Ecolab Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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  1. Freelance

    • Culture & Values
    Former Contractor - Contract in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Contractor - Contract in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Ecolab as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    They are busy and present a professional and organized appearance as a corporation.

    Cons

    Do not freelance for this company. They do not pay their contract employees until after 90-120 days, and then you have to badger them.

    Recommends
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    At the end of the day it's a white male company

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    A few sprinkling of good talent at the leadership. That too, since I've left has diminished. Good product, solid financial results.

    Cons

    Unless you're a white male with an MBA, forget about ever being successful here. If you hunt and are "Minnesotan" then thats leadership material right there.... if not, don't bother. The whole culture and inclusion was just a big drama led by the CFO who's no longer there anyway.... crappy pay, stupid braincell killing monthly analysis paralysis work. ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be real and do the right thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Work and Stress is not worth the pay.

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    It is nice having a company car to use for work and personal use. Bad thing is your carrying so much equipment you really never use it for personal use. Healthy benefits are ok and retirement is good if you can stick around long enough. If you can get a territory in a metro area you are golden avoid rural territory's.

    Cons

    Good Luck taking time off in the field. Pay is low regarding your on call 24 hours a day and taking care of rental machines that you don't make any money off of. Using your money to travel and take care of you customers and rental machines. Storing all equipment in your personal garage and not being able to park 2 cars inside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to think about the future and stop running the field like they did 30 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great work/Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    growth, work / life balance, great people

    Cons

    Long Hours, cheap company outings, no personal time off just vacation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Could use improvement

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

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    Great co-workers, many who are extremely knowledgeable as to who to go to when you can not get answers from your supervisor.

    Cons

    No clear direction as to who you report to, pulled in many different directions, work/life balance was next to nothing.

    Approves of CEO
  7. Upper management has no idea what is going on, work life balance is a joke.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    Networking with sales field while working in the corporate office

    Cons

    Old boys club, my boss didn't even have a college degree and was threatened by outside the box thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Horrific

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    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    The work was sometimes interesting, the international travel was interesting.

    Cons

    I had a horrible experience; I worked very hard and did good work, which was not only not rewarded but seemed threatening to my male bosses. I am also a mom of a young child, for which I felt I was held back. I was willing to work long hours and travel but when I attempted to draw some boundaries I was punished and ridiculed. Really take a look at how many women there are in finance at a director level or above. And how many of them have children? There are very few, and the smartest and most talented leave. You really do have to be a young, good-looking white male with MBA to suceed here. If you are politicallly conservative and you hunt, fish or golf you will probably do well.

    I had four different bosses in the four years I worked at Ecolab. Three of them were bullies and had no sense of what it meant to be an ethical person. The one who wasn`t a jerk left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I witnessed a lot of bullying and unfair treatment during my four years there, much of it directed against women over 35 and men who were originally not from the US. I cannot understand why this is not only tolerated but is an accepted part of the culture.
    The bonus system is absurd, as the amount an individual receives is in great part determined by the direct managers. A reward system should be fairly applied, not whimsical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    You'll work hard and learn so much about business

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    Current Employee - Business Development/Sales in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Business Development/Sales in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    Earning potential; I started at $40k with no degree, earned an MBA and left the company on good terms after 4.5 years making $100k. Company car and expense account was nice but be careful with it. You'll work hard and long hours but it can be rewarding

    Cons

    Bottom line: it's all about money. People are a side-effect to making money and if Ecolab could figure out how to do it without people they would! It wasn't so bad under the old CEO because unlike Baker the previous CEO started as a Territory Manager and worked his way up to CEO. Baker is a good CEO (I'm still a shareholder) and has done what CEO's do: grow the company. The challenge was that the best salesmen got promoted to management not the best qualified people. Management would frequently belittle employees and it seemed like some managers enjoyed watching people hang themselves.

    Being on call 24/7/365 isn't realistic and the work-life balance for Route Managers and Territory Managers is non-existent. Don't make plans in the evening "after work" because they'll ALWAYS fall through. The job of TM and RM are service heavy but the company really doesn't care about the service as long as you're selling. If you're moved into a position and told "it's not a sales position" it's a bald faced lie. Every job outside of Eagan (and many there too) are sales jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting the best sales people--they typically make bad leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Grow your business/income

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    If you put on new business your income grows

    Cons

    Can have late night service requests, family health plan costs seem high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the field

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Good job with plenty of freedom and room for advancement

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good base salary and if you hustle you can add another 20k or so to your annual income. Working from home is nice to.

    Cons

    They hire salesmen and do not tell the new hires about all the mechanical diagnosing and repairs that are involved. Hiring managers tell you that it is 85% sales 15% mechanical. That is a lie they use to get you in the door. Its more like 50% sales and 50% mechanical repairs and service, but once you learn the repair side it is worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with your feet on the street....aka your bottom of the totem pole employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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