Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. I would compare my last 5 years of 22 like pounding my head with a hammer.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1987-1998 were great years. After '98 it went in the toilet. From the CEO down to the middle management it became a train wreck and from what I hear from friends it remains that way today under Clean Harbors.

    Cons

    The experience made me appreciate my next employer even that much more. There is no pressure to great that I can not handle. Feeling appreciated is valued as much as pay.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to either find your replacement or continue the downslide into a black hole you can never leave.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Clean Harbors has brought SK to its knees!

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    Current Employee - Can't Say Or They Will Know Who I Am : ( in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Can't Say Or They Will Know Who I Am : ( in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's better than nothing
    You get paid regularly.
    Covered parking

    Cons

    Too heavy at the top - Don't need THAT many VP's
    Upper mgmt. can spend money unrestricted...the rest of us have to abide by strict budgets
    No raises in three years.
    Constant headcount reductions
    Management doesn't reward those that work hardest.
    Good ole boy mentality. If you aren't in upper management, you are not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is rewarded with bonus' every year while the rest of us wait in hopes of getting a measly raise. Three years now and nada! Get rid of the dead weight! Lots of people with VP, SVP and EVP in their title has let it go to their heads. They fight over corner offices like they are in Jr. High! Try showing some appreciation for the little people that got you where you are.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Lots Of Hero To Zero Moments...What Have You Done For Me Lately?

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    Current Employee - SSR
    Current Employee - SSR

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Customers...they are what makes this job worthwhile.
    Benefits...excellent!
    Freedom to run your route as you see fit...just as long as all the work scheduled for the week is completed by Friday.
    Compensation...the sky is the limit as far as commissions are concerned.

    Cons

    Top-heavy management...too many managers performing the same job.
    Focus on "numbers" at the customer's expense...
    Long hours (11-12 hours per day) with little appreciation...it's just what is expected.
    If you don't sell you can't move up in the company...hard workers need not apply.
    Somebody always needs to be at fault if something goes wrong...could be an Act of God but does not matter - somebody will be at fault.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the "feet on the street" as we know our customers better than anyone else. We know what they want and what they don't want. The brow beating and threatening Saturdays if there are too many overdue services needs to cease as it is bad for morale. We work hard enough Monday-Friday...need the weekend to relax and unwind. If the scheduled services for that week do not all get completed there is a very good reason (truck broke down, customer was closed for the holiday, impromptu hour long meetings during the week, etc) and it does not involve "I just didn't want to do the work." Trust your people as they know what is best for their customers.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    OK to work there

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people
    OK place to work
    No weekends
    No holidays
    Good money if you like to sell your soul to the devil

    Cons

    Bad boss
    Old boys club
    If you are not in the old boy's club they will run you out of the places

    Advice to Management

    Get new boss at branchs

  6. Helpful (4)

    Selling equals paperwork, a lot of it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some locations have little micro managing which offers you the ability to make your own schedule. Vacation policy is nice

    Cons

    Paperwork - you spend close to seventy percent of your time doing paperwork. The numbers upper management want to manage are scorecards that are made up of activities not results. It is sad when durin an hour long weekly call only 2% of the time results centered around selling are mentioned and the rest about numbers on activities and pushes. Have had seven pay changes this year with none of hem for the better

    Advice to Management

    Let your sales people sell and compensate them for it

  7. Helpful (3)

    Prepare to sell your soul

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    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Saginaw, MI
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Saginaw, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very recognized brand name in industry, pays well

    Cons

    Sale professionals are treated less than, constantly babysat by managers . They with a leash around your neck, have archaic sales practices (cold call all day...hope someone sees you) They have no real sales process and aren't interested in learning form experienced sale professionals from outside the industry. They mainly hire drivers for the sales department who have no true sales experience. Outside sales professionals are treated with disdain because they didn't come off a truck. No work life balance, Sales is expected to report at 7:00 am every day (because the driver do and it wouldn't be fair !!??) your also expected to report to the branch at the end of your day to be "processed", which mean grilled about your activity. If you leave at 5:00pm or before for any reason, you are a bad employee. They seem to value sales employees that work 80 hours a week, but have nothing to show for it,as opposed to the person who works 50 hours and has top sales. They don't believe in working smart, only believe in making it hard. They change your commission pay process quarterly, always at your disadvantage & then get mad when you figure out how to still make money.You have a plethora of supervisors to report to and they are all competitive with each other, so you are expected to take sides and are pulled in opposite directions. Too many chiefs not enough Indians. They are insane about their CRM. If you CAN do it CRM they think you should, so one sales call takes 15 minutes to enter. In the end, if you don't butt kiss the right guy, you're expendable, no matter your performance.

    Advice to Management

    Educate yourself on contemporary sales process. Hire true sales professionals and allow them some freedom to do what they do best. Give the work life balance they expect and perform for in the first place. Take the choke collars off. They are not service, stop treating them like it. Give drivers who wish to convert to sales, true sales training. Sales is so easy to measure, judge by performance, not how many hours the guy sat in the office (drinking coffee) after 5:00 pm. Accept the fact that people have lives outside of Safety-Kleen. Stop the management in-fighting. Downsize the upper management. You don't need the VP to the Regional VP to the territory VP, to the assistant VP all doing the same job.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Once was promising

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    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere, amazing customers, beautiful territory, company vehicle (affectionately referred to as a `banana`), work with an amazing team and awesome manager.

    Cons

    Sales is looked down upon from the Senior management to the guys on back of the trucks. The perception of sales people is that they don't actually sell anything at SK; they do nothing but collect money, handle operational issues like damaged property, handle billing problems, and any other petty issues that arise in a given day which is everyday all the time. All the while salespeople are benchmarked at ridiculous sales goals and quotas, most sales people spend their time making up fake entries in dynamics, so they won't get fired, instead of actually getting out and selling. SK is run by ex Allied, Cintas, and waste management managers and executives that still think they work at their old jobs. Completely delusional, do not listen and do not care. Same thing with the billing department and operations. They push off as much responsibility as they can on sales. The turnover for this company will go through the roof in the next year, and they know it, or don't care. This company does not promote sales people. They will put an operations person in before sales. Being that this company was just purchased, things will only get worse, unless someone takes the initiative and fires all of the management and executives. The worst part is the commission plan for sales reps. It changes from year to year, they do whatever they can to find a way to not pay you for what you sold. Waste management and allied reps make a considerable amount more than sales reps at SK. Don't plan on making big bucks here.

    Advice to Management

    Retire, move to the mountains and don't bother anyone. Your time has come and gone. People are sick of the people who have been in the industry forever and keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. It's called insanity.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Slackers tolerated, over-achievers taken advantage of....a culture of reward the lazy, punish the go getter!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good steady job....no lay-off....plenty of work if desired. Decent health care benefits before Clean-Harbors acquired the organization.....growth and advancement opportunities...many chances to grow and learn.

    Cons

    Compensation not as told from the beginning of employment....never wanted to address it and never did.......employee wages not reflective of organizations growth and prosperity.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being stubborn and listen to your employees.

  10. Helpful (1)

    It is a paycheck

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist

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

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

    Pros

    You can get hired in to Safety Kleen in entry level positions (warehouse, service rep, sales) with a high school diploma and a clean driving record. For that level of education, the wages are respectable. Constantly changing environment. You are on the clock 6 to 6 Monday to Friday, but when you leave for the day, you leave work behind. No weekend work except on rare occasions (short handed branch, training). Home every night.

    Cons

    You will be overloaded with training in your first weeks. You will not remember any of it, but will be expected to know all of it and more. OJT is virtually non-existent, you learn by trial and error. If you have a good Branch Admin you can ask questions of, or make friends with another person in your job, you might make it long enough to learn your job. There are two types of people at Safety-Kleen: Those who have been with them less than 2 years, and lifers. All management positions are outside hires, this is a major change from 10 years ago. Safety-Kleen has always been top heavy with management (4 or 5 layers of middle managers). Since being bought by Clean Harbors we have picked up another set of management that is just as top heavy and even less responsive... it is their way or the highway. Whatever job you are hired in as, and at whatever pay level, is more than likely going to be the job and wages you have 5 years later.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to promoting good employees. A Branch Manager who has worked the dock and run a route knows the job his employees need to do and how to do it. Sales Managers should be hired from successful MSS's who know the job. Stop putting "gotchas" in the pay plans. Stop changing focus every few months (place parts washers, land oil accounts, increase profit of current business and fire unprofitable customers, use competitive pricing to gain market share, etc.) Stop trying to re-invent the wheel. Stop penalizing sales for doing well with "true ups" and caps on commissions.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Management In search of all mighty dollar(for themselves)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. By no means great

    Cons

    Long hours for the pay. Management style is -what have you done for me lately? Do not give any thought to the individuals needs and expect a company above all attitude. If you can't kiss butt don't even think about working here.

    Advice to Management

    Need to start realizing your people are your assets not your slaves. Do actual managing and stop BULLYING people into getting your way.

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