Lexmark

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Lexmark Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
87 Reviews
3.3
87 Reviews
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Lexmark President, CEO, and Director Paul A. Rooke
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Work Life Balance and exposure to cross-country experience (in 15 reviews)

  • Compensation is good when you consider that the area's cost of living is lower than the national average (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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  1.  

    An awesome growth opportunity for someone right out of college.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington, KY

    I have been working at Lexmark full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Competent team members. New opportunities to grow and learn. New challenges were regularly presented. Innovation was valued and the strategy seems to be heading the company in the right direction.

    Cons

    Work load. Lack of control over lateral or intra-business career movement. Overall, the work was challenging and kept me engaged.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work there only if you need the money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lexmark full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Pay is very good for the region of the country, they benchmark themselves against other tech companies that are frequently in higher cost-of-living locations
    - There are some very bright people working there but they are generally not in management

    Cons

    - Promotions are based upon political skill rather than technical prowess
    - They really don't care about their employees, they continue to employ a large share of contractors for years on end. Full-time regular employees complained about this for years and management continues to do nothing.
    - This is a techno company and marketing is an afterthought. If you're going into marketing expect to be a second-class citizen.
    - Continual downsizing events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees and take a good look at who you're promoting and why. Look at marketing at least as an equal to the technical side.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lexmark treated me OK

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    Former Employee - Model Maker in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Model Maker in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Lexmark full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Laid Back, and unlimited vacation

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted, vary small raises if you get one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work was OK, some managers not

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lexmark

    Pros

    I liked the challenges and the colleagues

    Cons

    Some managers were not caring and there was no advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the care of your employees

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Deeply unmotivating workplace, very out-of-touch management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lexmark full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you need this job, either for money or experience, then take it, but don't stay too long. There are a lot of people at Lexmark to learn from. I was shocked by the number of very knowledgeable, very intelligent people.

    Cons

    The company's future is very uncertain. Not a lot of diversity. Lots of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What makes us feel good about work? It's not just about the money. Most people at Lexmark are unmotivated. Once highly energetic people that took pride in their work, get sick to their stomach after their work goes to waste. They start coming in to work late, leaving early, taking very long lunch breaks. Some recover, at least in parts. A lot of them don't, and they either end up dragging the whole place down, or leaving. Oftentimes, these people uproot their comfortable lives in Lexington and leave for the promise of more job satisfaction on the West Coast. My advice to management? Create meaning for your employees and they will be happier and more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A Good Place to Start, but not a good place for a career

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    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in Lexington, KY

    I worked at Lexmark full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours
    Opportunities to learn
    Decent pay, time off, and benefits

    Cons

    Only care about getting products out quickly, even if there are bugs or other issues.
    Management out of touch
    Treat contractors like 3rd class citizens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to understand contractor concerns, treat them like people and not office furniture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company with a legacy from IBM of treating employees with respect

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Lexmark full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent compensation because they set their against Silicon Valley and other high tech companies. Great city: friendly people, great weather, beautiful countryside.

    Cons

    Trying to move away from the printer hardware & supplies model to software & services. CEO's value engineers over sales & marketing; former CEO Paul Curlander ( MIT Ph.D. in Electrical) & current CEO Paul Rooke (Bach Mechanical Michigan).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire engineers like you fire sales & marketing for poor performance. An engineering manager blew 2 printer development projects and was allowed to stay!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lexmark

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not a good long term career choice for new product development. The company is planning on smaller development budgets every year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible for mechanical engineers, but probably great for software folks

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Lexmark full-time (more than 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Tool Maker in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Tool Maker in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Lexmark full-time

    Pros

    It is very laid back.

    Cons

    It is hard to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting money on everything other than your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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