When Bryan L.’s wife gave birth to their daughter, he took a couple months off work from Kimtech™ to be home with them.

“The amount of flexibility at work was incredible,” he says. “Being able to have seven weeks of parental leave was the best thing I could ask for.”

Bryan, who works as a machinist in Neenah, Wis., U.S.A., says that’s just one of the ways he has experienced Kimberly-Clark’s caring culture.

“Everyone is important in the role they play in the bigger picture here at Kimberly-Clark,” Bryan says. “The more care we put into our individual roles, the better we can be together.”

There is recognition for people who work hard, he observes, and people who show purpose and ambition are promoted.

Bryan has experienced that kind of career mobility himself. He started in 2015 as a contracted material specialist at Kimtech™ and realized he wanted to obtain more education and skills.

Bryan began working as a machinist at Kimtech™ the following year. At the same time, he enrolled in a machine tool technician program at a local college.

His supervisors allowed him to work around his class schedule as well as cut back hours when things were especially challenging at school, Bryan points out.

He also served in the Marine Corps Reserve in Green Bay, Wis., while all of this was going on.

As a result of his hard work and determination, Bryan graduated ahead of schedule in 2017 and joined Kimtech™ as a full-time machinist.

“I saw that there are good opportunities to grow within the company, and I was able to further my education and better myself,” Bryan says. “Over the years, I have tried to learn many different types of machines and how to operate them, and now there are several different varieties of machines that I can run on any given day.”

Bryan says he gives 100 percent to his work, recognizing that it’s a reflection of himself as well as the best pathway to success.

“If you focus on always being willing, you will move up the ladder without even realizing it,” he says.