Nalco Reviews

Updated April 27, 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
  • 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. Very Exciting and a time full of learning

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Nalco as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great schedule-it changed everyday so you were never bored
    Great Mentors-Everyone is trying to help you be the best representative you can
    Excellent Boss-The boss is not overly involved but never felt distant when I needed to ask for help
    Useful Assignments-It never felt like the assignments given were just busy work. Projects given had an impact on the business
    Fun-Everyday you go to somewhere new and meet new people. It was never a boring day

    Cons

    Tiring-It was difficult to keep energy at a high level everyday
    Early Mornings-Work sometimes started as early as 6am. This means leaving bright and early to be there on time.
    Pay-compared to other engineering opportunities this pay was on the lower end

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. This internship was a great experience and I felt like you wanted me there.

  2. Chemical Research Intern

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Nalco as an intern

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

    Pros

    -Good Pay
    -Some degree of independence while performing work
    -Management was attentive to the needs of its employees
    -Flexible scheduling

    Cons

    -A tight schedule created a lot of pressure for the researchers to not make mistakes, otherwise risking setbacks that would push back results and potentially affect business

  3. District Account Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    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?

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  5. Mixed Message

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

  6. Excelent professional and human envirionment company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  7. Uncertainty

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They are very great people to work with, lots of traveling and many positive experiences with clients and coworkers

    Cons

    Not a lot of transparency within the company

  8. Helpful (1)

    I've enjoyed my time working here

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  9. Lack of support and training- poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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