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Ecolab Overview

Saint Paul, MN
10000+ employees
Company - Public (ECL)
Chemical Manufacturing
$10+ billion (USD) per year

Working at Ecolab

With annual sales of $14 billion, Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. Our 48,000 associates help make the world cleaner, safer and healthier by delivering critical insights and innovative ... Read more

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  • Our goal is zero: zero accidents, zero incidents, and zero environmental releases. Learn more about our safety culture:

    Committed to Safety

    We are committed to the safety and health of our employees, contractors, customers and communities, and information on our key performance indicators in these areas.

  • We have careers in finance, HR, engineering, IT, supply chain, sales, and more. Explore our openings around the world and get a glimpse into our culture, role expectations, and what a career with Ecolab could mean for you.

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    Ecolab Job Application System Upgrade Notice: Starting December 12, 2017, Ecolab's job application system will be upgraded to deliver a significantly improved experience for our valued job seekers. For returning job seekers, this means you will create a new Candidate Account profile in our job application system, powered by Workday, at the time of applying to a specific job.

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Ecolab – Why Work For Us?

At Ecolab, we take on some of the world’s most meaningful challenges, delivering critical insights and innovative solutions to help our customers achieve clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Our purpose drives what we do – we impact what matters.

The way we do our work matters, too. We work with purpose, reaching our goals, doing what’s right and honest, challenging ourselves, working as a team and valuing diverse perspectives to make a difference.

We also operate under strong beliefs about who we hire and how we help them grow their careers at Ecolab:

We believe the best teams are diverse and inclusive.

We believe a world of opportunity can be found within our growing company and that people develop through experiences.

We believe delivering results and demonstrating teamwork drive advancement – both for individuals and for the company. 

Learn more about what we’re doing to support these beliefs. 

Ecolab strives to provide comprehensive and market-competitive benefits to meet the needs of our associates and their families.

We offer benefits to support our associates’ health and wellness, such as healthcare and time-away policies. We also offer benefits designed to promote our associates’ financial well-being, including short- and long-term financial incentives and retirement income and planning.

Specific offerings may vary by location. Learn more here.

Part of what makes working at Ecolab uniquely rewarding is the degree to which each associate here can grow – their own potential, and our collective impact. This is possible because Ecolab fully embraces the value of diversity and inclusion. We believe our associates deserve to work in an environment where diverse perspectives, knowledge, characteristics and talents are welcomed, recognized and respected.    

At Ecolab, we feel a strong sense of connection to the military personnel who share our commitment to protecting people and the vital resources that are critical to our quality of life. We’re proud to be among a group of top employers dedicated to maintaining an environment that honors, supports and provides ongoing opportunities for America’s soldiers, veterans and military families.    

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
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    I currently work at Ecolab’s Headquarters in Minnesota. I originally pursued a career with Ecolab because it is a historically ethical company with that has values and morals that I could easily get behind. They care for their employees, focus on promoting internally, and moving associates around the company to get a better range of experiences and maintain job satisfaction. I have thoroughly enjoyed being introduced to Ecolab’s culture and learning more about the different ways to can get involved throughout the company.


    I was brought on as a contractor, which would be my only area of improvement for Ecolab. There are a lot of things that contractors do not have access to, and a various activities and on-boarding experiences that they are excluded from. However, this seems to be an area of improvement that is already on management’s radar and I have already seen some improvement on this.

    Advice to Management

    I have had excellent experience with my managers and directors. They are receptive to new ideas and always make time to answer questions. That being said, keep up the good work!

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Ecolab Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Ecolab (Saint Paul, MN) in March 2017.


    I applied for an Ecolab job online and then reached out to someone in HR to see what else I could do to help me find a role that suited my skills and interests. I was contacted and given ideas for various roles and departments. Once I applied, I continued to reach out to hiring managers and finally landed a phone interview. If they want to move forward after the phone interview, they will schedule an in person interview with the hiring manager and a few other team members. I came to St. Paul for my interview and met with a few different people. It was a comfortable, private environment and the interviewers were very friendly and easy to talk to.

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    • Describe a time when you saw some problem and took the initiative to correct it rather than waiting for someone else to do it.   Answer Question
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Ecolab Awards & Accolades

  • World's Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2017
  • The Civic 50, Points of Light, 2017
  • Green Rankings, Newsweek, 2016
  • CR's 100 Best Corporate Citizens, CR Magazine, 2017
  • Best Companies for Leaders, Chief Executive Group, 2016
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