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"Research and Development"

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, NY
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great benefits, talented workforce. Contrary to popular belief, this company has been at the forefront of many digital technologies. It was one of the leaders in digital still cameras and the PhotoCD program pioneered the display of consumer images on Video and computer devices at high quality from film scans long before such quality was obtainable via digital capture.

Cons

The downfall of much of the pioneering technology is that Kodak never found the right business model to make digital profitable and hence always reverted to it's bread-n-butter Cash Cow - film. This, coupled with an over-funded Research Laboratory possessing an Ivory Tower mentality doomed any significant inroads into consumer digital dominance. Kodak also possesses an arrogant self image as being the World Expert in Image Science. This has perpetuated a "Not Invented Here" attitude allowing many, more nimble, companies to produce cheaper "good enough" products to displace Kodak brands. Bottom line, although Kodak possesses an extraordinarily talented technical workforce, this has never been properly challenged nor held accountable for performance in the marketplace.
Finally, Kodak's hierarchical management structure precludes individual accountability and individual contribution.

Advice to Management

Shed "leadership teams", replace self-appointed title of "Image Science Excellence" and to demonstrate true innovation.

Other Employee Reviews for Eastman Kodak

  1. "A formerly great company in decline."

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    Former Employee - Software Applications in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Software Applications in Rochester, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman Kodak full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits many very good people

    Cons

    Highly regimented, huge bureaucracy. The biggest downside however, is the bankruptcy and the constant threat of layoffs


  2. "Productive/successful career ended abruptly due to Chapter 11"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative products
    Interesting relavent services added value
    Solid benefits & compensation
    Generally decent people, had a "second" family feel

    Cons

    Leadership Vacuum
    Poorly executed product launches
    Bureaucratic bog-down
    Difficult to cut to success
    World has passed them by
    Poor cash-flow?

    Advice to Management

    20 years of cost cutting & ambiguity catch up with you. File Chapter 7, take care of those that contributed.

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