Nalco Reviews

Updated June 13, 2015
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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. Marketing Specialist

    • 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 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  3. 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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  5. Worthwhile experience that shows you everything you want to know about water treatment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician

    I worked at Nalco

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

    Pros

    Safety, Pay, Flexible Hours, Great Technical Support, Sales Experience

    Cons

    Micromanaging, Judgmental, Substantial Traveling, Bring Work Home

    Advice to Management

    Sales reps could use a little more space. Managers don't need to know every little thing they do.


  6. District Account Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Reputable company that has the ability to attract some of the most talented people in the industry. Culture is very team-oriented and competitive.

    Cons

    Lost their focus on people and become focused on shareholders and profit. No longer interested in retaining good people and lowered their hiring standards to fill the open reqs...resulting in high employee turnover .

    Advice to Management

    The rate of change today is incredible....who can manage it. Nalco Ecolab is a giant....will you evolve quickly enough to accommodate the millenials and the work environment they desire?


  7. Mixed Message

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent financial results and business proposition.

    Cons

    Talent development and middle management found lacking.


  8. Excelent professional and human envirionment company

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

    I worked at Nalco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great leadership skills towards human development and professional learning experience

    Cons

    I was working in Argentina, less opportunities


  9. Lack of support and training- poor management

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

    I worked 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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. 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


  11. Sales and support services

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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



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