Ecolab

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Ecolab Reviews

Updated 16 December, 2014
Updated 16 December, 2014
437 Reviews
3.1
437 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 18 reviews)

  • Only real plus is having a company vehicle to take home with gas & insurance taken care of (in 36 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance gets lip-service - make no mistake there is expectation for 60 (in 39 reviews)

  • NO time off as you are literally on call 24/7 and that is what you usually work (in 30 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A good career choice for a driven individual

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the job is similar to a franchisee arrangement. you have a great deal of control over your schedule and path of growing your business.Ecolab looks after all the expenses while you are in charge of the revenue side. The more you sell the more you make. A successful TM can expect to grow his salary by 10% every year. Company vehicle is provided that you can use personally. Lots of awards and accolades are passed along for those doing well.

    Cons

    A higher then normal work week. 50-55 hours would be the norm. Weekend call expectations typically are once a month. Like most large companies $ drive the engine. They have been penny pinching more and more over the last decade despite the fact their O.I is almost 35%. No more company outings, trips for strong performers, national meetings are a thing of the past.. Very few perks that you would normally get with a large successful company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your work force. Ecolab was once a great place to work because we felt listened to and valued. Many people over the last 5-8 years have been feeling more like a replaceable cog in a wheel then a respected, valued part of a successful organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Employer if you have the right lifestyle.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Training and Support.
    R&D constantly coming out with new and improved products & equipment.

    Cons

    Focusing on Sales as well as Servicing you're customer base (24/7) means Hours of Work can get out of control at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A constantly changing, challenging environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Ottawa, ON

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Challenges you to be your best, opportunity to prioritize and meet many entrepreneurs, while knowing that you are offering something of value to help them with their business.

    Cons

    Some days can be much longer than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Longer hours for the help phone line for field work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    not like it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    make your own schedule,access to a vehicle,decent benefits,possibility to make good money if you push it,decent vacation time,decent support from some peers

    Cons

    working 24/7, work a couple weekends a month, revolving door district managers every couple of years,always more admin stuff to do daily, poor training program, definite old boys club atmosphere,always want more all the time unrealistic budget expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your front line workers. take an interest in your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    I'm amazed at how terrible this company is...

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

    I worked at Ecolab full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company van, benefits, company stock plan, RRSP match plan, experience looks great on the resume.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the long list of benefits that this company offers. Joining this company as a TR amounts to what is essentially indentured servitude. If there was a way to give this company an even lower score then I have I would. I seriously wish that I had taken heed of the other negative reviews that I have seen before jumping on to this ship.

    This job will ruin your life. You will quickly find yourself working 12-15 hour days just to keep your head above water, this translates to $10.76-$13.46/hr. If you somehow manage to accomplish the insurmountable amount of work you will be rewarded by being up rooted and sent to another territory.

    The amount of customers that we are expected to deal with coupled with the massive territories we are responsible for is completely ridiculous . Its ok though you can stay in a hotel and the company will pick up the tab. Of course you will have to apply the charges to your personal credit card and Accounts Payable will make every effort possible to drag their feet in cutting you a check all of this after you have had to hound your manager to approve your expenses in the first place. A point which brings me to the management, I'm truly baffled at the level of incompetence that has been displayed on the management level. My DM is nearly unreachable, if you ever need help you would have better luck just sending emails and voice messages straight into a black hole because the result you will get is the same, no response. Don't worry you will hear from the DM from time to time but usually only once there is a major issue and it will simply be a ham-fisted attempt to cover his own back side, if it happens to help you in the process then great.

    Corporate Accounts only function seems to be to torment everyone that does not work in corporate accounts. Spite driven interdepartmental politics will result in you getting tossed under the bus because it is guaranteed that you will get in the middle of of some high level posturing and it seems to be accepted practice for everyone to us the TR's as human shields.

    Finally this job is advertised as a sales job with some service. This is false advertising in every sense of the term. You had better get accustomed to getting your hands dirty because you will be a service person dressed like a sale person. I suggest that you don't wear anything that you don't want ruined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company has a lot of potential to be an incredible place to work. Adjusting the work load to something manageable would be a great start. Removing management that put their interests ahead of the companies would also be a wise move. You have a lot of talented and hard working people in the field give them the support they need to do the job so you don't lose them. The TR's are the face of the company to your customers do you really want them to be miserable?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Crazy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Manager
    Current Employee - Route Manager

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

    Pros

    If you want to work anywhere in the world.

    Cons

    Have no family life. Be treated by retarded management as idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the nepotistic hiring of people based solely on their ability to sell. Get some decent man-managers. There are absolutely NO leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    ecolab best in corp politics- employee turnover very high

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Clerk in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Ecolab as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best politics ever- even politicans can learn from Ecolab Canada management. They make CA$ like hell [in billions literally] paint a very rosy outlook in interview, then show you the dirty reality after you sign the paper.

    Cons

    The worst spenders. Almost every dept head is a dictator. out of 670 employees 70% will leave TODAY if they can get another job. The entire Toronto facility [a health hazard] is falling apart from the doors to washroom sewers-you name it. zero balance work/life. entire customer service & credit dept DESERVES to be fired. Almost every dept works against the other. u got suggestions & complaints? then HR Canada smiles in front and BITES ur butt the second u turn. people fired after 25 years of service as politics got to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they love wasting paper and $, no problemo!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    highly political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Credit Associate in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Credit Associate in Mississauga, ON

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

    Pros

    if u are adept at politics, good for you.

    Cons

    more bureaucratic than ottawa
    every dept has friction with the other
    friction between every dept head
    many employees get away with murder-they have their "protectors"
    effiency does not exist
    employee family politics is LIVE
    time wasting is HIGH
    penny pinching is HIGH
    time management does not exist
    dept vs dept war is every day of the week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    their ears are rusted & dead

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, not a good career choice

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

    I have been working at Ecolab full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company vehicle
    Benefits
    Lots of experience working on dishwashers
    You get to sell lots of soap

    Cons

    Treat this company as a job, don't get all hyped about a career here.
    Quite a few empty promises
    No work/life balance
    I lost a lot of friends at Ecolab one year because I didn't make budget. I made budget the following year and we were friends again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We both know trying to give advice to management is not good efficient time management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great when I started, but unfortunately moral is dropping!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Ecolab

    Pros

    Team environment, car and gas card, support and tools, decent pay

    Cons

    Lack of communication, amount of paperwork, pay in relation to the amount of work required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to focus on bringing back company culture (5 pillars). Moral is at an all time low.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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