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Eastman Kodak Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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Pros
  • work life balance is very progressive (in 39 reviews)

  • Nice sense of community in the good people there (in 38 reviews)

Cons
  • Top Upper management doesn't know the different jobs and has misguided this company for a lot of years No raises in a long time (in 26 reviews)

  • No capital funding due to chapter 11 (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Isn't Kodak a US based company?"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Kodak HAD a great reputation as a good strong "American" company, with pride and loyalty promoting good American design and manufacturing quality processes and procedures.
    They give you a very enlightening and inspiring book about the founder, George Eastman (but I think it may not have been distributed to upper management).

    Cons

    Level of outsourcing is disgraceful. Managers refuse to acknowledge all of the outsourcing stories that have gone bad and just continue to stick our fingers into the fan.
    High-level management has no long term regard for preservation.
    Communication ("your voice heard") is non-existent. Non-management employees have no voice period.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate down through your employees, go see what they do and where they work, walk into those buildings and labs that you have never seen.
    When the company is struggling, instead of knee jerk layoffs and outsourcing some simple things like suspending high-level promotions would be appropriate, don't you think?
    When you layoff some percentage of working class personnel, you should also layoff that same percentage of managers and the company would not now be in a obscenely out of proportion management to non-management ratio. CEO and high level management salaries are OBSCENE compared to employee averages.
    The person in charge of the corporation should live in the community of the company headquarters, it's hard to respect one that doesn't.
    George Eastman was an American, he founded the company using Americans, focus on trying to make changes to make and design products with Americans.
    Visualize the silhouette of a big man with a big head(CEO) and a big belly(middle and upper management). here have been reductions after reductions in non-management for the last 3 years in in the toes, ankles and legs. How long do you think the man will stay standing if all cuts are at the bottom.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Politics are supreme"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Management in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Product Management in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Kodak has a recognizable brand
    Kodak invented digital camera
    Kodak pioneer in OLED
    Kodak pioneer in image intelligence
    Kodak appreciates diversity in the workforce

    Cons

    Kodak is extremely political. People are promoted based on who they know versus what they know.
    Kodak is struggling to survive. With layoffs scheduled for next year its questionable whats left.
    Kodak can't seem to take a good product to market. They have great ideas, and great talent to get it done but the execution is killed in endless meetings.
    Groups don't communicate

    Advice to Management

    Kodak was once great, it can be great once again. Consider cleaning house from the top down and flatten the infrastructure to be more agile and lean.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Do not ignore glassdoor reviews they are very accurate for this company, I ignored them and learned my lesson."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stamford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1.) Good work/life balance.
    2.) Close to public transportation.

    Cons

    1.) The majority of management is not qualified for the positions they hold.
    2.) As a result of #1 Kodak hires people for critical non-management positions who are clearly not qualified, incompetence is pervasive.
    3.) Everything from management policies to product code bases are a total mess. No one can clearly tell you what the process is for deploying software upgrades, what the QA process is for product lines, and management has no clue about the software development life-cycle or how to apply it to their product lines.
    4.) It was very clear from the first day I started the job Kodak has every intention of outsourcing all of their development work to Israel and China they just haven't worked out how to do it yet for some divisions. If you are hired as a software developer for Kodak, you are only a stop gap until they outsource your job. I was fortunate enough to find other employment but I would have been better off not working there at all.

    Advice to Management

    Revamping your hiring procedures and having open dialog would do wonders for your company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Kodak, please treat your employees with a teensy weensy bit of integrity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The salaries are competitive. Another pro is that people recognize who you work for when you say Kodak, though Kodak is not the same place they remember that invented the Instamatic. There aren't a whole lot of pros other than they give you money and expect a lot in return. The severance pay is decent, at 1.5 weeks for every year employed, but you'll never get a lot of years there.

    Cons

    The benefits are marginal, as they have cut them drastically over the years. My 21 yr old gets better benefits at a tiny company. There are no thank you's. They would lay you off in a heart beat, and after 25 "rankings", I did get laid off. The employment has gone from 65000 in 1981 in Rochester to 6200 or so in 2010... does that spell layoff! Cash is not coming in from any venture, and they are quick to pull the plug on anything that isn't a home run immediately. The layoffs are not over, as I get continual feeds from colleagues that speak of 25% to 50% layoffs in their departments. Nobody is happy there, and the remaining workers are choked with impossible tasks. Young people don't exist there (50 is a median age), and the few young people that come quickly leave.
    Stay away, unless you need a 1 year assignment to pay the bills.

    Advice to Management

    Antonio, show some empathy for the employees. They were once called the greatest asset, but now are considered ship anchors that prevent the company from being profitable. Do you really think that Kodak can shrink their way to success? Kodak will shrink into being a venture capable of being bought out. Pitty.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Always beholden to the Sock Holders- Whatever the cost to employees."

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is challenging and the work force is experienced.

    Cons

    The CEO took a $11M payout for his performance while he cut jobs and increased all workloads.
    The senior management at Kodak has no clue what is really happening within the company. The products which work are overlooked and the pet projects of the senior managers get carte blanche spending limits.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to your "yes men" and really get out and see what your workers are doing. There is room for improvement and savings with out cookie cutter solutions from the bean counters.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Like living in the movie "Visioneers"."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers and former Creo technology is the shiznit.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management is nothing but Doobs and Tunts.
    "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
    -Albert Einstein
    Unfortunately Kodak GCG received an unfair portion of the infinite stupidity of the universe.

    Advice to Management

    If Kodak management spoke only when they knew what they were talking about, a deathly hush would descend upon the earth!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent pay but demotivating environment"

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are reasonable
    Employees are generally knowledgeable, competent and hardworking

    Cons

    Poor employee morale due to constant downsizing
    Lack of clear direction for company ffrom management
    Uncertain viability of the company
    Poor leadership, especially from mid-level managers
    Too many mid-level managers

    Advice to Management

    Remove layers of management, and demand accountability from those that remain
    Get serious about listening and responding to employee concerns
    Develop a clear strategy for success of the company

  8. "A Company in turmoil, looking for an identity, going downhill fast!"

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    Former Employee - Software Sales in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was given lots of Freedom to run my territory and schedules.

    Cons

    Poor management infrastructure, average employee tenure is less than 5 years. The attitude in Rochester is that they are still a player. Most of the employees I have worked with, have left or are looking to jump the ship, or are being laid off.

    Advice to Management

    It may be too late to get rid of the Captain driving the Ship, it looks like the iceberg has already been hit. Interview your customers and channel partners and they will tell you what is wrong with the company. The field managers in place for these positions have no clue who Kodak's customers are or how to fix the eroding base.


  9. "How long until they file Chapter 7?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, because you needed to be on calls at all hours of the day.
    Lots of knowledge on how printers work.

    Cons

    Senior Leadership has no clue what they are doing.
    People are not allowed to do the job they were hired for. If a Senior Leader had a different opinion, whether valid or not, you were forced to accept their position or risk negative reviews.
    Late night calls and early morning calls depending on which team you were working with. Frequently had calls at 6AM with Rochester and 9PM with Singapore.
    Very little work life balance.
    Leadership doesn't understand that a quality product must be produced and won't spend the time nor money to fix what is wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the problems that are evident to all the lower level employees. Leadership by intimidation is not beneficial to employees nor moral. A whole new leadership team should be brought in to run the place.


  10. "Kodak is a sinking ship"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    This used to be one of the best companies to work for, and job security was among the best.

    Cons

    Employee morale is extremely poor. Not one profitable year since 2007 and now the company is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Top managers have gotten approval for more bonuses while they are selling off more operations.

    Advice to Management

    How can you look at yourselves in the mirror?


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