Ecolab Reviews

Updated 11 September 2014
Updated 11 September 2014
395 Reviews
2.9
395 Reviews
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Ecolab Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Baker Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed work environment, flexibility in work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • You will also get a company vehicle to take home with fuel and expense cards (in 29 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 33 reviews)

  • NO time off as you are literally on call 24/7 and that is what you usually work (in 23 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place if you Want to Drive Change

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Manchester, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manchester, England

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of change happening drivien by strong growth pattern and M&A. This gives people the opportunity to take on challenges and drive beyond what more stable companies would offer. Opportunity for personal development, but you have to drive it very proactively.
    The climate is very friendly and informal, you can count on people to help / work collaboratively.

    Cons

    So much change and growth has led to complexity that the Company is trying to address by putting teams together, improving processes and tools and egnaging employees more broadly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make Ecolab simpler while keeping the fantastic customer focus and the warm & friendly culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An organisation going through significant change in Europe creating opportunities for challenging assignments

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Right now its dynamic with lots of organisational change aimed at improving the performance of the European business, so if your looking for a role centered on leading the business to a better place from a "how we get things done around here" point of view then this is where you want to be.

    Cons

    As with all change environments there is pain along the journey and the activities behind the scenes can make the life of those at the coal face operating the business and delivering to customers frustrating at times. The experience from the perspective of being an employee can be patchy, but then if you're doing work you like this can compensate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more communication face to face with employees from all levels of leadership about the journey the business is on and why it makes sense. Employees need the opportunity to ask questions and hear answers. They need to be convinced that their immediate management feel included and listened to as plans and change agendas are rolled out

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    In the uk low pay for the pest control techs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Specialist  in  Cardiff, Wales
    Current Employee - Service Specialist in Cardiff, Wales

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    For pest technicians it is low pay , poor morale , two different companies here , the US version and the much poorer UK version

    Cons

    Unlike the us benefits are for the management only , if you are at the bottom then you certainly know it.
    No room for progession , Poor upper management , no support in the field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come and live on our wages and conditions , stop trying to run this company from your laptop and get out in the field and see what us UK techs have to cope with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doesnt matter we will just get another one in...the words of a division manager..

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in London, England

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very easy job, not much stress

    Cons

    Very little uk, employee value, this is a company that prides itself on loyalty to the company, but there is NO financial reward. If your looking for a progressive UK company, this ones is currently not it. Major middle/upper management issues. Poor business models, clients leaving as quick as possible. Ashame, with the right focus could be a good company to work for...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people doing the TM role, are the frontline, they are the ones who go out and see the customers on a day-to-day basis. If you cant talk to them with an honest and rewarding future, then tell them, dont keep them in the dark. Nobody likes to try and create a career where the goalposts are never set/near.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ecolab life Living the dream

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay , benefits,coworkers oppertunities to advance.

    Cons

    Middle management. get promoted buy being able to make budget not by being a leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose proven leaders to put into leadership roles not great sales poeple

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Grow your business/income

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you put on new business your income grows

    Cons

    Can have late night service requests, family health plan costs seem high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the field

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good job with plenty of freedom and room for advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Route Sales Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good base salary and if you hustle you can add another 20k or so to your annual income. Working from home is nice to.

    Cons

    They hire salesmen and do not tell the new hires about all the mechanical diagnosing and repairs that are involved. Hiring managers tell you that it is 85% sales 15% mechanical. That is a lie they use to get you in the door. Its more like 50% sales and 50% mechanical repairs and service, but once you learn the repair side it is worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in touch with your feet on the street....aka your bottom of the totem pole employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Innovative ethical performance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Saint Paul, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Saint Paul, MN (US)

    I worked at Ecolab full-time

    Pros

    Solid company values, reasonable compensation with excellent benefits, opportunities for growth and leadership in select business areas (significant challenges in others), product and service mix contributes to adequate to excellent performance in wide range of market conditions

    Cons

    Major acquisitions over last few years continue to show promise but have also created challenges related to consolidation of multiple entities from operational, personnel and financial perspectives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on development, retention, reassignment of valued employees & consultants during ongoing consolidation and growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Route Sales Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This is very large company with a wide range of business interests. The value of the company is strong. Excellent benefits. Strong support of Managers. Excellent training program.

    Cons

    Low compensation relative to work load in the beginning. Very numbers driven, high level of stress to maintain account base and increase sales. "On call" status very difficult on personal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease territory. Understand that general maintenance of equipment is more time consuming and that additional sales is difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I enjoyed working for this great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler/Packer  in  Columbus, MS (US)
    Former Employee - Assembler/Packer in Columbus, MS (US)

    I worked at Ecolab full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is a great environment

    Cons

    getting the job done, focus on customers and the value, of the quality products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work ethics

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