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Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Kimberly-Clark provides great work life balance (in 123 reviews)

  • Great people & flexible schedule (in 69 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Outstanding"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Technical Leader I in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, consumer products, global, tight community and sense of family, cares about employees and community, safety first, world class products, recognition

    Cons

    Slow to change or adapt (big corporation, traditional mindset), some burocracy, commoditization of its products, needs to adapt quicker to todays rapidly evolving consumer

    Advice to Management

    Risk taking


  2. "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. "Process Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chester, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Many manufacturing facilities allow for all salary employees to take off every other Friday or work half days each Friday provided they work full 80 hours in 2 weeks. Though they are not guaranteed. If the machine decides to not work for that day, you're at work. But in general, that does not happen. They plan on having Fridays as a catch up day where nothing major is scheduled.

    Cons

    They move you around a lot to various positions. This is either a pro or con depending on how you look at it.


  4. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PMO and Project Management Processes are very mature. Project Managers are given a great deal of responsibility and resources to meet business needs.

    Cons

    Project Managers who do not take full responsibility for project outcomes will not succeed at KC.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push Program Office and Project Management concepts out to the business so that IT and Business Project Managers are aligned on the same PM Processes.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Customer Inventory Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Customer Replenishmeny Specialist in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Replenishmeny Specialist in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very successful company with a strong supply chain infrastructure

    Cons

    Very political, meaning, that promotions and recognition are rarely based on actual performance, success, skills and exceeding objectives...But more so based on who can be the loudest and brown nose the most to management. I believe that the best individual for the job should get the job, rather than the individuals that are best friends with hiring manager for a respective position.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Attorney in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    K-C is a good company with a positive culture and environment. Generally, people do care about each other and their responsibilities and it is a positive place to work.

    Cons

    The positive culture at times gets in the way of progress at K-C. It is very consensus driven, where individuals do not always feel empowered or accountable, which can slow decision making. People are also often hesitant to provide constructive feedback to others, leading to some passive-aggressive behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Management is changing at K-C, and I believe that more accountability is being driven into the organization, which is a positive step. The trick will be to do this without stripping out the positive aspects of K-C.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    None None None None & N/A

    Cons

    One of the worst Companies I ever worked - why - management! They do not listen and they are transparent, just like they claim, but not in a good way.

    Advice to Management

    Management is the problem -


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "VP"

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    Current Employee - Vice President, Supply Chain Management in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Vice President, Supply Chain Management in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and caring culture, Strong focus on ethics and compliance to do the right thing. New leadership coming in helps to strengthen KC results.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive culture at times which keeps progress from being made. Lots of old school thinking. Good ole boys club still in place even though many new leaders are trying to change.


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