Nalco Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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Nalco Chairman and CEO Doug Baker
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Pros
  • Very good Relatively stress free job with great work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Good company with good benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Too many layers of management, most of them replicating the same role (in 4 reviews)

  • There isn't much room for growth and the commision is not capped but you max out around 160k (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Excelent professional and human envirionment company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nalco

    Pros

    Great leadership skills towards human development and professional learning experience

    Cons

    I was working in Argentina, less opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    I've enjoyed my time working here

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    Current Contractor - Lab Technician in Naperville, IL
    Current Contractor - Lab Technician in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Nalco as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy the work atmosphere, other lab technicians and researchers are very easy to talk to and they seem relaxed most of the time. There is always some time to relax and crack a joke with others once you get to know them.

    Cons

    As a lab technician you aren't hired directly through the company, but through a contractor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Lack of support and training- poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nalco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule for appointments
    Close to home

    Cons

    Expected to work weekends
    Poor Management
    No training for new managers
    No accountability for senior managers
    Culture is you own your own development, this is great but still need management to support and coach employees
    Existing managers lack training - arrogant and some have even been seen yelling at employees in front of others
    Constantly told when you are doing something wrong, no feedback when you do something well and correct
    Ecolab took over and the company lost all creditability with employees as we had no input and feedback for the new organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your senior managers and leadership properly, you have lost a lot of good, talented, loyal people due to your lack of attention. Ecolab took over and the company went downhill, quit being "YES" men/women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Has been great many years but changes are occurring recently positive and negative

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nalco

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Difficult to move between positions once at higher level

  6. Sales and support services

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Nalco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good corporate support, good accounting practices

    Cons

    Moving target for commissions, total profitability is not the metrec for success, only growth over prior year sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation should be on total profitability, not so heavily weighted on new business development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Area Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Area Manager in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility in the sales field. Company car, paid for phone, etc.

    Cons

    Vacation time takes a few years to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. I love it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nalco

    Pros

    Great salary, autonomy, commission plan

    Cons

    distrust of management in regards to advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - District Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - District Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Best in the industry. Great leadership. Safety is a real priority.

    Cons

    Salary on the lower end for the amount of work that needs to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on revamping the paper group to meet the current industry business status

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Paper Division falling apart

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    Former Employee - District Account Manager in Northeast, NY
    Former Employee - District Account Manager in Northeast, NY

    I worked at Nalco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many good, hard working people in Nalco's paper division. All of these people collectively are the reason for Nalco's success and are responsible for customers' respect of Nalco as a specialty chemical supplier and technical problem solving resource. A lot of EXTRA individual effort put forth by many in paper division, as always.

    Cons

    Nalco paper division leadership is populated with "successful" sales people. Many paper industry customers of specialty chemical suppliers view these companies and employees as "snake oil salesemen". I give a formerly successful group within Nalco as managed by great snake oil salesmen. Would you like a good "low mileage" 2001 Honda Accord as your next vehicle? Too many District Sales Managers on up are clueless about what is going on in the field or within their most important customer accounts. There are exceptions of course, there are some expert DM's and senior sales reps out there and there are quite a few younger reps who are incredibly competent and hard working. But Nalco needs to do much better!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your heads out of the sand and look forward. Innovative thinking and NEW ideas are strongly discouraged in the paper division........so apparently is honesty and ethics. Parent company Ecolab is far down the Lean Six Sigma (LSS) path......leadership in Nalco's paper division thinks LSS stands for Leading Stupendous Supplier. Wonder if Doug Baker knows how BACKWARD the leadership in the paper division really is, how it essentially runs a 180 against what Ecolab seems to stand for??? Doubt it. Competitors are "lapping" Nalco ---- per some key Nalco paper customers. Ecolab would do well to dump the Paper Division quickly, before it slumps even further.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Nalco

    Pros

    Good salary, company vehicle, free gas, good coworkers. Make your own schedule.

    Cons

    Lack of experience everywhere. Especially with managers. Pay no attention to what's going on in the district and only list to what favorites tell them. Makes it hard to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk one on one more with everyone

    Approves of CEO

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