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Ecolab Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
107 Reviews
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107 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.  

    No longer a fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pest District Manager
    Current Employee - Pest District Manager

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

    Pros

    company vehicle, benefits, match 401k, employee stock purchase

    Cons

    micro management, no clear direction, intimidation tactics by upper management, unrealistic expectations with budgets, districts too large to be managed effectively, too many associates to manage and not enough managers, insistence on attendance to annual RAH RAH meetings where clearly there is little to no engagement, training program is a joke. There is no work life balance for the field managers and family takes a back seat. They also preach safety but tell you out of the other side of their mouth to do what you have to do to not have any unworks. Pay is not that great when you divide it by the hours worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging your managers. You hired them to do the job so keep your noses out of it and let them run the show and be there for support. Reduce the size of the districts so that they are more manageable and the managers can actually visit customers, perform field training with associates and conduct regular field evaluations. Hold the CAM team accountable for the business they are tasked with managing,have a dedicated team at the Customer Support for each division

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    used to be good place to work.

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

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    If left alone to complete you work without interference or nit picking you can make decent money

    Cons

    Currently using threats ,intimidation, severe micro management tactics. You are always looking over your shoulder.Management is unresponsive to requests for information or assistance with problem issues in the field & they will throw you under the bus if needed ,to cover their mistakes. They preach teamwork but foster no team attitude or leadership by their actions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help not hinder the people working in the field.. quit changing /adding requirements of job in the field.require more facetime for CAM's in front of their respective accounts. you will see a reduction in the amount of RFP if this is done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    I have held 4 positions with Ecolab in 8 yearscur. Currently serving as District Manager for the Pest Division

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager Pest Elimination
    Current Employee - District Manager Pest Elimination

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    High career ceiling if you are relocatble as there are multiple divisions with varying levels of leadership roles in each division,so if you are seeking a company y who rewards and promotes their top performers,it is worth a look. Benefits are what you would expect from a company of its size and a recent focus on finding ways to improve work/life balance "should" improve the job and their employee engagement scores

    Cons

    They have not developed a way to tackle the work life balance piece for their associates and with the volatile business we operate in, there is always pressure beyond your pay scale that dictates your life more than you dictate on your own. In other words, you work long hours,often out of town, and you are on call 24/7 so escaping from your work is very difficult and the company can become your life rather than a part of it. You must be a strong individual with an iron will and a good chin to survive. If you are
    Looking for a laid back, slow paced, 9-5 job...keep looking. If you are highly motivated with limited family ties, it could be a great fit,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and work harder to find ways for them to disconnect And escape their work regularly so that you can get their absolute and focused best when they are on duty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    current employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    not a very family friendly employer

    Cons

    no one cares for employees. only concern is bottomline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people like people

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

    At the end of the day it's a white male company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    A few sprinkling of good talent at the leadership. That too, since I've left has diminished. Good product, solid financial results.

    Cons

    Unless you're a white male with an MBA, forget about ever being successful here. If you hunt and are "Minnesotan" then thats leadership material right there.... if not, don't bother. The whole culture and inclusion was just a big drama led by the CFO who's no longer there anyway.... crappy pay, stupid braincell killing monthly analysis paralysis work. ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real and do the right thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ecolab QSR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC

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

    Pros

    Great advancement if you work in marketing or sales. Work with some great people that I admire very much.

    Cons

    Like to put people in boxes that are hard to get out of. Doing your job well will work against you if you want to get ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - they don't care and don't listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Money, Unsafe place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bulk Filler in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Bulk Filler in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    Great Money. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    12 hour shift. Hot warehouse/plant. Terrible training in the first 30 days and still have to get through the 90 day process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Almost 20 years extermination

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Specialist in Myrtle Beach, SC
    Current Employee - Service Specialist in Myrtle Beach, SC

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You are allowed to schedule the work given to you the way you feel is best for you & the customer. (See cons) Other than security cameras you work on an Honor System. No one stands over your shoulder. You can build good friendships with your customers. You can expense work related tools & supplies. Foot wear vouchers, eye wear, & uniforms are provided. Company vehicle & a fuel card are provided. Equipment & products you need are provided

    Cons

    Where to begin? When I went to work almost 20 years ago, Ecolab had a high energy, high enthusiasm, what can the Management Team do for you culture. You were appreciated for who you were & what you did.
     Their motto was " We do a few accts . & we do the well". The Field Assoc. were proud to put on the uniform that said ECOLAB. They were proud to show up at the customers door step in a full size Service Vehicle dubbed the "Rolling Warehouse" Today this an a company that fell of it's pedestal. It wasn't pushed or knocked off. It FELL OFF on its own.
         MORAL, Moral is deplorable. They used to give good awards & recognition to the Assoc, for their achievements & hard work. Just to save $$$ the company stopped doing so. They decided that handing out little plastic .02 coins showed enough appreciation. They used to give Christmas card, Birthday cards, & a nice Christmas ornament to the Assoc. They again decided to save the $$$. NOTHING NOW. No Christmas parties. They used to give out calendars to all the customers & a decent flip over calendar to the Assoc. NOW Nothing. Just to save a few $$$. They stopped the annual meetings. Main reason? You guessed it $$$ But not only that, They also know the Assoc. are hurting so it is easy not to have to look at them. They did however bring back the Annual meetings this year
         COMPENSATION, There is no compensation if you do anything extra for this company. Such as attending conferences, helping fellow Assoc. Unloading the warehouse truck, equipment maintenance, customer relations., etc. There is NO extra compensation for working nights, working weekend duty which is 24/7, working holidays, travel time, answering calls for a fellow Assoc. who happens to get lucky enough to take a vacation. (See below)
           PAY RAISES. VIRTUALLY NONE. They have a rehearsed answer. "You want more $$$ do more work or sell more services". That was a nice response when you had 60 acts or so. Now Assoc. are being required to work triple digit acts each month. That is their pay raise. The commission rate has been at the same scale for OVER 30 YEARS. However last year they finally gave a 100.00 increase. That is basically a penny a day commission increase. During different increments of your employment they will give you every 2 years a 500.00 base pay increase. which comes out to about .25 an hour base pay increase. If you work hard & grow your route, They will cut your route. Yes, you guessed it your pay will get cut also. They have no concerns about your bills or family. Their response is "JUST DEAL WITH IT" You are basically punished for doing a good job.
          VACATIONS, HAHA, What a JOKE. 1st of all The vacation policy was written about 1983. It has NEVER been updated to my knowledge. That was when ASSOC. had about 60 acts. & worked 3 of the 4 weeks of there month. The last week of the month was used for PR, maintenance, follow ups, call backs, NEW accts. meetings, & time off etc. Ever since 2000, Assoc are required to work triple digit acts, ALL 4 weeks. Depending upon your length of employment, you are allotted different amounts of weeks off. If you want vacation, you are told "Yeah take vacation, BUT YOU HAD BETTER GET YOUR WORK DONE" You have to work 4 weeks of work with in 3 weeks to take time off. You have NO HELP I repeat, NO HELP from any of the managers. They run like scared squirrels or cockroaches when you say the word VACATION. Your Coworkers are required to answer your calls for you even tho they are booked solid. You have to work you days off to take days off. You & your Family suffer because you are exhausted. Or your customers suffer because you are trying to condense time & you are not able to be as thorough so that you can GET YOUR WORK DONE. Your coworkers DONOT get compensated for answering your calls. Don't worry, When or if they take a vacation you will be required to answer their calls even tho you have a full 4 weeks of work to perform. You are not compensated if you don't take your allotted days off. SURPRISE!!!! You are essentially punished for taking time off.
         HOLIDAYS, You are on call. Without compensation. If you have to get your work done, Open your gifts some other time.
        WORK LOAD, ASSOC are exhausted. They usually spend their 'DOWN TIME" sleeping. They miss out on time with their FAMILIES & FRIENDS because they are behind in their chores, or sleep.
        QUALITY OF LIFE / WORK LIFE BALANCE, NONE. You wake up to go to work , Many ASSOC. work double digit hours daily. The management won't even bring up the subject. I wonder why.
        SAFETY, They talk a good talk. They continuously compare us to NALCO. Yet Nalco doesn't have up to 150 or more acts. They NEVER talk about work load, exhaustion or fatigue. But they do say here is another acct. Better be safe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Got out from behind the desk & corporate boardrooms. Stop being afraid to see & meet the Field Assoc. in their environment. Experience first hand their frustrations, sacrifices & the HELL they put up with on a daily, weekly, & monthly basis. You want the GLORY DAYS of double digit growth? Then you need to do a better job of communicating with the Front Line Field Level Assoc. Talk with the Field Team that was here during the Glory Days. You will quickly notice what is different between the 2 generations.Tell your family members that there are no more VACATIONS, HOLIDAY TIME OFF, PAY RAISES, etc, because you took them away from the Field Level Assoc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Caught in a trap

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

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

    Pros

    Company truck with gas card

    Cons

    I have worked for Ecolab for several years.In the past few years I have seen: Bonus's taken away, commission and invoices cut, work loads increase and pay decreased, long time employee's forced out of positions, demoted and pasted over for promotion with promotions given to people outside the company, our yearly pay raise cut by 50%. Warning to new hires: If you start a career at Ecolab as a Service Specialist, under there new pay raise system you will not receive any raise for the first 4 years, on your 5th year IF the year is an even number you will get a $9.00 a week raise, then get that same lame raise every other year.Maybe you will feel better knowing that upper management gets 7 to 12% pay raises and our CEO gets 1.2 to 1.7 million dollar pay raises. To sum up: My first couple years working for Ecolab we use to have a motto "5 stops and done" which meant, take care of the customer, do 5 quality stops a day.Now it is:Do 8 stops a day and keep going, get new customers, up sell / do add on business or do not go home until you up sell at least $2,500.00 every month (our manager actually said this ), work Saturday and Sunday might be worth noting we get paid HALF time for our over time hours which for most is $10.00 per hour for our over time hours. The funniest part of this all is upper management seems surprised that the in field / face of the company workers are burnt out and morale is at a all time low and they truly seem to be wondering why, hell many times they blame us, we where recently all told "Pull up your panties and deal with it" which after all our senior techs have been forced to deal with over the years, was just what we needed to boost morale!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I already tried talking and know, no one is listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ecolab in Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    You are given the autonomy to set your own schedule.Medical Benefits are OK, however they are dwindling away each year as larger deductibles/premiums take a larger portion of the paycheck.

    Cons

    Very poor work life balance. Your responsible for 24/7/365 work schedule. Training is poor and web based. While this is OK, it really doesn't help in the "Real World".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has become very top heavy with management over the last several years. While the institutional division hasn't really grown much over the last few years, management has. The management team will fill you with lip service, however at the end of the day, it's all about EPS (Wall Street Investors). The field in New England for the most part, especially RSM's are overloaded with customers. This leads to poor attitudes and high turnover. Ultimately, the customer suffers. Management (non productive) isn't needed .... Productive field employees are needed to relieve the RSM's of a growing Lease Machine business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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