Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Kimberly-Clark Chairman, President, and CEO Tom Falk
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Pros
  • A great company from a work-life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • There is a lot of great people to learn from (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance hasn't been well (in 15 reviews)

  • Obsolete performance management system, where people are managed by fear of getting a low rating at the end of the year (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Used to be great - now needs more focus core values and products.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Appleton, WI

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great mix of staff - but this has changed drastically lately & morale is very low currently.

    Cons

    as a global company we've been seduced into thinking that staff can be commoditized and treated as "heads" rather than "people" with more knowledge and experience than they're given credit for. We seem to be currently looking just for "cheaper" rather than "better value".

    Advice to Management

    manage, direct, lead. be confident enough to make decisions and stand by them - even if they don't fit "the process". "the process" doesn't sell our products or actually get anything done. fix the company & the share price will follow (not the other way round). micromanagement and indecision are crippling the ability to get things done. sometimes you have to try and fail in order to suceed - but there are too many people are trying to take credit for anything that's looking sucessful - rather than simply being given clear responsibilities in their specific areas.


  2. Helpful (3)

    A great company gone bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a very good benefits package. The community is safe and has a low cost of living.

    Cons

    The corporate culture has deteriorated substantially over the last few years. Honesty and support from management are hard to find. The new performance management system and related policies have been specifically designed to minimize compensation increases and cut costs, and ratings have no relationship to actual performance. There is no concern for work-life balance. Management demands completely loyalty and devotion -- willingness to do whatever they ask at any time -- while not giving any loyalty or respect to workers in return. Basically, the work force is view as just another input widget like pulp or shipping costs.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to treat employees as humans. Be honest and tell the same stories to staff as to the street. Stop taking huge pay and bonus increases while doing everything possible to decrease the pay of the peons.


  3. Helpful (3)

    This is not the company I read about in "Good to Great"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Roswell, GA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    K-C has some excellent employees who are a joy to work with K-C has a great history As a company, K-C does not excel in any areas as compared to other employers

    Cons

    Passive aggressive corporate culture - it is not politically correct to be direct -it is all about being perceived as "nice" Lack of diversity at corporate office-lack of African-Americans in Atlanta is shocking considering the demographics ( and I am white) People at corporate walk on eggshells for fear of doing anything that will bring attention to themself -not a good place to work if you are not a conformist-it is an environment of fear Lack of IT support-the outsourced "solution" is an absolute joke Aspects of HR have been outsourced. HR is virtually non-existent at a corporate level and lacks direction and execution of some very basic HR-related policies. Incestuous organization that often fails to look outside its walls Lack of project execution at a corporate level is shocking and has been tolerated Not people-focused - talent is bleeding from the company and there is no strategy to stop it Below average in terms of employee recognition - only executives get bonuses Very backwards in many areas, ie IT, HR policies, etc Employees are "invited" to come to a Christmas luncheon and be served by the execs and then you are expected to pay for your meal-how utterly tacky-cheapest company I have ever worked for by far-corporate doesn't even give shirts with the company logo. Is it any surprise that company pride is waning? CEO does not portray the image of a leader-employees joke about his lack of emotion and charisma Corporate does employee surveys and does nothing visible to respond to its identified shortcomings There are actually guidelines for office size, furniture and even size of paintings all based on the Hay point system. Talk about driving wedges between the "classes." I have never seen anything like it in the corporate world. I wanted to put some tasteful pictures in my office and was told that only "Kimberly-Clark approved" artwork was permitted.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your "human" talent. It would not take much to win back the hearts of the employees. Throw them a bone once in a while.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    White men rule!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Change Agent in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Change Agent in Roswell, GA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brands and a large number of highly talented employees.

    Cons

    Change-averse, no risk-taking, no honest efforts to diversity workforce, not willing to accept "outsiders," Neenah is center of the universe, white men rule, good ol' boy network at the top, popularity is more important than performance, culture cannot tolerate any conflict, everyone pretends everything is OK all the time, "outsiders" are often ostracized, glass ceiling for women, very small number of of black, hispanic and asian employees, diversity figures are getting worse under Falk.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Have some courage. Take a risk. Push for change.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Uses economy as an excuse(not a reason) to bleed the employees of their benefits and pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Loudon, TN
    Current Employee - Employee in Loudon, TN

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Use to be decent pay and benefits. Use to be able to have an oppurtunity for advancement in career. Had flexibility in time off for different reasons.

    Cons

    No good morale left and management (SO CALLED ----LEADERSHIP) doesn't care at all. They tell you that "if you don't like it, go somewhere else to work." They have done nothing to build onto what Loudon has been about and accomplished for 18 years. Since their arrival, they have done nothing but take things and jobs away from the employees and are very "just numbers" oriented. They have not shown any concern toward employee morale or how they feel about their employment at KC. They have a track record of reducing workforce and increasing the stress and hatred of working for KC Loudon. They are so blinded by just focusing on numbers and cost, that they have not even noticed that their real success is in the people. PEOPLE ARE A COMPANY'S BEST ASSETS. They will lie to you about reasons for decisions being made and blame it on the corporation. "Like we are that damn stupid." The CEO (C_ries E_very O_ppurtunity) whines about not meeting expectations and decides to eliminate jobs and people wellfare and lives that they have put into the company, and what does he personally do? HE AND HIS EXECs POCKET THERE MONEY IN BONUSES, be it in stock and options or cash. He acts like KC is being too good to their employees in their benefits and compensation, so they reduce it and blame it on the economy and act like they are being more competitive with other companies by comparison. Well, lets look at THEIR benefits and compensation compared to those same companies and see if they are in the same light. Senior management for KC seems to be setting examples for the leadership at Loudon, they only seem to care about their own wellfare and pockets.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the leadership at Loudon mill. Get rid of Tom Falk


  7. Helpful (1)

    KC USED TO BE A GOOD PLACE TO WORK

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Loudon, TN
    Current Employee - Employee in Loudon, TN

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Kimberly Clark isn't laying off the workers as of yet. We still have good business and sales are great. If you you have been there over 15 years you make pretty good money.

    Cons

    We have gone from not paying anything for our insurance to paying out the butt. They continue to cut our benifits. Clothing allowance went 160 to 80 no longer offer us to buy an extra week vacation what was called FLEX DAYS and said they took that away because they were having to backfill those jobs when they don't let anybody work any overtime so that's WRONG. We used to be able to come in and work on our career plans and also help out on the floor wherever needed. Most people take a major cut in pay to come to Loudon Mill and that used to be ok because we could come in and work overtime to make up for the lost wages. All the new management has done since they have been here is take away or fire people. Loudon HAD a TEAM CONCEPT but now we don't really have any say so in anything. They being Management have took what we at Loudon have worked 20 years to accomplish, (career plans, the way things are handled, vacation coverage, sick leave coverage, and etc.) and thrown it out the door. They say if don't like it here, go find you another job. They don't seem to care about their employees at all anymore. Can't say I would tell anybody it's a good place to work anymore. Used to love going to work and now that's all changed.

    Advice to Management

    Go away. Get people like we used to have that care about the employees and involve us in discussions that are effecting our lives and our families. Don't give Tom Falk all these bonuses when you take away from the workers.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Never again

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Manager in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Creative Manager in Roswell, GA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits and employee support programs.

    Cons

    Every negative symptom of "big corporate culture," Kimberly Clark had. No room for innovation or idea input. Leadership that was only concerned with looking good to their superiors and a general lack of caring among employees.

    Advice to Management

    I don't even know what to advise. My experience was that bad. I'll never work for another large company again, especially one so controlling. Maybe my personality didn't mesh well with the culture. I work much better in smaller, more entrepreneurial settings and have been very happy since I left for a smaller company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Stuck with no vision

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer IV
    Current Employee - Engineer IV

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Average compensation, supportive wellness programs, good people

    Cons

    no growth strategy, no vision, very risk adverse, more years of service = dead end career

    Advice to Management

    This company is stuck, does not walk the talk. run by a bean counter, and all decisions are financial - ALL DECISIONS. Risk is managed down to 0. Meetings upon meetings, meetings to review what will be presented in the upcoming meeting so managers are not surprised. "The Office" was written by a guy at this company!!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Don't bother

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lagrange, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lagrange, GA

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, lower level employees are fairly nice, the pay was once great for the area but now its more mediocre.

    Cons

    KC is running in 50 different directions at once and it shows, the work/life balance may be nice at other mills but here it is horrid, 12 hour rotating shifts and management hides out in the parking lot to catch anyone coming in late, the "validation" system they have setup is the dumbest thing I have ever seen as you are constantly having to re-interview for your job, very clique based i.e. if you aren't rubbing elbows with the higher ups not only do you stand no chance of promotion but it becomes very hard to get even a regular raise, do not even think of taking a break during a scheduled down you are expected to work your 12 hours with a 15 min lunch any more than that and they start breathing down your neck.

    Advice to Management

    You have people working the machines that not only know what they are doing but have been doing it for 15-20 years and do it well, listen to them and take their advice to heart. Also stop trying to make this into more than it is, its just a mill job and all of this validation review board stuff is just trying to make it seem more important than it really is, no one wants to stand in front of you guys for an hour explaining the mechanics of a wound roll while you look on with no idea of what we are talking about.


  11. Disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It used to have quality products and value quality in their employees. It's easy to snow the current management.

    Cons

    Management is now comprised of those who could not make it otherwise, so disappointing.

    Advice to Management

    The doers have left, or are leaving the company. Their talent, while "expensive" is what made the company what it was. If you aren't expanding and producing new, sell off and pay off the retirees.



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