Ecolab Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
396 Reviews
2.9
396 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 15 reviews)

  • You will also get a company vehicle to take home with fuel and expense cards (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 33 reviews)

  • NO time off as you are literally on call 24/7 and that is what you usually work (in 23 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ecolab life Living the dream

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay , benefits,coworkers oppertunities to advance.

    Cons

    Middle management. get promoted buy being able to make budget not by being a leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose proven leaders to put into leadership roles not great sales poeple

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Water Care Specialist at Ecolab

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    Former Employee - Water Care Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Water Care Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a sales rep, company car, gas, ease into a commission plan after a year in the territory, expense account was decent. Work life balance was a focus for the managers.

    Cons

    Confusion while merging with Nalco, really need a background in chemical science for this role, or able to learn concepts quickly

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Route Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This is very large company with a wide range of business interests. The value of the company is strong. Excellent benefits. Strong support of Managers. Excellent training program.

    Cons

    Low compensation relative to work load in the beginning. Very numbers driven, high level of stress to maintain account base and increase sales. "On call" status very difficult on personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease territory. Understand that general maintenance of equipment is more time consuming and that additional sales is difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    for a company that emphasizes efficiency they are very wasteful

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    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist

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

    Pros

    the money is good if you don't want a personal life. truly unlimited earning potential. take company vehicle home every night. company paid smart phone and good benefit package. almost complete independence. "make your own schedule"(see cons)

    Cons

    extreme route change without notice. fluctuating pay, long hours, strange hours, high expectations with no management support. Upper management talks a big game about taking care of people first, but money is not everything. Middle management ignores requests for help and blame you when things go wrong. you do not own your time 24/7, you are at the mercy of your customers as far as that goes. vacations are a complete lie. spend a lot of money on corporate dinners, paper reports, annual meetings, ecolab "schwag", and frivolous things that could go to field associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HIRE PEOPLE! when a route is open other associates are forced to work outside of their area without notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very driven for its investors not so much for its employees, especially after two major acquisitions

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    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to try out different things internally. Energy Services is doing well and been recognized as the growth engine for the organisation. Willing to take risks with younger folks. Merit gets recognized with greater responsibiltiy.

    Cons

    Will limit compensation or monetary recognition by internal policy guidelines but will hire talent from ourside at higher than market cost if necesary. This results in loss of years of investment in the employee, networking, break down of continuity..etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and promote talent better else your competition or the market will get them. Most smart and well performing employees know their worth in the market place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Leadership needs to get back to reality. We are losing the culture that made us who we are.

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    Current Employee - Territory Representative  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Territory Representative in Greensboro, NC

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

    Pros

    The company has been a fair company to work for, and for the most part has treated the associates fair. Decent pay and benefit package. Numerous advancement opportunities to advance, if you are willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Over the years, the company has been "squeezing" our associates to deliver more with less resources. This has caught up with many of our divisions. We promise the customers this great support program, but in reality we deliver this only to 10% of our customers. The other 90% get less support and service because of the unrealistic goals that we have reach. In order to reach these goals we must decide what corners to cut, in order to save time. It is not fair to our customers to get promised a superior program, but get a sub par program delivered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to your associates as we know what we are talking about. We are the feet on the street, and the face of Ecolab to our customers. If we invest in more field people, we will have the time and skills to deliver the results. If you keep squeezing us, we are forced to cheat the customer. It is not right.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is for themselves.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    Stable company, continues to grow and expand. Works at sustainability for themselves and other companies. Some good people to work with and learn from.

    Cons

    Little to no work life balance. Don't take care of the people that do the everyday work and keep the business running and profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better and moral will start to improve.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Big Brother related

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    Former Employee - SSRM  in  Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - SSRM in Worcester, MA

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

    Pros

    A good company to work for, all benefits were open and transparent.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime work performed with no compensation. Management puts more emphases on their numbers than the team that makes it all happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Takes a one-size-fits-all approach

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a good sturdy company where you can start and end you career. If you put in your time and do your job you will never be too stressed.

    "Official" policies are fair.

    Cons

    Very political structure. Good performance may actually keep you trapped rather than give you new opportunities as managers try to prevent you from being recognized.

    Promotion based on seniority and the friend network.

    Succession planning and career mapping are only given to a select few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the differences between your business units. Both you employees and customers are different and can't be treated the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Male dominated company

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    customer relaionship management, benefits and pay scale

    Cons

    not being male, on call 24-7, poor work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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