Ecolab Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.
Doug Baker Jr.
322 Ratings

Pros
  • Work life balance-strong leader in the industry (in 18 reviews)

  • take company vehicle home every night (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance is not there (in 39 reviews)

  • if you do come on board you will be on call 24/7 even on your weekends off and forget about trying to get a holyday off (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Poor management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I believe Doug Baker made a tremendous move acquiring Nalco. Nalco is reputable but the old Ecolab is a complete mess

    Cons

    Pest division is in chaos and would not recommend joining that division. They are looking back to 15 years ago when they grew and did not have same situations as today. Competitors have far superior knowledge. Ecolab believes that spending money on training to performing same overpriced service will make things great. They have multiple states that are a complete mess and it will be a matter of time before many more customers cancel service because the knowledge and experience are leaving the company as soon as they can. They created a segment to audit large food plants . Good idea but their software is outdated by ten years. Not to mention that the employees are burnt out. Too bad that they have good people but treat them poorly

    Advice to Management

    Doug Baker needs to truly look at his leadership team in pest division. Upper management trying to save their own butts by blaming the field. Time to replace leadership in pest as they are arrogant and clueless(unless of course it is about bottom line and getting ready to sell division or turn all field reps to straight hourly wage.) Sorry guys your not as good as you think


  2. Helpful (2)

    Bad for business

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

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing positive
    culture, value and ethics are are only in writing

    Cons

    its is amazing how poor a company is regardless of how much money they make.
    Managers spend their time on how to keep their team down and prevent progress to ensure that they are seen as the hero's by taking other people's ideas and hold them as their own.


  3. Route tech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Ecolab

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary+commission are ok to pay the bills

    Cons

    No real training, 18 hour work day everyday. You literally will do everything on the business, scheduling, billing, collection, obviously the service

    Advice to Management

    The week a tech spends in St. Paul should of hands on training not company propaganda and a few hours in a tour to the headquarters.


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  5. Good

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

    I worked at Ecolab

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay,work on your own ,Little management

    Cons

    Work long hours, pay not good


  6. Horrible work/life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pest Elimination in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Pest Elimination in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Not much to tell here.

    Cons

    Absolutely horrible work/life balance. When you are at home on your "off" hours, you're still answering phone calls, emails, and constantly calling customers. Don't be fooled when they say it is getting better and they are working to fix the situations, because they aren't. I had over 110 accounts to run on my route monthly, with an average of 3.5 hours of drive time a night. Manager promised me for months that he would make my route closer together, just got farther away. Plus I found out that they will not pay you you're accrued vacation time when you leave the job. Surprise!!!! I had over 50 hours that I had to give back to the multi-million dollar company. Do NOT waste your time here unless your single, with no family and willing to work ALL the time. Money is not worth the time. Salary does not reflect the hours you put in the field,.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the districts that are having issues.


  7. Terrible company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Pest Control Technician in Liverpool, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Pest Control Technician in Liverpool, England (UK)

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Left to yourself to work.

    Cons

    Poor pay, poor communication, new working practices brought in without consulting the workforce, very little respect for the workforce. I was sacked for trying to bring the union in so we would have some sort of representation. This is how they work. They seem to forget that it's the guys on the ground who bring the money in. Terrible company if you have an opinion or don't like being trodden on. Avoid, if you have any sense.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workforce instead of constantly riding roughshod over them. You wonder why so many are leaving the sinking ship that was a good company. Shame on you.


  8. Ecolab money OK the rest needs work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Ecolab (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Pay and allowed to work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    Poor systems and Business teams do not like working with IT. Old company that moves slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Review IT organization and fund better


  9. Helpful (2)

    Sales territory Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Manager

    I worked at Ecolab

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, no life or family life,no fun

    Cons

    All the reviews for territory Managers are the same, No work/ life balance, if someone posts they have a life outside Ecolab,they are nuts,you work 60 hour work week, you work nights, you get trouble calls you must handle ASAP, at night or day or weekend, management is clueless, and you get to ruin your cloths under dirty Greasy Dishmachines,you cover vacant territories for no extra pay, and you work on the weekends so you can go on vacations, and you cover for others vacations, so you make about 12 dollars an hour, so work work work, and when you finally start to make decent money your stuck and you work 365 days a year, it's great for a single guy with no family or kids, or girlfriend , so read all the reviews and it's the same theme, no life.

    Advice to Management

    Your a joke and you can't fix anything, your company will fail sometime soon


  10. Food retail service

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Representative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Territory Representative in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No weekends , flexible schechule, some travel,some benefits insurance is good and car allowance with gas .

    Cons

    Work more than 8 hrs a day, customers don't follow audits . Company don't care about the cleanest of the customers . Frustration when is no importance for health . You have to change the diapers for the customers and clean disgusting depts for them because they don't want to push the customers to do it for being afraid of losing them. Don't pay extra for extra jobs of installations in new customer . System for return of money for expenses takes a month to get it back and it's arcaic and wants you to work with your money for them. All year they try to motivate you with a bonus and when the times comes after long time waiting the bonus it's not good pure BS they try to give you different unacceptable excuses. For the last meetings with managers it's more bulling and screaming at the employees and give us threats. No chance for growing .So you can have your own conclusions

    Advice to Management

    Defend better your employees agains push backs that comes from the audits and against organize crime in the retail industry and fix the management and ethical problems


  11. Helpful (2)

    Stay away!

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

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you like to sell then this will work. Don't believe them you will work on equipment a lot but they will never admit to it.

    Cons

    No work life balance. On call 24/7. Don't make firm plan for anything it can and often gets messed up. You are expendable and they really don't care. Typical massive corporation attitude to employees.



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