Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
481 Reviews
3.8
481 Reviews
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Kimberly-Clark Chairman, President, and CEO Tom Falk
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • KC allows for ample growth opportunities and encourages a healthy work-life balance (in 60 reviews)

  • Great people - good culture - people treat each other respectfully (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Too slow, awful performance management system, far too much bureaucracy (in 14 reviews)

  • The Field Sales offices do not have as much work-life balance flexibility (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    HR Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A strong culture of high performance with very capable talent. Has made great strides in building and inviting diversity into organization, including at senior levels. Has transformed from an internally focused culture to one of market driven and customer driven.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very difficult to achieve especially as you rise in organization, although company strongly encourages balance. A bit of a paradox. Also a high relationship company where relationships truly matter to getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to demonstrate value for diverse thinking and become a company where millennials will want to work. Continue to growth employer brand.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Operator in Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Operator in Ogden, UT

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

    Pros

    KC really focuses on a safe work environment and has an excellent livewell program. There are many chances to get free product through safety drawings or safety milestones. There is usually some sort of livewell program going on to help improve your lifestyle. The schedule allows for days off during the week and allows you to have 3-4 days off each week in most cases (some overtime is required occasionally). There are a lot of opportunities to gain knowledge in different areas, but many jobs are temporary (then you go back to being an operator).

    Cons

    The schedule is rotating shifts which can get hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing experience, people

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Roswell, GA

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to work for Internship

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Co-Op in Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Co-Op in Ogden, UT

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

    Pros

    Had projects ready for you upon starting
    Relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Focused on interns more at corporate office than in mills

    Recommends
  6.  

    Well run organization overall from top to bottom. I recommend KC for a strong detailed orientated individual.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow, places to see. KC has everything from Finance, IT, Production and others. They are not afraid to move you from one organization to another. I went from IT to Production Planning and loved it.

    Cons

    Still a bit of a "old boys" mentality in some organizations, however overall this is minimal. Tough to get in the door as well.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Truly fantastic company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark as an intern

    Pros

    They very much value their employees and are actively working to make it a positive and innovative environment. Very much promoted work life balance.

    Cons

    Decision making can take awhile

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    KC

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    good culture that i can believe in

    Cons

    lots of strategy changes and different direction

  9.  

    Overall good experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Very strong brands help this company stay competitive. International growth prospect weak in Asia, Mediocre results in Europe and good progress in Latin America. Plenty of resources with excess cash used for shares buybacks (i.e., not able to invest in profitable business growth/expansion).

    Cons

    Leadership lacks vision. Too much politics surround every decision and too much focus is placed on "check the box" accomplishments. Too slow to market. Not much entrepreneurship. Too bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More practicing what you preach. become more agile. Promote more entrepreneurship and merit based people development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sounded great until change occurs.

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    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

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

    Pros

    Great people, for the most part. Benefits are good (those that you are able to use).

    Cons

    Disorganization and constant change of direction resulted in shifting priorities, confusion, and no opportunities for professional development or growth within the company. Training received was of little value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture is not shifting, Have middle management follow through with the "Culture" and practice what is preached. People talk a lot but never act or follow through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good Products

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    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Planning Manager in Neenah, WI

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

    Pros

    They make good products that everybody needs. Flexibility of core hours and flexible work arrangements has increased over the last 5 years. They added bonuses to mid level employees and above, but that can make for tension with team members who are excluded from the bonus program. Fairly mature work processes.

    Cons

    Work load is often extremely heavy. Little investment in training and development. "Good ole boys network" can make it difficult to advance your career. Lots of project work on top of regular responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better understand the work of your team so that you can provide leadership and coaching. Stop calibrating employees. It makes the workplace competitive instead of team oriented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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