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Lexmark Reviews

Updated January 10, 2015
Updated January 10, 2015
90 Reviews
3.2
90 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.  

    Great Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    Great people. Good benefits. Fair salaries.

    Cons

    Took them a while to realize that paper printing was dwindling. Appears that they have now found other areas in which to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked as Systems Engineer with cloud solutions

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

    I have been working at Lexmark as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    One of the larger Tech employers in Central KY but that is changing. Central KY is a great place to live. Cost of living is great, entertainment and social scene is booming. They have nice cafeterias and such for the employees and the time is flexible. This company has the money to turn the corner and grow. While I was there I worked with some top notch talent.

    Cons

    Poor management stifles innovation. The printer market is dying and these guys were never a major player in the printer business, so the long term outlook is poor. The current management from top down does not appear to be able to work together. Top talent is leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current management is not going to listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good potential for career opportunities as company seeks to expand its market.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Lexmark full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Promotes a nice life work balance. Compensation is good when you consider that the area's cost of living is lower than the national average.

    Cons

    Some departments allow employees to work occasionally from home, while others don't.There also could be a stronger cross functional approach to delivering on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like management's innovative vision for the company--keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate strategy in transition

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 10 years)

    Pros

    +Lexington is a great place to raise a family
    +Interesting engineering work

    Cons

    -Corporate focus is shifting from hardware centric focus to solutions and software services (Great if you are a software developer, but more uncertain if in hardware development)
    -Hardware engineering development's dominate culture tends toward "Command and Control"; that being stated, there are targeted efforts to shift to culture toward innovation and collaboration

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Best not to hop aboard a sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    - Really, really nice people working there
    - Probably one of the few places in Central Kentucky that can provide stable employment for professionals, especially in technology
    - Good benefits
    - Not bad salary
    - Sharp, highly professional employees

    Cons

    - A huge chunk (maybe even a majority) of the technical jobs are really "temporary" contractors who are employees in all but name. These contractors are often there for years and years before becoming "permanent" employees. A contractor will receive no promotions, and lousy benefits through the contracting company. Many of these people are promised they will get "real" jobs shortly, but that is just to keep them from quitting. These promises are often made for years.
    - Managers are usually completely out of touch. They spend all day in meetings. The "team leaders" are the real first level bosses. Higher managers never speak to someone too far down or up the totem pole.
    - Promotions are based on the department you work in (firmware and color science good, software and hardware bad, for example), or how well you fit into the magic scheme of aa
    - As someone else has said, the firmware group views people in other technical groups as no better than slime
    - Let's face it: the company probably can't last in its current size for too many years. The printer business is slowly dying, and Lexmark isn't the best player in the market by a long shot. It's best just to stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out an mingle with real people.
    Hire these contractors as real employees. The practice is shameful, and only encourages good people to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lexmark

    Pros

    Great flexibility, fair compensation, great people.

    Cons

    No cons to working at Lexmark.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meh

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software/Firmware Engineer Intern in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Software/Firmware Engineer Intern in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Lexmark full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work was not impossible to complete nor too demanding, and there is a lot of freedom to get the work done.

    Cons

    Work environment was too noisy, though I think the company offers alternative options to "open" workspaces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great job, fun work. Clueless upper management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Lexmark full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Challenging technical work. Most other engineers are talented and passionate about what they are doing.

    Cons

    Upper management has transformed the company into a rudderless mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management incentive system is completely broken. Too many in upper management have competing incentives that lead to too many broken processes and systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    good place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    a quiet place, good opportunity and challenge

    Cons

    products is facing dramatic falling demand

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    You won't love working at Lexmark, but there is a chance that you won't hate it

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lexington, KY

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

    Pros

    Great cost-of-living in Lexington, KY, which is a beautiful city (horses, bourbon, and basketball!). Great pay considering such low cost-of-living. With the right manager, work hours can be very flexible. A good first-line manager can make make your daily job something you enjoy. Lots of very good, likable people to work around. Benefits are above average (health, 401K).

    Cons

    Lots of big corporation politics. Not all first-line managers are very good and a bad one will make your daily job miserable. Very few A players in middle to upper management and this trickles down. Management communication is horrible with misinformation and inability to clearly communicate the vision. Decision making is by committee so, everything is slooooowwww. Layoffs are way too frequent so, people are ousted to save money yet the company continues to give away their cash reserves to the stock dividend; a baffling strategy for a company with a shrinking market cap. The corporate culture is toxic in general. Promotions are almost always time-based and not merit-based. The best people do not become leaders so, be prepared to take orders from someone that you don't understand how they got to that position. Lots and lots and lots of meetings equal very little actual work from the majority of "leaders".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realistically, there is no advice that you can give to upper management that they would listen to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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