Ecolab

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Ecolab Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
447 Reviews
3.1
447 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Flexible hours. 401k match,stock and other great benefits.
    Company vehicle with gas card and company credit card. Everyday is different. Minimal supervision.

    Cons

    You have to make and follow your own schedule so being proactive and a self starter is vital. Pay is dependent on service and customer base so if a corporate account goes your pay for it goes too. A lot of pressure to make budget. Late night installs and emergency service at all hours. We have a great team here but I've heard other areas are not as supportive. You have to get your vacations and sick days covered and order and store your own equipment. Advancement opportunities are great but for most you need to move.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities and growth.

    Cons

    Sometimes political, but what company isnt.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Territory Rep.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territroy Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Territroy Representative in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great Training, Great Benefits, Great Support

    Cons

    Away from Home, Extensive travel outside of territory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Safety Manager in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Great company, room to grow, great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours dependent on division

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to involve employee's in company growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Great company, good benefits, room to grow.

    Cons

    Hours are dependent on division, and some may see longer hours than other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to involve employees in company growth

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

    Was great, downhill after acquisitions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Eagan, MN

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Originally great teamwork, lots of opportunity to learn and try different areas in your department. Two of the projects I am most proud of to date happened at Ecolab. CEO does a great job from my viewpoint. Benefits are decent, stock purchase plan is nice.

    Cons

    Some overbearing management overshadows some of the other great leaders. After two acquisitions the sprawl of management and extreme bureaucracy makes life stressful. Teamwork has decreased. I don't think the employees are less willing to help, but they can't keep up with unrealistic workload and expectations . So much time is spent fighting fires that thinking long term and truly fixing issues doesn't get much attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has lost touch with the employees and what is operationally reasonable. Work life balance is out the window. Sometimes spending money toward a long term enterprise solution is worth it. Stop stepping over dollars to pickup nickels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Admin Assist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assist in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assist in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Friendly working environment. Busy, learned something new every day.

    Cons

    Laid off after injury. HR has not helped or assisted in finding a position.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, fantastic stocks, a company of hyper workaholics and sales drivers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Service Route Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Service Route Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people, great benefits, opportunities to move up, most people in upper management started out in the field. Solid company with high ethical standards. Company vehicle, phone, and uniforms.

    Cons

    Upper management is always looking for ways to drive sales. They push the field service reps for higher numbers at all levels. They like quantifiable stats so reps are always filling out quota reports and are pushed for more and more info. I was a good service person but only fair at sales. When our division went to commission just as the economy slowed in 2009 my pay dropped significantly but my work load increased even more. If you are type A that loves to sell, good for you but you have to fix complex problems and deal with frantic customers who are hours away and demanding instant service late on a Saturday night. You cover a large territory and when you're our someone has to drive for hours to take your calls and visa-versa. You get time off but have to work like heck before and after to keep up. It's part of the job but it can be tough after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know many people who are good at service but feel super stressed with the sales focus. I also know some who enjoy the sales but can't deal with the difficult service calls. Good troubleshooters and mechanics rarely make good sales people. It stresses them out and makes the quality of life not so good. I liked talking with customers about solutions I believed in but I hated being forced to do it to hit some quota and make some middle managers look good upstairs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall a great company.

    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is a good company, definitely a place you and start and end your career and everyone feels like family.

    Cons

    Very hard to work your way up, moreso who you know as opposed to what you know. Promotions based on friends and seniority.

  11.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and pay. GREAT products. Doing something that matters is a plus also.

    Cons

    Work / life is not so balanced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reformed policies to ensure better work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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