Ecolab
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Updated Apr 05, 2014
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Associate Financial Analyst Interview

Anonymous Employee
Mississauga, ON (Canada)

I applied through college or university - interviewed at Ecolab in February 2014.

Interview Details With HR manager and Finance Manager - wanted me to relate my past experiences with current job to see if i could meet expectations

Interview Question – Give me a time you were stuck in a difficult situation, had to think on the spot, and how did you solve it   Answer Question

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Territory Sales Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Ecolab.

Interview Details Arduous at best

Interview Question – How do resolve internal conflict amongst management with field sales staff?   Answer Question

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Territory Representative Interview

Territory Representative
Williamsport, PA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at Ecolab in January 2014.

Interview Details 4 interviews, initial screen, 2 phone subsequent interviews

Interview Question – No tough questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation

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Territory Representative Interview

Territory Representative
Virginia Beach, VA (US)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Ecolab in February 2012.

Interview Details Phone interviews, 1:1 interview, ride-a-long, hiring process (paperwork)

Interview Question – What would you do if a customer calls to repair a piece of equipment and your on the other side of your territory and it's late in the day?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Salary is set in stone

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Route Sales Manager Interview

Route Sales Manager
Worcester, MA (US)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Ecolab in June 2012.

Interview Details Posts on Ecolab.com/Careers or Careerbuilder, First is phone screening (Sales background, driver history - if you have a DUI or similar on your record even more than 15 years ago good luck, Technical ability) then the online assessment and after that it's a face to face with the District Manager (how's your selling ability, background, why Ecolab), then it's a face to face with the Area Manager for the same thing. If you're lucky like me they did the interview together as a group panel interview (shaves off a week) followed by an unpaid full day ride along (wear a collared button up shirt preferably white with navy dickies because the rep will bring you into accounts and have you help sometimes and you don't want to mess up your business clothes) then it's the drug/background/driving record tests and a few days or a week later it was the offer

Interview Question – "Try and sell me something", Explain your selling process   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiating, for my area it was 42k a year (real salary is 7k the rest was commission)

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Service Tech Interview

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Interviewed at Ecolab

Interview Details The negative reviews on this website do not say anything! Its lazy people who look for the same thing at every job opportunity they get,. How much money i get?, how much vacation i get?, how many bosses is gonna be around?, how long my lunch breaks?,,,,,,, Good Lord! Could these same people take 5 minutes out of there selfish lives and see what the employer (Ecolab) is giving them and just say "thank you"! The ignorance is so abundant on this website I'm surprised they even knew HOW to write a review.

Interview Question – None. Speak from the heart and no question is difficult.   View Answers (3)

Negotiation Details – What negotiation. Im a fair man and Ecolab is a fair company.

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Shared Services Interview

Anonymous Employee
Eagan, MN (US)

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Ecolab in June 2013.

Interview Details Application via website -- took 2 different tries to get noticed - position was open for 5months. Networked with former co-worker who had connections at company which helped get my name to the top of the list -- had phone interview -- then testing and interview with HR then interview with 3 supervisors..

Interview Question – No questions too difficult - was just honest about my qualifications and desires for the job   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no negotiation - offer was acceptable so I accepted.

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Route Sales Manager Interview

Route Sales Manager

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at Ecolab.

Interview Details It took 5 interviews and a ride along, then they told me I had to wait 2 months before I could start. When I started my trainer was on vacation and I was put with a guy who had only been with the company for 6 months or so. My boss had VERY little contact with me leaving me to the trainers way of doing things. Worst 4 months (thats how long training is) of my life. A lot of whole lies and half truths...

Interview Question – Pretty standard interview questions... my boss isn't great at thinking outside of the box, unless it helps himself   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – They make the pay so confusing, you will never FULLY understand it, and you will get boned at some point.

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Senior Area Manager - South East Asia Interview

Anonymous Employee
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

I applied through other source and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Ecolab in May 2012.

Interview Details 2 sessions of initial interviews, 1 session of skill test and 1 final interview.

Interview Question – Skill tests involving 100 questions to test various topics including leadership skill, communication skill and people skill.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – compensation package besides salary, including car and hospitalization plan.

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Territory Manager Interview

Territory Manager

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Ecolab.

Interview Details phone interview, district manager interview, area manager interview, day in the field

Interview Question – what would you do if a customer calls during diner and has a dish machine down   View Answer

Negotiation Details – no real negotiation. it was take it or leave it

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