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Ecolab Reviews

Updated June 25, 2017
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  • Sometimes work life balance can be affected but that is to be expected managing such a large client base (in 90 reviews)

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

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  1. "Sr Service Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Service Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Service Specialist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not micro managed, some independence. Company vehicle

    Cons

    Work life balance, poor low level management, employee quality declining, difficult to get time off

    Advice to Management

    Get managers that understand true leadership


  2. "Has gone from service and sales to sell, sell, sell and maybe service"

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    Former Employee - District Manager- Equipment Care
    Former Employee - District Manager- Equipment Care
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provides vehicle, cell phone and laptop.

    Cons

    Notice that if you separate the field from the corporate reviews, the field reviews are overwhelmingly negative. There is no work life balance. "Your voice matters" is nothing other than a slogan at the field level. You will have to work extra hours to meet your numbers. Everything is about how much revenue you can produce. If you have sketchy ethics you can succeed wildly by turning up the amount of chemical a customer uses or by replacing parts that aren't bad. Until there are too many customer complaints. I've seen a "Technician of the year" get fired because of that. Ecolab boasts of being a Fortune 500 company but doesn't pay like one. Instead the try to pay like their regional competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing. There are smart people at the top of Ecolab and they know there are issues at the bottom, that's why they implement programs like "Your voice matters". They also know that their jobs depend on shareholder growth and so instead of a commitment to customer service and steady growth, they look to acquisition to keep stock prices rising.

  3. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great growth company over many years

    Cons

    Improve processes to help accelerate growth

    Advice to Management

    No advice at this time


  4. "Don't buy into the "values and development " you get sold during the interview"

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Used to be a good company, up until mid 2016

    Cons

    Unethical management, favoritism, extreme resistance to change, out of date with their competitors and toxic work environment. Extremely task focused, which generates micro managers , at all levels right to the top. You will have 100% accountability and 0 authority

    Advice to Management

    Proper leadership development, you are failing because of the senior regional management in South Africa and Dubai, who possess zero ethics and leadership qualities


  5. "Route Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Robust training and resources. Employee stock options.

    Cons

    On-call weekends, nights and holiday work


  6. "Chemist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, and an nice bonus for the Eagan facility is the gym that is on campus. One of the cheapest gyms that you can become a member with--and with classes!

    Cons

    Sexual harassment and misogynistic culture in the RD&E facility are a major problem, and I have rarely seen anything done to stop it. This is even after people have told management and/or HR. It's almost as if they willingly want to ignore it.

    Advice to Management

    Do something about sexual harassment instead of punishing the victims. This misogynistic culture has got to stop. Ignoring the problem only allows the perpetrator to continue behaving in those ways, and only hurts the victim (and future victims). I am horrified by how management here has dealt with these situations.


  7. "Working at Ecolab Ltd - Ireland"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They are a flexible company to work for

    Cons

    There is no career progression in my role.

  8. "Most Unsafe place to work in maintenance ever!!!"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have nothing positive to say about this company any more it has been on a constant decline over the past 10 plus years!

    Cons

    Unsafe place to work ask them how many OSHA recordables they have on a yearly basis if you dont pay attention to this an interview with them anyways.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless they will not listen anyways.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Long hard labor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Higher than average wages: good benefits

    Cons

    Hazardous chemicals and work conditions; only night and grave shift available due to seniority

    Advice to Management

    Work on making the plant safer


  10. "Great Company with direct impact on environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very well established company with stable future. IT department is stable and have good exposure for standard out of box solutions

    Cons

    Dont get alot of opportunity for innovation as direction is to use more standard soluctions.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing great job meeting internal and external expectations.


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