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Updated August 7, 2017
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  • Claim to have work life balance as a priority but there is no consideration of this at the tactical levels (in 34 reviews)

  • If upper management were aware of how often this goes on I don't think they would be happy (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Great company and great co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Roswell, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. KC really wants their employees to succeed and encourage and support employees to control their career path. Co-workers and summer hours are great.

    Cons

    Most teams are quite lean and can lead to long hours occasionally. Very matrixed organization and can be hard to get things done.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Complicated company"

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    Former Employee - Research and Engineering in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Research and Engineering in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, additional perks such as health center, cafeteria and forested grounds. Good team members depending on the department you are employed in, there is a very family like atmosphere. Good work/life balance for long term employees.

    Cons

    The culture is bipolar on many levels. Complicated levels of corporate programs that require HOURS of training but are never implemented and set everyone up for noncompliance. Seemed like a new system was being implemented every year and directives and training are extremely vague. Huge disconnect between global and regional goals. Managers in positions do not understand what they need or want, constantly mislead staff and then blame the staff for the mistakes. Feels like you're being led into failure. The culture has changed vastly over the years and many team members are extremely passive aggressive as a result. Sharky behavior is not dealt with appropriately and personnel are not held to the standard that the global objectives direct. They talk a good talk, but don't walk the walk. It is not unheard of for contract staff to work for years (+5) in a position only to watch coops and new engineers being hired left and right when these support positions NEVER have the opportunity of becoming permanent. If a company offers someone a contract position for that long, clearly that individual is value added Head count is always restrictive and the company is always undergoing reorganization which offers zero value to the departments affected and creates a culture of fear and people who lack accountability. Contract and partner personnel are treated extremely poorly. Janitorial, facilities management and other service teams are blamed for KC employees not following their own program. Safety program is a means to finger point and find fault while no KC employees are ever held accountable when safety concerns exist.

    Advice to Management

    KC was once an amazing culture. With a very high emphasis on people. When considering talent, consider those who have worked for your company for years in contract positions rather than hiring externally. You don't have enough gears to power your engine. Too management top heavy and not enough entry level positions for talented work staff. Enforce the programs you already have in place before implementing new ones that are never enforced. Focus more on personal and professional accountability than the blame game. Work together to find real solutions rather than being defensive and passive aggressive.

  3. "Human Resources Contractor"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Roswell, GA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Roswell, GA

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

    Pros

    Great team focused environment. Beautiful location. Work/Life balance is valued.

    Cons

    Located in a very congested traffic area.


  4. "Awesome"

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    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Roswell, GA
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op in Roswell, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love this company for their culture.

    Cons

    Need more opportunities within KC.


  5. "Avoid this political nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Manager in Roswell, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work balance is about all

    Cons

    Political
    Only promoted if friends with long term employees

    Advice to Management

    Learn real Operational Excellence and try to get the waste out of the departments saying they are doing so.


  6. "Fantastic company culture"

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    Current Intern - Research and Development Co-op in Roswell, GA
    Current Intern - Research and Development Co-op in Roswell, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is on a first name basis, co-op program pays well, Roswell GA is a great location.

    Cons

    Progress feels slow at times in our projects.

    Advice to Management

    Give interns projects that involve decision making and critical thinking.


  7. "Kimberly-Clark Corporation"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Roswell, GA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Roswell, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None. Most employees are lazy and most of the leadership is self-absorbed and attempting to keep the middle managers down to a lower level

    Cons

    Worst company to work for if you are a female or older male. It is a "good old boys club" at Kimberly-Clark Corp

    Advice to Management

    Management is undereducated and useless. They need to bring in some new top talent.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing environment to breed innovation."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Materials Engineer in Roswell, GA
    Current Employee - Materials Engineer in Roswell, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You're given freedom to make your own decisions in problem solving. The management is very nurturing and wants you succeed. The other employees also provide excellent support in helping you reach your goals. Depending on your role you may get to travel the world as well since Kimberly Clark has a large international presence.

    Cons

    There may be a learning curve for people coming straight from school to a corporate environment. It shouldn't impact people with previous work experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Being too conservative will be the demise of this company"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, great learning experience, flexible work arrangements. Nice campus. Casual dress code. Excellent clubs & networking opportunities on campus & within the organization.

    Cons

    Very, very low pay for amount of work required based on financial impact to the organization.

    All management reports directly to out of touch high up leadership which leads to misalignment of goals, direction, & the worker bees being constantly told to switch direction & objectives. Mid-level managers have zero business managing people due to lack of proper training or resourcing by HR. Anyone with a leadership role is paid an enormous salary & those leaders do zero actual work but sit around & talk & make plans for what & how their measly paid team members will accomplish for them next. Career growth is non-existent unless you are a decent looking white girl willing to kiss a lot of ---- or a good old boy with family ties within the organization. Nepotism is rampant & the promotions & largest salaries are paid based on who's who instead of experience, knowledge, & skill. Constant change leaves those in the trenches doing the work miserable, underpaid, & in fear of being the next to be fired. But KC doesn't fire people, they instead force people they don't like into resignation by picking on them until they can't take it anymore. It is obvious management discriminates based on age, race, creed, & if you don't fit the Mold of a WASP or are homosexual, older, unmarried in your 30s, etc & don't hob knob with your leaders & kiss their you know what's you can bet you will be set up to fail. The level of management that oversees most of the workforce is given too much power for an organization of KCs size with too little training & that is what leads working for KC to feel more like attending high school where the pretty & popular are on top; instead of like in real life where the nerds & hard workers succeed. Having had experience with multiple large, global organizations, I would have to say my experience with KC was the absolute worst & not just limited to one department or business sector within the KC organization, while most organizations do operate somewhat on a who knows who basis, KC will absolutely run themselves into the ground in the near future if they do not become more diversified, value real talent, & stop having the "too big to fail" attitude.

    Decisions are made on a complete whim regarding software systems & IT enhancements. Motto seems to be, let's just do it now & deal with customer recourse, worker capabilities, & customer satisfaction later.

    Advice to Management

    There are too few levels of management - while upper management sets a vision & goal, only 2 rungs down the ladder are inexperienced, untrained people trying to execute said vision & goal without the knowledge, skill, management capabilities, etc to execute any course of action that is long lasting and sustainable.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Seems like a good company outside of working in Product Supply."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistic in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Logistic in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good, also work-life balance is important to the company.

    Cons

    The company as a whole seems like it may be a good company to work for, however, the Product Supply department leaves a lot to be desired. Leadership is poor at best, there is no development direction and no room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Require middle management to move into a new role after being in the same role for so long. There is no leadership on the team and the managers are terribly lacking in skills and the ability to manage teams. HR needs more visibility to employees - HR reps are basically non-existent here.


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