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Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
107 Reviews
2.6
107 Reviews
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Jerry E. Correll
18 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
  • Clean harbors and current management has destroyed the moral (in 14 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.  

    It was a great place to work

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    • 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

    Excellent learning environment, room for growth

    Cons

    Too many mid level managers doing the same job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place where I was able to work hard and advance.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch General Manager  in  South Bend, IN
    Former Employee - Branch General Manager in South Bend, IN

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

    Pros

    Many areas to advance & control your income.

    Cons

    New parent company making decisions that are not based on productivity & results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand up for your employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen

    Pros

    Most of the people within the company are great to work with.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunity for growth unless at the corporate offices.

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  5.  

    Great Position....but want TOO MUCH from workers!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Driver
    Current Employee - Driver

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

    Pros

    I love my job as a driver! Once I'm out the office in a truck it's like FREEDOM!
    The Medical Benefits are very good since we been on with Clean Harbors.

    Cons

    I'm just a driver and get NO Commission..which is fine, because money doesn't mean much to me as long as I ENJOY my position. BUT Management puts DRIVERS on routes meant for SSRs which is not too fair...just let the driver drive(or transport) and not have to do any services. I like to HELP OUT when needed BUT if I'm doing a service that has me working OT, that means time AWAY FROM MY FAMILY!
    And I think that's the issue OVERALL with this company...They want to pull in as much money as they can using ANY resource even drivers that aren't suppose to be doing that job/service.
    The SUMMER TIME is the most busy time for this company...which means more HOURS at Work(10-14 hours a day). And if it's near the end of the month and the branch needs to meet their QUOTA, prepare for alot of OT.
    The Management says.."We care about Family", can't care too much if they want you to WORK on Saturdays..at times even 3 Saturdays in a row!
    BTW..if the monthly Quota overall is coming up short and you wanna go on Vacation..expect a NO!
    Example: You wanna take 3 days off for vacation, they only give you 1...and that's all you get because reaching the Quota(money goal) is MORE IMPORTANT than any FAMILY time you will spend....right Safety Kleen?

    You think this is only happening at my branch?
    It's not...I can tell you that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I only been on for 2 years and don't know much about "The Old days" of SK. But if the employees that been working for the company for YEARS know it was better back then...Then why not look at what was done back in the day and BETTER YOUR COMPANY.
    You can't better your company with money...but you can with RESPECT for the customers who are dedicated to you and employees who SWEAT over the long hours you command us to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years

    Pros

    Always trying to find new products

    Cons

    Constantly changing the pay structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in tune with the people in the street keep the pay structure understandable

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a great company until i got canned along with 250 other people when Clean Harbors took over

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Dispatcher  in  North Amityville, NY
    Former Employee - Branch Dispatcher in North Amityville, NY

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    I had a great BGM I was the branch dispatcher until position was eliminated corporate wide

    Cons

    Now a part of Clean Harbors Upper MGM lied about the acquisition!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very short sided on the acquisition lost a lot of talented people!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Branch General Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch General Manager
    Current Employee - Branch General Manager

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

    Pros

    Immediate supervisor is a great coach, corporate staff in Richardson is respectful and supportive. Pay and benefits are competitive.

    Cons

    Turbulent time with recent acquisition by Clean Harbors, people are concerned with their future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has done a great job in changing the organizational structure to be one where the field pulls support from corporate, rather than a heirarchal blueprint. Please don't bring us back to the antiquated model.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    clean harbors is such a mess

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    great pay and benefits, used to be great place to work

    Cons

    now we have to go threw an act of congress it seems to get our fleet vehicles worked on, we used to just be able to take our trucks to ryder or penske and get them back next day most of the time. now we have to take them to a clean harbors approved vender and ask that vender to email clean harbors with an estimate, then clean harbors wants us to find the best deal etc rather then just getting the repairs done quickly so we can get our trucks back on the road to start making more money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if safety-kleen was such an attractive company to buy, then it must have been for a reason right? so why buy it and change things? if it an't broke, don't fix it!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Solid Company with opportunities. Never ending pay plan changes...frustrating.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager

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

    Pros

    Benefits are at least average. Pay is good for most positions. Interesting and exciting line of work. Little to no weekend work.

    Cons

    Very complex and time consuming paperwork. Pay plan changes all of the time. Subject to unrealistic quotas. Tendency to micro manage some positions. Uncertainty of future with new parent company. Long hours50-60 per week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify and eliminate some reports. Reduce amount of middle management. Focus branches on selling and satisfying customers instead of never ending reports and conference calls. Stop trying to totally reinvent everything you do every 6 months.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager  in  Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Addison, TX

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

    Pros

    Positive environment, casual dress code, supportive staff are just some of the reasons I enjoyed working at Safety Kleen. Generous gift card rewards for frequent contests, and great benefits, days off allowed life work balance.

    Cons

    My only complaints was that there was a ceiling on the commissions I could earn, and although I received a nice severence package, the sudden release of 150+ of us, was a big shock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don.t hire a call center staff without planning the what, ifs.

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