Ecolab Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
401 Reviews
2.9
401 Reviews
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Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.
Doug Baker Jr.
258 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed work environment, flexibility in work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Only real plus is having a company vehicle to take home with gas & insurance taken care of (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 36 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ecolab life Living the dream

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay , benefits,coworkers oppertunities to advance.

    Cons

    Middle management. get promoted buy being able to make budget not by being a leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose proven leaders to put into leadership roles not great sales poeple

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    You'll work hard and learn so much about business

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    Current Employee - Business Development/Sales  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Development/Sales in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Earning potential; I started at $40k with no degree, earned an MBA and left the company on good terms after 4.5 years making $100k. Company car and expense account was nice but be careful with it. You'll work hard and long hours but it can be rewarding

    Cons

    Bottom line: it's all about money. People are a side-effect to making money and if Ecolab could figure out how to do it without people they would! It wasn't so bad under the old CEO because unlike Baker the previous CEO started as a Territory Manager and worked his way up to CEO. Baker is a good CEO (I'm still a shareholder) and has done what CEO's do: grow the company. The challenge was that the best salesmen got promoted to management not the best qualified people. Management would frequently belittle employees and it seemed like some managers enjoyed watching people hang themselves.

    Being on call 24/7/365 isn't realistic and the work-life balance for Route Managers and Territory Managers is non-existent. Don't make plans in the evening "after work" because they'll ALWAYS fall through. The job of TM and RM are service heavy but the company really doesn't care about the service as long as you're selling. If you're moved into a position and told "it's not a sales position" it's a bald faced lie. Every job outside of Eagan (and many there too) are sales jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting the best sales people--they typically make bad leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    growth, work / life balance, great people

    Cons

    Long Hours, cheap company outings, no personal time off just vacation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, great coworkers, close food

    Cons

    Raises are straight 3% Hard to get a decent raise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good guys

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territorial Sales  in  Gurnee, IL
    Former Employee - Territorial Sales in Gurnee, IL

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The benfits at ecolab are very good. They start you at a high salary. You get a lot of training the first three months of employment.

    Cons

    At Ecolab in the position I had there is a lot of driving. You do get a company vehicle but gas is on your expense.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Water Care Specialist at Ecolab

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Water Care Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Water Care Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As a sales rep, company car, gas, ease into a commission plan after a year in the territory, expense account was decent. Work life balance was a focus for the managers.

    Cons

    Confusion while merging with Nalco, really need a background in chemical science for this role, or able to learn concepts quickly

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Grow your business/income

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    If you put on new business your income grows

    Cons

    Can have late night service requests, family health plan costs seem high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the field

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Money, Unsafe place to work

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    Current Employee - Bulk Filler  in  Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Bulk Filler in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Money. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    12 hour shift. Hot warehouse/plant. Terrible training in the first 30 days and still have to get through the 90 day process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ecolab QSR

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great advancement if you work in marketing or sales. Work with some great people that I admire very much.

    Cons

    Like to put people in boxes that are hard to get out of. Doing your job well will work against you if you want to get ahead

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None - they don't care and don't listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative ethical performance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Solid company values, reasonable compensation with excellent benefits, opportunities for growth and leadership in select business areas (significant challenges in others), product and service mix contributes to adequate to excellent performance in wide range of market conditions

    Cons

    Major acquisitions over last few years continue to show promise but have also created challenges related to consolidation of multiple entities from operational, personnel and financial perspectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on development, retention, reassignment of valued employees & consultants during ongoing consolidation and growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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