Clean Harbors

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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
108 Reviews
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
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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.  

    Large Company with Little Value Toward Employees

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong and aggressive business model, leader in the industry.

    Cons

    Treats employees like a number most never get a raise, most are treated like dirt, benefits are poor and no HR support as they have very few on staff to handle the large employee count.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper Management needs to add their employees to their business plan core product and growth. The employees are not treated as valuable product too the company but as a resource the company abuses. Stop buying more companies and quit promoting more individuals to VP status, for which we do not need. Start putting value and growth into the staff that makes this company run efficient and profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Former highly skilled Employee!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Team in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - IT Team in Norwell, MA

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

    Pros

    You can leave early per your boss if you need something? No hassle if you need a ink pen.

    Cons

    No Leadership whatsoever too many people being promoted that have no training or skills to offer.

    Consistently do hard work, get excellent reviews and get looked over at the time of promotions and then they promote another stiff and I mean stiff in the company that know one even knows, but that kiss some serious good butt I guess

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please take care of your people, Tell the Prez he is not one of the best in the industry and step down and let someone else runt he company and get rid of most of the lousy, management and Executive team and being and them good employee will come and stay there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flawed Leadership

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

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

    Pros

    National company that strives to be green. Co-workers and middle management understand daily goals and needs and are generally amiable.

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with all levels of employees. Customer Service takes a backseat to the bottom line in almost every decision made at the executive level. The daily struggle is stock price versus head count. Executive leadership is unwilling/afraid to hold CEO accountable or request assets and procedures that would be beneficial to the entire company and customers alike. Benefits grow worse every year even though the number of individuals has grown due to acquisitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you won't listen to the individuals working for you then you should reach out to your customer base and make changes accordingly. Consistently missing promised service dates just might mean that there are not enough people to perform the services or a lack of proper equipment to do so. Overtime expenditures approaching seven figures could also be an indication of being understaffed and overworked. Consider the overall impact of sweeping changes and possibly include those affected by said changes prior to implementation. Customer Service should be the priority over your stock dividends...take care of the customer AND the employee and the rest will fall into place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Productive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The program manager I had allowed me to grow and manage my own facility.

    Cons

    Big company upper management only cares at the bottom dollar and their bonuses. Workabees receive no recognition and pay raises are slim to none. You have to leave the company and come back at a higher rate in order to see a pay raise. Hard to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PM's and below are very good.. GM's and above listen to your supervisors now and then, It may make a big difference in the overall welfare of the employe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    CHES should be among the lowest on your job search list

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk, Fleet Administrative in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk, Fleet Administrative in Norwell, MA

    I worked at Clean Harbors as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some departments have friendly co-workers that make the monotonous work days better. Commute to corporate HQ is convenient if you live in the South Shore region of MA.

    Cons

    Some departments have hostile work environments, namely fleet management. Worked as a contracted temp (HR, Purchasing, Fleet) but from hearsay, compensation is low, benefits are poor, and the work/life is unbalanced. Very little attention to company mission, vision, culture and goals. Unmotivating and limited position duties. Stubborn, old-fashioned CEO limits brainstorming and alternative org. measures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice for the CEO and executive level is to focus on what's going wrong internally more and acquisition less. LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. Have more inter-departmental functions to strengthen ties and communication, encouraging a friendlier work environment.

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

    Leaders methods for running the business impact ability to excel.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Many 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Account Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Bristol, CT

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers. National company. Stock option is descent.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    One scary roller coaster ride.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Chemist in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Unethical 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 ManagementAdvice

    Follow what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    OK job for this area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facility Tech in Coffeyville, KS
    Current Employee - Facility Tech in Coffeyville, KS

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    All 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employes like human beings. Tell the truth, don't fill our breakfast bowls with BS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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