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Ecolab Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be challenging at times (in 94 reviews)

  • On call 24/7 and get TONS of calls (in 54 reviews)

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  1. "Director of Accounting"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Accounting in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Director of Accounting in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good leadership and great staff

    Cons

    A bit too much bureaucracy


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Machine Operator"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator
    Former Employee - Machine Operator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay, the ability to advance, the 401k plan, the stock purchase plan, the people. Ecolab is a growing company that will be around for a long time.

    Cons

    Working with some of the raw chemicals in manufacturing cleaning supplies. And some of the systems to remove chemical fumes didn't work.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people doing the work.

  3. "Administrative Assistant to SVP"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I had a wonderful supervisor who cared about me and we worked well together. I learned a lot during my time with him and would still be working for him if he didn't retire.

    Cons

    I worked mostly by myself (one woman office) so it would get lonely at times.

    Advice to Management

    They did a great job with keeping their employees happy and having a good company to work for.


  4. "Good ethical company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Promotions can take a long time.


  5. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    The company is really growing which gives some diverse career opportunities

    Cons

    It is still a lot of white conservative men who run the show


  6. "Territory Manager"

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    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Provided Transportation
    Provided Travel expense
    You control your income by how hard/smart you work

    Cons

    Wide array of product knowledge needed
    Wide array of equipment knowledge needed

    Advice to Management

    Keep your promises to customers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Customer agent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eagan, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ecolab part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Feel valued as employee. Lots of employee engagement. Management is nice. Pay isn't too bad for entry level.

    Cons

    Bad customer service feedback. Work overload, too much competition, as everyone fights to take on more roles and and get a promotion.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Pest District Manager"

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    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    fair benefits, great retirement/ 401 k plan

    Cons

    Before this review is taken with a grain of salt, let me say that for the first 5-6 years I was employed here, I bled Ecolab blue and I would tell everyone I came into contact with that this was the BEST company that I ever worked for and they would have to blast me out of here. However, since about 2012-2013, that all started to change and Ecolab is NOT the great ethical place that they would have you to believe. Upper management within the division is full of liars and backstabbers who would rob their grandmothers and sacrifice their children to cover their own rear ends. Work life balance is a MYTH. As a manager it is 24/ 7/ 365 on call period. Time off for vacation is nonexistent. Pay plan for field management is not commensurate with the job requirements. Ecolab has lost sight of what made the pest division great in the first place. They no longer hire and promote the best talent for positions. They hire and promote through the "good ole boy system". The field training for service specialists sucks at best as the training is not real world and new service specialist are immediately overwhelmed when they are assigned to their routes. The new service specialist pay plan is also a joke. Some of the districts are so large, the managers need to spend nights and in some cases, weeks away from their families if they have open routes in a remote part of the district.

    Advice to Management

    Stop believing your own BS. You guys think you are the best, but I am here to tell you that you are not. Other pest companies out there have not only caught up to you but have passed you. Promote your regional managers into higher division positions instead of going outside of the division first. Leave the Institutional managers where they are. Give the responsibility of running the districts back to the DM and Regional managers. Adjust the size of the districts so that the DM/ADM can properly manage the area. Adjust the size of the routes so that the service specialists can give each customer the time needed to achieve pest elimination and throw away your current pay plan. Tweak the old pay plan to bring it up to modern industry standards and hold the field teams accountable to deliver on budget


  9. Helpful (2)

    "District Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, solid and growing company. A lot of room for advancement. Several divisions and opportunities in US.

    Cons

    Never ending pursuit of budget, while not a bad thing, expectations vary greatly by managers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee retention and listen to their concerns more. Employees have a hard time balancing work and personal lives and become frustrated and show it in their efforts over time.


  10. "Customer service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ecolab part-time

    Pros

    Benefits even part time.
    Remote position.
    No issue with coworkers because we help each other out.
    Paid training.
    Options to apply for another position After 6 mths

    Cons

    Dealing with some of the customers who are upset due to no call, no response from reps are guaranteed to happen.


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