MSP is the land of 17 Fortune 500 headquarters and 1.86 million jobs (as of 2018). That’s a lot of opportunity.

We’re continuing our three-part blog series by giving you a peek inside our partner companies ECOLAB and Medtronic.


Company Background

Ecolab Inc (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy, and healthy environments. Founded in 1923 and headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Ecolab has a global workforce of 48,000 employees, annual sales of $14 billion, and delivers comprehensive programs and services to the food, energy, healthcare, industrial, and hospitality markets in more than 170 countries.

Company Vision, Mission & Values

We provide and protect what is vital: clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Our products and services prevent disease and infection, keep food supplies safe, and protect the places where people eat, sleep, work, play, and heal.

Our work matters, and the way we work matters, too. We work with purpose, reaching our goals, doing what’s right and honest, challenging ourselves, working as a team and valuing diverse perspectives to make a difference.

With our worldwide reach and ambitious growth plans, Ecolab offers an unmatched opportunity to learn and grow, shape your career, make an impact and quickly see the importance of your work.

Learn more about what it’s like to work at Ecolab here: https://jobs.ecolab.com/working-here/

Fun Facts

  • We serve nearly 3 million customer locations globally
  • 120 manufacturing plants
  • 1,600 scientists, engineers, and technical experts
  • 26,500 field sales and service representatives
  • More than 8,700 patents
  • 19 global technology and innovation centers around the world

What’s Unique about Ecolab?

Innovation is a cornerstone of Ecolab’s success. We have a long history of creating innovative products and services, providing superior results for our customers. We innovate with purpose, and the responsibility for innovation does not solely lie within our R&D team. It’s a shared responsibility throughout our organization, including our field team, corporate account leads, marketing, supply chain and RD&E.

We operate in global markets with customer that cross regional boundaries, so we focus on developing technology platforms that can be used throughout the world to support our customers’ growth.

We serve nearly 3 million customer locations throughout the world. Our manufacturing and distribution facilities are strategically located across the globe, enabling us to provide innovative products and excellent customer service wherever our customers operate.

Other Things to Know

Ecolab is where interns and new college graduates shape their careers, make an impact and quickly see the importance of their work. Every role in the company shares a common goal: Make the world cleaner, safer and healthier.

Join our team and be empowered to:

  • Be proud of where you work: Represent a respected, socially- and environmentally-conscious global leader
  • Do well by doing good: Improve performance for the world’s best-known brands and quality of life for millions of people worldwide
  • Learn, grow and thrive: Develop new skills and knowledge constantly, with unmatched training and support
  • Be the future: Create solutions and build and empower teams

We recognize the value of our people and are committed to maximizing the talent and passion of each associate. Our development programs for college graduates are among the best, most diverse and most impactful.

For more information on our college programs, visit our website: https://jobs.ecolab.com/college-programs/

Own your future. Impact what matters.


Company Background

Medtronic is a global healthcare solutions company committed to improving the lives of people through our medical technologies, services, and solutions. With a workforce of more than 84,000 Medtronic employees operating from more than 370 locations in approximately 160 countries dedicated to meeting the needs of patients and health care professionals around the globe.

Company Vision, Mission & Values

To contribute to human welfare by application of biomedical engineering in the research, design, manufacture, and sale of instruments or appliances that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life.  To direct our growth in the areas of biomedical engineering where we display maximum strength and ability; to gather people and facilities that tend to augment these areas; to continuously build on these areas through education and knowledge assimilation; to avoid participation in areas where we cannot make unique and worthy contributions.   To strive without reserve for the greatest possible reliability and quality in our products; to be the unsurpassed standard of comparison and to be recognized as a company of dedication, honesty, integrity, and service.   To make a fair profit on current operations to meet our obligations, sustain our growth, and reach our goals.   To recognize the personal worth of employees by providing an employment framework that allows personal satisfaction in work accomplished, security, advancement opportunity, and means to share in the company’s success. To maintain good citizenship as a company.

Fun Facts

Two people every second are positively impacted by our breadth of medical technologies and therapies.  Medtronic was founded in 1949 as a medical equipment repair shop by Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law, Palmer Hermundslie.

What’s Unique about Medtronic

At Medtronic, diversity, inclusion, and engagement aren’t just buzzwords — they’re instruments of innovation. It’s a fact — when people from different cultures, genders, walks of life, and points of view come together, the quality of work improves exponentially and companies succeed and grow. One of the many ways we foster our inclusive environment is through our Diversity Networks and Employee Resource Groups. These unique networks are critical to ensuring the voice of the community is heard. They work closely with senior leaders and HR to create programs to further the advancement of diverse employees. ERGs focus on professional development and community building at a grassroots level.

Other Things to Know

We offer robust internship experiences and full-time opportunities in many of the countries where we operate. We also offer professional returnship opportunities for experienced, STEM professionals eager to return to technical careers after a break of two or more years. To see all our current openings, visit jobs.medtronic.com.

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