Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Kimberly Clark doesn't value African American employees.

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    For other employees, there is lots of movement

    Cons

    African american employees have a very hard time moving from their roles and are often pushed out of the organization with little justification. Management does not care about them. If you come here, your career will be stagnant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Kimberly-Clark

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    Current Contractor - Medical Writer in Roswell, GA
    Current Contractor - Medical Writer in Roswell, GA

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is nice but the work environment for contractors awful.

    Cons

    They treat contract workers like property.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work as hard as your contract workers and don't lie to them about how long the contract is.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    kimberley clark ruined my life and forced me to quit and not be able to find another job.

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Ogden, UT

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

    Pros

    good pay,benefits,and double time sundays

    Cons

    way too much overtime in the summer can not enjoy summer because you ar always woking at least five twelve hour shifts with only 24 hours off usually.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management needs to communicate better with employees and stop making rules and changes without telling the employees in advance. and fire tom falk and get a CEO that wont drive the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 10 people found this helpful

    Management doesn't get it.

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Roswell, GA

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

    Pros

    -Great coworkers
    -Great location for Metro Atlanta area
    -Beautiful corporate campus
    -Great health center/exercise facility and wellness programs
    -Decent benefits; medical/dental/profit sharing

    Cons

    -Management driven by Street results...regardless of internal "cost"
    -Respect for employees/indviduals marginal at best
    -Old boy network; promotion based on who you know/currying favor
    -Limited recognition of individual contribution
    -Old forced ranking system was deadly; new system is inexplicable
    -Average pay now limited by "Market Based Compensation" measures
    -Internal employee motivation programs based on ludicrous consultant recommendations
    -Unresolved struggle between old school and new school management philosophies @ top
    -Lean and mean has become corporate anorexia; too many tasks, too few people
    -Top management completely out of touch with day-to-day employee issues, needs and activities
    -Ridiculous internal computer/data systems for day-to-day operation with no training; systems change with no announcement, leaving non-IT employees to "work it out on the ground"
    -Team leaders/directors have their eyes pointed upwards; very limited contact/direction for their teams

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking down the barrel of a 30+ year career, I've seen good and bad from KC. Right now, it's mostly bad.

    The company just reissued an engagenement survey...the same as done 2-3 years ago. The results then were pretty abysmal, but none of that feedback got management action. No doubt, this survey will yield the same results. I'm sure it's a warm feeling in the pants of top management, but when will management really listen? All those employees can't be completely wrong.

    Get back in touch. Mill workers feel management is out of touch. Professionals think they're out of touch. Go spend some time on the shop floor...in the marketing and sales offices. See what the real issues are...and meditate on what you fine before making your next cost-cutting decision.

    Pick a direction and a corporate mission that's real and home-grown. The consultants are sucking money out of you. You know he business, the assets and capabilities. Whatever you decide, resouce it and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful

    Gross Mismanagement

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Neenah, WI

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

    Pros

    The people are great. At least the few who haven't left. Tons of talent has been driven out or has left the company.

    Senior Executives are getting incredibly rich.

    New Vice Presidents, almost all external hires, pop up almost daily.

    Cons

    Wave after wave of layoffs and recent mill closings have resulted in a disenchanted work force in many areas.

    Cost cutting is now cutting to the bone. Fat was cut away many years ago.

    If you aren't in health care expect ongoing budget cuts to continue. This leadership has no idea how to spend profits to grow the company. Bring your own water - nothing is free.

    Layers of management coupled with political correctness gone wild make many groups unbearable to work for.

    Performance Management. If you are with KC you know what I'm talking about. This system is a cancer to the company and has sucked the life out of many great workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has an agenda to make themselves rich and they are executing it at the expense of their "family" of employees.

    Do families, like Senior Management regularly pretends we are, really cut off hard working sons and daughters when the financials get tough? "Son, we have lots of money but I need to please the market so I'm going to have to sell you off".

    At KC you are not family - you are a headcount and will be cut when needed. Advice: don't blow smoke up you know where. Tell people the truth. Its all about the money - there is no concern for individuals. Simple honesty would be refreshing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful

    Would not recommend to anyone. Save your career and stay away.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Roswell, GA

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

    Pros

    Some like minded people will gel together, suffer together. Lot of exposure.

    Cons

    I worked in other large organizations before, never have I seen a more conservative company. Culture is pre 1960's. Undisclosed code of Jewish/Minority hatred. The diversity program is a hack. If you are a person of color, black, brown, yellow or any shade in between, save your career and stay away. There is a reason why there are so many discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuits against this company. The folks who are promoted are mere puppets. Incompetence is constantly rewarded and applauded. If you are a smart and hardworking white guy/gal, be prepared to head out, because you are a threat to the establishment. They will find a way to push you out. If you are Jewish, good luck. Be prepared for some isolation. There is no scale to measure the antisemitic index. Simply put discriminatory environment and racist management. Do not fall for some of the glowing and positive reviews on Glassdoor. Most likely they are paid temps, just loading up on positive ratings so as to keep the average above 3. Yeah, they have done that too. Mckinsey consultants now hold key positions within the company and will most likely split it up and sell it in pieces. So, no future prospects what so ever. Stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't fix stupid. So, no point in giving any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Let down

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    Former Employee - Electrician in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Electrician in Everett, WA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and learn from. place offered a variety of challenges to keep a pulp and paper mill running.

    Cons

    managers were some of the worst. no real experience in making paper or maintaining a mill. just a bunch of kids out of college trying to get a big company name on there resume. Lots of confusion with in the management structure and high turn over. When they closed the mill upper management lied to its employees and said they were 2years out from closing. turn out to be 12 months or less for sum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cant give any to them.. they already know it all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Doesn't Care About Their Contract Employees!

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    Former Contractor - Customer Service in Neenah, WI
    Former Contractor - Customer Service in Neenah, WI

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

    Pros

    OK pay... and that's it

    Cons

    Where do I start.. When hiring you for this temporary customer service position they tell you it will be at least a year with a GREAT chance of being hired on directly. While there, numerous employees were being cut every day, after only being there for a few months, for no reason at all except "it's for the good of the company". The management does not take the time to get to know you. They will cut you in a second without thinking about it, and without care of your current situation. They're shifty, dishonest, and indirect. They'll never let you know what's going on with your own job. If you ask questions they'll cut you. You leave work every day not knowing if you'll have a job the next day. Would not recommend!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest, and start actually caring about your temporary employees! They're people too, who need jobs and rely on this one for at least a year! Just because they are temporary, stop treating them like dirt. Follow through with what you tell them during the hiring process. Make them feel welcome, and like they actually matter! Making your employees wonder every day when they'll be the ones cut, is not a way to run a successful business!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Hope you have time to wait.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI

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

    Pros

    Good pay when you consider the cost of living for the area.
    Nostalgia because this corporate environment is out of 1982.

    Cons

    The company makes decisions at a glacial pace.
    "Engagement" programs and LEAN are buzzwords not reality
    All roads lead to Neenah.
     Expect another round of layoffs when the 2015 goals are missed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most KC management is from the old guard, it really is still a good old boys club things are earned with years of service not skills or merit. Give answers not lip service, if you're going to just dodge questions why bother taking them?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Limited growth opportunities

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    Former Employee - Customer Care Analyst in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Analyst in Roswell, GA

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

    Pros

    At the time of my employment, the organization provided competitive compensation, however, it is my understanding they have gone through a salary restructuring.

    Cons

    Again, limited growth opportunities; lack of leadership training; significant development opportunities in the area of building morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest a focus on developing ALL employees, not just certain groups. I would also encourage them to refrain from playing the "blame game". At the end of the day, the organization is a team; employees are not pawns. Focus on getting the job down vs. pointing fingers when a plan fails.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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