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Stretched thin...living off past customer goodwill

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

Pros

Serve growing markets & categories and have great business model for each industry served. Aggressive growth focused organization with excellent career potential if you are willing to work both smart and very hard. Total comp potential above average if you can get LTI. Winning leadership team with excellent financial position and stock performance to propel the company forward and beat competition. Customer centric philosophy with excellent customer service and leading technology/systems.

Cons

Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60+ hour weeks to advance or even keep your job. Sales obsessed organization that plays favorites and can remind you of a high school popularity contest to be recognized for upward mobility. Top executives have a zealous religious fervor to beat the S&P 500 and nothing (no matter how reasonable) will get in the way of making quarterly and annual business targets. Some very passive/aggressive, wicked execs thrive in midst of great overall leadership team - beware of them. Rapid growth and acquisitions have leadership team stretched very thin and seems to be increasing the heartless pursuit of the financials at the expense of longer-term development of the overall team and organization.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you continue to layoff good people and overwork your field sales, customer service and operational teams while consistently reporting record earnings and ever fatter stock comp to executives - Ecolab (and Nalco which was recently acquired) will lose the customer-centric passion and spirit that made it great. Company used to be more like a family and be there for people - now the top leadership views employees no different than a pro sports team that will do anything to win - go back to your more family oriented roots that led to the passion for taking care of customers and team that was core of Ecolab's original success.

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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A mixed experience

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

    Pros

    Industry leaders, smart people, many international locations, great travel, Good upward mobility. The company is on the cutting edge of technology with very not much competition. Nalco merger was the best thing they did in the last 15 years.

    Cons

    Very top heavy, many VPs and Directors, average compensation and benefits, political environment, little autonomy, HQd in St. Paul, Minnesota.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to practice what you preach. Flatten the organization, provide more autonomy and improve benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging and ever changing, support systems need upgrade, support staff is stretched thin, good at forward thinking

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

    Pros

    Very honest company, contributing to overall society with food safety efforts, personable people, forward thinking, high integrity,

    Cons

    Typical pressures of hitting numbers for any public company, must be willing to relocate to advance very far,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to upgrade systems infrastructure. Too much work being done by human power. Takes away from critical thinking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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