Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
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  1. Unethical work practices at the administrative level.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen

    Pros

    Good customers, constantly busy, benefits ok

    Cons

    The pay is not that great for all the stress you have to deal with, I've seen unethical work practices at the administrative level such as customers payments or service documents being mishandled or lost. then customers call to find out why they are being sent to collections. customers are being misled by lead admin who have not processed those A/R's in a timely manner, this unethical behavior is wrong!! If you report this behavior they will turn a blind eye and treat you like you're ignorant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up your act, Train your upper management to not be so gullible, and teach them to listen to those employees who see and hear these bad business practices and acknowledge the fact that you have some shady crooks working for you. They need to go, because you are losing good customers and good employees because of them.

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

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    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people at the branch level.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything.. Sales managers that have never been in sales. They only care about CRM Scorecard so they look good to upper management. Under paid for what you do. Management only care about how they look.. No pay increases in 12 years. Your job is constantly threated. Company pushes parts washers even though it is a dying part of company. Now that clean harbors has taken over things are worse. Sales have to been in at 7 am same as drivers. Drivers leave around 2:30 and when sales leave at 4:30 it is an issue. Then sales is told the drivers are to busy to get work done even though they leave early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees who have been with company and let them recommend how to make things better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    What Leadership?

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Norcross, GA

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You will get trained to work under lots of stress for little pay whcih will help you for your next job.

    Cons

    The company leadership, the pay, the hours, the paperwork, the use of the CRM tool database.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management does not listen so to give advice is futile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good co workers, interesting industry

    Cons

    Just about everything. How they are in business is amazing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cant give advice to people who already know everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    Absolutely the worst company I've worked for in 22 years of management (out of 8 companies)

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    Former Employee - DSM in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - DSM in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not one - the company is led by militant, delusional, self serving, uneducated back stabbers. If you are not part of the "good ole boy network," or god forbid you say something negative about one of the executives, you may as well give two weeks notice - they will fire you for your opinion. If they ask for it, they will give it to you.

    Cons

    Not one leader there - awful, misguided leadership. I would not work there if you paid me $500K per year, and gave me a 30 hour work week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go work somewhere else - the board of directors must place executives in there who can motivate and inspire people. Those executives then must clean house and literally get rid of more than half the company; especially the red neck, uneducated, good ole boy crowd. BC did a great job from 2011 to 2012, and I think the company was on the right path. After Clean Harbors took over, that was it. This company will not be around long term. The business plan is to buy as many companies as they can, and then lay off until the bottom line looks good. I bet it's gone, sold, or broken up before 2016.

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

    Since acquisition by Clean Harbors, SK is the worst company to work for I have experienced in my career!

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    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Archdale, NC
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Archdale, NC

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Run Away As Fast As Possible!

    Cons

    Management within this company is a joke. The "Good Ole Boy" culture is alive and well. I was a President's Council winner (# 1 rated sales person) and when I had finally had enough of the inept management from branch level to senior level I gave my 2 weeks notice. I was told to immediately turn over my laptop, etc. and my health insurance was cancelled the next day! My hiring manager left the company for same reasons. My current sales manager issued a veiled threat that "he would be watching." I agree with previous reviews that SK will be sold or broken up soon. Clean Harbors'
    CEO epitomizes everything that is wrong with corporate America; Greed, and taking care of Board of Directors and top management at the expense of the rank and file who built the company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move To China!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful

    SK was a great company until it was bought by Clean Harbors.

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    Current Employee - Manager - City Listed IS Not Actual Location in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Manager - City Listed IS Not Actual Location in Norwell, MA

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers and mid-management are great.

    Cons

    Clean Harbors CEO is an incredibly lucky fool. He surrounds himself with "yes-men" and fires anyone who tells him he's wrong. How the company has grown to the size that it has is beyond me. It's a textbook example of how NOT to run a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of paying a lot of money to consultants, LISTEN to the people you hired. They know far more about the business, the customers, the operations, and the regulatory constraints than any consultant ever will. The money you paid the consultants would have been better spent on raises for your hard-working employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 12 yrs at SK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    many, many great co-workers friendships, customers oil gulf clean up trip President Council winner, great pay plans if in a good route.

    Cons

    very long hours be expected to go over your DOT driver hrs in a given day. Healthcare benefits are poor for a hazardous working conditions. IF you get hurt be expected to get back to work before you are able. expect vacations to be denied.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop changing the pay plan every other month

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Worst company to work for if you value self worth.

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    Former Employee - Clerk in Breslau, PA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Breslau, PA

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some good people but they are often in bad moods due to overwork.

    Cons

    Staff overworked
    Compensation low
    Favoritism rampant
    People surfing the net called good employees while hard workers let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the good employees instead of rewarding the lazy and stupid.
    Pay attention to what is going on with staff in the office.
    Deal with the problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    BAD all the way around!

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    Former Employee - Midwest Remediation in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Midwest Remediation in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hours was feast or famine. You meet alot of good people. Some where stuck because of the benifits. You travel alot . You can stay in some nice motels. You may or may not always have transportation after work.

    Cons

    Travel all over not just midwest did not always operate. I went six years without a raise. Working for Clean harbors. As a heavy equipment operator. Was threaten with my job. Totally unsafe. You never moved up in the company. Always far away from home. Would not know if you would make it home for holidays or vacation untill the last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to get people to work for you. Tell the truth. Upper managment needs to do a undercover boss show. If your not in the click you don't go no where. I was there for six years the only good boss I had moved on. Stop trying to save money on the jobs by renting junk equipment and padding your bonus. Remember safety first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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