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"Great for single workaholics"

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Current Employee - District Manager in The Eastern, OH
Current Employee - District Manager in The Eastern, OH
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Ecolab full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Strong company overall and it can be rewarding for those who are willing to sacrifice their personal life.
Typically work from home (field employees) and usually work unsupervised..

Cons

ZERO work /life balance. NO time off as you are literally on call 24/7 and that is what you usually work. You are essentially punished for taking vacation. You can only get time off IF there is somebody else to cover your calls and then you still have to get all of your work done in three weeks rather than four..this results in poor work quality and resentment. as a field employee your family essentially becomes part of the company or they will leave you (very high divorce rates for long time employees). because you are on call at all times your family must learn to deal with you constantly changing your plans, leaving earlier than expected, or just not coming home. What was a very great job once has become like too many other large corporate companies in that they have slowly taken more and more of the perks away, while slowly adding more and more work. About ten years ago when I started, the average Service Specialist had approximately 70-90 customers depending on location. I have several Service Specialists reporting to me now who have an average of 120-140 customers and each one covers an average of 13 counties. The pay has remained about the same, but the extra customers and territory means a lot more hours and headaches with no incentive for the hard work and extra hours.

Basically, Ecolab has lost its identity and while they must change like every other company out there who wants to remain competitive in a volatile market, many of the changes have been made without regard (or perhaps respect) for the field employees who are the heart of the company.

Advice to Management

Look closely at how much is being asked of your people and show them more respect by finding ways for them to at least get time off and look even closer at the failing quality of work before trying to squeeze a few more dollars out of each person. The pride of working for Ecolab that was once prominent is fading quickly for many many employees at the field level and they ARE Ecolab to their customers. Most won't speak up though out of fear of being forced out...and yes, it happens all of the time. I know because as a Supervisor I have had the displeasure of delivering the bad news to more than one person who "made waves". It is a vicious culture that permeates from the top down and should be addressed. Need any more examples? If so,you just look at what happened in California and know that the rest of your field organization feels the same way...overworked and underappreciated.

Other Employee Reviews for Ecolab

  1. "Great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work hard and be rewarded.

    Cons

    Only what you make them to be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "good exposure to many people throughout organization"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ecolab as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    dominant player in many markets
    friendly and helpful atmosphere
    could be more data-driven
    collaborative environment between team members, but also often solitary

    Cons

    conservative and slow to move to new ways of doing things
    took on many more interns than they could handle

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