Ecolab Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
396 Reviews
2.9
396 Reviews
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Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed work environment, flexibility in work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • You will also get a company vehicle to take home with fuel and expense cards (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 33 reviews)

  • NO time off as you are literally on call 24/7 and that is what you usually work (in 23 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person 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.  

    Water Care Specialist at Ecolab

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    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
  3.  

    Grow your business/income

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    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
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    Good job with plenty of freedom and room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good base salary and if you hustle you can add another 20k or so to your annual income. Working from home is nice to.

    Cons

    They hire salesmen and do not tell the new hires about all the mechanical diagnosing and repairs that are involved. Hiring managers tell you that it is 85% sales 15% mechanical. That is a lie they use to get you in the door. Its more like 50% sales and 50% mechanical repairs and service, but once you learn the repair side it is worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with your feet on the street....aka your bottom of the totem pole employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Innovative ethical performance

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    • 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
  7.  

    Route Sales Manager

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

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

    Pros

    This is very large company with a wide range of business interests. The value of the company is strong. Excellent benefits. Strong support of Managers. Excellent training program.

    Cons

    Low compensation relative to work load in the beginning. Very numbers driven, high level of stress to maintain account base and increase sales. "On call" status very difficult on personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease territory. Understand that general maintenance of equipment is more time consuming and that additional sales is difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall Great Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    NO schedule, you manage your customer

    Cons

    be available 24/7 all year around

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Money, Unsafe place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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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    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. 6 people found this helpful  

    for a company that emphasizes efficiency they are very wasteful

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    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist

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

    Pros

    the money is good if you don't want a personal life. truly unlimited earning potential. take company vehicle home every night. company paid smart phone and good benefit package. almost complete independence. "make your own schedule"(see cons)

    Cons

    extreme route change without notice. fluctuating pay, long hours, strange hours, high expectations with no management support. Upper management talks a big game about taking care of people first, but money is not everything. Middle management ignores requests for help and blame you when things go wrong. you do not own your time 24/7, you are at the mercy of your customers as far as that goes. vacations are a complete lie. spend a lot of money on corporate dinners, paper reports, annual meetings, ecolab "schwag", and frivolous things that could go to field associates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HIRE PEOPLE! when a route is open other associates are forced to work outside of their area without notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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