Clean Harbors

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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
109 Reviews
2.2
109 Reviews
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
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71 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • My department has been great for needing personal time and most of the people are great (in 6 reviews)

  • Very good benefits - Medical, dental and prescriptions are better than a lot of other companies (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • I certainly lost many years at this company by working long hours and weekends and not get compensated for it (in 11 reviews)

  • Big company upper management only cares at the bottom dollar and their bonuses (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

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

    I have been working at Clean Harbors

    Pros

    Pay is good depending on your position

    Cons

    Employes are shown no respect or gratitude for hard work and long hours. Management is the worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with some respect and show a little gratitude for the hard work and ridiculous hours they put in and family time sacrificed to benefit the company and increase your yearly bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    One star is more than they deserve

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

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If there is any pro to working for Clean Harbors it would have to be the people.....there really is nothing more

    Cons

    morale is awful.....training is non-existent, pay raises are non-existent...overall bad company to work for. There is zero room for advancement. When and if you get to travel they put you in the worst hotels possible (of course that doesn't apply to upper management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making business decisions instead of making everything personal. Listen to people that know what they're doing instead of surrounding yourself with yes men that are too afraid to tell you what they think for fear of being fired like all of those before them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Chemist

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

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

    Pros

    Decent health benefits, if you are an insite chemist somewhere good then it is pretty decent.

    Cons

    You are constantly at the whim of the company you contract for and almost new recourse if you disagree. Safety after profits. You are constantly expecting to drop everything and go on jobs with little or no warning. No developed career path to advance. No raises at the time of writing, no more stock options, and very little incentive to work harder.

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

    Hired and riffed in 4 short months, continuously re-organizing, vertical eliminations, long decision lines...

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Clean Harbors is very conscientious about safety for all.

    Cons

    Lack of resources, over sold, not focused on core products and services, 100+ lines of business, limited support for each line of business, support for LOB is scarce and scattered throughout the country. Terrible on boarding program, very antiquated/pre-historic methodology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Antiquated CRM system, system redundancy, very busy web site, very complex to do business (i.e., internally and externally).

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not sure how many more cuts this company can do... They are running out of throats.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    It's a paycheck that's about all I can say. I show up everyday, bust my butt for them and miss out on seeing my family and they still want more.

    Cons

    #1- Upper Management
    #2- If they could put a barcode label on our heads they would- employees below SVP's are trash. Tossed out to rot.
    #3- If SK employee- sooner or later you will be replaced with CH
    #4- Pencil pushers-come to the field for more then 15 minutes to UNDERSTAND the business
    #5-100- Upper Management's Boy Club you are the problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy, respected employees will work harder and give you more. Just something to think about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    divorce maker

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facility Tech in Aragonite, UT
    Former Employee - Facility Tech in Aragonite, UT

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

    Pros

    money is ok if your willing to work ungodly hours like 60-72-80 hour a week. with your schedule changing all the time from days to nights.

    Cons

    gone 16 hours a day 6 days a week to get paid, work every holiday. no family time what so ever!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to learn how to treat employees in production like people instead of there f in slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    The Company is terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Norwell, MA

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

    Pros

    There is nothing positive to say; more work, worse equipment, less help, lower wages than industry average. We cannot keep and retain good help.

    Cons

    To be accepted you need to go tuna fishing while wearing knee pads or else you're expendable. They get rid of the good employees, while keeping the one's who are their buddies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new majority shareholders need to fire the CEO and go back to what works. Until they actually make a change that makes a difference, it'll still be the same good ole boys club, where nepotism and not ability are rewarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lost in a cesspool of hazardous politics

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

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people who work really hard for the Company. Great on the job learning and trial by fire situations.

    Cons

    Management is involved in office politics which translates to employees losing faith in their ability to lead. A "do anything it takes" attitude, which can be very dangerous at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find the bad apples and remove them. They may cost you later - in legal fees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    If you truly want to know about this company I will tell you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Foreman in Weymouth, MA
    Current Employee - Field Foreman in Weymouth, MA

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

    Pros

    Litterally none zero!!!!! There isnt any to list here just putting words for the 20 word minimum

    Cons

    This is the worst job ive ever had ive been here for years and im leaving next week for a new job finally managment are literally retarded low low pay the owner gets mad when you bring up higher pay or better benefits the workers need to organize a union or they will always be treated like dogs. Pay scale is from the 1980s seriously

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alan you need to provide better benefits and serious pay hikes taking away the 3%increase (which is a joke within itself) these ppl will only take so much punnishment til they get fed up and fight back what you are doing to.them is horrible you feel as you have them trapped

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Go no where

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Heo II in Over-The-Rhine, OH
    Former Employee - Heo II in Over-The-Rhine, OH

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Did get to travel did not always stay in the cleanest motels, If you like to gamble an drink alot that is the job for you.

    Cons

    where would I start, 40 hour train ride from Texas to Ohio straight, Training that I never got to use an did not get paid for,push to the limits on work 90 hour weeks 7 days a week or set at home with nothing for months,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up with the lil clicks an the perks for management an not the people realy making your job possible! Like the lobster dinners and beer bash or unlimited bar tabs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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