Ecolab Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
389 Reviews

2.9
389 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.  

    Innovative ethical performance

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    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    US-centric company, not a good place to work if you are in another country

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Huge company with many business units and great opportunities for those in Sales. Rated as one of the 100 most innovative companies by Forbes magazine.

    Cons

    Compensation is always below standard market practice. Employees are not considered assets and that is reflected on the very high turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should take employee engagement surveys more seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall Great Company

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    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

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  5.  

    I enjoyed working for this great company

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    Former Employee - Assembler/Packer  in  Columbus, MS
    Former Employee - Assembler/Packer in Columbus, MS

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

    Pros

    It is a great environment

    Cons

    getting the job done, focus on customers and the value, of the quality products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work ethics

  6.  

    Good company if you work for the right team

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    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 3 years

    Pros

    wide variety of experience
    great work enviorment

    Cons

    it is all about who you know

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Route Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Route Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Almost every aspect was enjoyable

    Cons

    Mechanical work taking prescience over sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your feet on the street

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good scope and scale.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Great teams within the company and my experience has been excellent in that respect. Great technologies to work with and a lot of scope for travel and large scale project work.

    Cons

    Multiple acquisitions and large recent mergers have caused a lot or reorganisation in the company. Many knowledgeable workers left out in the cold. A lot of pressures to deliver short term cost savings and frequent management changes left many long term initiatives incomplete, or abandoned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on building and maintaining the business and quality employees than on the high level share-price-based decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Caught in a trap

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    Current Employee - Service Specialist
    Current Employee - Service Specialist

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

    Pros

    Company truck with gas card

    Cons

    I have worked for Ecolab for several years.In the past few years I have seen: Bonus's taken away, commission and invoices cut, work loads increase and pay decreased, long time employee's forced out of positions, demoted and pasted over for promotion with promotions given to people outside the company, our yearly pay raise cut by 50%. Warning to new hires: If you start a career at Ecolab as a Service Specialist, under there new pay raise system you will not receive any raise for the first 4 years, on your 5th year IF the year is an even number you will get a $9.00 a week raise, then get that same lame raise every other year.Maybe you will feel better knowing that upper management gets 7 to 12% pay raises and our CEO gets 1.2 to 1.7 million dollar pay raises. To sum up: My first couple years working for Ecolab we use to have a motto "5 stops and done" which meant, take care of the customer, do 5 quality stops a day.Now it is:Do 8 stops a day and keep going, get new customers, up sell / do add on business or do not go home until you up sell at least $2,500.00 every month (our manager actually said this ), work Saturday and Sunday might be worth noting we get paid HALF time for our over time hours which for most is $10.00 per hour for our over time hours. The funniest part of this all is upper management seems surprised that the in field / face of the company workers are burnt out and morale is at a all time low and they truly seem to be wondering why, hell many times they blame us, we where recently all told "Pull up your panties and deal with it" which after all our senior techs have been forced to deal with over the years, was just what we needed to boost morale!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I already tried talking and know, no one is listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very driven for its investors not so much for its employees, especially after two major acquisitions

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    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Procurement Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to try out different things internally. Energy Services is doing well and been recognized as the growth engine for the organisation. Willing to take risks with younger folks. Merit gets recognized with greater responsibiltiy.

    Cons

    Will limit compensation or monetary recognition by internal policy guidelines but will hire talent from ourside at higher than market cost if necesary. This results in loss of years of investment in the employee, networking, break down of continuity..etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and promote talent better else your competition or the market will get them. Most smart and well performing employees know their worth in the market place.

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

    Great Place To Work

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    Former Employee - Operations Specialist  in  Eagan, MN
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Eagan, MN

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

    Pros

    Great work, great leadership, great perks, loved the fast paced environment, and my coworkers

    Cons

    None! Loved everything about it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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