Ecolab Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. No Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    You get a company vehicle and you get to take it home at night, and you get the maintenance and gas paid for on that vehicle.

    Cons

    If you are in the admin/office side most workers have been moved to contractors and they are changed out frequently.
    If you are on the service side you are on call 24/7/365, the only time you are not on call is when you are on vacation. I was once in a meeting and had a service member as how many hours was acceptable to call a full day, 8hr, 9hr, 10hr..... the District manager couldn't answer and even worse his boss couldn't either.

    Advice to Management

    Stop getting warm bodies to fill a uniform and contractors to cut costs so numbers can look good on paper for the investors and start running a business with people first.

  2. Customer-focused company with strong focus on internal talent development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy, financially conservative, headquarters focused

  3. Great opportunity for hard working team minded individual

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. 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.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Good Company, Growing Pains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Well reputed in the industry, opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Struggling for space in older building

  8. Good company, solid training, crappy job.

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Employee focused company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Stay away!

    • 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)

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Excellent Company

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

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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