Kimberly-Clark

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Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
517 Reviews
3.6
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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Women and Minorities Beware - This is not a place for you!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Business Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Category Business Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    People are friendly
    Company car
    I think they are generally trying to change the culture for the better (but they are missing the mark most of the time)
    Great wins in innovation

    Cons

    High turnover of minorities and women (and they admit they need to improve the situation)
    No leadership, just task managers
    Old-school good ol' boy mentality
    Pay is low
    Dying brands that lack brand support (Kotex)
    Last to implement trends (digital marketing, etc.)
    Afraid of change
    Poor decision making
    Tom Falk is less than inspiring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's sad that a company known for successfully marketing the first feminine product is also known for being one of the worst workplaces for women. Women and/or minorities are the last to get ahead at the company (and this is freely admitted as a major turnover issue at EVERY major sales meeting & national meeting).

    If you want to real change at your company, you need to go beyond creating a culture of "accountability" and focus on leadership training, and improving morale. To ensure all employees have an equal opportunity to promote throughout the company, assess talent with a more structured and objective methodology such as intuiting an assessment board/team for assessing talent and promotions. Fire the CEO, add more women and minorities to leadership positions, and implement a new culture, not just that of 'accountability', but that of leadership and real change that is inspiring. Be quicker to adopt the latest industry trends, and re-structure to ensure decisions are made in a more streamlined manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Runs on Politics, Popularity, and Favoritism

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    Onboarding was okay. Since they're such a large company, they know what you need to be trained on.

    Cons

    Promotions are based off of popularity over merit. If you're not someone's favorite person, don't expect to get invited to anything from meetings to lunches. Compensation is below other CPG companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing politics. You wont be able to retain any or your top talent if you continue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Mill was closed

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

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

    Pros

    The 12 hr shifts could be grueling. However the days off were nice to allow for good family time. Coworkers became an extended family.

    Cons

    Medical and dental left a lot to be desired. Some management that would come in had no knowledge of the job at hand. Rarely did you see management on the production floor. Sick leave was not heard of. Even if you were admitted to a hospital, a Dr. Note did not constitute as a excused absence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To a bare minimum, management should atleast step foot on the production floor to gain understanding into what the employees jobs consist of. It would have been nice to have positive feedback on occasion. However, it was always negative. That does nothing to morale. In fact it has the opposite result. The mill closure was under a dark vail that seemed to be miss-truths. Why close a mill that was making money? Management should have an ounce of being a people person. This was extremely rare. I worked for this company for 20+ yrs and it was probably the best hint to happen to me, in regards to the mill closure.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    time to change senior leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Specialist II in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Design Specialist II in Neenah, WI

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

    Pros

    Good salary and decent benefits.

    Cons

    Current CEO and cronies on Board of Directors have driven company into the ground, their only solution is to re-org and downsize.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior Management Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    - #1 is the people. Although so much talent has left KC, there are still some wonderful people left.
    - Parking is good

    Cons

    - Senior mgmt is completely out of touch, yet they try so hard to make you believe they care. Pathetic.
    - Lower level managers try to please their bosses to be the next "pet".
    - SO much talent has left this company it is truly sad. Experience is not valued.
    - Company has been on a 8 year cost savings journey that now has come to "Burn the Furniture".
    - The next step to save money is to implement new pay standards to become "competitive". This is easily seen as cutting salaries and benefits.
    - Performance Management system that continues to kill morale while wasting tons of time.
    - Senior leadership views employees as a number, a headcount, and not a person. You can be replaced and you may be soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can't give any true advice to our the leadership at KC since they continue down the same path even after being told by many people, myself included, about how employees feel about Performance Manager, salary modifications, downsizing, etc. I finally decided leaving was the only intelligent option and my best way to communicate my disapproval to management. For all my friends left at KC - I hope things change soon - best wishes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Two words "Corporate Greed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    pay and benefits although benefits are on a serious decline.

    Cons

    They wont hesitate to throw employees away like garbage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont let your corporate greed affect decisions!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Finance folks: This is a toxic company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits, especially for northeastern Wisconsin. A chance to learn about budgeting, short-term forecasting, and the other fundamentals of corporate finance.

    Cons

    Senior management is uncommunicative. Turf fights abound. The lack of cooperation in senior management communicates downward to the troops. There is zero innovation in finance -- a strong resistance to any kind of change. Certainly the unfriendliest, nastiest place I've ever worked. By all means avoid Consumer Products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not recommended

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

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Work Flexibiiity and really good co-workers on your teams. It's a great place to make friends. People work well together on teams.

    Cons

    -It is hard to advance if you were not recruited in from college
    -Incompetence in management at many levels
    -Culture of fear
    -Many issues that do not get addressed
    -Angry, upset, disgruntled employees at all levels
    -Cannot hold on to top talent because they leave after short periods of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs training on how to be leaders. Many people in leadership are not true leaders. They do not know how to develop people and they do not value diversity of opinion. If KC had better management, this would be a great company to work for and KC. Employees currently are working to do the bare minimum to hold onto a job, not to really see the business grow and prosper. There is unethical behavior at many levels of leadership and no one is addressing it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Disappointing

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

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother

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

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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