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Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Kimberly-Clark provides great work life balance (in 133 reviews)

  • KC has a great culture and great people (in 72 reviews)

Cons
  • depending on manager work life balance on paper not the same as in practice (in 37 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 (4)

    "Complicated company"

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


  2. "KC Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Sales and Marketing Manager in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Sales and Marketing Manager in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly educated and motivated team. Good collaboration between team mates.

    Cons

    Management is moving towards micro- managing team to achieve desired results.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Bother"

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    • 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Associate buiness analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    work life balance, competitive pay

    Cons

    poor middle management, change is slow to come


  5. "Outstanding"

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    • 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


  6. "Employee Benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    K-C is a great place to work and provides flexible work arrangements; however, the ability to do so effectively is solely dependent upon the department and the manager.

    Cons

    K-C lacks true leaders, someone to coach and lead a team


  7. "Process Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Great Company to work for!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, great work life balance, great pay

    Cons

    limited relocation opportunities, most jobs located in neenah


  10. "Kimberly Clark"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible work arrangements as necessary; culture leans towards team leader training, continuous improvement and cost savings. Site "fun" events several times a year.

    Cons

    Very top heavy, adding multiple director and above jobs while on strict cost savings programs and constantly looking at potential outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    Less chiefs, more workers. Less spending on travel and top level relocations and hiring and more on IT and marketing.


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