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Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
Updated May 21, 2014
105 Reviews
2.6
105 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
  • Clean harbors and current management has destroyed the moral (in 13 reviews)

  • Upper management has no idea what is going on in the field; expects way too many hours of the workforce (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Prepare to sell your soul

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist  in  Saginaw, MI
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Saginaw, MI

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once was promising

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop being stubborn and listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a paycheck

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist  in  Jackson, MS
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Jackson, MS

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you want to work 60 to 80 hours a week and make 45k per year. Its a great job.

    Cons

    Senior management. They are a top heavy company. People @ corp get anything they want while people @ the branches do without.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find something else to do so the people in the branches can survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Worked there 22 years and the last 5 were pure hell.

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    Former Employee - Business Development  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Business Development in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good people in the branch. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Never has a company sttod in the way of its own success as Safety-Kleen does. They have no idea what true sales is about nor do they act like they want to. If you own a home, good luck working here. You have no idea what you will make year to year because they come out with a different pay plan every year. Morale has sunk since 2003 and from what I am told is no better today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and look around at the leadership in your Areas. Atlanta used to be a proud Area and now due to the loss of quality people flounders with its leadership. The problem is there are other Areas with the same problem and no focus from Corporate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    30% turnover.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist  in  West Brookfield, MA
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist in West Brookfield, MA

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    Good off site training. Good people but they don't stay around long. Medical is good and begins on your first day (prob bc so many people leave quickly).

    Cons

    For sales, there are wat too many steps post customer visit. It really is absurd how long it takes to meet the required CRM work, quotes, and profiles. I am willing to put in the effort but it takes so long that it takes away from selling time.

    Need much more in the field training

    Managment is like a revolving door- and that is who trains you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the sales process. It's understandable wanting accountability but the process very much feels like big brother watching over you. Not much trust. I think if Managment took the time to go through the sales process, they would then realize how time consuming and redundant it is.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not employee friendly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I worked at Safety-Kleen

    Pros

    New CEO seems to be on right track and wants to do the right things for employees and the company.

    Cons

    Employees treated as a cost and not valued. Little to no feedback ~ only given in certain departments. You are reminded that you can be replaced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start valuing your employees. Yes men will not make you successful ~ don't be afraid to hire people smarter than you to accomplish your goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Low pay long hours many miles to cover

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    Current Employee - Ossr  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Ossr in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen

    Pros

    Godd insurance for single employee.

    Cons

    having to handle multiple duties ie...material handler, janitor, product sales and others. Branch manager not worried about equipment failing. Branch manager more worried about revenue than customer service. Branch manager not worried about condition of building or facilites versus revenue.

    Micro management from MSSR and BGM.. Not knowing or always changing route plans in the name of revenue versus customer needs. Area coverage, If you work outside a large city, you will drive several hindred miles to get a two thousand gallons of oil. Low pay. Average paycheck worked out to be 9.94 per hour. Pretty crappy for an individual with a class A, tanker, hazmat license.

    BGM and MSSR telling customers that OSSR/VSSR/SSR will be at their location when they really have not intention of sending that rep.. TO MANY CONS TO LIST!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management better look closely at revenue versus customers. Many individual customers may be small and are often passed up for better paying large revenue based cutomers. The little guy will tell his friends and so on and so on. Word of mouth in our community spread quickly about MSSR and BGM who would not return calls or made false promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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