Kimberly-Clark

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Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
499 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Never again

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

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    KC USED TO BE A GOOD PLACE TO WORK

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

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Loudon, TN
    Current Employee - Employee in Loudon, TN

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    White men rule!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Change Agent in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Change Agent in Roswell, GA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great company gone bad

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Manager in Appleton, WI

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst job experience ever in Customer service

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Otc in Brighton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Otc in Brighton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Employees who help a lot
    Offices
    Location
    Canteen
    Free coffee machine which help to survive

    Cons

    No directions, processes
    Too many tasks for a low salary
    Lack of knowledge (team management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team Management should actually develop people skills and technical skills
    HR should learn how to deal with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    not what is used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst

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

    Pros

    used to invest in training.. not anymore. used to pay good.. not so anymore.

    Cons

    The company is restructuring every 4 years, loosing a great part of their IT best skills because talent and quality is not valued, only cost. not a company to retire at all.

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

    One stress after another

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Salary is ok, holiday entitlement is alright, colleagues are by and large ok (helps you to survive in that awful environment)

    Cons

    Employees stretched way too thinly, inept management at all levels, too much reliance on cost saving to make money and a tremendous lack of product innovation. This is hardly an exciting company at the forefront of things. Way too cautious until it decides on the next round of redundancies. Seems very reactive as opposed to proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold - follow your own 'one KC behaviours' :)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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