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Ecolab Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
447 Reviews
3.1
447 Reviews
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Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed work environment, flexibility in work/life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Only real plus is having a company vehicle to take home with gas & insurance taken care of (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 39 reviews)

  • NO time off as you are literally on call 24/7 and that is what you usually work (in 30 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great past, dark future

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Manager
    Former Employee - Middle Manager

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Big company, with lots of opportunities to improve.

    Cons

    Office politics is the only predominant force there. No meritocracy whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes or customers will do it for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away - all about central control of information to generate profit.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not many..... Information is centralized, decision making of organization is too centralized (takes WAY TOO LONG), focus of company is on profit. I guess that would be a good thing for investors and not for employees

    Cons

    Over centralized from marketing, financial, decision making, and information control. Compensation is terrible. Ecolab promotion is based on college pedigree, Nalco Champion promotion is based on politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decentralize some business processes to allow for quick decision making to meet customer expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Route Sales Manager.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company Vehicle with paid gas. Corporate expense card. Full benefits 401K medical dental and vision. That's about it.

    Cons

    Where do I begin. Terrible work life balance. Bad morale and micromanagement. The company is more interested in sales than taking care of customers. Being on call for customers 24 hours a day. Customers have extremely high expectations and do not take responsibility for themselves or their actions. Customers feel like it's okay to treat you like trash because of the promises made the company. A lot of workplace politics, a person that is skilled will never get promoted no matter how good their numbers are as long as they don't run in the correct circles. Claims to be a very family oriented company but it's farthest from the truth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management needs to get in touch with its employees they are extremely out of touch. Need to find a way to give the employee a better worklife balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Zero zero run away as fast as possible. They lie to you

    Cons

    Called HR to report manager was fudging numbers even gave them proof of manager giving orders to us to place unapproved customer orders and then return them the next month just so he could make his quarterly goals. Was asked to meet my boss so he could pick up a part. They fired me in the parking lot in the rain had to wait for a ride was 50 miles from home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really need to thin out the middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Freelance

    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Contract in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Contract in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Ecolab as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are busy and present a professional and organized appearance as a corporation.

    Cons

    Do not freelance for this company. They do not pay their contract employees until after 90-120 days, and then you have to badger them.

    Recommends
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mass Exodus of Top Talent - Avoid At All Costs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Nice coworkers
    - Flexible work hours when needed
    - Safety was paramount

    Cons

    - No work-life balance
    - Mediocre compensation (average salaries are typically 20% under market, no matter what Ecolab/Nalco tells you)
    - No company culture whatsoever
    - No training
    - Zero delivery on promises

    This company can best be described as a stepping stone. I would not recommend it to anybody.

    There is no emphasis on technical/manufacturing excellence:
    - It is very difficult to keep production equipment (reactors, pumps, piping, etc.) in top shape if there is little support from the company in terms of financial resources and maintenance personnel for repairs. There are no reliability engineers, maintenance engineers, rotating equipment engineers, etc. Yet management cannot connect the dots as to why equipment keeps breaking.
    - There isn't an adequate project department to execute projects within a set timeframe and within budget. The term "front end engineering" is not known here. And if somebody has heard of it; they don't actually know how to actually carry it out. Most projects are carried out on the back of a napkin and designed as its being constructed (instead of designed in detail before constructed). Management is shocked every time a project falls on its face.
    - There is a corporate engineering department, but it is downsized by nearly 75% of its former glory days. So there aren't many subject matter experts or senior resources for advice.

    If you are a high-performer (what the company would call "top talent), I would recommend that you pass this company up entirely. Just cross it off your list. They are not equipped to develop and mentor "top talent". I was recruited as a high-performer at this company and was promised many things when I started. None of these promises ever materialized. I was distinguished by an award for being in their top 1% and received several 10% annual pay increases. I hated working here so much, I would not stay if they doubled my salary.

    There are many much better employers in the market to join, instead of falling into the Ecolab/Nalco sink hole. Several top engineers left the company at the same time I did, and we are all much happier (both professionally and personally) where we are now.

    Never start to believe that what you see at Ecolab/Nalco is "normal" or "industry standard". It is not. Avoid this company at all costs (no matter what they promise, or what salary they offer you).

    It was the worst years of my life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need a management intervention.

    Your chemical plants are falling apart. You cannot execute projects. You have sub-par maintenance capabilities. You are losing top talent at a shocking rate.

    You have too many levels of middle-management. You have 45,000 employees yet only bring in $14B in revenues ($300,000 revenue per employee). You are an inefficient company. I recommend starting to trim your seas of middle management. You have too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    You are a joke of a management team. Your direct reports tell you what you want to hear: that you're a great leader. And you're too isolated from the core of your company to realize it isn't true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrific

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work was sometimes interesting, the international travel was interesting.

    Cons

    I had a horrible experience; I worked very hard and did good work, which was not only not rewarded but seemed threatening to my male bosses. I am also a mom of a young child, for which I felt I was held back. I was willing to work long hours and travel but when I attempted to draw some boundaries I was punished and ridiculed. Really take a look at how many women there are in finance at a director level or above. And how many of them have children? There are very few, and the smartest and most talented leave. You really do have to be a young, good-looking white male with MBA to suceed here. If you are politicallly conservative and you hunt, fish or golf you will probably do well.

    I had four different bosses in the four years I worked at Ecolab. Three of them were bullies and had no sense of what it meant to be an ethical person. The one who wasn`t a jerk left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I witnessed a lot of bullying and unfair treatment during my four years there, much of it directed against women over 35 and men who were originally not from the US. I cannot understand why this is not only tolerated but is an accepted part of the culture.
    The bonus system is absurd, as the amount an individual receives is in great part determined by the direct managers. A reward system should be fairly applied, not whimsical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    HR condones bullies

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    No pros, the management in HR does not understand policy.

    Cons

    HR promotes bullies and promotes bad leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big Problems at Ecolab. Service territory too big to cover efficiently, training stinks.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Service Route Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Sales and Service Route Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only positives from this job was a company van you could keep at home, and the pay was decent.

    Cons

    PureForce Training in the field was poor. Upper management knew of this problem and ignored it. Territory was way too large to service existing accounts adequately, therefore many customers went without service visits for over a month, sometimes more. Company was bleeding accounts because of repeated dissatisfied customers. Family time very limited due to the fact you are on call 24 hours a day. Don't make any plans on the weekend either, you can get a call at 8pm on a Saturday night 4 hours away, and off you go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to add additional service team members to cover territories properly.
    Better field trainers needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible Company QSR

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Representative in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Territory Representative in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    Good benefits: Car, free gas, and stock options.

    Cons

    Terrible salary, terrible training, and terrible managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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