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Ecolab Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
388 Reviews

2.9
388 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    No room for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Management in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Nice peers
    Decent work hours
    Community involvement
    401k

    Cons

    Poor communication from the top down
    Little room for advancement
    Expensive health benefits
    Low salaries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent. Sharing information only does good for the company. Stop all the secrecy and silos between divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company Review

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

    Pros

    - Great Flexibility with work and personal life.
    - Company Car
    - Other Perks and incentives

    Cons

    - Lacking structure and relevance to some positions/roles
    - Cronyism
    - Not enough help or support for men and women in the front lines
    - Disproportionate Pay and almost impossible to understand compensation plan... In fact, 90% of the front line does not know how they get paid. The plan is very confusing and brushed off quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so quick to make big changes without understanding how it affects the whole. Reevaluate your metrics for all positions especially RM's and SSDM's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company with Great People

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    Still a family atmosphere and a CEO that is in touch with the organization.

    Cons

    Don't get on the wrong side of executive sales managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let people make personal personnel decisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Generally positive, operations tends to be overlooked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Fort Wayne, IN

    Pros

    Work life balance-strong leader in the industry
    Ecolab will continue to grow, and be profitable.
    Openings all the time due to growth

    Cons

    Workload
    Supply chain is not really appreciated in this marketing and sales driven company
    Sometimes there appears to be a lack of accountability for those not meeting expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the folks cooking the dinner for the customers want to meet all of their expectations, that they never want to dissappoint, but when everything is a rush or an emergency, nothing is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Changes

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

    Pros

    Lots of changes going on after acquiring two companies. More opportunities, areas and things to learn.

    Cons

    Change has not always been handled well by management and it has become evident that once again the right kind of changes will not happen quickly or will even be in the priority list.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Your life as a Route Sales Representative/Manager

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    Former Employee - Route Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Route Sales Manager

    Pros

    Company Van E-150 or similar (No passengers unless employees), Gas card (monitored with mileage), Company Card (Only install/equipment charges monitored through concur), Tools, Equipment (when not over budget for the month), Create your own hours (based on customer needs), Free training (3 weeks upon starting in St Paul), Company paid cellphone, Emroidered Uniforms (Men have better uniforms, Ladies - good luck if you're plus size or tall) Good "Salary", Training fun, Customers once you build rapport as great, When team works together it's easy and you learn a lot more, Good Upper Management in district

    Cons

    (This is rare about 2 times month)- if You get a call at 9:30 at night 2 hours away and the customer demands you come, guess what - You're going. On call 24hrs a day, weekend shift depends on how many people in your district. You'll work Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon-Fri then your day off. (12 days straight, may be busy or not) on normal it's Mon 6am -Fri 5pm. Service calls are: Leaking chemical dispensers, Changing Dishmachine motors, Fixing machine leaks, rewiring contactors/transformers, a lot of plumbing (mostly compression) and electrical, Tech support only open business hours 8-5, 8-4 sat, if they're having a bad day they're least likely to walk you through something. DSDM sold a new account, you need to scramble to get equipment and help ASAP. Your compensation depends on your selling/interaction skills, You sign on @42k a year but it's only 7k the rest is your commission. If someone gets hurt or quits, you take care of their territory (Paid for top 20 accounts of theirs only), monthly roll outs you have to accomplish, 300+ accounts to visit whenever and 75+ you have to visit monthly. You are also responsible for collecting debts and removing machines when the customer doesn't pay. You must have someone cover for you if you're sick or on vacation, once you're out of work - don't bother making plans if you're on call. Best suited for Single people with No kids in a very active (Some areas are different based on Metro/Country - Ask the person you ride along with during the interview process) upper management needs to manage people a little better and not let things slide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Separate the Sales and Service again - You're killing your best employees to cut your own costs. Promote from within not external because employees are not in their "right" position. Get Tech support open the same hours your managers work, it's hard enough to deal with a down machine and a customer yelling at you while you have to figure it out on your own because none of the other reps answer their phones. Just a suggestion..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Self-Rewarding

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

    Pros

    Company Benefits, Company Vehicle and incentives, Flexibility with scheduling.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance, non-promoting through the company. Lack of Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Training Program. Better work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Ecolab review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator  in  Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Naperville, IL

    Pros

    Good company with moderate growth

    Cons

    Company is in the process of consolidating merged companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Territory rep

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexibility of work schedule, company car, variety of job locations

    Cons

    Each year you are asked to do double to triple the amount of work done pervious year with no additional pay. Changes pay structure, seems more hourly with weekend work. Never satisfied with what value you as a person bring, you can also be replaced by someone else happy to do more with less. Unless you are part of the "inner circle", don't expect or try to be promoted, those who do less, but chosen are those that get promoted. Company is like an elephant, never forgets a mistake or something negative you do, very quickly forgets something that adds dollars & value to business. HORRIBLE follow through when your apply for internal position, you'll never hear back from HR on where you stand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start holding people accountable for their actions and promoted those that really show they have the ability to do so.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    General Overview

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of different jobs to learn from.

    Cons

    click-ish, no movement - regardless of experience - if you are not a degreed candidate, so many layers of people that it takes forever to get things to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the worker bees. They are the ones doing the work and are better able to suggest areas for improvement. Also, stop being so elitist. There are people of value in all walks of life, not just engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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