Ecolab Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
410 Reviews
3.0
410 Reviews
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Pros
  • Relaxed work environment, flexibility in work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Only real plus is having a company vehicle to take home with gas & insurance taken care of (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 38 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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ecolab QSR

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    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Money, Unsafe place to work

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    • 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
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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    Almost 20 years extermination

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    • 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Caught in a trap

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ecolab in Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    they don't care about people

  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you don't want a life work here

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    24/7/365!!!!!!!!!!! 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 ManagementAdvice

    Bring 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture of Fear

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Free 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).

    Cons

    Benefits 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find 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".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Ecolab 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    None... you don't want to hear it anyways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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