Zep Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
50 Reviews
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  1.  

    Flexible Schedule, little support for outside sales reps

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Commission can be very good for amount of work.
    Flexible schedule is great for family time.
    Many products are superior to the competitors

    Cons

    Difficult to find information for "unusual" sales.
    Marketing tokens, mileage, prepaid shipping all come 100% from sales rep's commission.
    Products have a high sales cost, compared to other companies.
    Shipping costs to customers are high.
    Outside sales reps compete with competitors, Zep's other brands in Home Depot/Lowes, etc., inside sales reps, other outside sales reps.
    Must generate all of own leads. No way to know if a customer is buying Zep, unless you contact them directly. Often wastes time.
    National contracts are not updated on Intranet system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve intranet system. Communicate and email sales promos through that in a single file type. Updated information, national contracts, sales promos, etc. in a single place and similar format would improve communications with outside sales reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    This company uses very antiquated processes and technology.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The only PRO is that their company offices are all small, old-fashioned work environments where co-workers and management are very personable among each other.

    Cons

    The downside of working for ZEP is that unless you relocate to their Corp Headquarters in Atlanta, it will be very difficult to advance within the company. The regional offices are stagnant and the company does not invest in training employees outside of Atlanta --they simply learn as they go. Also the aged infrastructure has too many Execs and not enough middle-management to cover the accountability of day-to-day operations and performance. Most departments are '1 man shows' with behind-the-times software and technology. Therefore, employees often become frustrated after their 1st year once realizing that there is no guidance/mentorship available for individual development. There is no employee rewards or recognition for performance other than sales reps meeting quotas so employee morale is typically high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1 - ZEP should consider hiring more mid-level managers who will motivate, take interest, and engage with the employees. Good managers know that happy people make productive people. Placing effective managers who can identify strengths accordingly will make a great impact...there were lots of employees in position strictly because of their tenure. Skills definitely not a factor at most locations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Structure has spiraled downhill for last ten years!

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

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

    Pros

    Spend very little time actually working as some business built years ago has maintained loyalty. Provides supplemental income.

    Cons

    Couldn't possibly survive on just this income. Benefits for sales reps are very basic. There is no teamwork or comraderie. Usually feel like the company is working against you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should look back at how things were run when Harry Mazur was in charge. Everyone loved working for Zep then.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Going downhill rapidly

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

    I have been working at Zep full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a paycheck. I've had worse jobs, but I've also had better. Hours are reasonable and run 6-2:30pm so you miss out on the crazy Dallas rush hour traffic. Benefits are decent once corporate makes up their mind whether or not they want to hire you (6 months to more than a year).

    Cons

    Management doesn't give a damn about anything besides covering their own butts when they mess up. No one takes responsibility for their own actions, including the CEO, so all meetings turn into blame games where nothing of worth gets done. Headquarters in Atlanta doesn't like to stoop down and communicate any information to other plants and acts like any question about processes or clarification is a complete and utter waste of their time. Corporate refuses to spend money investing in any other location other than Atlanta so the rest of the plants have been forced to meet ridiculously high standards set by Atlanta (that they don't even follow themselves; they've gotten in trouble with the EPA several times). If you're a woman, DO NOT work in production. This is a blatantly sexist company with very few women anywhere, and the male employees love to make comments about nagging, psychotic, useless womenfolk who just get in the way. Complaints to HR go nowhere; the complainant is accused of starting the harassment in the first place. No room for advancement at Zep either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the "Do as I say, not as I do" attitude. Quit treating your employees as stupid children that need to be supervised at all times and get upset when employees lie about what's actually going on in the company when every "state of the company" address is a bunch of lies about how great everything is going. We're not stupid; business has dropped severely in the past year due to overall incompetence. The pervasive "It's not my fault" attitude is turning the whole company apathetic and looking to bail at the first chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Disorganization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit
    Former Employee - Credit

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

    Pros

    not a bad place to work in the beginning

    Cons

    unrealistic goals on all level of accounts receivable making the group more collectors than account managers
    Cliquish management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Management Consulting firms ex-employees give you this?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Outsides Sales Representative  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Outsides Sales Representative in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Zep full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Once an historic firm. Wonderful pdts. Nice lab personnel.

    Cons

    Biggest issue this firm, like so many have had happened to them, is hiring debunked former Management Consulting industry people. They are clueless in actually running a business. Oh they're ok at their old employer?, but transferring their talents to the real world is near impossible. Lie to employees. Horrendous inflated shipping charges to clients and Zep's own sales force. From distributors, warehouse member types, inside sales and dumping your own different sales brands reps into an actual Zep Rep's territory are morally deflating - as in the "throw it against the wall" syndrome. All the top tier management cares about is what's in my pocket, after the reps have an actual blood-letting among themselves -> mgm't cares zilch about who is left standing in a territory, I want mine. All this stems from the top jocks knowing next to nothing about literal sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extremely poor at the very top then the poor filters down and eventually ALL employees know cut throat force reductions occur, simply because bosses could only sell themselves to Directors, et al to get their positions - they cannot sell ice in the summertime. It does no good to advise mgm't of anything. Directors and stakeholders look at bottom lines and they run the roost. Such a shame the careers mgm't causes employees to shed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional environment with potential for advancement especially in Atlanta

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

    I worked at Zep full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fair pay, good communication with mgmt, team approach at all levels, advancement opportunities in Atlanta especially and if willing to relocate. Unlimited potential in sales

    Cons

    It is difficult for sales reps without a book of business to make it at Zep on the pay structure unless their is strong spouse support while a rep builds his/her business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more structured sales rep training program would be helpful. There is not enough criteria used in hiring new reps. It seems as though the process is to throw as many people against the wall and see what sticks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A difficult place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Proud history of success, challenges that provide great opportunities to learn, and recognized products

    Cons

    some people make it very difficult to get things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    decent place to gain experience

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

    I have been working at Zep part-time

    Pros

    met some nice people made a few friends......also a few enemies

    Cons

    supervisors could care less of what is going on they are lazy and some very racist against employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working under the Sword of Damocles

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

    I worked at Zep full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The products sold are of good quality and have consumer appeal.

    Cons

    Human beings and their lives are mere commodities to be bought and sold by a soulless upper management. I lost count years ago of the constant layoffs. This company will layoff staff from the top to the bottom, often in waves. It then begins the rehiring process sometimes within a week of the layoffs. The turn around at this company is beyond staggering. When working for Zep, your every waking hour involves wondering when your pink slip is coming. How much more successful could this company be if upper management had even a tiny molecule of respect and empathy for its work force. This company sells cleaners, and in kind, it performs a "cleansing" of its workforce every six months or so.

    And everyone is expendable. The ownership and upper management at Zep has changed hands as many times as the position of Plant Manager. Every change brings about a complete disruption of this company's business plan, products, ideas and even the corporate culture. And of course, every change in this regard brings about ... you guessed it ... the next round of layoffs/rehirings. Ah, a new round of "cleansing." The mighty sword gleaming above your head.

    And each time the ownership/management changes, both management and company are degraded still further. There was a time when the owners/managers of Zep and the various companies it has swallowed up were top quality people with vision, brilliance, insight and most importantly, character. It was a fine place to work with loyal, long-term employees that built this business into the powerhouse that new ownership/management is fumbling so hard to destroy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Are you commodities? You're not? You sure? Well, guess what, neither is that line worker out there. When your staff is treated as a commodity, you wont be selling the commodities that you manufacture for long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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