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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. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunities...until they closed our site"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Manager in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for growth. Started with an entry level position and moved up to management by the time the plant was closed.
    Loved the people, but not so much the corporation (see cons)
    For some, a pro would be job security--people are always going to need toilet paper. Hard to foresee a plant closure coming, though.
    At the Everett mill we had flex Fridays, which was an awesome perk, but I don't believe they do that at other mills.

    Cons

    Working for a big corporation, dealing their systems, the time I took to make a change (lots of red tape).
    SAP--not user friendly and their system of choice.
    The 360 review process and managers being forced to put certain percentages of employees in box 1-9. If a manager isn't well spoken and able to fight for employees, or if their is favoritism or office politics going on, this is a poor way to evaluate performance.
    Then there's the obvious--the fact that it's ultimately about the bottom line and if they need to close a site to keep profits growing, they're going to make that business decision. Can't say I blame them, but next time around I'd like to work somewhere where the employees and customers come first.
    They still enforce a dress code, or at least they did as recently as 2012. They should get with the times. Take a look at the culture of companies like Amazon.com, Microsoft, Expedia and see what they are doing in big and small ways (like casual dress being allowed) to make the job more enjoyable for their employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

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

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    Former Employee - Paper Machine Operator in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Paper Machine Operator in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than 5 years)

    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 Management

    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.

  3. "Great place to work until they closed the mill."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wages and benefits, emphasis on safety in the mill, good people to work with. The company likes to hire recent college grads and does provide internships/coop experience.

    Cons

    Kimberly-Clark closed the Everett mill site in April of 2012, putting 750 people out of work. They are rumored to be closing more sites in the future.

    Local managers are good but often hampered by direction from corporate headquarters.

    24/7 operation hard on family life.

    No help from the corporation in finding work at other KC mills when the Everett mill closed.

    If you are a salaried employee, you can not move up in the company unless you relocate to other locations around the country. Hourly (union) employees can not move up out of production jobs without a degree.


  4. "Let down"

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    Former Employee - Electrician in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Electrician in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with and learn from. place offered a variety of challenges to keep a pulp and paper mill running.

    Cons

    managers were some of the worst. no real experience in making paper or maintaining a mill. just a bunch of kids out of college trying to get a big company name on there resume. Lots of confusion with in the management structure and high turn over. When they closed the mill upper management lied to its employees and said they were 2years out from closing. turn out to be 12 months or less for sum

    Advice to Management

    cant give any to them.. they already know it all.


  5. "Plants closing down"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Team Member in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Team Member in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    was really good pay for the area

    Cons

    Plants closing, Manufacturing co that doesn't like to manufacture any more

    Advice to Management

    think about future needs and logistics


  6. "Mill was closed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

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

    Pros

    The 12 hr shifts could be grueling. However the days off were nice to allow for good family time. Coworkers became an extended family.

    Cons

    Medical and dental left a lot to be desired. Some management that would come in had no knowledge of the job at hand. Rarely did you see management on the production floor. Sick leave was not heard of. Even if you were admitted to a hospital, a Dr. Note did not constitute as a excused absence.

    Advice to Management

    To a bare minimum, management should atleast step foot on the production floor to gain understanding into what the employees jobs consist of. It would have been nice to have positive feedback on occasion. However, it was always negative. That does nothing to morale. In fact it has the opposite result. The mill closure was under a dark vail that seemed to be miss-truths. Why close a mill that was making money? Management should have an ounce of being a people person. This was extremely rare. I worked for this company for 20+ yrs and it was probably the best hint to happen to me, in regards to the mill closure.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Two words "Corporate Greed""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay and benefits although benefits are on a serious decline.

    Cons

    They wont hesitate to throw employees away like garbage.

    Advice to Management

    Dont let your corporate greed affect decisions!!!

  8. "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong financial position. Fairly secure

    Cons

    Not focused on American markets. Better to seek employment from Clearwater or another company that is investing in its American Manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    Rather than closing your assets cut down on the size of your corporate collosus. If Clearwater can make a great profit with only American assets why can't you?


  9. "Instrument Techs Rock"

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    Current Employee - E/I Tech in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - E/I Tech in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited OT, I work about 600 to 800 per year, I know of people working 3000 to 3200 Hrs per year. If you are a go getter should be OK, be ready to work OT new guys usually get "Forced" to work.

    Cons

    Too many superviser, very top heavy. The ratio is 6 to 1. It is hard to remeber who tom talk to depending where you are in the mill. Very little training for newer employees, alot of promises when you get hired, Hrly rate is low for the area, Oil Refineries in the Area pay more per Hr and get better Bennys,

    Advice to Management

    Give praise to your workers, acknowledge the good ones, the people getting dirty. Very little feed back on work done too many supervisors, trying to go too many directions.


  10. "hit or miss"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineering Co-Op in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Co-Op in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have many different locations, so you can find one near where you want to live. They also offer a 9/80 schedule. It's super nice to get every other Friday off. You get to dress fairly casual, mainly khakis and polos.

    Cons

    The Everett location is not well organized. The engineers are overworked. Many of the operators seems unmotivated. It may depends on where you work in the mill, it a very large location. There is no cafeteria, however. There also is no common lunch room, so it's hard to connect with co-workers outside of your area of work.

    Advice to Management

    Feedback to employees is crucial, especially when training new engineers.


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