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Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
458 Reviews

3.8
458 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 52 reviews)

  • There is a lot of great people to learn from (in 28 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 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Smalltown Values in a Big Company

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

    Pros

    While Kimberly-Clark is a large, global corporation, it still operates under smalltown values. Everyone acts with integrity and a personal sense of responsibility for the success of the company.There's a strong feeling of community and everyone is treated as if you're their next-door neighbor. Great work-life balance and emphasis on family.

    Cons

    Slow to move and make changes. Risk-averse and at times ends up playing defense rather than offense.
    In terms of employee promotion within the sales offices, be prepared to move. The quickest advancements (and pay raises) come if you're willing to relocate. Small offices lead to slow turnover and the more willing you are to move for the job vs. the location, the better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Where else would you work?

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

    Pros

    I’ve worked here for 5 years. My first experience was in Customer Service in the Neenah Office. Customer Service is a great team to start out on as you really learn a lot about the company and you meet a lot of friendly people. There is also a great work-life balance at the Neenah location and a lot of families love the flexibility that the company offers. I now hold a role in one of the Field Sales offices. I believe that each sales office is different and the culture is dependent on the people there. This experience has been a challenge, but has taught me a lot about our customer facing teams.

    Cons

    Each office location has their pros and cons. The Neenah office is in a small town so it is hard for people to adapt if they are used to a bigger city. The Field Sales offices do not have as much work-life balance flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every Team Leader is different so I have no specific advice to give.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A good company to work for overrall.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor  in  Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Auditor in Conway, AR

    Pros

    - Many opportunities available for many different career tracks.
    - Highly competitive salaries compared to region.
    - Benefits (medical/dental/vision/education/vacation) (there are more but I don't remember them at this moment)
    - Comfortable work conditions

    Cons

    - Poor communication by mid-level management (in both style and in informative content)
    - Inadequate planning and implementation of change control throughout lower levels of the corporation. (Regional level and especially at the facility level)
    - Major discontinuities between the "Exempt" (salaried) and "Non-Exempt" (hourly) exist in the workforce in terms of privileges and opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow hourly employees the ability to be able to move into salaried ranks. Career development is very segregated between the two classes of employees. Many hourly employees do not see any reason to strive for improvement in themselves or the company as a result of the stratification and segregation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    K-C is a great company built around great brands. It's grounded in a genuinely collaborative environment that provides employees the opportunity to participate and grow. There is a strong sense of core values within the culture.

    Cons

    K-C is no different than most Multi-national companies. There is tremendous opportunity for individual growth and promotion. This path often requires, or at least will be accelerated, by a openness to relocate for opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Was a good place to work until they closed the Everett plant for no good reason.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Paper Machine Operator  in  Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Paper Machine Operator in Everett, WA

    Pros

    Was a good job with a livable wage and benefits although they were really trying to cut the benefits and pay down at the end. Weird schedule, but allowed ample time off while keeping the place open 24/7.

    Cons

    They closed the mill and I wasn't willing to relocate out of state to work for a company that would close a profitable local business like that with no good reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can only hope that the company has to pay for all of the cleanup of the location before anyone else will even think about buying it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Money was excellent. Ability to move into other positions for a time.

    Cons

    Hours were terrible. Switching from days to nights every three days took a toll on my body. Did this for 13 years. Never got use to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the rotating shift.

  8.  

    Room for Improvement - better outcome if you are from Wisconsin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Neenah, WI

    Pros

    Great group of people who work really hard to drive the bottom and obtain result. Great learning environment.

    Cons

    Lacks diversity and you are not always set up to be successful in your role by management. At times you are thrown into the mix and have to figure it out for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of the promises stated did not have the follow through. Do not reward bad behavior. Director should have more training on how to be an effective leader, how to manage teams and effective communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid experience, great people, variety of engineering work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Neenah, WI

    Pros

    Competitive pay, good benefits, good people.

    Cons

    Political culture, minority people get majority of promotions thus if you are not top talent or a minority - good luck getting a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push out the dead weight management that has been in the same position for 20+ years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for - very caring

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

    Pros

    Senior Leaders are very approachable
    People here want you tos succeed
    CEO walks the talk on diversity

    Cons

    Need to get middle managers as progressive as the CEO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to train your team leaders on how to be better managers in advancing an employee's career.
    You need to value your older workers as well as younger ones since they bring wisdom and know- how to the table. There is too much emphasis on TOP TALENT and the fact that they are below 40. There are a small percentage of the population at K-C and they will wind up leaving in the next couple of years. So don't be so quick to place all your eggs in their basket.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great People

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my job and the people I worked with. While company benefits are absolutely awesome; starting salaries are low so they try to sell you on the benefits.

    Cons

    Limited career growth; although Irving, TX is headquarters, you would have to relocate to another city in order to have a chance at upward mobility.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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