Zep Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • If you're looking for a great work environment and a lot of autonomy, then this would a good company to explore (in 2 reviews)

  • A chance to earn an unlimited income while making contacts that can last a life time (in 2 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. Helpful (1)

    tossup

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Salesman in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Salesman in Philadelphia, PA

    Pros

    A chance to earn an unlimited income while making contacts that can last a life time.Good initial training. Great experience.

    Cons

    About 15 or 16 years ago, the upper management started a gradual turn around of what I considered the best company I had ever worked for. They started putting continous arbitrary pressure on the sales reps, picking out almost at random who they wanted to harass. For the first time they hired supervisers from outside the company, which they had previously prided themselves on not doing.

    Advice to Management

    If sales reps could somehow take their accounts and leave the company,there would be no one left.. It's not the company that I joined twenty years ago.


  2. Helpful (1)

    pound the pavement

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    They provide all the support you need from management and other sales reps as well as products for samples.

    Cons

    If after 6 months you aren't making enough sales they give you a short time frame to achieve the sales goals or you are done with Zep.

    Advice to Management

    Help new sales reps that do not have experience by showing them how to find potential customers. Going door to door is not an effective method for finding new business.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Zep Inc.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zep full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are opportunities for new people who can bring in their experience from larger companies, and there are good people still at the company.

    Cons

    The company has had a lot of changes to its mid and high level management positions. It doesn't matter if it is to cut costs or to eliminate what leadership considers "B" level players, this continues to create non-value added changes within the company.

    Advice to Management

    I would hope that the core of the company's retention and morale, human resources, will make significant improvements in their leadership.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Company at one time

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can make as much money as you want if you work hard.

    Cons

    Management does not care about the customers anymore


  6. Helpful (1)

    Basic Inside Sales Position

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zep full-time

    Pros

    The inside sales team had a very strict daily schedule. This was my first sales position and I learned basic sales skills. Steady pay-check.

    Cons

    Not much room for upward opportunities. Low commission structure. Every day is exactly the same with not much opportunity


  7. Helpful (3)

    Learned a lot but confusion rules

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zep full-time

    Pros

    Old, established company, good products, some smart people there

    Cons

    Knee-jerk reactions to market fluctuations, they have massive layoffs to show investors they are "serious about cost cutting" then add staff gradually, then another layoff, then more rehiring... rinse, repeat...

    Advice to Management

    Think about 5 years from now, not 5 months from now and stop treating your valuable, loyal employees like expired bread.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zep full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with.

    Cons

    The constant lay-offs and never knowing when you are next.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employee.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good experience initially 10 years ago but management changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Come up with a business plan and stick to it.


  10. decent place to gain experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  11. Helpful (1)

    A difficult place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Zep full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Proud history of success, challenges that provide great opportunities to learn, and recognized products

    Cons

    some people make it very difficult to get things done.



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