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Former Employee - Manager  in  Sugar Land, TX
Former Employee - Manager in Sugar Land, TX

I worked at Nalco

Pros

Very Competitive salaries and benefits

Cons

Location & working conditions could be improved.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Need new officies

Recommends
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    OK place to work, decent compensation, little to no personal or career development options

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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, close to Chicago
    - Company has a strong technical backbone and is the leader in the water treatment industry
    - Great research facilities

    Cons

    - Values and promotes individuals with "driver" style personality, even if the driver is a poor choice to lead and manage a team
    - Smoke screen at the executive level tends to hide issues from C level leadership
    - Offering a truthful, but unpopular viewpoint will get you shot around here, or worse, poisoned slowly
    - Beginning to look a lot like GE in it's strategies and policies. In danger of becoming more generic in it's approach to the customer
    - More layers of management being added all of the time
    - Tends to value work-product and processes over actual results
    - Few managers are willing to have the "difficult" honest conversation regarding performance, development and opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Drop the "let's force rank employees in the back-room", or secretly short list "high potentials" and have a real development program.
    - When people are leaving, you really need to take a hard look, dig in, and ask tough questions. It's a warning signal, don't allow the manager to just rationalize it a away.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    They talk a good talk

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    Former Employee - Naperville Corporate Office  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Naperville Corporate Office in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Nalco

    Pros

    Some managers were fantastic
    expanding job duties

    Cons

    promos given to undeserving people (those who play the game and talk the talk
    Given the opportunity to transfer within department to support career path,
    however was sabotaged by existing employees and dumped on by new manager who claimed it
    was "learning experience"
    No guidance - expressed concern to immediate supervisor, but was then blacklisted and term for
    performance. Really? When EVERY prior rating was Exceeds? Hmmmm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing favorites. People move up the ladder by having others perform work for them and taking credit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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