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Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated December 10, 2018
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Eastman Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey J. Clarke
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  • "Poor upper management managed to run a 100" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Constant downsizing and bad business decisions by senior management" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Mgr"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with who are open to exchanging ideas

    Cons

    Downsizing and outsourcing functions out of the USA


  2. "Foolish Corporate Beuracrats"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO, long company history, large facilities, company events frequent

    Cons

    Upper Management has no strategy, mid level managers are hit or miss, projects can be assigned last minute, the company is constantly out of money so your pay won't be awesome, not a lot of growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Upper management, listen to your middle managers. You hired them to lead their divisions on purpose. Middle Managers please communicate with other middle managers. Often Upper managers are not looking at projects but just numbers and it leads to hard situations for their workers

  3. "It’s ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable work-life balance. The benefits were good. My work there was valued.

    Cons

    Worried about long-term prospects for career advancement.


  4. "Executive Secretary"

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    Former Employee - Exutive SEcretary in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Exutive SEcretary in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefit and Retirement Package, trained employees thoroughly, flexibility, many opportunities for job growth

    Cons

    Unstable company, downsizing for exempt and non exempt employees

    Advice to Management

    Set priorities for all of your employees, exempt and non-exempt


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Appears to be heading toward insolvency - again"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy work, little to no discipline or structure or leadership from management means you can pretty much do as you please.

    Decent compensation

    Cons

    - Company outlook is not good right now. Jeff Clarke hasn't done much better than his predecessor with respect to stock performance
    - For some reason Kodak seem hell bent on hiring sub par executive talent, recruiting Steven Overman who's last accolade was shutting the lights off at Nokia as that ship sunk
    -Clarke has hired a bunch of sub par managers under him with credentials that read more like a graveyard of now defunct companies.
    -Idiotic investment and strategic decisions including the launching of a Bitcoin style crypto currency, the relaunch of a super8mm film camera, relaunching long dead film products, taking the kodak brand to tshirts, and launching a service for photographers called KodakIT which no one uses or cares about and continuing to focus on film in Hollywood, and pretending to care that people still care about it.
    -Rather than strengthening and focusing on core businesses that generate revenue in the printing divisions and bringing in leaders that understand that business, kodak has attempted to raise money by selling divisions - which it's also failed at. like it's on again off again sales of the Prosper division. Do you have any idea how disruptive it is internally to announce the sale of a division then call it off when you can't secure a buyer
    -the next division slated for sale is the Flexo Packaging division, again a big money and profit maker. Kind of feels like the junkie at the pawn broker selling his mom's TV

    Advice to Management

    The senior leadership team has dogged Kodak for years.

    Rather than finding well established and well credentialed leaders - they've stuck with a combination of Rochester leftovers who have been reassigned from one division to the next year after year, and incoming execs who don't understand the core business at all


  6. "field service engineer"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Positive work environment. Good management. Good vacation time. Nice perks

    Cons

    Continuing to reduce work force. Service personnel spread pretty slim.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support the field


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good People, Good Technology, Failing Business"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I work with many good people - both technically competent and pleasant to work with. The inkjet technology is unique and should stand to be profitable.

    Cons

    As film declined Kodak continually shrank and struggled to adapt. It has been unable to make substantial profits and is threatened by heavy debt. Continuous layoffs destroy morale and devalue the company in the eyes of customers. The future is very uncertain.

  8. "Try to avoid. Better options out there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting technologies. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Average Benefits at best; salary stagnant; Business on the decline

    Advice to Management

    Change in leadership sorely needed. No direction or growth expected. Might be too late.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A once great company is slowly dying . . ."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, environment, fun and challenging technology.

    Cons

    Company is struggling with declining revenues, industries, and stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Way too much bureaucracy and micro-managing. Let divisions run their own affairs. Cutting and layoffs are not a road to recovery and success.

    Eastman Kodak Response

    Oct 1, 2018

    Thank you for your response.

    We agree with you that Kodak is home to many talented employees. We believe that the diversity of our workforce lends itself naturally to creativity and innovation... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Field Service Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman Kodak full-time

    Pros

    Kodak has excellent products and support

    Cons

    Company makes poor business decisions and mismanaged at the upper levels

    Eastman Kodak Response

    Oct 1, 2018

    Thank you for your response. We are sorry to hear you would not recommend Kodak as a place to work.

    We do agree, our passion for our products, innovation and advancements along with our... More