Waste Management

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Waste Management Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
481 Reviews
2.7
481 Reviews
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Waste Management President, CEO & Director David P. Steiner
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292 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, really friendly work place environment, growth potential (in 36 reviews)

  • Fellow Employees, good benefits if you can afford the with the Lay-down days (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours management don't care for you just be at work av (in 18 reviews)

  • Central Dispatch & customer service do not have the ability to address customer's needs (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really depends on your manager and line of business....stay away from recycling center.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Route Manager in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great senior leadership and awesome pay. This company is really trying to transform the trash and recycling business. It would be nice to completely remove the days of drivers having to get out of truck (too many injuries & accidents). I also like the Life Critical Rules...break one of these and you are history. All of the life critical rules are a result of multiple employee and customer deaths over the years.

    Cons

    A little frustrating to see your employees come into work and leave 4 hours later, with full 8 hours pay or an option to start working OT (union contracts). Meanwhile, management is scheduled for a min. 10 hour day (when things are going well).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company overall but work-life balance for management is non-existent. The bonus structure is purely team based...it would be nice to have a small percentage directly tied to manager's individual performance and that of his/her team.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience for a few years, but not a great lifetime career company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Legal
    Former Employee - Legal

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful immediate supervisor, very professional and knowledgeable co-workers, good pay.

    Cons

    Vast disconnectedness with HQ and field offices. Higher ups don't value distant team members. People feel they are easily replaceable and undervalued. HR for corporate field employees is terribly disorganized and inefficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to become more progressive throughout the company in all respects; i.e. technology, user systems, training, flexible schedules, corporate culture, etc. Need to value employees better, otherwise risk higher turnover and lack of commitment/loyalty in employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Region Business Development Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Region Business Development Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Region Business Development Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Company has relatively good image. Nice trucks and uniforms

    Cons

    Too large; felt like a number working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you really care about your people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours good benefits

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

    I have been working at Waste Management full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Stock Purchase Program

    Cons

    Long Hours, Laying off mid level managers with over 20 years common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower the Management turnover.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Maintenance Dept

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Waste Management likes to promote their people within the company with their training and development. This allows you to have more for your resume.

    Cons

    Waste Management in San Francisco Bay Area has been slowly reducing its contracts in the last few years. Laying off many and moving its operations out of state.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just a job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Maintenance Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Waste Management full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and fun working with other employees. Also a great job to get better understanding of driver challenges.

    Cons

    Awful work / life balance. Expected to manage all three shifts, seven days a week. Hard to balance family life with phone callas at three in the morning and on days off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company - Too bad it is being run into the ground

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Route in Gilbertsville, PA
    Current Employee - Route in Gilbertsville, PA

    I have been working at Waste Management full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are adequate.

    Cons

    Unsafe vehicles, supervisors with no knowledge/background in routing structure, LONG hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisor level should be scrubbed clean and rebuilt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Waste Management Manager in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Waste Management Manager in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, good folks to work with

    Cons

    I really don't have any complaints about this work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your reports

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Built A Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people in the company, Opportunity to move around and learn a variety of functions, Above average pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of buy-in with field leadership on large scale initiatives, Questionable hiring decisions with key corporate leadership roles, Constant threat of layoff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a sustainable plan to reduce employee anxiety regarding the constant threat of losing their jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Forgiveness

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ops Manager in San Leandro, CA
    Former Employee - Ops Manager in San Leandro, CA

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work every week for a paycheck.

    Cons

    They don't forgive or forget if you make a mistake in life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When someone works for you over a decade or two they are human and might make a mistake help them fix it and there life and keep them if they are a good employee before that mistake. You are managing humans not robots.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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