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Updated Apr 20, 2021

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2.7
26%
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Imation President, CEO, and Director Mark E. Lucas
Mark E. Lucas
41 Ratings
Pros
  • "Laid back work environment, nice cafe, good set of co workers(in 7 reviews)

  • "Great people, so many worked there for a long time and were very loyal(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management made some poor decisions(in 8 reviews)

  • "No commitment to the technologies, no direction, no understanding of the industry they are trying to penetrate(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great teams to work with!

      Aug 17, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great people, so many worked there for a long time and were very loyal!

      Cons

      Unstable company with declining products.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      XXXX

      Feb 12, 2021 - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
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      Pros

      I liked their flexibility they provided.

      Cons

      Too many complex MGMT layers

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Great Job until CEO ran into the ground

      Sep 4, 2020 - Finance 
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      Pros

      Great co-workers. Prior to last CEO there was room for growth and positive collaboration.

      Cons

      CEO created negative atmosphere. Took away benefits.

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Fighting through a difficult transition into a new company - rooting for you!

      Dec 27, 2013 - Marketing Director in Oakdale, MN
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      Pros

      The company has a well defined strategy, and a very hard working team of employees, managers and executives. Inorganic acquisition strategy is the only way forward. Mark Lucas allows acquired companies to decide if they want to integrate or operate as separate units - which is a rarity. Excellent communication and town hall meetings led by Mark and Executive Staff. Everyone is incredibly nice at the company. Management team is knowledgeable and works hard to hear input from employees through different formal and informal communication methods.

      Cons

      Integrating acquisitions has been a challenge - nothing unusual here - similar to any large company acquiring smaller ones. Product Line Management team needs upgrading of talent for directing new product development for complex technologies (e.g. security, cloud storage, etc.). Too much expertise in older technologies and lack of understanding of integrated software and hardware offerings. Causing key executives and managers from acquired companies to leave because junior PLMs are calling the shots but don't have the expertise.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Grasping at straws

      May 9, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Oakdale, MN
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      Pros

      The company pays well, the benefits are great, and I believe who are still there sincerely want Imation to be a successful company. Of all the companies that I have worked for, I would consider this group to be the most ethical group that I have had the privilege of calling co-workers.

      Cons

      The company made its mark with businesses that no longer relevant, such as recordable CDs, TDK boomboxes, flash drives, etc. Unfortunately for the company those market (if they are even relevant) are commodity markets, which aren't driven by quality or features, and price points and margins have dropped dramatically. This has led to the current situation where there are good people who had past success, but they are now needing to reinvent themselves. So the company is caught between investing in dying businesses that still bring in some $$$, and gambling on buying existing business that are having moderate success, and hoping they can ramp that moderate success into massive success. I am reminded of Hugh Grant's character in the movie "Music and Lyrics". Which may sound sad, but the film did have a happy ending, so perhaps the team at Imation will have another hit.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Good People, Confused Vision

      Jun 3, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Imation offers a lot of great benefits (medical, dental, vacation, gym, etc). They also seem to care about employee health and well being. It terms of being a good atmosphere it was a very enjoyable place to work, with lots of people who are very professional.

      Cons

      The company seems to be very confused about what it wants to do, what market(s) it wants to serve, and how to separate out different business units. The upper management also seems to change it's mind about this and have "re-orgs".

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Pros

      Great learning environment, Good people to work with, Humane management, ok benefits, nice starting job, relatively flat organization, nice corporate campus

      Cons

      Lot of stress because of company not growing layoffs are an annual feature. So more work for people still working. Lot of time wasted reporting upwards. Very little time spent selling and generating new revenue.Mediocre top management bench. Executive raises are very regular even though rank and file employees have pay freezes

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Company in a state of confusion

      Jun 6, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Great mid-level management team - although many have left. At the time great technology - although most has been sold off.

      Cons

      They are in a mad scramble to figure out how to make money other than optical disks and tape. They buy a company, try to integrate it, fail, and then buy another. No commitment to the technologies, no direction, no understanding of the industry they are trying to penetrate.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Imation once a multibillion dollar company losing ground

      Dec 28, 2014 - Architect in Oakdale, MN
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      Pros

      Not much: Flexibility, Strong Brand (I don't know for how long), Learning opportunities

      Cons

      Clueless CEO Outsourced IT infrastructure Compensation is so-so Low motivation from upper management Slow decision making Redundant staff at some middle, senior level management contributing nothing, not capable of their jobs but have been there in Imation for years/decades Long meetings at times leading in no direction

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Purchasing

      Jul 13, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Since imation had some so much downsizing since spin off from 3M, you were working with the best of the best in the end. Employees were intelligent, innovative, dedicated, and a pleasure to work with on cross functional projects. We were small enough to get the job done without hierarchy wars and complications. My colleagues were some of the best I've worked with throughout my career.

      Cons

      Management, leadership, direction and execution.

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