Ecolab
2.8 of 5 328 reviews
www.ecolab.com Saint Paul, MN 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 21, 2014

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61% Approve of the CEO

Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.

Doug Baker Jr.

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Don't get me wrong I do bleed Blue.Welcome to the World

Territory Manager (Current Employee)
Great Western, OH

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

ProsIts a large company with a great many good people that work for it. Great stock.

ConsThis is not the Ecolab that once was. While they will try to wow you with the 20+ year veterans if you look around most of the (field work force) is sub 10 years there is a huge turn around. if you do come on board you will be on call 24/7 even on your weekends off and forget about trying to get a holyday off.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs a former employ and stockholder I would implore you to take a more proactive stance in helping your managers grasp the concept That each one of our employs is a valued asset in which the company has spent a great deal of revenue to groom and cultivate and there fore should be treated with respect like any good asset should be.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No room for growth

Management (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNice peers
Decent work hours
Community involvement
401k

ConsPoor communication from the top down
Little room for advancement
Expensive health benefits
Low salaries

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent. Sharing information only does good for the company. Stop all the secrecy and silos between divisions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Ecolab full-time

Pros- Great Flexibility with work and personal life.
- Company Car
- Other Perks and incentives

Cons- Lacking structure and relevance to some positions/roles
- Cronyism
- Not enough help or support for men and women in the front lines
- Disproportionate Pay and almost impossible to understand compensation plan... In fact, 90% of the front line does not know how they get paid. The plan is very confusing and brushed off quickly.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be so quick to make big changes without understanding how it affects the whole. Reevaluate your metrics for all positions especially RM's and SSDM's

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

ProsFlexibility of work schedule, company car, variety of job locations

ConsEach year you are asked to do double to triple the amount of work done pervious year with no additional pay. Changes pay structure, seems more hourly with weekend work. Never satisfied with what value you as a person bring, you can also be replaced by someone else happy to do more with less. Unless you are part of the "inner circle", don't expect or try to be promoted, those who do less, but chosen are those that get promoted. Company is like an elephant, never forgets a mistake or something negative you do, very quickly forgets something that adds dollars & value to business. HORRIBLE follow through when your apply for internal position, you'll never hear back from HR on where you stand.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart holding people accountable for their actions and promoted those that really show they have the ability to do so.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Joliet, IL

I have been working at Ecolab part-time for more than 3 years

ProsThere are a lot of different jobs to learn from.

Consclick-ish, no movement - regardless of experience - if you are not a degreed candidate, so many layers of people that it takes forever to get things to change.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more attention to the worker bees. They are the ones doing the work and are better able to suggest areas for improvement. Also, stop being so elitist. There are people of value in all walks of life, not just engineers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Stressful

IT (Current Employee)
Saint Paul, MN

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

ProsGood mix of knowledgeable Workers who provide a very good team base and working environment. Adequate building infrastructure and cube city.

ConsPoor communication within peer groups and between business divisions. Older established management works on the 'good ol boy' philosophy.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork/Life balance here needs a lot of attention! Current CEO to entrenched in CEO image and how to play to his peers!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working at ECOLAB has been very unrewarding.

Quality Control (Current Employee)
Garland, TX

I have been working at Ecolab full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIt is a steady job.

ConsPay rate is very non competitive. Work load is much higher than what we are paid. No recognition for going above and beyond. This year the health insurance choices are TERRIBLE.

Advice to Senior ManagementShould learn how to care about your employees. Recognize a good job and reward your employees sufficiently. Not just hotdogs and hamburgers!!! Should research and implement the "Flow State" of management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Over worked and under paid

Route Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Cleveland, OH

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

ProsFree gas, make your own hours, and sales expierience

ConsSpend more time "turning wrenches" and not doing sales. Many outside factors that affect your pay and you cant control it. That just scratches the surface...

Advice to Senior ManagementStop bending over your front line ( TMs and RSMs)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Service Specialist (Current Employee)
Cedar Rapids, IA

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

ProsGood benifits and stock program

Cons24/7 365 position. Mid and upper management will throw you under the bus at the drop of a hat.
No support from District/your on your own. New policies on a weekly basis with no follow up.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop giving things away and get a backbone. Your serch for numers blinds you from whats good business. Stop stealing from your front line employees and maybe you will keep professionals. Your training of new to the industry employees is a joke.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A Global Company, however small company Mindset

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ecolab as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsWork and home life balance is great, good benefits.

ConsExecutives in IT do not see the bigger picture in scaling the environment for the future. Bureaucracy gets in the way of building Datacenters and applications that are highly available and to also prevent catastrophic system failures in the future.

Advice to Senior ManagementIT Executives need to push for innovation and drive technology to run a more efficient operation. You cannot put leaders in place that do not understand all the moving parts to make a efficient Enterprise operation. Directors and Managers that have been at Ecolab for decades have not kept pace in technology. You also need to spend money on solutions to better the operations and not just look at more efficiency in the department, you will burn out the staff. If managers are not driving the team and challenging them to excel, than mediocrity will prevail.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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