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Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Kimberly-Clark provides great work life balance (in 128 reviews)

  • KC has a great culture and great people (in 72 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. "Don't Bother"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer
    Former Employee - Process Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are incapable of firing you. Just keep showing up and you'll continue staying gainfully employed.

    Cons

    Management has no clue what is going on. They're constantly pushing the newest, latest and greatest nonsense program to make your work more "efficient" when really all it does is bog you down getting nothing done for hours each day. The fact they won't ever do anything about the occasional awful people they hire means you'll be pulling double duty dragging their dead weight.

    If you're not coming to this company from straight out of school forget about it. Any previous experience is irrelevant when it comes to promotions. They do not value any minute of your professional career you haven't spent with them.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain talent split the G10 grade for engineers. You can work for the company 3 years and get to G10 and then in all liklihood, most will spend their career there, or quit. That's nonsense. Have a defined career path. And ditch the flavor of the month nonsense and let people do their job.


  2. "Avoid this political nightmare"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 -


  4. "Kimberly-Clark Corporation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (16)

    "Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are chosen as a top performer, or are hired right out of college they will put you on a fast track of promotion. One year rotations in roles, with little requirement to achieve any real success, you simply have to keep your head down, throw other people under the bus, be dishonest, never ever debate, and you will be promoted every year until you are a Senior level. At which point your life will change drastically, and you will be a target of hundreds of people that want your job.

    Cons

    I have worked at multiple top Fortune 500 companies and this is the absolute worst. They set up diversity groups as a cover up for how prejudice they are to anyone that isn't a white male that simply agrees with whatever leadership says blindly. The HR leadership team is similar to the mafia, they are bullies and often create false accusations against their senior employees to justify terminating them to avoid law suits for wrongful dismissal and age discrimination law suits. It used to be a very good company until the leadership all changed over and was brought in from the outside. They sit with hundreds of jobs in Neenah open that they can't fill because no one wants to move to Neenah WI and because the culture is from the 1920's, yet they continue to chase out high performers on trumped up KC One Behavior violations. No one is allowed to debate or defend themselves from whatever accusation HR makes, there is no trial or jury, and they allow anonymous complaints with no verification of the accusation. It has become a horrible culture of fear, and eat or be eaten culture. The only feedback you get is negative and constant criticism. AVOID this company at all costs, they will destroy your confidence and fire you with no cause or warning. Unless you are extremely slow, like to be a yes man, NEVER disagree or think for yourself, you will NOT be successful here. They reward puppets, they save all of their senior roles beyond Director for people from the outside, and the HR team is made up of criminals.

    Advice to Management

    Replace your HR team with people that are actually caring good people. If you say you want individual, creative thinkers that will debate and challenge the way it has always been done, than set up protection for them to thrive. Stop firing people and pushing out your highest performers on made up morality and value charges, they aren't legitimate accusations, but no one ever challenges HR's decisions. If you want diversity, people of color and more women leaders you have to set up a path for them to be promoted beyond Team leaders. Stop hiring all your Directors and VP levels and above from the outside.

    Kimberly-Clark Response

    Apr 19, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this review. We take all of your concerns very seriously. At Kimberly-Clark our employees are vital to achieving our goal of providing people with... More


  6. Helpful (7)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Kimberly Clark is a Joke"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op
    Current Intern - Engineering Co-Op
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - good stepping stone
    - easy going

    Cons

    - too many to list !!

    Advice to Management

    look for more competent people

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Worst Employer Ever"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paris, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    Most of the people that work here are very talented and friendly.
    Benefits are basic.
    Work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    HR is inept and a moral destroyer. Example: you are not allowed to personalize your office area even with a family photo. They actively look to create problems and drama including firing and interrogating people on hear say.
    If you have a question regarding your 401k, Health Insurance, etc., the office HR can't/won't help you. They will give you a list of numbers to reach the outsourced HR companies and get back to you in a few business days and sometimes, not at all. They are the most useless department in the plant and company.
    Certain groups are catered to.
    Pay is lower than industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    Quit forcing overly PC crap down everyone's throat and bending over backwards for a group of people that have threatened a lawsuit for damages done by the same people. There are no majority racist employees here. Everyone creates their own circumstance. Employees are resenting the company for it and looking for work elsewhere. You have and will lose your best employees. It is easy for great employees to find work at friendlier companies. Grow a backbone!


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Doesn't walk the talk"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good corporate values, but not embraced by some departments. Great experience working for a global company. Great interaction with people all over the globe. On-site health facility. Great resources for diverse employees, but could do more. Pay decent.

    Cons

    Seemed like employees were overloaded with work. Work/life balance questionable. Heavy reliance on contractors and agencies shows lack of care for employees. Mid-management level not skilled in managing people. Often promoted because of high skill level in field, but not able to manage people well. Motivate through stick not carrot approach. Employees not given appropriate resources to do their jobs well. Environment not friendly in some departments. Sometimes an overly-corporate feel without compassion and understanding. Not innovative like they promote. Stuck in old ways of doing things. Not progressive. Feeling that employees are not valued. Consumer marketing to customers often somewhat misleading. Doesn't value employee feedback. Non-collaborative in some departments. Little to no budget for initiative that are supposed to be a priority. Support from management non-existent. Lack of opportunities for professional development. Lack of proper planning/goals in some departments. Roadblocks that make it cumbersome to do job.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to manage people. Be more progressive with benefits and culture. Put people above profit and profit will follow. Reduce downsizing in order to not overload people.


  10. "MRG"

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family detailed company
    flex hrs

    Cons

    no structure.. to many politics


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