Safety-Kleen

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Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
111 Reviews
2.6
111 Reviews
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Jerry E. Correll
21 Ratings

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Progress Thwarted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Safety-Kleen is a collection of dedicated caring individuals that were once motivated by shared successes. The former CEO, prior to the Clean Harbors acquisition, had the company making progress toward World Class Service. More often than not, the customer was our first priority and employees were held in high regard as well.

    Cons

    Following the Clean Harbors acquisition all progress came to an abrupt halt. Antiquated systems and procedures handicap daily activities. "Leadership" now appears to be primarily concerned with Wall Street and Customer Service is secondary or worse. The CEO is tyrannical and removes anyone that challenges his flawed views of the direction of the company. The answer should not always be layoffs when the stock needs to move or the investors begin to grumble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps it time to innovate. Systems need to be updated, equipment needs to be replaced, and customers need to be the priority. The profits will follow if employees feel appreciated and have a sense of worth within the company. The CEO doesn't need to be involved in every minor detail. This represents a lack of trust in the Executive Team. Being top heavy leads to a lack of money makers at the ground level. Listen to those that interact with the customer on a daily basis...they pay our salaries! Let Safety-Kleen be Safety-Kleen!

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

    Overall good learning experience in the environmental world.

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

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Layoffs were never an issue in non-corporate positions. Great benefits package and the people were awesome to work with. Work there before it was bought by Laidlaw. Lots of advancement opportunities, learned many departments from hands on training.

    Cons

    Every time you felt successful you always knew that the next period you started back at zero. More money should have been giving in commissions and base salaries for the long hours worked out on the routes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More praise, along with ride along would been very beneficial. Don't treat employees as just a number, parts washers are a thing of the past. Past time to move on from them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A once great company, turning bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Industrial Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Industrial Service Representative in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Equal pay for hard work. Good benefits. Organized business. Very good co workers. Family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Constantly changing pay structure. Poor condition of fleet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in fleet, treat employees with respect. Stop changing the pay plans. What made SK great was the passing of knowledge from tenured people down to new employees. Most if not all of these tenured people are gone. Customer relationships were built over time. This is what differentiated SK service from a commodity viewpoint. With a revolving door of employees, SK becomes a commodity and loses it's FRS business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good if you want to work allot of hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route Sales and Service Representative
    Current Employee - Route Sales and Service Representative

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

    Pros

    Good compensation monday - Friday m
     No holiday's

    Cons

    Bad local management nothing is ever enough always want more hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check on your drivers make sure your CSM and BGM are not treating them wrong

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Slowly becoming a Clean Harbors Company of mistrust and corporate red tape

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen

    Pros

    Lots of nice people. Very casual office environment. New building but I hear they are moving again. Easy access to management.

    Cons

    Lots of slackers that are protected by their click of guys that come from the back of the truck into management. Benefits have changed for the worst. promotions more difficult due to all the layoffs. Supply chain out of control. If you don't like working in a open office with low stalls so management can watch you then it's not for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to learn the trade

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mss
    Current Employee - Mss

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

    Pros

    No degree or special training required; they will train you. Competitive compensation, good base salary depending on position and good commissions

    Cons

    Long hours. Hard work. Constant pressure of meeting high quotas. Commission plan changes on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turnover is a killer. Treat your people with respect. Offer a bonus to everyone when quota is met to encourage teamwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - District Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy; lots of opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what is going on in the field; expects way too many hours of the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your field, not people who spend no time in the field

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safety-Kleen was a very good company to work for but since bought the company has gone down hill

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Transportation Coordinator in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Transportation Coordinator in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    They cared about their employees and customs., Flex hours

    Cons

    Since bought the car not about employees, knowledge,experience and they care for customers or vendors anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company with good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Management in DFW, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits with the ability to move up. Great training and a leader in the industry. A large product line to sale from.

    Cons

    Almost too large you can become a number and not a person at times. Being so large they do not think outside the box at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your best assets your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Safety Kleen was tolerable and pleasant bought by clean harbors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

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

    Pros

    OK pay, the people that survived the acquisition are mostly pleasant

    Cons

    Unstable, overworked with no benefit, unorganized and completely no regard for the people they are taking advantage of. Clean harbors people are abrasive and disrespectful, and very inconsistant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to understand the needs of your employees and be more consistent and rewarding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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