Safety-Kleen

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Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
108 Reviews
2.6
108 Reviews
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Jerry E. Correll
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Benefits if you are single (in 10 reviews)

  • great pay and benefits, used to be great place to work (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Safety Kleen is transforming to be a duplicate of Clean Harbors and it is a messy transition (in 15 reviews)

  • The numbers upper management want to manage are scorecards that are made up of activities not results (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  6.  

    12 yrs at SK

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    BAD all the way around!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Worst company to work for if you value self worth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerk in Breslau, PA
    Former Employee - Clerk in Breslau, PA

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than an 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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once upon a time......

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SSR in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - SSR in Tampa, FL

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

    Pros

    None anymore, the pay is only thing that hasn't been changed......yet!

    Cons

    Clean harbors and current management has destroyed the moral

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let us do our job.

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

    Not safe, not clean

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

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    Hours were okay. You don't have to work much overtime, so there is a good work/life balance. Other than that I can't think of much good things to say about the company.

    Cons

    Many of the workers at the Denton plant are of the rural, uneducated variety and some are quite bigoted. Management have a careless attitude. The company's pay is on the low scale. The whole place is dirty, even the decontamination areas (e.g. the shower areas) where people are supposed to wear protective clothing to prevent the spread of contamination of very toxic substances. They will hire anyone off the street regardless of their past history, criminal or otherwise, which could be a pro or con depending on who you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's nothing I can say they haven't heard many times already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    the worst working experience I ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Elgin, IL

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

    Pros

    There aren't any, except you will be smarter than your management team at every level.

    Cons

    You are underpaid, under appreciated and it is a good old boy system. if you aren't a service rep moving barrels all day you will never get promoted. Once a year they fix your commissions so you can never make too much money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who are managers and not the good old boy uneducated unprofessional service reps.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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