Clean Harbors
2.2 of 5 89 reviews
www.cleanharbors.com Norwell, MA 5000+ Employees

Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated Jun 29, 2014
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2.2 89 reviews

                             

38% Approve of the CEO

Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim

Alan S. McKim

(60 ratings)

20% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Leaders methods for running the business impact ability to excel.

    Human Resources (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are great, and the culture is not stuffy due to the blue collar nature of the work.

    ConsMany of the people making decisions have been at Clean Harbors for many years and fail to either see, or accept that you can't run a company with 14k employees the same way as when it was 3k employees.

    People making decisions in very senior positions are not qualified to run their departments, and thus create an enormous amount of inefficiencies and inhibits one's ability to excel.

    Advice to Senior ManagementForget everything you did 5 years ago, and hire people that are actually qualified for the positions then have.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Bristol, CT

    ProsGreat coworkers. National company. Stock option is descent.

    ConsLots of layoffs. Operations driven company and not focused on developing business. Company will not last with current management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One scary roller coaster ride.

    Chemist (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsThe people that I work with are great. I love my job and what I do. The pay and benefits are ok for what I do.

    ConsManagement is so unpredictable that its scary. Revolving door of employees. The new hires that come in don't stay long because of management. The hours worked are long, extra days are expected. increasing the possibility for mistakes and injury.
    The managers expect numbers, but also expect it to be doing safely. When safety concerns are brought up, it has been treated as if there is no issue until someone gets hurt or something gets damaged. Then the blame for the incident is turned to be the fault of the person who got hurt or reported the concern. Too many managers turning a blind eye to safety in order to "save the company money and produce numbers to make themselves look good." Not enough positive acknowledgement and support for good safe work practices and a productive day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your workers. Give positive feed back, let them know why their ideas are good ones, or why they won't work. Take time to work together to find a way to make the job safer and more efficient by spending the day working with them in order to see things from the ground floor instead of watching them on the video monitor in your offices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Norwell, MA

    ProsThe overall goal is help the environment so that's a plus. If you want to do the same job for rest of your life and willing to ignore everything else and then yes a great place to work for.

    ConsUnethical business practices ignored even after management notified numerous times. Favoritism and unfair treatment of regular employees. You cannot move up unless you are friends with someone in management. Sexist and degrading comments made by management on a regular basis. If you go Tuna fishing with the big man then you can get away with anything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFollow what you preach.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK job for this area

    Facility Tech (Current Employee)
    Coffeyville, KS

    ProsInformal work environment, pay good for around here. Will hire anyone able to pass a drug test. Immediate supervisors easy to get along with.

    ConsAll employees treated the same a t raise time, no matter how bad or good review is. If upper management ever got a clue, it died of loneliness. Safety and quality are a priority until it costs the company time or money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employes like human beings. Tell the truth, don't fill our breakfast bowls with BS.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Employees are under-valued.

    Web Developer (Former Employee)
    Norwell, MA

    ProsClean Harbors is a great place to learn the correct way to develop software. They have great processes in place and follow agile/scrum practices. They use the latest software and tools, and there is definitely enough software projects to keep one interested.

    ConsThere are many downsides to working at Clean Harbors, but the first has to be how poorly employees are treated. There is no sense of community or teamwork. From day one, I did not feel like I was welcome there and I was just another worker.

    The culture is one of work, work, work with little to no payoff. There is no separation between the CEO and the IT Department. He literally has the say in every project - even though he's running a multi-billion dollar company. Doesn't he have anything better to do? He is the textbook definition of a micro-manager, which ends up rolling down hill, so all the other managers are also micro-managers for fear of losing his or her job. The IT department seems to be driven by fear.

    It's impossible to move up in the company and the salaries are pretty low compared to some other jobs of the same type. The company states that the reason for this is that we don't have to drive into Boston to go to work, so that is the justification to paying us lower than median salaries. The annual reviews are a joke and they always make false promises about raises and promotions.

    I could not recommend anyone working here unless they were desperate for work and enjoyed being mistreated and having the feeling that you are just another disposable entity. Turnover was extremely high, with multiple employees in the IT department leaving every month or so since I started there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow the employees you hire to do his or her job. Trust your employees to do the right thing and allow the department heads to run their departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Technician (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, CA

    Prosopportunity to advance throughout the company

    Consmanagement doesn't know what they are doing

    Advice to Senior Managementhire someone who knows how to lead a crew instead of hiring a kiss ass

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Health and Safety.....After Profits

    Grunt to Manager Depends On Day (Current Employee)
    Weymouth, MA

    ProsIt's a job. Pay check used to have good benefits Most of the guys in the field that work along side you

    ConsNo room for advancement...Upper Brass only cares about profits and bonuses ..Godforbid if you don't respond for an ER ( after 12 hr shift was told its your job you know what you signed up for ) doesn't matter if you arent on call. Never given info on jobs but expected to get them done within budget and broken equipment. If you fail. It's not their fault. No brass cares about the good things you and your crew do if you do 1 bad thing. No recognition ..like another post said...It's run by blue collared trash men....Don't expect to advance far the dinosaurs in the office have it too good to let the grunts in

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoesn't matter...they only see profits and bonuses

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Under staffed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPays not to bad. Not micro managed if you know your job.

    ConsManagement is lazy. Under staffed at a lot of locations. one plant I won't
    Mention is being jammed up with vans and they have one man doing the job.its way to much for one person to handle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHelp where needed if your not going to hire help.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low wage and patronized

    Insite Chemist (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you need a job right out of college or just need a job, it's a paycheck. They also provide training and experience to build your resume. Benefits are good too.

    ConsPatronization of chemists, which know more about the chemicals than management in some cases. Superfluous regulation, they want you to think more like a lawyer and less like a scientist (that's a bad thing). Thankless job, except for the "contractees", they thank us more than immediate management. WinWeb is a joke, looks like it was made in the 90's.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI keep hearing terrible stories about the PGM in Northwestern. Also, give the 3% it covers cost of living, jeez. I've seen a chemist completely heartbroken someone could deny him a measly 1.5% after a year of work. He worked hard every day for that, makes me want to leave before I get screwed like that. Also, as far as Chemists are concerned, we have college degrees, please treat us like it. I we don't demand a red carpet, just a little respect. Pay more competitively, we know how much the company makes on all billing facets, you're raking it in off of our hard work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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