Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company Employee Reviews

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N/A (Former Employee) –  Naperville, ILDecember 5, 2017
Honestly, the commercial sales business runs the company - and they know it. Sales obviously makes the money - totally understandable. However, I found they were quite demanding and had unrealistic expectations.

Advancement opportunities are more readily available in the sales group vs. corporate, as a relocation to St. Paul would be likely required (Ecolab's corp HQ).
Pros
Good health insurance plans, 401k, pension
Cons
Lack of Advancement for corporate employees
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Productive
Project Service Supervisor-LEAD (Former Employee) –  Queens, NYOctober 30, 2017
Is a great place to work but communication needs work from upper management. As long as you do what is asked of you and you do a good job, you can easily move up if there are positions available.
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Expectations for time commitment were rediculous
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Mountain westOctober 25, 2017
Managements expectations were unreasonable with respect to work/life balance. Expected 10-12 hour days at customer and on road then wanted an additional 2-4 hours of work in hotel at night. Just because you are away from home, expectation is that you should be more than willing to dedicate that time to the company. District manager was more than willing to sacrifice personnel in order to protect their own backside.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Poor work/life balance, too much extraneous paper work
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Overall good company
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Naperville, ILOctober 5, 2017
The job duties were pretty good, but there were a lot of silos within the company and most of the departments operated independently However that was 10 years ago.
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Outsider if you don't drink the Nalco Kool-Aid...
District Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  Washington StateSeptember 21, 2017
The company has changed dramatically since the Ecolab purchase, and not for the better. Ecolab is trying to make its hard sell sales tactics, used for one-dimensional pest control/hospitality customers, work for multi-faceted heavy industry customer. Doesn't work...not even the close to the same cultures. The corporate sales goals are unrealistic, particularly with the current market conditions, due to executive management establishing unrealistic growth goals.

The old days of Nalco reps making decisions on their own is gone...company model is now one of having corporate account managers make decisions, and the reps be the "grunts".

If you don't like the way Nalco/Ecolab sales organization works, and you go your own route, you will be on an island with no one to rely on.
Pros
Good technical training
Cons
Poor management, poor work-life balance
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Fast Paced, Interesting and Challenging
Sales Representative (Current Employee) –  New York, NYSeptember 18, 2017
Limited opportunities in the Northeast. Generally a good place to work if you are willing to relocate or live in the Houston area. Pay seems fair and plenty of incentives. Successful reps work 10 hours a day or more.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Limited advancement
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Highly stressed teams who are highly tasked and overworked.
Manager (Current Employee) –  Naperville, ILAugust 27, 2017
Great teams and good people who work there, but there is a great disparity between sales and functional roles. Management's focus is primarily sales and there is lack of resources, recognition, advancement and salary equity within the functional roles.
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Interesting position working with patent attorneys
Administrative Support / Accounts Payable (Former Employee) –  Naperville, ILAugust 16, 2017
There was no typical day. Everyday we researched new patents and those that were expiring and then did the application paperwork. Also handled all the billing and accounts payable.
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absolutely horrible place to work
Group Leader (Former Employee) –  Sugar Land, TXAugust 12, 2017
management is severely under qualified and completely absent, training is nonexistent, the work place is unsafe in almost every aspect, anyone who voices their opinion is subject to termination, do not go work here unless you would like to prep yourself for an after life with the devil, the pay isn't bad, and you can move up rather quickly as they fire people very quickly, although they hire very slowly so you will be expected to do the work of four men for at least a year before they replace one job.
Pros
you'll appreciate any job after this one
Cons
having to experience what the underworld is like
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Great company to work for but a bit too relaxed
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) –  Naperville, ILAugust 6, 2017
Nalco is a great company to work for as it's not super cuthroat, the vast majority of employees are nice and considerate people, your job is not overly micromanaged, I don't even know how to contact our HR department because it's never necessary for them to get involved. No one forcing you to work super long hours, flexible start and finish times, etc. Very laid back.

However, this can also be a drawback because incompetent individuals who really only waste time and materials while accomplishing little to nothing don't receive any sort of backlash. It's impossible to get fired for anything short of creating an incredibly dangerous situation or like being insanely rude and hostile to others. The managers are too afraid to criticize or fire anyone and the reward/recognition for good work is not linearly related to actual good work. Bad workers eventually get promoted still and the only real way to separate yourself above and beyond is to push products to market faster and get your name on patents.

Also they're pinching pennies now and that's never good. Not willing to cop for a ChemDraw license as a multinational corporation is just unacceptable, especially when they just built a new auditorium, a bunch of conference rooms with floor to ceiling glass walls, fake perpetual waterfalls and massive interactable screens for teaching new hires and wooing customers in the Corporate building but won't spend a dime on R&D. I'm still using scales from the 1980's and they wouldn't give us the approval to hire another technician that was desperately needed and only replacing one that
  more... had left for an 8 month period *with a fresh budget*.

I gave the company a good rating because it's not a miserable job to work, it's easy going, the work is not too complex or dangerous and the company is very focused on safety. But don't expect to rocket your way up the ladder or do groundbreaking work or see your terribly incompetent coworkers let go. It's a company for complacent people.
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Pros
Good Work-Life Balance, Cafeteria, Gym, Nice and Helpful Culture, Very Focused on Safety
Cons
Few positions for non-PhDs, Spends more money on Corporate than R&D, No punishment for bad employees
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fun work
Utility Worker (Current Employee) –  Port Allen, LAJuly 10, 2017
one of the best environments i have ever worked in. i was a dispatcher and the way my manager ran the company made it a breeze for me. we had a great team that was all focused on being great team players and getting the job done.
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An Average Co-op Experience
Co-op (Former Employee) –  Batavia, NYJune 8, 2017
Worked as a Co-op in a waste water plant. It was very interesting to see how a waste water plant operated, this specific one was dealing in dairy waste from a milk product producer. It was smelly inside the plant, but that should be expected.
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Decent Place to work
District Sales Representative (Current Employee) –  Jacksonville, FLApril 10, 2017
Cool innovation and leading company in the industry. I've enjoyed working here. The extensive training I have received is top notch. Some of upper management seem to genuinely care about their employees which is nice.
Pros
innovation, presence
Cons
red tape, administrative duties
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Life at Nalco
SharePoint Intern (Former Employee) –  Naperville, ILMarch 28, 2017
Nalco was a great place to work as an intern with a good hourly rate as well. The work that the company required as an intern was just enough to keep me busy and help me learn more about SharePoint and it's functions. The employees and management were great and very helpful as well.
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Great company to work for that will help you understand running your own business
District Representative (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXMarch 27, 2017
Company has allowed me to have a hands on experience in running company but from a person who wants to grow in sales, sales rep position is too service oriented. Company would be excellent if company model allowed reps to spend most of time selling and calling on new customers over running monthly analytical test and writing reports.
Pros
Company car, autonomy, expense card
Cons
Too much service for sales reps
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Great people, pay and benefits
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Naperville, ILMarch 3, 2017
Great Company to work for.Great people, the pay is good and the benefits are good. No opportunity for myself at the location I am at. I would have to relocate or go to another location for advancement according to HR.
Pros
People, pay scale & benefits are all really good
Cons
Not allot of opportunity for everyone only certain scales.
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Great place to work with good pay and benefits
Senior District Administrator (Former Employee) –  Garland, TXFebruary 26, 2017
Enjoyed the challenge of all the projects on my plate. With recent purchase of Nalco to Ecolab there were too many management changes.
Pros
Benefits, pay
Cons
Constant management changes
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A good well established company with great people
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  New Orleans, LAFebruary 24, 2017
Nalco Champion is a good company with excellent training programs to get new hires up and successful. They have very competitive wages and adequate benefits.
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would not reccommed this place to work at
Technical Customer Account Representative (Current Employee) –  Naperville, ILFebruary 16, 2017
No room for advancement, company doesn't care about their employees and it all about who you know if you want to get anywhere, not your experience, dedication or knowledge.
Pros
paycheck
Cons
work life balance and not feeling appreciated
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great company
Technical Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJanuary 3, 2017
Worked with KBR for 15 years. They took care of me and my family. I learnt everything from the ground up. One of the best contractor companies in the world.
Pros
Overtime and pay
Cons
none
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