Clean Harbors

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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
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    Had its good points and its bad points

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

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (more than 5 years)


    The benefits were good. They had a good healthcare plan. BCBS - but it paid for bariatric surgery, which most plans do not. The atmosphere at the office I worked at was pretty laid back. In general I LOVED working here. For at least three and a half years, I actually enjoyed coming in to work. Near the end, when we lost our Regional Manager, General Manager, and a career Estimator all within a few weeks of each other, our branch toppled. The new regional manager was a tool. He was brand new to the company, formerly of one of the companies that we recently aquired. He gave his old crew all of the work making the existing branch look foolish. We went from makeing the company millions every year, to being in the red as soon as he came on. But besides that, I cant think of a better crew to work with. There are always one or two people you dont like, but it was easy to focus on your work and just let them be.
    I miss working there to an extent. The pay was very good and safety was very important. My branch was also very family oriented so the life work balance was very good at least for office staff. It was a little more difficult for those in the field that would frequently spend 6 - 8 weeks out in the field and come home for only a week afterwards. But most of the guys were itching to go back out by the time that week was over, so I cant say they complained about it much.


    TOO MUCH CHANGE. I think every year they were changing how things were done. This keeps the office staff in a constant learning mode. No one ever gets really familiar with one thing before they are changing something else. Near the end of my employment there, they started to get greedy. Buying too many companies and then trying to stuff them all together in a little fish bowl. Right after I was laid off, they put several branches in one building and actually had peoples offices in closets. The upper managements offices could have housed a small family, but the branch employees had barely enough room to turn your chair in. They would stuff two-four people in space not much bigger than a cubicle. There was no room to move up. No additional training opportunities to branch into an area that you are not familiar with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are buying up too many companies too quickly. You dont even give the last aquisition time to get acclaimated before buy out other companies. I know growth is good, but when you buy up so quickly and dont require consistancy from one division to the other, then you end up with mass confusion. SLOW DOWN! Require all of your divisions to follow the same rules within 3 months of the merger.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Clean Harbors Interviews

Updated Dec 7, 2014
Updated Dec 7, 2014

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Interview Experience


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    CleanPack Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Clean Harbors in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through Aerotek. Took about three weeks for Aerotek to call and schedule an interview. Two interviews about a week apart. First was with a coordinator (not directly above me) and second was with Tech Ops Manager. He was out of town for first interview. Lots of paperwork involved. I had to buy a copy of my driving record ($12). Took about 4 weeks total. Intensive physical and 3 drug tests (Hair follicle and 2 urine).

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult questions. There is a 10-15 questionnaire about basic things (willing to work overtime, travel acceptable, etc). Very relaxed interview environment.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Offered more than I was asking, no negotiations needed.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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Headquarters Norwell, MA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1980
Type Company - Public (CLH)
Industry Business Services
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Waste Management, PSC

Hazardous-waste management company Clean Harbors does more than its name suggests. Its major business lines are its technical services and industrial services units. Its technical services group, which accounts for more than 40% of sales, provides for the collection, transportation, treatment, and disposal of hazardous waste, including chemical and laboratory waste (but not nuclear waste). Its industrial services unit provides high-pressure and chemical cleaning, catalyst handling, decoking, material processing, and industrial lodging services. The company also has a field... More

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