Nalco

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Nalco Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
114 Reviews
3.7
114 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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
  2.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Nalco

    Pros

    Good place for learning and networking. The managers are supportive and they understand the nature of the work which they don't micromanage. Good working culture. Flexible hours and vehicle allowances that helps overall compensation.

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility if you don't have the right degree.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Nalco has been a good company to work for.

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

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

    Pros

    Good company with good benefits

    Cons

    Lots of changes since merger

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent pay, abominal benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Representative
    Current Employee - District Sales Representative

    I have been working at Nalco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay structure is OK, if you are in sales it is better than the alternative of working as the customer. Great opportunity for development and experience, you run your own show when you manage accounts. You take the credit for the success you bring in and will be rewarded handsomely (this is sales).

    Cons

    Field personnel are overworked, you are almost expected to work during the weekend. Plenty of emails typed past 11:00 coming in and going out, just trying to get everything completed during the weekend to get ready for Monday. Some jobs are isolated and you are expected to keep the ship afloat, some challenges in the field you need more than just a rep to handle. The benefits since ECOLAB took over are a joke, I cant believe the premiums keep going up while the coverage declines. ECOLAB has the habit of nickel and dime-ing its own employees to lower costs. Way too many bean counters in corporate roles looking to squeeze the last bit of blood out of the turnip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The plan with CIGNA is a joke. Get rid of the bean counters in MN, return to the employees the awesome profits the company has made from the nickel and diming of the work force. I feel like a frog in boiling water.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at Nalco as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience, Good first job

    Cons

    Not much room for growth within company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Summer intern that got asked back to do a month over winter break

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Nalco as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This job was amazing. It gave me exposure to the industry and taught me a lot about the corporate world. Good for someone still in undergrad, I was very lucky.

    Cons

    At times, it was a little dull but overall, there are no complaints. I expected the more monotonous bits, as they told me initially exactly what I was getting myself into.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep having interns! I learned so much and I'm so glad that I was fortunate enough to have the opportunities that I did.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Senior Research Chemist

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Naperville, IL

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

    Pros

    Friendly environment, not demanding, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Limited exposure to other disciplines within the company. It's a closed-box work culture, meaning you work in your area and rarely cross-over unless you initiate (or there are major company changes like closing a division). There are some fantastic managers and then there is other extreme, some really bad ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to avoid favoritism. There are many colleagues that have great potential, but are passed up because other colleagues are more aggressive. This prevents growth for employees that do not exhibit strong character (which is a common trait among humble scientists). Also, I recommend that a rotation program be put in place, so scientists can learn about the other disciplines in their wide range of focus areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great internship with a great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Harrisburg, PA
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Harrisburg, PA

    I have been working at Nalco as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and very valuable techniques and analytic experience gained. Nalco doesn't just set you on your way doing all the work on your own as you having the backing of a very strong technical support group who are worth their weight in gold when it comes to their knowledge and abilities.

    Cons

    Being on call for customers, but that comes with the territory of being in sales. A lot of traveling involved when handling multiple accounts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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