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Do you work at Ecolab? How did you find the job? How did you get that first interview?

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April in Birmingham, Alabama

86 months ago

I worked for Ecolab for 6 years. 1st starting out at the Corp office in Saint Paul, MN and transferring to Greensboro, NC in 2004. Basically what they want is for you to give 250% 6+ days a week and to do it with a smile on your face. The pay is ok if you are not salary, but the benefits keep going down hill. The co-pay and cost of having insurance goes up considerably every year. You work yourself to the burnout state and you don't get much, if anything, for your effort. The turnover rate is getting out of hand there right now. Ecolab is losing a lot of long-time, experienced people. And, when people leave they are not replacing them. Everyone is just expected to absorb that persons work. The interview processes are extremely long and drawn out. I was an internal employee applying for a position in another division. I started interviewing in January and was not offered the job until June. You can expect lots of red tape and finger pointing there as well. Managers that don't manage their people are pushing good employees to find other places to work.

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dish doctor in Simpsonville, South Carolina

74 months ago

I currently Work for Ecolab or at least until the end of this month. There is alot of potential at Ecolab if you are willing to put in the amount of time (secondary to being in the field)that it takes to to accomplish Ecolabs needs .I also have been employed by Ecolab for about 6.5 years now.If you deal well with the stress of sales pushes, customer complaints ,and suppervisors who's success rides on your back. And if you are willing to be in the field about twelve hours a day to get the 6 to 10% commisions you get on sales,also spend copius amounts of YOUR TIME after work doing plans and orders, reading e-mails possibly catching trouble calls This job might be right for you!
In all Fairness I did increase my pay (commission only) by 31,000 dollars in these 6.5 years with the company.With that I also hve been stressed out to the point of yelling at my wife and kids,Ive had up to 12 trouble calls in one day(of witch you don't get any other pay for).Its your job to try and sell things to these people while at these trouble calls.This is how you increase your income.But trust me you will be burned out on this in about 2 years if not sooner.

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Rinse Max in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania

74 months ago

I wish I visited this site before I started working for Ecolab. Ohhh! If only. I would love to slap Sunday JIM, what a .......Jerk. He is so detached from what a RM does on a daily basis. Great and glorious my ass. On call 24/7 and still have to come home and spend 2 hrs working on a dam computer. They run the RMs like mules. Meter reads, ESR's and Quality Review call backs that only ask two questions. I should know, I am a route manager. It's all about sales with ecolab,and that DAM Route Sales Plan, they can shove it up their ass, right along with that inclusion BS.... oh make sure you do it while wearing a white coat.

I swear, If their competitors only knew how much the guys fail to provide full service because they have to deal with stress-BS like, Spread sheets, sales plans, poor technical training, a fucked-up E-net, weekend coverage without pay, and the backward......Hey get me the classifieds.

If you like a company that LOST it's way, and is now being run by a person who don't know the value of keeping SALES separate from SERVICE, a place where the policy is "It is what it is" come join this glorious institution. Just know you will only be able to vent like this to each other and not to anyone in leadership. Know also if you can survive the first 2 years, you merely managed to justify them offering life insurance.

If you quit, they will replace you, trust me, if they can tell how much it cost to run one rack through the dish machine they know how much $$ it takes to turn staff over while keep their customer base. There was a time when their staff was wort hearing and keeping now its about making it $50/sh.......RUN Forest RUN!

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dish doctor in South Carolina

73 months ago

Rinse Max in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania said: I wish I visited this site before I started working for Ecolab. Ohhh! If only. I would love to slap Sunday JIM, what a .......Jerk. He is so detached from what a RM does on a daily basis. Great and glorious my ass. On call 24/7 and still have to come home and spend 2 hrs working on a dam computer. They run the RMs like mules. Meter reads, ESR's and Quality Review call backs that only ask two questions. I should know, I am a route manager. It's all about sales with ecolab,and that DAM Route Sales Plan, they can shove it up their ass, right along with that inclusion BS.... oh make sure you do it while wearing a white coat.

I swear, If their competitors only knew how much the guys fail to provide full service because they have to deal with stress-BS like, Spread sheets, sales plans, poor technical training, a fucked-up E-net, weekend coverage without pay, and the backward......Hey get me the classifieds.

If you like a company that LOST it's way, and is now being run by a person who don't know the value of keeping SALES separate from SERVICE, a place where the policy is "It is what it is" come join this glorious institution. Just know you will only be able to vent like this to each other and not to anyone in leadership. Know also if you can survive the first 2 years, you merely managed to justify them offering life insurance.

If you quit, they will replace you, trust me, if they can tell how much it cost to run one rack through the dish machine they know how much $$ it takes to turn staff over while keep their customer base. There was a time when their staff was wort hearing and keeping now its about making it $50/sh.......RUN Forest RUN!

Yeh Jim chamberlin is a drunk.He needs a foot in his ass HE leaves those messages supposedly on sunday while hes at his desk thats B.S he does those during the week and holds them for delivery on sunday! The whole company is like that a big ass lie!

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Terry sims in Fresno, California

73 months ago

Thank everyone who told the truth about this company, I recently applied for a position at eco lab and was turned down because my assessment score. The messed up part about it was HR scheduled a phone interview with me before the test and cancelled after ( real professional). Also I speeded through the assestment because an "eco lab employee" told me to so I could show interest in the position and the assessment is not a big deal.

If I would of known that I would have taken my time at midnight and got more sleep before waking up at 4:30 a.m for my current job.
But God had a plan, he did not want me to work for this company because its just as bad where I work or even worst, at least I have decent benifits and seniority. Thank you all so much for being honest about this company you help a lot, and to think I was really down about this. THANK YOU!!!!

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life and work balance please in sacramento, California

12 months ago

if you want to be burned out and not help you're family when they need you reapply!
otherwise you got lucky not working for them! I still work for them and are considering quitting my boss yelled at me the last time i asked him to help me with an account at night! they work you all the time but when you talk about needing personal time hr tell you there is not such thing as flex time! its funny how ask you to work so many hours and criticize you if you miss even the smallest detail even though you can catch them doing the same thing.
bottom line is the don't back you up at all!!!! ultimate one sided user but hay their stock is a good pick!

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Sthanithani in Pretoria, South Africa

8 months ago

I am a 37 years old guy who is in the possesion of a code 10 (C1) driver's licence, am looking for a job as a driver at ecolab. I am 10 years experience of driving so am requestinf an assistance in job placement as a drivier around Johannesburg.

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christineclair in Eagan,, Minnesota

6 months ago

I am a CSR for the Pest Elimination in Minnesota. I originally got hired on by a temp agency called Adecco and have just been invited to a permanent position with Ecolab. Currently I have almost 7 months experience dealing with the Customer side along with the Service Specialist. From my own experience handling these calls is it’s not as black and white as some of these posts have been.
Yes for myself I work in a call center, not out in the field but let me tell you for anyone who is a service specialists, we get the brunt of the angry customers. But I can honestly say that it depends on the person who is the service specialist. I had a customer call to leave a message to a svsp, he was in tears! His restaurant had closed and his tech worked every day to help him reopen his restaurant. All he wanted to do was say thank you. I have also had the opposite phone calls where the svsp where caught doing things they were not suppose to. Ecolab as a corporation is one of the better ones out there, they are creating jobs not only for Americans but they have operations across the world. Yes there are going to be a bad few in a bunch at times, this is what I tell my customers who are very unpleased because their tech they had for 10 years moved and they have a new guy who is making matters worse and is unpleasant. On the other side I have taken calls from svsp all across America who has been sweet as pie, which care about their customers and make it an effort to get product out to them and respond to their messages as fast as possible. I read a post from the thread about Ecolab’s environment, he stated that this job is either for you or not, it’s up to you to figure that out. I personally love working here, I get to talk to people from all over and yes there are some angry calls but most times it’s pleasant.
This is just my opinion, most make their thoughts known when its negitive but little say thiers when its positive.

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Renege0922 in Fountain Valley, California

2 months ago

Hi Christinclair, I was wondering if you could give some advise on how to get my foot in the door with Ecolab. I've been a pest control service tech for a couple of years and I would like to work for Ecolab. If you have any suggestions, my email is Lucasga0922@gmail.com. Thank you for your time.

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