Lexmark International - You won't love working at Lexmark, but there is a chance that you won't hate it | Glassdoor
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"You won't love working at Lexmark, but there is a chance that you won't hate it"

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Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lexington, KY
Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lexington, KY
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Lexmark International 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 Management

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

Other Employee Reviews for Lexmark International

  1. "Not Bad"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lexmark International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment and culture

    Cons

    Future not looking good for printing industry


  2. Helpful (1)

    "New product development engineering manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Lexington, KY
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Lexington, KY

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

    Pros

    High-tech design and manufacturing
    World-class capabilities and support
    World-class engineering tools and equipment
    Strong Fundamentals in design, develop, manufacture from IBM legacy
    Competitive salaries and benefits

    Cons

    Old school management style
    Slow to change/respond to industry and marketplace changing conditions
    Entrenched cronyism
    Relatively low regard for Marketing function (engineering development management trumps Marketing requirements)

    Advice to Management

    Become more agile in project selection, execution, or disposition
    Create work environment which emphasizes freedom of creativity in individual positions
    Value strong performance and people skills over success or failure of individual projects
    Celebrate learnings from failures as well as successes

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