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If you are single and want to stay that way or if you are married and want to stay that way. then Ecolab, Inc. NOT

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

I worked at Ecolab

Pros

Some good benefits regarding Medical. Dental plan so so only 1200 a year. Provided with a vehicle and gas is on them. Provided uniforms and footwear. If you get a good supervisor, then you have opportunity to run almost all aspects of your business. Ecolab used to be a great place to work.

Cons

If you are salary plus commission, you are also consider to be exempt from laws governing overtime.
They changed the compensation for Route Managers at the end of 2008 after the laws were changed regarding overtime and pay. If you work there prior to that, then Ecolab got away with not having to pay overtime for almost 6000 employees. They consider the Route managers as being outside sales people. Law exempts outside sales people for getting paid overtime. However, route managers really do not fall into the description of what an outside sales person does. If you sale over 50% of the time, contracts, services, products etc., and are not responsible also for the labor involved with the sales, then that is what constitutes being an outside sales person. However, route managers spend close to 75% of their time performing labor as a result of the sales and also regular job duties. These involve installations of any equipment, dishmachines, and chemical dispensers sold
along with maintaining all of the equipment in your route. On call 24 hours a day and rotating weekend coverage. You are also tasked with storing all of there equipment, parts, organizing and the whole nine yards on your own dime. If you do a good job in that very exhausting all time consuming position you better come to love it because you will not get promoted. Management will keep you down. If you voice your complaints regarding time off or needing help you will eventually find yourself with a job. Ecolab puts TM's on a pedestal in regards to pay and job function. RM's bring in more revenue for the company overall but are underpaid and most definitely overworked. Even if you do get time to take your supposedly vacation, it is nearly impossible to get coverage for the time off. Do not expect that your work will get do while you are gone. You have to work twice as hard and twice as many hours the week before and the week after you return from vacation. The worst part about the job is you never know what your income will be year to year of month to month. There is an invisible salary cap. If your income starts to grow and you begin to think that you are doing fine financially, just wait it will not be long before they manipulate your territory in order to keep your salary down. Any kind of loss that is expected in the normal course of operating a business regarding non paid invoices, lost accounts, corporate discounts to customers come out of the salary of the route manager. If you have any kind of concern regarding any aspect of your employment, you can only discuss with you immediate supervisor. You have to take the work of your supervisor on everything regarding your employment. You cannot depend on another department anywhere in your location or in corporate headquarters to listen to or address your issues. Ecolab is all about making management very prosperous while the underlings will be struggling paycheck to paycheck. Look at the CEO Doug Bakers salary whom rakes in over 8 million dollars a year, not to mention stock options and bonuses. I could keep writing but I have other things to get done. I hope this helps someone else in trying to decide between Ecolab and whomever your next employer would be.

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Advice to ManagementAdvice

Is this a joke? Questions and/or advice to management is frowned upon and literally a breath wasted.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Ecolab

  1.  

    Rewarding work, great co-workers, poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    The co-workers and interaction with key customers make this job worth it. The teamwork and frequent interfacing with customers to complete very important projects is fulfilling.

    Cons

    There is little to no strategic vision within the divisions. The communication and cooperation between the silo-ed divisions is poor. Poor pay for the incredible amount of hours and demands placed upon employees at every level. Ecolab is significantly behind in technology and there seems to be no desire to catch up. Feedback and recognition are non-existent unless you are fortunate enough to be a part of an old school clique.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doug Baker and senior levels of management need to invest more time in taking the pulse of the company. They are on the brink of having mass defection of key, talented personnel plus there is an overall dissatisfaction with customers. Due to Diversey's financial troubles, many customers feel they are picking the lesser of two evils versus picking a really great option.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work Life Balance is a Joke

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    Former Employee - FRS Representative
    Former Employee - FRS Representative

    I worked at Ecolab

    Pros

    Company car but don't use to much gas or you will get on the gas list

    Cons

    60 plus hour work weeks
    35K salary
    Company invades every part of your life.
    You are judged on how you park your car, how many times you check your mirrors, etc
    Company takes from you a whole lot more than they are giving. You don't have to look very far to find a better work situation.
    This company is a joke. They try and brainwash you into thinking they are a great company but the reality is they go through employees like no tomorrow. People don't last long here because of all the stupid requirements. Say good bye to any type of life you once had prior to joining this company.

    Corporate greed and slave labor is what this company is all about. Do yourself a favor and look elswhere for employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none...they know what they are doing....bottom line is ....its all about the almight dollar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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