KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION at a Glance

Uppers

  • Intellectually stimulating projects
  • Good salary and great benefits
  • Sensitive to building diversity
  • Values a friendly work atmosphere

Downers

  • Grueling interview process
  • Easy to get lost in the crowd
  • Innovation is sometimes unwelcome

The Bottom Line

  • If you make it through the Kimberly-Clark gatekeepers, you could have a long and gratifying career at a global giant that strives to do the right thing by its employees, customers and the environment.

About KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION

One of the world's largest makers of personal paper products, Kimberly-Clark operates through three business segments: Personal Care, Consumer Tissue, and K-C Professional. Kimberly-Clark's largest unit, Personal Care, makes products such as diapers (Huggies, Pull-Ups), feminine care items (Kotex), and incontinence care products (Poise, Depend). Through its Consumer Tissue segment, the manufacturer offers facial and bathroom tissues, paper towels, and other household items under the names Cottonelle, Kleenex, Viva, and Scott (plus the Scott Naturals line). Kimberly-Clark's K-C Professional unit makes WypAll commercial wipes, among other items.

Operations

Kimberly-Clark operates in three reportable segments: Personal Care (50%), Consumer Tissue (almost 35%), and K-C Professional (nearly 15%).

Personal Care offers products such as disposable diapers, training and youth pants, swimpants, baby wipes, feminine and incontinence care products, and other related products. Its products are sold under the Huggies, Pull-Ups, Little Swimmers, GoodNites, DryNites, Kotex, U by Kotex, Intimus, Depend, Plenitud, Poise, and other brands.

Consumer Tissue's products include facial and bathroom tissue, paper towels, napkins and related products, and are sold under the Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Viva, Andrex, Scottex, Neve, and other brand names.

K-C Professional (KCP) partners with businesses and provides supporting products such as wipers, tissue, towels, apparel, soaps and sanitizers sold under the Kleenex, Scott, WypAll, Kimtech, and Jackson Safety brands.

Consumer tissue and KCP products are produced in 55 facilities and personal care products are produced in 49 facilities.

Geographic Reach

Kimberly-Clark maintains a broad global presence as part of its growth strategy. It boasts around 100 manufacturing facilities in about 40 countries across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Products reach more than 175 countries. Developing regions such as Asia, Latin America, and others generated more than 35% of the company's net sales in 2016. North America accounted for 50%, while Europe accounted for the remainder.

Sales and Marketing

Kimberly-Clark sells its household items directly to supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drugstores, warehouse clubs, variety and department stores, and other retail outlets, as well as through distributors and e-commerce. For the away-from-home market it serves, the company sells through distributors and directly to high-volume public facilities and to manufacturing, lodging, office building, food service, and health care establishments.

Its largest customer, worldwide retailer Wal-Mart, represented about 14% of net sales in 2016.

Financial Performance

Kimberly-Clark's revenues have decreased the last three years, dipping 2% from $18.6 billion in 2015 to $18.2 billion in 2016 due to decreases across all its segments. Unfavorable currency rates decreased sales by 4% in 2016, which was offset by a 2% increase in sales volumes.

With the help of major restructuring efforts, Kimberly-Clark's profits more than doubled from $1 billion in 2015 to $2.2 billion in 2016. Profits also surged in 2016 due to the absence of nearly $1.6 billion in pension settlement expenses that were recognized the previous year.

Kimberly-Clark's net cash provided by operating activities surged by 40% from $2.3 billion in 2015 to $3.2 billion in 2016 due to favorable decreases from working capital and benefits from its cost savings initiative.

Strategy

Like many players in its industry, Kimberly-Clark is utilizing sustainable packaging to refresh its image and sustainability reputation without necessarily having to revamp its product portfolio. In 2017 the company stated it was diverting 95% of manufacturing waste from landfills and diverting over 5,000 metric tons of post-consumer waste through partnership programs around the world.

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KIMBERLY-CLARK CORPORATION

351 Phelps Dr
Irving, TX 75038-6540
Phone: 1 (972) 281-1200
Fax: 1 (972) 281-1289

Stats

  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: KMB
  • Stock Exchange: NYSE
  • Chairman and CEO: Thomas J. Falk
  • SVP and CFO: Maria G. Henry
  • President, COO, and Director: Michael D. Hsu
  • 2016 Employees: 42,000

Major Office Locations

  • Irving, TX
  • Dallas, TX

Other Locations

  • Bay Minette, AL
  • Mobile, AL
  • Conway, AR
  • Fullerton, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • New Milford, CT
  • Stratford, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Lagrange, GA
  • Roswell, GA
  • Deerfield, IL
  • Northlake, IL
  • Romeoville, IL
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Franklin, MA
  • Macomb, MI
  • Port Huron, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Baldwyn, MS
  • Corinth, MS
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Hendersonville, NC
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • New Albany, OH
  • West Chester, OH
  • Jenks, OK
  • Chester, PA
  • Beech Island, SC
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Loudon, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Del Rio, TX
  • Melissa, TX
  • Paris, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Ogden, UT
  • East Ryegate, VT
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Appleton, WI
  • Brookfield, WI
  • Hortonville, WI
  • Marinette, WI
  • Menasha, WI
  • Neenah, WI
  • Stevens Point, WI
  • Machelen (Bt.), Belgium
  • Zaventem (Brucargo), Belgium
  • Anjou, Canada
  • Calgary, Canada
  • Debert, Canada
  • Edmonton, Canada
  • Huntsville, Canada
  • St Catharines, Canada
  • Winnipeg, Canada
  • Shanghai, China
  • Shenzhen, China
  • Litovel, Czech Republic
  • København, Denmark
  • Tijuana, Mexico
  • Valenzuela, Philippines
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