Clean Harbors
2.4 of 5 72 reviews
www.cleanharbors.com Norwell, MA 5000+ Employees

Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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2.4 72 reviews

                             

44% Approve of the CEO

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

Alan S. McKim

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24% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Lots of travel! Low pay.

Operator (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

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

ProsDiffrent places to travel and great projects to work on

ConsToo much travel or no work at all. Low pay

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease per diem and hourly pay

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Typical, as expected work life in the has waste business

Sales Specialist (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsThe people for the most part, depending on which branch you work for or job role.

ConsNo loyalty. Poor high level decisions that end up in massive layoffs, hiring freezes, etc. Subpar benefits. Seems like 2 VPs for every 1 laborer.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Okay if you like a fixed routine

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time for more than a year

ProsAlways a bunch of work to do everyday. Health care plan is pretty good compared to other places.

ConsManagement never really updates technology. There is considerable demand to make this job the only priority in ones life.

Advice to Senior ManagementSo update the winweb and create actual chances to advance in the company. I have brought various safety issues up and nothing happens. It feels like they want safety ideas, but not from hourly employees.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Easy work, long days, overtime makes the pay mediocre.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Clean Harbors

ProsEasy work when things are running smoothly. Communication is good.

ConsLong long days, pay growth is very slow, politics,

Advice to Senior Managementimplement a more structured atmosphere

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Norwell, MA

I worked at Clean Harbors full-time for less than a year

ProsPlenty of work hours, ok pay. Some nice co-workers.

ConsAlthough as a company it seems ok, certain members of department management are harsh, unsympathetic and even dishonest. Computer system is a little outdated.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat underlings with respect, and remove the bad members of management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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They are a huge company but treat their MIS staff the same way the treat their truck drivers

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Clean Harbors

ProsGreat if you live south of Boston

ConsLousy Benefits for such a large employer

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Long Hours, Big Paychecks

Environmental Tech I (Former Employee)
Cleveland, OH

I worked at Clean Harbors as a contractor for less than a year

ProsDecent pay for the work being done
Overtime + holiday pay
Solid training
Zero downtime (depending on office location)

ConsLong hours
75% travel
Lots of turnover

Advice to Senior ManagementValue employees who have college degrees in environmental and hazard response. Pay should depend on education and experience for offices outside of HQ.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Decent wages, learned a lot, excessive hours.

Chemist (Former Employee)

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

Pros1. Very good benefits - Medical, dental and prescriptions are better than a lot of other companies. 401k and company stock options available.
2. Decent wage, though you'll hear "You're working for the overtime" a lot. Personally, I got to 40 hours by Wednesday more often than not. 65-75 hours a week not unusual.
3. Gained a lot of experience, which has led me to a much better career after 4 years at the Harbors.
4. A lot of great people at my office, and most of the guys I worked with had each other''s backs. I know this isn't true everywhere, so I was lucky.

Cons1. Hours, hours, hours. Management likes to sell the point of "getting your hours" as a plus. True, you can make a lot of money, but be prepared for this job to be a grind. Like I said, 65-75 hours a week wasn't unusual, and I hit 90 hours on occasion. Spring and Fall were 6 day workweeks. Great if you're single, young and like to work. Not so much if you're raising a family.
2. Running jobs in the field can be pretty stressful. You have to work within the quote, solve problems as they occur and do this all while under the gun of a 14 hour driver limit. Plus, after you finish the job, problems can come up later and bite you days later. You WILL take the blame, not much interference set up by your superiors.
3. No much room for career advancement. Many of the guys I worked with have been doing the same thing for 7-9 years, with no real advancement or better opportunities.
3. Awful equipment and supply support. Trucks break down, which can leave you in some tough spots. I've broken down a few times, once at 7pm. Superiors left me hanging and I had to coordinate emergency service on my own. Didn't return to shop until 3am the next morning. Supplies are the worst, at least in the office I worked out of. "Reconditioned" means crappy second hand drums. Forced to use lab pack boxes which are bulky and awkward to move. All in the name of saving a dollar.

Overall, the people in my department were generally great. Management was a pain. Support was hit and miss. I moved on to a far less stressful job, half the hours at almost double my Harbors wage, However, I can also admit that I wouldn't have gotten this great job if not for my CH experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the interdepartmental bickering an politics. Also, find ways to streamline how CPG and Tech Services interact with the field guys. I have personally sat at jobs for 2-4 hours just waiting for approvals and profiles. This angers clients, whom field personnel have to interact with afterwards.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Work performance does not matter,

Foreman (Former Employee)
Weymouth, MA

I worked at Clean Harbors full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood benefits while there
forgiving on time policy
Lead management friendly
lot of good people to work with shop has decent mix of experience and newness

ConsNever of how long of day you will have hours can range from being available to working 40 hour in a row. If you have a safety violation your career won't count only that mistake and corporate kangaroo court will make decision on fate.

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees should be able to address corporate so a fair decision can be made.

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

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Not the worst, but poor management!

Class A Driver, Liquid (Former Employee)
Cross Lanes, WV

I worked at Clean Harbors

ProsAll the work you could want, Plenty of overtime, better than average benefits, paid better than most companies.

ConsPoor management, they preach safety yet when it comes down to it, it's all bout the bottom dollar and upper managements bonuses. Even the corporate office won't stand up for you when you seek their help in local issues.

Advice to Senior ManagementA closer look at local management and their lack of leadership and experience at their job. Better equipment wouldn't make it so embarrassing to drive onto customers sites. No office I have worked for was properly prepared for most jobs. 80% of jobs you had to do unsafe and just "make it happen"

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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