Ecolab
2.9 of 5 367 reviews
www.ecolab.com Saint Paul, MN 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 2, 2014

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64% Approve of the CEO

Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.

Doug Baker Jr.

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Culture of Fear

    Route Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsFree company vehicle (logo'd) and tools provided to you. Make your own schedule but often told you are not doing enough. Can make extra money when you cover routes that people left (because they quit).

    ConsBenefits have declined. All benefit coverages have increased in cost per month and decreased total coverage. Overwork people on the weekends and nights. A lot of issues with people being disengaged and just trying to get by. In our area, many people have been on performance plans and threatened to get fired. Many times they can't fire anyone because there are already open areas from those who just quit. People live in fear of getting fired but then when everyone is threatened with it, they understand the threat is not real.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to engage people and have a resource for employees to go to that have been bullied by managers. Also, a fair way for promotions without choosing people who they like. Promotions should be performance based. Multiple people should get the opportunity to interview instead of someone just being "picked".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If you don't want a life work here

    Territory Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsI had a great team in my area that provided assistance as much as possible for each other.

    Cons24/7/365!!!!!!!!!!! I have not been with the company for over two months and still receive calls on my personal cell phone at all hours of the night asking for me to come out and fix something. This job would b e great if it was either a sales or service position. It is very difficult to do both and have any type of home life. I traveled over 800 miles per week and while they provided a company gas guzzler that I needed to have to transport the 1000's of items that i might need to fix who knows what - they provided me 325.00 per month to cover my gas and cell bill. Even with the help of a great team it was still nearly impossible to do this job without working at least 65 to 70 hours per week and that does not include the weekends when you are on call covering vast areas.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring back service managers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Treat your people with respect and reachable goals that do not go through the roof each year!!!!!!! Small realistic adjustment per year would be good. You are squeezing the life out your people and they are leaving quickly!!!!!!!! Get back to reality and maybe spend a month out in the field again to get a clue that cross roads did not work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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    Territory Manager - Your Boss will Dictate your Experience - The Job is Painful - Your Boss can make it better or worse.

    Territory Manager (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsEcolab really is the Chemical Expert when it comes to Laundry and Warewashing Systems. Chemical (Soap) Dispensing Equipment is always beyond what competitors have to offer and marketing materials are the absolute best you can get anywhere. The detergents I sold are usually Double in price from the competitors but the detergents were the best on the market so I found the chemicals very easy to sell. You can make money here if you take care of and serve your customers. I finished my last year at Ecolab at about $88,000 for the year - which isn't bad for a front line route salesperson.

    ConsThe job is extremely painful with very long hours and you are bound by customer's calling in at anytime so it is very difficult to get rest. Taking care of your customers is very fun and rewarding but your manager can make your life very hard. If you get a bad boss then you will not like working here. If you have a great boss then you will be able to tolerate the long hours and thankless effort you put in. Either way, when you work at Ecolab you will work your tail off. You always here the motto: "Work Hard, Play Hard" ... but for Ecolab it is only "Work Hard, Work Hard and then Work Some More". The work/life balance is not there... when you take a vacation you are still responsible for doing 4 weeks of work in 3 weeks so when you leave you are so exhausted it is difficult to enjoy it. Ecolab is very painful and you will work very long hours with no additional pay. Lastly, ambition and creativity is not rewarded at Ecolab. Ecolab is not looking for your ideas at the Territory Manager level, they only want you to comply and do what they ask with no suggestions on how things could be better... "March on Soldier!" As a Five Year Anniversary Gift to myself, I turned in my 2 week notice." Best thing I could have done for myself and my marriage. I am grateful I don't work at Ecolab anymore.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone... you don't want to hear it anyways.

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

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    Work Life Balance Naught!

    Jack of All Trades I E Manager (Former Employee)
    Fort Worth, TX

    ProsCompany Vehicle, Direct Pay, Nothing Else

    ConsIt's all about the bottom line and they will work you to death until they get what they want. Constantly on call 24/7/365

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake Up your over working your people, and they are leaving in droves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Territory Representative (Current Employee)
    Bridgeport, CT

    ProsPay, company car, excellent training, great guests

    Consno work life balance, large territories to cover, bonuses that never get paid on time.

    Advice to Senior Managementscrap most middle managers. their communication is terrible. Excellent sr management just does not trickle down that way

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

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    Don't expect a promotion in the GCS division.(ecolab equipment care)

    GCS Service Tech In the Equipment Care Division (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsGood benefits and pay. The other techs are great guys. Technical assistants in Texas are great guys too.

    ConsConstant changing of procedure. They care more about sales than customer service. Mangers are out of touch with the technicians. We are treated like the lowest common denominator when we are in fact the primary source of revenue. Spent 15 years and worked in three different states for them and only saw one technician promoted and he was later fired. They would rather bring in pizza parlor managers and pay them low wages to be area managers and keep the techs in the field selling. You have to sell $20000 a month or you get written up. Creates a environment where techs are focused on sales instead of providing service for the customer. Too many employees who do redundant jobs in corporate and bring in no money for the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize the long term employees to grow the divisions. Fire the old school regional managers who's parents got them in the company many years ago. They just kill morale. I had one say at a meeting to the whole crew "Ecolab is like the mob. We don't care about your problems just get out there and bring in the money". Or my favorite "communication is me talking and you listening". That was such a motivation. Too find another job that is. I feel like I wasted 15 years of my life.

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

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    ProsManagement, benefits, friendly, flexible schedule

    ConsPay, hard to advance, male oriented company, overall doesn't value employee

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    Don't get me wrong I do bleed Blue.Welcome to the World

    Territory Manager (Current Employee)
    Great Western, OH

    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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    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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    No room for growth

    Management (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    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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