Zep
2.8 of 5 40 reviews
www.zepinc.com Atlanta, GA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Dec 26, 2013

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2.8 40 reviews

                             

47% Approve of the CEO

Zep Chairman, President, and CEO John K. Morgan

John K. Morgan

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good experience initially 10 years ago but management changing

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

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

Prosit is a 100 percent commission job.

Consno stability with management changing on regular basis.

Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with a business plan and stick to it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood people to work with.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in your employee.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Learned a lot but confusion rules

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Zep full-time

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

ConsKnee-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 Senior ManagementThink about 5 years from now, not 5 months from now and stop treating your valuable, loyal employees like expired bread.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Basic Inside Sales Position

Inside Sales (Former Employee)
Chicago, IL

I worked at Zep full-time

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company at one time

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zep

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

ConsManagement does not care about the customers anymore

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Zep Inc.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Zep full-time for more than 10 years

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good People

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Zep

ProsThe people there were great to work with very flexible and acted more like mentors.

ConsNot really big on promoting from within

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It started out great, like a family but then they became cold and hard on sales reps.

Chemical Sales (Former Employee)

I worked at Zep

ProsStarted out as a great job that I could build my own business and work my own hours. When they went public it was then all about the shareholders and making money. Even my customers were not valued like they should have been

ConsToo many major changes in the company from 2005 on up. My old manager didn't know what he was doing and the higher ups didn't know or want to hear how bad his management skills were. He was later fired I heard.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to the basics like Harry M. ran it. Value your employees and they will value you.

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pound the pavement

Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Kansas City, MO

I worked at Zep

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

ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementHelp 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.

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tossup

Salesman (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Zep

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

ConsAbout 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

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