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. Great place to work!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Social Media Content in Acworth, GA
    Current Intern - Social Media Content in Acworth, GA

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    encouraging culture, on-site gym, on-site Olympic pool, on-site health clinic, flexible hours, a huge push to "build talent"

    Cons

    extremely conservative culture, difficult to implement changes to major operational methods


  2. Good enviroment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Account Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Concentration on concepts and too much theory around the sales process


  3. Helpful (1)

    Too Many Acronyms Hides Leadership Skills

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people here is what makes this place tolerable and keeps me here. Otherwise, nothing really good about this place.

    Cons

    Horrible leadership at all levels especially in the IMC department. They don't know what they're doing and can't make up their minds. They use all kinds of acronyms and business speak to hide their inadequacies. The department has lost respect from many other business units, but they keep on keepin' on....'round and 'round the carousel we go. Plan to get off pretty soon and join the mass employee exit from August 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Start over...with the right people in place. Build back credibility and respect with genuinely nice people. Don't know if this place is salvageable, but don't think that matters much since you're headed for extinction when they start to use agencies for all marcom work. The people certainly don't emulate the set of values they preach.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    If You Like Going Around in Circles...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice people, for the most part. Pleasant surroundings, cafe on site, lake, modern looking offices. Parking lot is empty at 4:00 pm. Low expectations so if you like to just get by then this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Many departments don't have the right leadership in place. Decision-makers are slow to pull the trigger on projects. Meetings are abundant and redundant--nothing gets accomplished. Lots of change that isn't good. Budgets keep getting cut.

    Advice to Management

    Stop riding on the coattails of consumer. You've got great products, but you don't have the right people in place to being them to market. Take a risk.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits and pay

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

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Summer hours, Health Center on site

    Cons

    Layoffs occur every 4-5 years


  7. Helpful (1)

    Senior Research Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roswell, GA

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great with flex time and summer Friday afternoons off. Nobody is looking over your shoulder making sure you are putting in specific hours it is all about getting your work done.

    Cons

    As an R& D person, over the years there seems to be less emphasis on doing good experimentation and fundamental research more on outsourcing and project management. It is less rewarding if that is your interest.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Great people and culture, but volatile

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Technical Work in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - IT Technical Work in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and for...the culture is idealistic and visionary. Adequate pay and benefits and, in my case, they encourage creative problem solving. Excellent training opportunities. Beautiful office environments and support for remote knowledge workers. They appreciate hard work, but do not try to burn you out.

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low compared to peer companies. They tend to have layoffs every 5-6 years ago which creates a depressing and fearful work environment for about a year. Forced ranking of employee performance, i.e. you can be "unacceptable" even if your boss says your're great and rates you as superior. To survive the rankings, you must be visible in a positive way with other managers.

    Advice to Management

    It's a shareholder benefit focused big corporation that can be ruthless if you mismanage things. Better choice for managers and everyone: a B (benefit) corporation where shareholders, managers, workers and customers are equally valued. GET RID OF FORCED RANKINGS OF EMPLOYEES; you are now cutting out some muscle. Expect lawsuits if you continue forced rankings and a shift towards less group cooperation and more knife-in-the-back politics.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Large company that is slow to change or make decisions

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Roswell, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stability (until recently, with layoffs announced), good product lines, good people by and large. Good benefits, although they continue to be whittled downward.

    Cons

    Calcified management, slow to recognize new product opportunities when they are brought forward, too many systems,risk-averse, too much focus on cost-savings for existing brands/products and not enough on growing in adjacent or new categories.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to new opportunities, take some calculated risks the way the company did in the past. Allow product development to flourish and be supported. Streamline systems and make things easier to bring new products or processes forward rather than always more difficult.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Amazing experience, people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Lab Technician in Roswell, GA
    Former Intern - Lab Technician in Roswell, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People were really friendly, great consumer-product goods company, high value and volume, and work-life balance was amazing with summer hours. Compensation was in line with what was expected. Great boss, lots of opportunities! Very results driven, learned a lot in my time here, great manager.

    Cons

    May be overlooked because the organization is so big. Wasn't sure about inner promotion, seemed to favor hiring from the outside for upper-level positions. Ultimately though, nothing too bad. Very very structured in terms of departments and processes seem to be standardized for the most part, not too much innovation.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Global Strategic Marketing

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

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good co-workers with genuine support.

    Cons

    Poor leadership with focus on personal ahcievements. Promotions occur through relationships and not merit.

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunate set of leaders (now gone) who have completely disrupted a good company.



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