Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
Alan S. McKim
32 Ratings

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

  • Decent pay for the work being done (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Employes are shown no respect or gratitude for hard work and long hours (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management has no clue on how to deal with people (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Not good

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clean Harbors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Close commute and some good employees

    Cons

    Salary is bad, benefits are not good.


  2. Current Employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Commute, Nice area, Very smart and dedicated co-workers

    Cons

    Poor (none) management, People are treated like numbers, no career growth plan, Managers allowed to follow their own policies with no consistency in the department.


  3. Field Chemist

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clean Harbors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    over time and co workers

    Cons

    - crappy hours (up at 5am ) - some co workers slack off and don't do anything - no way to advance in the company - management sucks

    Advice to Management

    hire people who will actually help the company and dont be so selfish


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Employees are not valued

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

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Offers high quality services, in a unique industry niche with limited competition, unquestioned environmental integrity. Good computer systems.

    Cons

    Completely dysfunctional company. Tenure is the only thing that matters- stay with them 30 years and you can be a SVP- even if you are just a truck driver with no education and qualifications to hold the position. Employees do not matter, at all. This is evidenced by the lack of recognition, minimal benefits, limited 401(k) match, salary freezes, etc. Perhaps if the executives would stop flying around on their jet, the top performing employee could have a merit increase?

    Advice to Management

    Companies with 14,000 employees cannot possibly function successfully with the CEO approving all headcount, pay changes, etc. Build a leadership team that is qualified and then give them the autonomy to run their functions. The controlling leadership style that Alan McKim feels the need to have is because the team underneath him got there based on tenure and not business expertise. Success is not defined by staying with a company 30 years, it's defined by the accomplishments and the people you impacted in those 30 years.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Technical Service Repreentative

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Service Representative in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Service Representative in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, This company bullies their employees. Management provides no training and blame you for anything that goes wrong.

    Cons

    This company does not offer good benefits and salary.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect otherwise the good ones will leave when they get a chance.


  7. Horrible company stay away

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Worker in Deer Park, TX
    Former Employee - Worker in Deer Park, TX

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing there are no pros it's the worst company and its stock is plummeting everyday stay away high turn over

    Cons

    The pay, managments, the job, benefits. They take advantage of people who are in desperate need of a job they are in violation of numerous safety laws

    Advice to Management

    You should all be fired or put in jail


  8. Senior Accountant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Norwell, MA

    I worked at Clean Harbors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, and some of the managers are pleasant. They are the exception though, certainly not the rule.

    Cons

    Discrimination, Disparity, high turnover, lack of promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Change the Company's culture, and raise the bar.


  9. Helpful (2)

    A a place to get ahead at all!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Norwell, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of work to keep you busy. Can have the actual tools you need at least in some areas to get the job done. Boss was flexible if you needed to run errands or work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    Management at higher levels up the Executive to the President were so out of of touch with what an employee needs are and the overall benefits were the worst I had seen in the industry and compared them to about 10 different companies of the same or similar size. HR is just too big and out of touch and clueless when dealing with management issues or anything else. No pay increase and consistent pay or hiring freezes just out of the blue even right after they spend to acquire another company? Makes no sense at all, no training, no social life, outings or even a decent XMAS Party..not a good place if you want to grow , so keep it moving if it pops up in your job alerts!

    Advice to Management

    Work on really listening and understanding your employees and stop doing the elementary school crap of picking favorites and pitting other employees against each other and let them work together so they all can grow. Get rid of excessive Directors and Useless VPs that rise up just because they know someone with no real background or results to prove their advancement or promotion and what a joke in this area all together.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Sam Walton and Alan McKim Have A Lot In Common

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Insite Chemist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Insite Chemist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My immediate manager who's empowered me to expand our connections with the client and move towards them towards being accountable. The guys I work with are the salt of the earth; hard working and fun to be around.

    Cons

    It took four years to get rid of a program manager who was abusive, sexist, and had been complained about formally by no less than six employees. I guess it's who you know, you know? You can just about beg to be given a chance at advancing your career and it basically falls on deaf ears. You got guys who handle dangerous chemicals on a daily basis and their not provided with Clean Pack training which would help a little. The hypocrisy of Clean Harbors "strong emphasis on safety" is evident in that our site doesn't even have a set of tools. We have to ask other contractors to borrow their stuff. Upper management is a joke: They brought in a presentation that spoke about the evils of unionization when there was a rumour that someone spoke with a union rep. If they'd pay their employees a living wage, maybe they wouldn't need to do something so inane. The benefit package cost you a bundle. I pay over 60.00 per week just for medical. I could go on about how truly bad this company is.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being for the one percent; pay a wage commensurate with the danger that's inherent in the job. Stop consuming other companies and invest in the most important capital you have- your employees. It's been two years since we even for a lousy 3 percent raise but some how they found the money to buy another company.


  11. Helpful (4)

    This has to be the worst company I have ever worked for in my 20 years of driving.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Heavy Driver in Bridgeport, CT
    Current Employee - Heavy Driver in Bridgeport, CT

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, none, none, none, none

    Cons

    Constant payroll issues, bad equipment,unorganized

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like garbage.



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