Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated August 23, 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 (1)

    Sr. Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Management in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Account Management in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They were mentor ship form senior management as well as working closely with a well known retail chain. The daily interactions between the Retail consumer company and marketing team at Kimberly Clark.

    Cons

    Change of Senior management. The new President of sales. All of senior management replaced by new president of consumer sales with his own team from past employer. Our teams that had been mentored by our former Senior management was no longer available for personal contact. A lot of senior account managers were replaced by new presidents former employer. Not a customer service team environment anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Please re-create the 'team' atmosphere between Sr. management, marketing staff and sales team. Stop ruling by intimidation and the four quad rating system. They had a strong sales force, team efforts and strong mentoring opportunities. They threw away a lot of seasoned professionals.


  2. Electrical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible work hours, comp time, travel (if you like it)

    Cons

    Ability to move or gain other experiences lacking

    Advice to Management

    Don't move your people around like chess pieces


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company but Lack of diversity.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn a ton. Summer hours. Good benefits. Employee Resource Groups available. Beautiful facility. Safety is a value.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity. HQ are in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin. They need to relocate to the suburbs of an actual city or eventually the company will fail due to lack of employees and turnover. Might not be now but I see this happening in 50 years. Millennials leave the company because everyone hates Neenah. No diversity of thought. Management needs to get their stuff together. Takes a ton to get things done. Meetings, meeting ps and meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Relocate all your Neenah offices to Roswell or Chicago, seriously. I've witness over 40 millennials leave the company in two years due to Neenah.


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  5. KC Planning

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Materials Planner in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Materials Planner in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well paid, decent benefits, nice facilities

    Cons

    Too many hours expected (salaried hourly wage greatly diminished by this); disparity in internal job posting

    Advice to Management

    Adopt a European attitude about work and home life - Work to live not live to work! Time off is good for employee morale.


  6. Okay place to work. Neenah is small town

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Neenah, WI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Neenah, WI
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark as an intern

    Pros

    Pay is competitive to other intern programs. You can dress casual to work. Majority of employees are hard working and help one another.

    Cons

    Neenah is a small town in Wisconsin. he winter months can get pretty cold. It seems they like to keep you in a position for at least 2 years before you get a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Mid-level management needs to become more aware of what their team does on a day to day basis and help provide ways they can achieve their goals.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Finance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company! Many good people. Friendly atmosphere. Great place to begin your career. Great entry level positions. Good pay. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Poor communication from midlevel management. Must believe in and support your people. Lack of trust for midlevel management. Takes too long to make sound decisions. Too many meetings..

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your people


  8. Co-op experience

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    Former Intern - CIA in Neenah, WI
    Former Intern - CIA in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very relaxed environment, heavily promotes growth and rotation within different areas, fun place to work, open to all ideas and innovation advances, cafeteria in every building at the Neenah locations, allows interns to voice their opinions and be valued just as much as full time employees, various employee resource groups, family feel, has a lot of women in higher up positions, has a company gym

    Cons

    Location, not many minorities, sometimes can be too relaxed, not all interns have the same experience in their roles, can be ambiguous at times, still a somewhat conservative organization that is slowly moving to a more open-minded mindset. Monthly pay for full time employees, no overtime

    Advice to Management

    Focus on getting rid of Silos and being open to necessary change. Beware of constant cost cutting.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Global company with strong culture of caring and authenticity

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Consultant in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Operations Consultant in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Collaborative culture. People care about each other. Stable. Great global opportunities. Strong current focus on driving diversity and diversity of thought.

    Cons

    Strong focus on cost reduction. Global company wide restructuring every four-five years like clock work. Locations may not be desirable to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Do not lose the collaborative culture and teamwork that makes K-C such a good place to work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Value

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Neenah, WI
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a big company, so you get the chance to work with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    They fire people and then spend lots of money on other things. Just work with non-profits just for tax breaks. People don't move about because of talent, but rather whom they know.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of spending money on things, spend it on your people. To retain top talent you have to value top talent. It is about more than just a fancy degree, too.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Great people but you have to deal with the management maze

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some of the sharpest, most collaborative people I have ever worked with in my career. Because of its location, K-C generally pays well at the beginning. Great place to raise a family. In most cases, you'll be able to have a wide array of experiences to build your CPG portfolio with some of the world's leading brands.

    Cons

    A lack of any real dialogue between senior leadership and the managers who've been tasked to drive the businesses. Be smart about the salary you negotiate, because you could be locked into that pay grade for quite some time as merit increases are small and advancement opportunities are both cloudy and only available if you actively hunt them down (success won't find you). K-C also insists that you get customer experience to move up the Brand ladder, but be careful...not all customer experiences are the same or valued the same way (which nobody tells you until afterward).

    Advice to Management

    Be less of a slave to shareholders...the growth targets to boost stock price have become unreachable. Have a more defined path for job advancement...there's too much "boy's club" mentality of who you have to network with to get your career moving



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