Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Sr Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Life work balance. Flexibility to work from home

    Cons

    It is a fraternity and the PMO primarily concerns itself with $$$ versus overall success of a project

  2. Helpful (3)

    Brand Manager at KC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great training, good people to work with, great area to raise a family

    Cons

    Rapid pace for decisions which causes quick changes to plans, people do not come first to leadership, very thrifty in brand investment

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time looking at the business long term

  3. Helpful (4)

    sales

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits and very good training. Stable income with little growth without being willing to move

    Cons

    Was a tremendous company to work for but several years ago it started to slide. Management made changes to sales leadership and go to market strategies and the results are showing in the form of bad results.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your team, not the consultants.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    This is not your father's Kimberly-Clark!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    With such a storied history, Kimberly-Clark had always been close-knit. The training was great and the people were great. You knew your team would support you no matter what. Not only were they leaders in the industry, but they allowed their leaders to lead.

    Cons

    Times have changed. Kimberly-Clark decided not to change with the times. The arrogance of feeling like they knew more than their customers reached an all time high last year. They forgot what success looked like. They forgot what it meant to be leaders. They promoted people that had no business leading teams. Just because you are "smart" about business does not mean that you cannot learn about the marketplace. There are way too many directors that get to use their voice when the should really use their ears.

    Advice to Management

    Take a moment and really look at your Sales and Marketing leaders in your organization. Then look at the people in those roles 7 or 8 years ago. Who would you rather run the company? The people you have in place now, who are losing market share each year for the past 4 years? Or the folks from the past that built this company from hard work with great thoughts and relationships? Having been in the industry for two decades and knowing the teams - I know I would choose the people from the past who really knew their customers and how to sell the products. Marketing Leaders should believe in marketing. They should not be lead by sales professionals...not by engineers. The same holds true about Sales Leaders. They cannot be run by finance or by marketers. Keep people in roles that suit them! Trust the good ones to stay and do it right. Stop letting their voices be silenced thus forcing them to find a career with someone else!

  6. Helpful (3)

    Slow to innovate, very process driven

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Recognizable CPG brands, marketing structure, training classes, pay average yet good for area.

    Cons

    Excessively process oriented, strangles innovation. Marketing plans ahead in time, yet launches are not innovative enough, competition beats K-C every time with same or better products. Very passive-aggressive culture, do not know whom to trust in work place.

    Advice to Management

    As focus has been bringing people from other CPG companies to K-C, need to weed out long-term marketing people since have old training process in place (those started as interns, ABMs). The old guard keeps growth stagnant, provides a negative work environment that is not focused on positive growth.

  7. Engineering Co-op, pretty boring.

    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    People really like working here. They spend a lot of time on developing their employees and "having fun". Not too demanding because the company is so big it's easy to get lost in the mix and get away with minimal effort. $20 /hr helps too.

    Cons

    You're living in one of the most boring places in the world. If you stray from the norm a bit you'll have a tough time gaining traction in the environment, it's pretty straightforward. Didn't get free diapers.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Used to be family oriented company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hourly workforce has great people.

    Cons

    Limited benefits and advancement opportunities for middle management down. Cutting costs at expense of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to caring about your people, walk the walk and quit talking to talk. Your people will do more for the bottom line than all the cuts and consulting firms in the world.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Layoffs Again?

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Neenah, WI

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and some of the people I have worked with are terrific.
    Can be very challenging at times, but work/life balance does take a beating.

    Cons

    Company continues to downsize every 3 to 5 years making advancement impossible.
    Compensation continues to be below going rates and annual raises even for top performers can be at or below 2%.
    Keeps increasing employee health care costs every year which wipes out any merit raise.

  10. I WORKED at Kimberly-Clark for about three years at Conway, AR Mill as KnB Op. (Not Irving, TX)

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    Former Employee - Technician in Conway, AR
    Former Employee - Technician in Conway, AR

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay for mostly easy labor. Off every other Fri/Sat/Sun and they pay double time on Sundays. Most people pretty laid back and respect other's space. I was proud to be a K-C'er. Felt like I had it made. K-C's safety standards and product quality thresholds are no doubt industry leading.

    Cons

    Training only covers basics like loading materials and fixing simple problems. I didn't actually learn how to REALLY run a line for at least another year b/c every line I worked runs different. The machines are out dated. Nepautism runs rampit; my boss was 21 when he got promoted over applicants who over qualified. To me, it seemed like ops who showed up to do his/her job right were treated with less respect than those who goofed off all night. The "Good-ole boy" system is definetly in affect here. I I felt relieved when I had the oppurtunity to get out of that place!

    Advice to Management

    Communication between different shift teams was a problem my entire time at KC. Teamwork is NOT a common occurance even between ops on the same line. Asset leaders should encourage ops to discuss any problem directly to the asset leader.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great opportunity for you to learn, but don't expect there to be much support

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    Former Intern - Research CO-OP in Roswell, GA
    Former Intern - Research CO-OP in Roswell, GA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark as an intern (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Got real experience solving an issue with a product to be marketed in 2015/2016.

    Cons

    People don't know what they want. Mentor/other stakeholders were so busy with their owned schedules that I didn't get the help I needed when I needed it.

    Advice to Management

    Know what you need. Don't expect your co-ops to have all the solutions to your problems, especially when you don't help them grow

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