Ecolab Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
411 Reviews
3.0
411 Reviews
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Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.
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266 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed work environment, flexibility in work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Only real plus is having a company vehicle to take home with gas & insurance taken care of (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 38 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Overall good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The fact that they pay for everything: from providing a vehicle, corporate credit card, gas card, cell phone bill, mobile hot spot, tools, training, clothing, shoes, and excellent meals when traveling.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be very difficult at times because of being on-call 24hrs M-F and some weekends. Upsetting a customer will get to upper management very quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being on-call 24hrs M-F sucks!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture of Fear

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Free company vehicle (logo'd) and tools provided to you. Make your own schedule but often told you are not doing enough. Can make extra money when you cover routes that people left (because they quit).

    Cons

    Benefits have declined. All benefit coverages have increased in cost per month and decreased total coverage. Overwork people on the weekends and nights. A lot of issues with people being disengaged and just trying to get by. In our area, many people have been on performance plans and threatened to get fired. Many times they can't fire anyone because there are already open areas from those who just quit. People live in fear of getting fired but then when everyone is threatened with it, they understand the threat is not real.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to engage people and have a resource for employees to go to that have been bullied by managers. Also, a fair way for promotions without choosing people who they like. Promotions should be performance based. Multiple people should get the opportunity to interview instead of someone just being "picked".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great flex-benefits, good pay, caring managers.

    Cons

    No direction from a corporate it perspective. Senior/executive management does not care if people leave as long as you make plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get and IT direction and move forward with it. You are a multi-billion dollar company with multiple ERP systems pick one and consolidate. You would be surprised how much your sales and company improve from everyone pulling in the same direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Takes a one-size-fits-all approach

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is a good sturdy company where you can start and end you career. If you put in your time and do your job you will never be too stressed.

    "Official" policies are fair.

    Cons

    Very political structure. Good performance may actually keep you trapped rather than give you new opportunities as managers try to prevent you from being recognized.

    Promotion based on seniority and the friend network.

    Succession planning and career mapping are only given to a select few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the differences between your business units. Both you employees and customers are different and can't be treated the same.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Big Brother related

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SSRM in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - SSRM in Worcester, MA

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

    Pros

    A good company to work for, all benefits were open and transparent.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime work performed with no compensation. Management puts more emphases on their numbers than the team that makes it all happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a heart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Male dominated company

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

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    customer relaionship management, benefits and pay scale

    Cons

    not being male, on call 24-7, poor work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company for Fortune 500 to work for and grow with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SDM in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - SDM in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company gives ownership over position. You determine success or failure.

    Cons

    Big company so things move slow sometimes in regards to advancements and corporate support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discuss promotion and advancements with your teams.

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

    The Ecolab Dumping Grounds

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Specialist in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Credit Specialist in Eagan, MN

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Co workers, Window View and Large Campus

    Cons

    Disorganized managers, lack of command, for over a year we did not have a manager so other teams would send us work they could do and noone would tell them they couldn't do that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set up clearly defined duties of each team, and balance it so it is fair. Make sure each team is adequately staffed

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Large company with good variety of experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Lot to learn. Gold mine for people in chemicals.
    Good work life balance.
    Good exposure to large corporation world

    Cons

    Too political.
    Each BU is it's own company and don't like to talk to each other
    Needs a lot of coordination from technology perspective mainly IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get most BU together and you will see big difference in sales and Savings

    Doug Baker is having great vision..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Reservoir Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Because Ecolab is a great company

    Cons

    This company are increase very fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business of oil is a good opportunity to grow professionally

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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