Nalco Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
118 Reviews
3.7
118 Reviews
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Nalco Chairman and CEO Doug Baker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very good Relatively stress free job with great work-life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • great salary, good benefits, awesome perks (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Too many layers of management, most of them replicating the same role (in 5 reviews)

  • Little to no training or development for employees outside of Sales (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Enjoyed my short time here.

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Naperville, IL

    I worked at Nalco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay. Flexible schedule. Good benefits. Lots of resources available.

    Cons

    As a young professional who started here in a non-sales role, I found myself quickly streamlining my work and having a lot of 'free time'. I asked for more work and responsibilities and was met with indecision and lack of direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to involve and engage the younger/newer employees in the higher-level meetings and goals of a team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    Great Company to work for

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    Current Employee - District Sales Representative  in  Shreveport, LA
    Current Employee - District Sales Representative in Shreveport, LA

    I have been working at Nalco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great salary, good benefits, awesome perks

    Cons

    long hours, on call a lot, stressful work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person 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 for 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
  6.  

    Great internship with a great company

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    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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    Great environment, care about employees, safety is top priority.

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Pros: Work-life balance, priority on safety of employees and environment, listen to suggestions (bottom-up mentality). Laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salary folks pay not in line with hourly folks. Promotions don't carry salary commenstrate with position range. Many cases where reports earn more than supervisor/manager base pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a pay structure standard. Underpaying management will only lose good, young talent in an industry where experience is vital to continuity and continuous improvement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent culture, movement and challenges

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Nalco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Movement and learning is as far as you want to go and happens as quick as you want to make it.

    Cons

    Like all large Corporations, it can take a while to implement and get the train moving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place for Entry Level Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Strong emphasis on learning, exposure to many different applications and industries. Excellent support for R&D with plentiful resources. Very good Relatively stress free job with great work-life balance.

    Cons

    R&D employees often viewed as second class by business people. Large disconnect between R&D and sales and marketing groups. Very slow growth potential with limited opportunities to move up the ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    In the course of a few months went from the best job to the worst job I had ever had.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Nalco full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Interesting fulfilling work with good professional folks that you respected for their knowledge.
    Good Benefits
    Good work life balance
    Company believed in itself and honesty was held up as a solid fundamental core to our business even after the Ecolab buyout.

    Cons

    Since the Champion merger when Champion was put in charge of US operations morale and sales have dropped.
    Nalco employees are treated like they do not matter.
    Long term Nalco employees have been let go
    Most of the Champion folks don't even have college degrees
    At Champion sales people are service tech on salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will not need my advice after the P&L's are merged.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fifteen years of experience with Nalco

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Excellent financials and cash flow. Nalco has a proven track record of adding value for it's customers and reducing their cost to operate.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the free cash at the company does not translate to a culture of employee development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nalco has experience over a decade of transition with significant changes in control. Stabilize and minimize the disruptions by creating a culture where employees know that they will be developed for the challenges of a new organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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