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Ecolab Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
77 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  

    DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Representative
    Current Employee - Territory Representative

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The ability to "make your own schedule"
    company car
    Plenty of time off (when your allowed to use it)

    Cons

    When making "your own schedule" there are VERY VERY VERY strict parameters that you have to make them in, which leaves you barely any room to actually set it the way you want it.

    You have both the least amount of communication possible and more "super important" emails and conference calls than the President of the US

    I took the territory that I was assigned from the worst in the district to the best in sales in the first full quarter that I had the position, and not just first, but so far beyond the closest rep behind me it was almost embarrassing for him, but no matter what, you will NEVER get any kind of gratitude. All I ever hear is how bad our district is compared to others in the country and how no matter how hard we all work, we somehow have to get even more in during the same work day but arent even allowed to think about getting OT.

    FORGET ABOUT PROMOTIONS!!! the only way to get promoted is if one of two things happen... Your DM gets promoted OR you are willing to move hundreds if not Thousands of miles away to stay with a company that doesnt appreciate you in the slightest anyway.

    This position is beyond tedious... its just plain hard. You are pulled 10 different ways at once everyday, and they make it hard to get everything done each month as it is, but to make things worse, your manager will let you know in a hurry that if you miss a single store or visit in a month then they will ABSOLUTELY fire you.

    I was brought to Ecolab from another company with the promises of being home with my family more that I was with my old company and with a higher pay. When I was hired and finished my training, I found out that not only will I have signifigantly less time with my wife and son, but I would also have several overnight trips per month, and as far as the pay goes, my pay increased by $500 whopping dollars PER YEAR!

    Typically you will have a couple days in the month that are wide open, this leaves you time to drive all over gods green earth to fix "Extra Service Requests" for your customers that are inevitably going to happen. We call these ESR's. When you get an ESR, you are expected to be able to completely change your schedule and be at the store to fix their issue within 24-48 hours, and that doesnt seem like its too bad until you realize that you have to drive 2-3 hours to get to the store where the issue is and there arent any other stores that you can walk to make a full day out of an ESR. With this I feel as if I should inform you of the way your time card works... Your day doesnt start until you are actually at your first visit and it ends once you leave you last visit. This means that counting ddrive time to and from most of my stores, I am sometimes on the road to my first store at 4am just to get there in time, this ends my day around 4pm but then I still have the 3 hour drive back home

    All this company is doing, is working all of their employees into the ground and making them squeeze every last penny out of their customers. They WILL PROMISE YOU THE WORLD... but their words are deceptive.

    THIS JOB IS NOT WORTH YOUR TIME

    I CANT GET AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY FAST ENOUGH!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GET US SOME HELP PLEASE!!!

    Horrible DM's that couldnt manage their way out of a paper bag arent exactly helping the already dreadful feeling that most are having in the morning as we get ready for work. If I could, I would have never taken this position. I has done nothing but made me a bitter cynic of a person when Im not at work.

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

    culture statement fabricated. cant recommended company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    stock options are great... probably because they squeeze out commission from sales force

    Cons

    too many to list.... non personable company, very political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try really caring about personnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Route Sales Manager.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Mass Exodus of Top Talent - Avoid At All Costs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9.  

    Freelance

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

    I worked at Ecolab as a contractor (more than a 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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Horrific

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 4 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

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