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Ecolab Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be a challenge if you don't insist on right balance yourself (in 83 reviews)

  • on call 24/7, only off on weekends by rotating with teammates (in 50 reviews)

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  1. "No work life Balance, the top tier management expect you to run routes when they are vacant."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager Pest Elimination in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - District Manager Pest Elimination in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work from your Home office, the benefit plan is okay. But you do get to work with SOME amazing people.

    Cons

    1.Lack of support and unrealistic expectation on add-on sales.

    2. Good ol'boy environment. Not everyone belongs.

    3. Management always come up with plans with little input from team.

    4. Field specialist are required to work without any compensation for overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Come down from the "Ivory Tower" and spend time in the field with the your yesmen #DogAndPonnyShow


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of leadership in IT, closet racism, poor pay, good ole boy network, clicky at Eagan campus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Nice work life balance.

    Cons

    Before starting at Ecolab I read a lot of negative reviews about the place here on Glassdoor. Sadly to say these negative reviews about Ecolab were not just rants from angry former and current employees. The cons you read about Ecolab on Glassdoor are true to a large degree no matter which group you end up working in. Here is my review based the time I spent at Ecolab. Buyer beware!

    I worked for Ecolab in their IT area. One of the biggest problems in working for Ecolab IT is that all work is done in a silo. Groups do not play well together, and it is a challenge to get your work done within Ecolab IT’s “bottoms up” leadership approach. This means leadership provides zero direction and guidance and all of the peons have to fight among themselves to make processes work. That is another problem. Ecolab IT is the most process adverse entity I have ever worked for. Creating repeatable processes save time and money for your company. Instead it is normal to recreate the wheel every time you need to get something done…and plan to fight the entire way because you are working up against a silo, with zero process, and zero leadership to guide you. There is zero leadership coming down from the Ecolab IT leadership group (the ELT or Executive Leadership Team). The ELT is made up of a bunch of 50+ year olds who were all well into their careers before the internet was even invented. They try and talk about "world class IT". What a joke. The entire IT infrastructure is as antiquated as its leadership.

    The next issue with working at Ecolab is that it is very non-progressive. Every company is legally required to say they do not discriminate, or that they welcome all people regardless of race, color, religion, etc. The truth of the matter is that you need to look at what Ecolab does versus what they say they will do. Actions speak a lot louder than words. There is one Black VP for the entire company. And he is only a junior VP. There is one token woman at their executive level (EVP). So in the year 2017 Ecolab only has one woman at the executive level and the highest ranking minority is only a junior VP…for a company this size?? MINORITIES AND WOMEN BEWARE!! This is the glass ceiling at Ecolab. Thank goodness for Glassdoor that you have the mechanism to get this warning upfront before putting years in.

    Other cons in working for Ecolab are the lack of internal promotion opportunities, the extremely low pay compared to other businesses in the market, and their dismal benefits.

    If you want just a "job" then Ecolab is right for you. If you want a career, go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    You overextended yourselves on the Nalco acquisition. Then you took out a bunch of loans to grow the business. These are bad moves even by textbook standards. The "growth" you are experiencing is artificial. When the bubble bursts many people will lose their jobs. But why do you care? You don't lead.


  3. "Street Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Street Sales in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Street Sales in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good marketing support, training, local management support,benefits brand recognition.

    Cons

    comp would go down year over year if the previous year was not outsold. Income had a ceiling.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the people who lead and manage know what they are asking of others. To much moving numbers on a spreadsheet and making business and people decisions off of software program


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  5. "IT Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Great Work live balance. Growing company. Many people have been with Ecolab for a long time.

    Cons

    De-centralized budgets. Project flow could be better. Could do a better job merging companies together with HR and finance.


  6. "R&D Healthcare"

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    Current Employee - Contractor in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Contractor in Alpharetta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Positive culture
    Ability to analyze and work as a team

    Cons

    Disorganized at times and conflicting reports from different employees

    Advice to Management

    Understand the work that your employees do and their purpose. Support and uplift one another


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Interact with amazing people from the processing floors and management
    -Significant exposure and market knowledge within the food industry
    -The daily duties don't get routine. You're doing something new every plant visit.

    Cons

    -Due to a sporadic schedule its hard to plan trips/maintain personal routines
    -Lots of driving involved. If you are unable to handle hours of driving, it may not be for you.
    -Consistent exposure to chemical hazards and risks

    Advice to Management

    -Encourage more interactions among other account managers. Though majority of the job is lone wolf, to have the comradery of fellow account managers goes a long way


  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Good team environment. Great exposure to senior management.

    Cons

    hard to be promoted/pay less than industry average


  9. "Hardest easy job I ever had"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule, lots of independence

    Cons

    That same independence can leave you feeling stranded when things are tough.


  10. "Great company and benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom of your work schedule , great coworkers provided work vehicle and tools needed to do the job great work atmosphere

    Cons

    On call all the time , too much pressure to sell to every customer each time you services them on a monthly basis

    Advice to Management

    Separate sales jobs from service jobs


  11. "Good work environment"

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

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility and supportive work environment

    Cons

    Company is still undergoing infrastructure change and improving standards



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