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Kimberly-Clark Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
499 Reviews
3.6
499 Reviews
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Kimberly-Clark Chairman, President, and CEO Tom Falk
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • KC allows for ample growth opportunities and encourages a healthy work-life balance (in 62 reviews)

  • Great people - good culture - people treat each other respectfully (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • The Field Sales offices do not have as much work-life balance flexibility (in 15 reviews)

  • Too slow, awful performance management system, far too much bureaucracy (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good place to work i enjoyed it

    Cons

    none i can remember at all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tries hard but business model broken

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Lots of training and development
    Looks to promote based on skill and capability
    Recognises top performers

    Cons

    Business model needs fixing especially in consumer
    Some leaders are more worried about
    There future than there staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better leaders

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Ok company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay, career progression good if your face fits

    Cons

    Too slow, awful performance management system, far too much bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make faster decisions and empower your staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Too Much Nepotism, Using current economic climate to unjustly screw employees benefits / pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Team Member in Barrow in Furness, England
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Team Member in Barrow in Furness, England

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

    Pros

    Decent salary for locality compared to other major employers.
    Production Shift pattern gives plenty of time off. (144 shifts vs. 221 days off per annum)
    Private Health care scheme.
    Share purchase scheme with buy 2 get 1 free deal.
    Company Shop to purchase products cheaply.

    Cons

    Far too much nepotism going on. New workers employed not for their skills and competancy, but because of who they are related to, or are best friends with!
    HR awkward with no heart. Company sticks rigidly to rules but employees expected to be ultra flexible.
    Company using current economic climate as excuse to trim costs, have ruined the future defined benefit pension of many long term employees by capping annual rises, also coupled with below inflation pay rises for the past 3 years, and pay band freezes/downgrading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use external assessors for recruitment selection to halt the nepostism / cronyism.
    Capping wage rises, Pay bands, and pension benefits, will only serve to cap the enthusiasm of the current employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company that could use more proactive management

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brighton, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brighton, England

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

    Pros

    KC has a nice work environment and there are plenty of career opportunities if you are willing to go the extra mile and work hard. Very good training system and my experience has been that as ling as you are exceeding expectations with performance then the company is willing to invest in further developing people - for ex support with further education or flexible working.

    Cons

    Especially for the top performers pay doesn't reflect this therefore people don't feel rewarded enough which can be demotivatibg and sometimes KC is missing out on people that would otherwise be very passionate about their work and could be of great benefit to the company in the future. Management talks a lot about quick decisions and taking risk however they are slow in reacting to their team's concerns or doing something about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promise less and action more, also ensure the pay reflects one's performance as the MBC doesn't reflect this at the moment and plans to put things right are not visible if they exist.

  7.  

    Better than most but not the best

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reigate, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reigate, England

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Intelligent and collaborative colleagues. Invests a lot in employee training. Well developed processes and structure to learn a manufacturing business inside out. Cross-functional moves encouraged. Transparent compensation structure with almost no ambiguity on things like year end bonus.

    Cons

    Business under immense pressure so company trying to shrink its way to success. Flat structure with limited opportunities for career advancement within European Consumer division. Lean structure that means most personnel severely overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step out of comfort zone to focus on value adding M&A. Shrinking existing business albeit for right reasons is not a sustainable strategy.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Better off working for P&G

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Reigate, England
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Reigate, England

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    Pay, final salary pension scheme, company has a good reputation.

    Cons

    Poor bonus structure. Reigate not a great location, difficult to commute to, to expensive to live locally.Overly competitive employee environment, filled with clock watchers and point scorers. Most would rather work for P&G and the majority have tried and failed to gain a role with them. the employee contract comes with a 3 month notice period - which they made me work! Work / life balance is poor and not helped by the location, competitive environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open, develop more of a meritocracy - improve the bonus scheme.
    Go open plan - when i left there were more offices for managers than workspace for individual contributors!!

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    could be so much better

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I have been working at Kimberly-Clark

    Pros

    A good mix of people to work with & great brands.

    Cons

    Organisation design and outsourcing handled very badly and then poorly implemented. Org redesign took too long to get anywhere, and apart from seeing fewer people doesn't actually seem to have improved anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell more - forget innovation & push deals to get brands into peoples homes every single week. our nappies are much better than the competitors - but the consumer doesn't make a choice in the shop based on this. pay to get nappies into hospitals & new parent bags every single time, push the advertising & brand building exercise everywhere. give products away to help - forget embossing puppies on a roll - just keep pushing a quality, reliable, use it all the time brand

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Lab Associate in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Lab Associate in San Antonio, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Plenty of free lunches, always felt safe, good pay

    Cons

    Repetitive, hard to move up because you usually start out as a contract worker

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up company to more full-time workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Assistant brand Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kimberly-Clark full-time

    Pros

    grow within - deep knowledge - best training in marketing and managing business

    Cons

    grow within - not a clear career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open on different career paths to grow wihtin

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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