Ecolab

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Ecolab Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
451 Reviews
3.1
451 Reviews
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Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.
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.  

    Always on call even when your off work. There isn't a day that goes by that does not involve Ecolab.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    Make your own hours?company car. Gas card. Corporate card so no out of pocket.

    Cons

    To many machine styles. Not enough training. Too many hours. Always on call. Dealing with disgruntled people. Everything is a emergency. The list goes on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    good work/life balance, fairly easy learning curve.

    Cons

    management is only interested in numbers, not much career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the middle management more involved in sales, and career advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    No one takes pride in their work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    its a job to have

    Cons

    people on the floor are ungrateful and spoiled, expect more than they are worth, they bring morale down, equipment failure is the norm causing 6 day work weeks EVERY week so no time off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company... Poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    The company really knows how to grow and how to keep their business happy... Company car, cell phone, and computer for the rep

    Cons

    EXTREME MICRO MANAGEMENT!!! Beware of this before you start! You have the freedom to make your own schedule but your management team will hoover over you during everything and a soon as anyone in you district doesn't impress then it's time for weekly conference calls!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chill out! Let us do our jobs and the turnover won't be so outrageous

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good opportunities depending on your manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for if you want flexibility and they provide a nice company vehicle. Many perks and can make money.

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement Your territory can constantly change which could offset your pay. Tend to promote based on sales rather then leadership or management skills which many district managers end up demoted or stepping down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change their promotion process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Route Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hospitality Territory Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Hospitality Territory Manager in Honolulu, HI

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefit package is good with company vehicle or gas card, expense card with all the perks expected of a good company.

    Cons

    Very demanding work load including weekend service calls for most positions. Service related positions require using your own storage arrangements for spare equipment parts. Life Work balance is extremely challenging. The trade off is good pay. Some room for promotions or transfers to other divisions or positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide full disclosure to all aspects of work without marginalizing time and skill needed to perform tasks. Be hands on to help.

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

    Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I recommend working for Ecolab to get a quick deep dive into learning the business.

    Cons

    No training, very little leadership at mid level organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work and Stress is not worth the pay.

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

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

    Pros

    It is nice having a company car to use for work and personal use. Bad thing is your carrying so much equipment you really never use it for personal use. Healthy benefits are ok and retirement is good if you can stick around long enough. If you can get a territory in a metro area you are golden avoid rural territory's.

    Cons

    Good Luck taking time off in the field. Pay is low regarding your on call 24 hours a day and taking care of rental machines that you don't make any money off of. Using your money to travel and take care of you customers and rental machines. Storing all equipment in your personal garage and not being able to park 2 cars inside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to think about the future and stop running the field like they did 30 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could use improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    Great co-workers, many who are extremely knowledgeable as to who to go to when you can not get answers from your supervisor.

    Cons

    No clear direction as to who you report to, pulled in many different directions, work/life balance was next to nothing.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    You'll work hard and learn so much about business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development/Sales in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Development/Sales in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Earning potential; I started at $40k with no degree, earned an MBA and left the company on good terms after 4.5 years making $100k. Company car and expense account was nice but be careful with it. You'll work hard and long hours but it can be rewarding

    Cons

    Bottom line: it's all about money. People are a side-effect to making money and if Ecolab could figure out how to do it without people they would! It wasn't so bad under the old CEO because unlike Baker the previous CEO started as a Territory Manager and worked his way up to CEO. Baker is a good CEO (I'm still a shareholder) and has done what CEO's do: grow the company. The challenge was that the best salesmen got promoted to management not the best qualified people. Management would frequently belittle employees and it seemed like some managers enjoyed watching people hang themselves.

    Being on call 24/7/365 isn't realistic and the work-life balance for Route Managers and Territory Managers is non-existent. Don't make plans in the evening "after work" because they'll ALWAYS fall through. The job of TM and RM are service heavy but the company really doesn't care about the service as long as you're selling. If you're moved into a position and told "it's not a sales position" it's a bald faced lie. Every job outside of Eagan (and many there too) are sales jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting the best sales people--they typically make bad leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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