Zep

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Zep Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
52 Reviews
2.4
52 Reviews
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Zep Chairman, President, and CEO John K. Morgan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good people who care about what they do (in 5 reviews)

  • Smart colleagues, autonomous work life, great products (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Benefits for sales reps are very basic (in 7 reviews)

  • Inside Sales team is still fairly new (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people. Poorly company strategy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Zep is a very laid back, casual work environment. It is a relatively flat organization so you don't experience as much "politics" as you would in larger organization. It's fairly easy to get exposure to leadership and hands on experience. If you're looking for a great work environment and a lot of autonomy, then this would a good company to explore.

    Cons

    Many people leave within 2 years because there is no real career path within many of the departments. Additionally, the company strategy is not very well defined, so if you're looking for a very stable/traditional organization with clear career development/training this wouldn't necessairly be a good fit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a clear company strategy. There is too much channel conflict. Also, there isn't a well defined career path - there is little to no incentitive to progress within your role.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Company has some Issues

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

    I have been working at Zep full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The chemicals the offer are good quality.

    Cons

    Poor Sales Support, Weak Marketing. Virtually no training or on boarding for new employees. No lead generation or territory protection for reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Flexible Schedule, little support for outside sales reps

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

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

    Pros

    Commission can be very good for amount of work.
    Flexible schedule is great for family time.
    Many products are superior to the competitors

    Cons

    Difficult to find information for "unusual" sales.
    Marketing tokens, mileage, prepaid shipping all come 100% from sales rep's commission.
    Products have a high sales cost, compared to other companies.
    Shipping costs to customers are high.
    Outside sales reps compete with competitors, Zep's other brands in Home Depot/Lowes, etc., inside sales reps, other outside sales reps.
    Must generate all of own leads. No way to know if a customer is buying Zep, unless you contact them directly. Often wastes time.
    National contracts are not updated on Intranet system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve intranet system. Communicate and email sales promos through that in a single file type. Updated information, national contracts, sales promos, etc. in a single place and similar format would improve communications with outside sales reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    This company uses very antiquated processes and technology.

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

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

    Pros

    The only PRO is that their company offices are all small, old-fashioned work environments where co-workers and management are very personable among each other.

    Cons

    The downside of working for ZEP is that unless you relocate to their Corp Headquarters in Atlanta, it will be very difficult to advance within the company. The regional offices are stagnant and the company does not invest in training employees outside of Atlanta --they simply learn as they go. Also the aged infrastructure has too many Execs and not enough middle-management to cover the accountability of day-to-day operations and performance. Most departments are '1 man shows' with behind-the-times software and technology. Therefore, employees often become frustrated after their 1st year once realizing that there is no guidance/mentorship available for individual development. There is no employee rewards or recognition for performance other than sales reps meeting quotas so employee morale is typically high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1 - ZEP should consider hiring more mid-level managers who will motivate, take interest, and engage with the employees. Good managers know that happy people make productive people. Placing effective managers who can identify strengths accordingly will make a great impact...there were lots of employees in position strictly because of their tenure. Skills definitely not a factor at most locations.

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

    Structure has spiraled downhill for last ten years!

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

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

    Pros

    Spend very little time actually working as some business built years ago has maintained loyalty. Provides supplemental income.

    Cons

    Couldn't possibly survive on just this income. Benefits for sales reps are very basic. There is no teamwork or comraderie. Usually feel like the company is working against you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should look back at how things were run when Harry Mazur was in charge. Everyone loved working for Zep then.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going downhill rapidly

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

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. I've had worse jobs, but I've also had better. Hours are reasonable and run 6-2:30pm so you miss out on the crazy Dallas rush hour traffic. Benefits are decent once corporate makes up their mind whether or not they want to hire you (6 months to more than a year).

    Cons

    Management doesn't give a damn about anything besides covering their own butts when they mess up. No one takes responsibility for their own actions, including the CEO, so all meetings turn into blame games where nothing of worth gets done. Headquarters in Atlanta doesn't like to stoop down and communicate any information to other plants and acts like any question about processes or clarification is a complete and utter waste of their time. Corporate refuses to spend money investing in any other location other than Atlanta so the rest of the plants have been forced to meet ridiculously high standards set by Atlanta (that they don't even follow themselves; they've gotten in trouble with the EPA several times). If you're a woman, DO NOT work in production. This is a blatantly sexist company with very few women anywhere, and the male employees love to make comments about nagging, psychotic, useless womenfolk who just get in the way. Complaints to HR go nowhere; the complainant is accused of starting the harassment in the first place. No room for advancement at Zep either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude. Quit treating your employees as stupid children that need to be supervised at all times and get upset when employees lie about what's actually going on in the company when every "state of the company" address is a bunch of lies about how great everything is going. We're not stupid; business has dropped severely in the past year due to overall incompetence. The pervasive "It's not my fault" attitude is turning the whole company apathetic and looking to bail at the first chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    decent place to gain experience

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

    I have been working at Zep part-time

    Pros

    met some nice people made a few friends......also a few enemies

    Cons

    supervisors could care less of what is going on they are lazy and some very racist against employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The story changes once you are inside.

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

    I have been working at Zep full-time

    Pros

    You get a good start at Zep. But start looking for a job after a year if you want to further your career.

    Cons

    After the first couple of years, if you last that long, things go down hill. You find out there is no such thing as a career path. Yes there are people here with longevity, but they have been in the same position for 5, even 10 years. You have to work under constant pressure of being laid off. Zep operates in a continual cycle of layoffs. Its not that the managers are totally incompetent, they are afraid to do their jobs because they are also expendable. The executives WILL get their bonuses and they don't care what they have to do to get them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find some other ways to manage your expenses and fund your bonuses other than at the costs of your employees. And how about sharing those bonuses with the rest of us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience initially 10 years ago but management changing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    it is a 100 percent commission job.

    Cons

    no stability with management changing on regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a business plan and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Inside Sales Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Breinigsville, PA

    I have been working at Zep full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wonderful place to work, great leadership support, good benefits, very informative training program.

    Cons

    Very happy with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love working here!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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