Nalco

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Nalco Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
118 Reviews
3.6
118 Reviews
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Nalco Chairman and CEO Doug Baker
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27 Ratings

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.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    Sales and support services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    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
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  5.  

    I love it

    • 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

    Great salary, autonomy, commission plan

    Cons

    distrust of management in regards to advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  7.  

    Paper Division falling apart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent pay, abominal benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  10.  

    Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    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

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