Nalco Reviews

Updated July 30, 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
  • There isn't much room for growth and the commision is not capped but you max out around 160k (in 3 reviews)

  • There isnt much room for growth and the commission is not capped but it will for sure take some time to adjust into a new scenario (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Great Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nalco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot about manufacturing plants. This internship makes it clear if you want the full time job.

    Cons

    Can be lots of traveling


  2. Look Elsewhere

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Nalco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -good pay and benefits -good research and development

    Cons

    -demoralizing company to work for. No room for advancement unless you are part of the inner circle of middle management. A lot of the district managers and area VP's have no experience selling competitive business. -too focused on internal processes. The company has lost sight of the importance of relationships in the overall growth of the business. -don't get sick with this company. They will find a way to transfer you or get rid of you.

    Advice to Management

    -the entire middle management team needs to be changed. There is an inner circle in WPS that continues to make questionable promotions. There is a reason there is such a high turnover rate.


  3. its ok

    Current Employee - Water Hygiene Tech
    Current Employee - Water Hygiene Tech

    I have been working at Nalco (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    something different every day free lunch

    Cons

    variable hours early start lots of driving


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  5. Service Technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom of schedule, little micromanaging

    Cons

    50-60 hour work week that also spills over into weekends, very demanding requirements at accounts that take up more service time than the actual account is worth

    Advice to Management

    Training, training, training.


  6. Executive Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Shakopee, MN
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Shakopee, MN

    I worked at Nalco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and flexible hours

    Cons

    Lacked specific training for reports etc. yet expected to perform at very high level .


  7. Application Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Nalco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours. Unlimited support for field employees.

    Cons

    Training program is poor. "Subject Matter Experts" have limited knowledge. Little to no continual training, sales and service personnel get "rusty" quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your word


  8. Credit Rep

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Representative in McHenry, IL
    Current Employee - Credit Representative in McHenry, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, job security, enjoy my position, great relationship with my customers

    Cons

    Working for a huge company you sometimes are not reconized


  9. Marketing Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nalco full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very appreciative upper management, great management team developing, flexible work schedule, good benefits, on site day care. Open to job reassignment if you're unhappy with current position. Promotes from within often. Very well educated workforce, with mostly engineers in sales/mgmt positions.

    Cons

    Very corporate environment, individuality not encouraged or always accepted.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to try to retain good staff. Try not to focus on budget goals- creating a feast and famine attitude with spend. Work on renewing the "family" feeling among employees that has been lost over the years.


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    Senior Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nalco full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility People to work with Technological advancements no one has Training

    Cons

    POOR work/life balance. Expectation is to work your regular hours which can average 50-60 hours and then more when you get home and on weekends. Impossible to manage if you have a family. Then management has nerve to facetiously thank your spouse for allowing you time to work. We all understand that there is no such thing as a 40 hour work week any more but 60-70 hours is not what makes a great job. Management not in tune with the reality of the situation when it comes to ability/time to complete tasks. Compensation not adequate based on the amount of time invested in work. ] High performers are getting burned out. Expected to make profitability goals (which impact your commission) while being told to take on extremely low profit accounts from corporate account managers. They reap the reward and you get screwed in your commission. Health benefits have become a joke since the Ecolab merger. Increased cost and extremely high deductibles. IT department is a joke. My teenager knows more about computer repair then they do. Hiring new employees at lower base and "incentivizing" them by explaining how much growth potential there is at Nalco if they keep fulfilling goals. Bait and switch. Management very obvious in the way they handle "favorites". Multi billion dollar (highly profitable) company that took away profit sharing from the field force. Volumes of administrative work keeps increasing to please management and THEIR goals. Minimal value to customer and even less to rep. Sales reps are being asked to do more service work than sales as of late because there is not enough support.

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch - you cannot run employees on 70 hour work weeks and expect happiness. Return perks to employees. People used to love working at Nalco now people are just biding their time until a better offer comes along. This will hamper Nalco's ability to grow and stay competitive short and long term.


  11. DRII

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

    I have been working at Nalco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company - Good Benefits - Good People

    Cons

    Not many...Not many at all...Always lots to do

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the field and compensate accordingly



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