Ecolab Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
410 Reviews
3.0
410 Reviews
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Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.
Doug Baker Jr.
265 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 38 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.  

    Stable, Growing Company with Positive Values and a lot of Growth Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Stability; promising industry; professional growth opportunities; busy; fast-paced; positive impact on the world - feel like you're playing a part to help to make the world cleaner, safer, healthier; great people to learn from and work with; customer focused; opportunity to have impact in your work

    Cons

    Limited budget-fiscally conservative (however, the reason for stability and longevity); lack of work/life balance - for the most part, people operate to max capacity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could use improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    Great co-workers, many who are extremely knowledgeable as to who to go to when you can not get answers from your supervisor.

    Cons

    No clear direction as to who you report to, pulled in many different directions, work/life balance was next to nothing.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work and Stress is not worth the pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    It is nice having a company car to use for work and personal use. Bad thing is your carrying so much equipment you really never use it for personal use. Healthy benefits are ok and retirement is good if you can stick around long enough. If you can get a territory in a metro area you are golden avoid rural territory's.

    Cons

    Good Luck taking time off in the field. Pay is low regarding your on call 24 hours a day and taking care of rental machines that you don't make any money off of. Using your money to travel and take care of you customers and rental machines. Storing all equipment in your personal garage and not being able to park 2 cars inside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to think about the future and stop running the field like they did 30 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SSDM in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - SSDM in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Great place to build your career

    Cons

    30,000 plus products to sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep reinvent yourself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Customer Service Representative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Eagan, MN

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

    Pros

    Excellent company with ample opportunity to grow within the company. Very in-depth training program, and everyone was extremely helpful and friendly.

    Cons

    Call Center atmosphere, high call volume, but all in all not many cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    At the end of the day it's a white male company

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

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A few sprinkling of good talent at the leadership. That too, since I've left has diminished. Good product, solid financial results.

    Cons

    Unless you're a white male with an MBA, forget about ever being successful here. If you hunt and are "Minnesotan" then thats leadership material right there.... if not, don't bother. The whole culture and inclusion was just a big drama led by the CFO who's no longer there anyway.... crappy pay, stupid braincell killing monthly analysis paralysis work. ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real and do the right thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    You'll work hard and learn so much about business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development/Sales in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Development/Sales in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ecolab life Living the dream

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

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (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

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