Ecolab
2.9 of 5 367 reviews
www.ecolab.com Saint Paul, MN 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 9, 2014

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64% Approve of the CEO

Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.

Doug Baker Jr.

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Relaxed work environment, flexibility in work/life balance"
    in 13 reviews
  • "You will also get a company vehicle to take home with fuel and expense cards"
    in 24 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60"
    in 28 reviews
  • "NO time off as you are literally on call 24/7 and that is what you usually work"
    in 19 reviews
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    Takes a one-size-fits-all approach

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThis is a good sturdy company where you can start and end you career. If you put in your time and do your job you will never be too stressed.

    "Official" policies are fair.

    ConsVery political structure. Good performance may actually keep you trapped rather than give you new opportunities as managers try to prevent you from being recognized.

    Promotion based on seniority and the friend network.

    Succession planning and career mapping are only given to a select few.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand the differences between your business units. Both you employees and customers are different and can't be treated the same.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Ecolab Dumping Grounds

    Credit Specialist (Current Employee)
    Eagan, MN

    ProsBenefits, Co workers, Window View and Large Campus

    ConsDisorganized managers, lack of command, for over a year we did not have a manager so other teams would send us work they could do and noone would tell them they couldn't do that

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet up clearly defined duties of each team, and balance it so it is fair. Make sure each team is adequately staffed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Large company with good variety of experience

    IT Manager (Former Employee)
    Naperville, IL

    ProsLot to learn. Gold mine for people in chemicals.
    Good work life balance.
    Good exposure to large corporation world

    ConsToo political.
    Each BU is it's own company and don't like to talk to each other
    Needs a lot of coordination from technology perspective mainly IT

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet most BU together and you will see big difference in sales and Savings

    Doug Baker is having great vision..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Male dominated company

    Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee)

    Proscustomer relaionship management, benefits and pay scale

    Consnot being male, on call 24-7, poor work-life balance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good but stuffy company

    Specialy Sales Consultant (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat company, solid product, strong leadership

    ConsStuffy, very corporate/formal, huge, and don't seem to encourage tons of movement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Territory Manager (Former Employee)
    Greensboro, NC

    ProsGood Benefits, Ability to set own hours, boss is 500 miles away

    ConsDivisional Management for Textile Care are some of the most unethical/unprofessional people I have met in 30 years of business

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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

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    Great company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Greensboro, NC

    ProsManagement hears employees and there are great opportunities.

    ConsMost opportunities are in MN.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ecolab

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood work ethic, compensation and training

    ConsLong hours, lack of coordination between departments.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Territory Manager - Your Boss will Dictate your Experience - The Job is Painful - Your Boss can make it better or worse.

    Territory Manager (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsEcolab really is the Chemical Expert when it comes to Laundry and Warewashing Systems. Chemical (Soap) Dispensing Equipment is always beyond what competitors have to offer and marketing materials are the absolute best you can get anywhere. The detergents I sold are usually Double in price from the competitors but the detergents were the best on the market so I found the chemicals very easy to sell. You can make money here if you take care of and serve your customers. I finished my last year at Ecolab at about $88,000 for the year - which isn't bad for a front line route salesperson.

    ConsThe job is extremely painful with very long hours and you are bound by customer's calling in at anytime so it is very difficult to get rest. Taking care of your customers is very fun and rewarding but your manager can make your life very hard. If you get a bad boss then you will not like working here. If you have a great boss then you will be able to tolerate the long hours and thankless effort you put in. Either way, when you work at Ecolab you will work your tail off. You always here the motto: "Work Hard, Play Hard" ... but for Ecolab it is only "Work Hard, Work Hard and then Work Some More". The work/life balance is not there... when you take a vacation you are still responsible for doing 4 weeks of work in 3 weeks so when you leave you are so exhausted it is difficult to enjoy it. Ecolab is very painful and you will work very long hours with no additional pay. Lastly, ambition and creativity is not rewarded at Ecolab. Ecolab is not looking for your ideas at the Territory Manager level, they only want you to comply and do what they ask with no suggestions on how things could be better... "March on Soldier!" As a Five Year Anniversary Gift to myself, I turned in my 2 week notice." Best thing I could have done for myself and my marriage. I am grateful I don't work at Ecolab anymore.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone... you don't want to hear it anyways.

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

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    Work Life Balance Naught!

    Jack of All Trades I E Manager (Former Employee)
    Fort Worth, TX

    ProsCompany Vehicle, Direct Pay, Nothing Else

    ConsIt's all about the bottom line and they will work you to death until they get what they want. Constantly on call 24/7/365

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake Up your over working your people, and they are leaving in droves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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