Ecolab Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Relaxed work environment, flexibility in work/life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • Only real plus is having a company vehicle to take home with gas & insurance taken care of (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 39 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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  1. Customer-focused company with strong focus on internal talent development

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    Strategic emphasis on people, work/life balance, various projects

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy, financially conservative, headquarters focused

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Territory Representative in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    You have some freedom and flexibility.

    Cons

    There are limited growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great opportunity for hard working team minded individual

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, flexible schedule, income continues to grow much faster than any normal salaried job without the ups and downs of most sales positions.

    Cons

    Can be a grueling 24/7 position, you're never really off. You have to catch new business or kick out a competitor to make a sale. More dangerous than you might think, few major injuries but lots of small/moderate ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop believing your own press, having fancy equipment doesn't do us any favors it just takes longer and is more expensive to fix. We need head count to grow, open territories cost us $10K a month in sales. Allow someone to disagree with you without labeling them a know nothing traitor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Good Company, Growing Pains

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    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    The stock price can't be complained about these days too much. But - that pro has come at the expense of things that put the company in the position to grow.

    Cons

    The culture has certainly changed - be that good or bad... It's growing up, and, that creates a lot of power struggle and changing corporate policies/procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the place where you came from, and, how that had built a strong start to where you are today. Continue to invest in research for new products that not only do cool things but also treat the environment well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great diverse company, with large portfolio, and lots of potential growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    Good pay, good benifits, safety culture. Company without significant layoff history.

    Cons

    Numbers come at a cost.

  7. excellent employer, stable job, great co-workers

    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Well reputed in the industry, opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Struggling for space in older building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Good company, solid training, crappy job.

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

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    - Training
    - Upward Mobility (6 months)
    - Benefits (401k, education benefit)
    - Good co-workers.
    - Strong management that is supportive.
    - Break rooms.
    - Good pay.

    Cons

    - Call center environment wears and tears mentally and physically.
    - Monotonous.
    - Modern day assembly line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing what you're doing, but try to find a way to break up how boring each day is. workplace fun and games, breaks for outdoor activities, anything that is realistic to get away from the cube and being on the phone for 8 straight hours.

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

    Employee focused company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    Very proactive company with genuine concern for employees. Excellent CEO. Good pay ,ok benefits, empowering environment. Upper management is very professional and seems to be at the top of their game.

    Cons

    It's a large outfit, so there's going to be some bureaucracy. That seems to slow things down a little bit but that's to be expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Excellent Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    Best part of working here is, you are not stuck behind a desk. Also you can work with people and machinery.

    Cons

    There is no issues if you are a normal hard worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At college job fairs, tell the students that the job is 50% sales and 50% fixing machinery.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Tremendous room for opportunities but not without growing pains.

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a high performing company. Ecolab is a good steward when it comes to finances. Shareholders are in good hands. Company core values and mission behind cleaning, energy, water resources makes you feel good about what you do everyday in making a difference for your customers.

    Cons

    Very conservative mindset. Leadership unable to practice what they preach and support innovative approach for growth. Innovations stifled by long winded bureaucracy. Compensation is ok, not the best in my industry, but balanced by work life balance. I can work from home as long as work gets done on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start walking the talk and do what you preach. Spend time with your direct reports and fully understand what they need. Remove obstacles for them to succeed.
    Understand the nuances and details for each project. Don't just assign and leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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