
    Good for work-life balance.

    ConsToo many layers of manegment. Lack of trust and empowerment. Decisions are short-sighted and often quarter-to-quarter. So-called merit raises dont even match inflation when one is rated in top 10%. Lots of people leaving for more pay and benefits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementR&D is not like adminitration. Once your talent base loses critical mass, it takes many years to rebuild the lost knowledge base. Lexmark is swiftly failing in this regard.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Room for Improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI was able to work from home

    ConsNo growth opportunity, unless you live in Lexington, KY

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpect more and you'll get more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    goods people

    Sales (Former Employee)
    San Juan, PR

    Prosgood pay And very benefits

    Conspoor sales & strategies organization

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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