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Product Specialist

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Former Employee - Product Specialist in Naperville, IL
Former Employee - Product Specialist in Naperville, IL

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

Pros

Nalco is a very professional place to work and everyone is extremely friendly.

Cons

Many of the upper managers have extreme ego issues.

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

    Good Company...Shame it was bought out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, with some really talented and smart people
    Industry we operate in is interesting, and the products are at the forefront of technology
    Great research and development process

    Cons

    Was recently acquired by Ecolab, so everything was turned on its head
    Lots of tension at Corporate due to the change
    Uncertainty about the change in culture as a result of the acquisition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to give advice, given that they just got bought out

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

    Firm where individuals go to retire

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Nalco

    Pros

    - Great location and beautiful Chicago suburban campus.
    - Market leader in the industry it is in.
    - Work/life balance is possible
    - If you want to retire or are closer to retiring, it is a great place. Once people join the firm, they don't leave. More like a tenure professor mentality, do the minimum and get away with it.

    Cons

    - The company is very very very political. It is unfortunate because sometimes politics seems to influence decisions and projects, which is not in the best interest of the firm.
    - Too many layers of management. Very bureaucratic.
    - Senior management not in touch with reality. They like/or are surrounded by individuals who agree with whatever they say or do and paint a rosy picture.
    -Firm is driven by sales reps and sales management, who do not have a long term vision and are more concerned about satisfying customers short term, at the expense of future growth.
    - Employees are promoted mainly based on Seniority, NOT performance. If you would like to take an interesting assignment or be more upwardly mobile, then wait in queue for your turn. Your intelligence, smartness or capability does not have much to do, but based more on seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Reduce the politics. Bring new bright talents from outside in management positions, to shake up the status-quo and eliminate the old's boys club that currently exists.
    - Create a 360 review for managers. It is important to understand how employees rate them. Some managers completely lack professionalism and ethics. Completely shocked how they made it to where they are.
    -Make HR stronger.
    - Senior managers needs to engage with employees, maybe 2-3 levels below them to understand the real picture.
    - Reduce the levels in middle management. Reduce bureaucracy.

    Doesn't Recommend
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