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Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
493 Reviews
3.7
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • KC allows for ample growth opportunities and encourages a healthy work-life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • Great people - good culture - people treat each other respectfully (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • The Field Sales offices do not have as much work-life balance flexibility (in 15 reviews)

  • Too slow, awful performance management system, far too much bureaucracy (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Conway, AR
    Former Employee - Technician in Conway, AR

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Layoffs Again?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research CO-OP in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Research CO-OP in Roswell, GA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Money was excellent. Ability to move into other positions for a time.

    Cons

    Hours were terrible. Switching from days to nights every three days took a toll on my body. Did this for 13 years. Never got use to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the rotating shift.

  6.  

    Kc

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for the area

    Cons

    Not paid according to skill set

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay for the machine operators

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what they appear to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Full relocation & Fair starting salary

    Cons

    'Good Ole White Boy's Club'- they 'talk' diversity, but don't understand what diversity truly means. So, they don't 'walk' diversity.
    Rather than be advocates for both employee and management development, HR runs around with brooms cleaning up messes that individuals who are inept at management, make on a daily basis.
    Too many folks sitting in chairs of senior leadership that are not qualified to sit in those chairs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Refresh outdated employee rules

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People are generally nice and care about the company. Salaries are high comparable to other CPG companies. Good for people who are risk averse and/or like to fully understand all aspects of decisions before taking action.

    Cons

    - Highly political- you need to learn to play politics in order to succeed
    - At senior levels, you need to be mobile (move to different cities, countries) or you will begin to stagnate in your career. This is especially difficult because the biggest global area is in a small town in Wisconsin, not the easiest sell for talented employees that could go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Walk the talk-- there are a lot of values that K-C says are important, but then they don't actually reward those values consistently. (e.g. risk taking, being open/ candid)
    - Learn how to serve the next generation of employees. Leaders don't understand the new generation of employees and will not be able to attract them if they cannot better understand their needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Hindered by Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Lots of work to do

    Cons

    No respect for employees under management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually hire your employees. Contract work helps no one but yourself.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Difficult Place to Work - Expected Dedication to the Max

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Great Group of Sales People in the field.

    Cons

    Most of the upper management team don't have a clue what's going on. They are so removed from the sales force that they cannot relate. More interested in the Wal-Mart / Target Teams than the rest of the sales teams and they are treated differently.

    Bonus structures are construed to benefit Senior Management and all the way up to the CEO. They get their big payouts while screwing the sales force.

    Employee evaluation system is complete BS. It is their way to get rid of employees and reduce compensation in salaries and bonuses. But they maintain that it is a fair assessment and of course completely legal. The portion where there is peer review is another area that needs to be changed. Most of the responses come from people you rarely work with, So if you kiss ass throughout the year you may get a good review but god for bid you do a great job and you stepped on someone's toe your evaluation may look like garbage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely need to change culture. Management needs to get more involved with the sales teams so there is a better connection.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuffy Company with too many employees that should not be employeed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solid company with a nice building

    Cons

    Employees in manager roles who should not be along with back stabbing co-workers who do not care who they bury.
    Manager spent more time working from home and dealing with family issues then making sure employees there were in charge of had work to do.
    My co-worker acted like Mr. Nice Guy but when it came down to it he was a two faced person who made sure he looked good and used others for grunt work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are a female with little kids then be a mom and leave the managing to somebody else until you are ready to work full time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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