Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
Alan S. McKim
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Pros
  • My department has been great for needing personal time and most of the people are great (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent pay for the work being done (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Employes are shown no respect or gratitude for hard work and long hours (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management has no clue on how to deal with people (in 10 reviews)

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  1. It's okay

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    Current Employee - Corporate Clerical in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Corporate Clerical in Norwell, MA

    I have been working at Clean Harbors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Commute 2. Good people 3. Safety first

    Cons

    1. Salary freeze 2.Review process - no one ever can exceed expectations. 3. lack of performance reviews. 4. lack of recognition and opportunity to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Reward and recognize top performers in every department.


  2. Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Commute, Nice area, Very smart and dedicated co-workers

    Cons

    Poor (none) management, People are treated like numbers, no career growth plan, Managers allowed to follow their own policies with no consistency in the department.


  3. Helpful (5)

    A grueling trench war with few rewards

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're lucky, you'll get to work with some great people...before they leave Great commute if you live on the South Shore

    Cons

    Upper management does not understand that not everyone corporate wide is the same Too many corners are cut in day to day process Management encourages back door dealings and backstabbing as corporate culture HR and upper management are hopelessly out of touch

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to encourage people to actually tell them what's going on. Unfortunately, the top brass is known for being somewhat unwelcoming to information that doesn't fit their idea of what something is, or where it should be. This results in the most talented people in the company leaving to seek better employment elsewhere or becoming bitter and disenfranchised with what should be a great company and a top employer on the South Shore.


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  5. Senior Accountant

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    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Norwell, MA

    I worked at Clean Harbors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, and some of the managers are pleasant. They are the exception though, certainly not the rule.

    Cons

    Discrimination, Disparity, high turnover, lack of promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Change the Company's culture, and raise the bar.


  6. Helpful (2)

    A a place to get ahead at all!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - IT Engineer in Norwell, MA

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of work to keep you busy. Can have the actual tools you need at least in some areas to get the job done. Boss was flexible if you needed to run errands or work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    Management at higher levels up the Executive to the President were so out of of touch with what an employee needs are and the overall benefits were the worst I had seen in the industry and compared them to about 10 different companies of the same or similar size. HR is just too big and out of touch and clueless when dealing with management issues or anything else. No pay increase and consistent pay or hiring freezes just out of the blue even right after they spend to acquire another company? Makes no sense at all, no training, no social life, outings or even a decent XMAS Party..not a good place if you want to grow , so keep it moving if it pops up in your job alerts!

    Advice to Management

    Work on really listening and understanding your employees and stop doing the elementary school crap of picking favorites and pitting other employees against each other and let them work together so they all can grow. Get rid of excessive Directors and Useless VPs that rise up just because they know someone with no real background or results to prove their advancement or promotion and what a joke in this area all together.


  7. Helpful (3)

    I found the higher management does not communicate with middle management well.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Norwell, MA

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My work-life balance was pretty good. Not expected to work a lot of overtime.

    Cons

    Upper Management did not appreciate ideas offered. A lot of political red tape to make changes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your employees - they have good ideas that will benefit the company.


  8. Helpful (3)

    CHES should be among the lowest on your job search list

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Data Entry Clerk, Fleet Administrative in Norwell, MA
    Former Contractor - Data Entry Clerk, Fleet Administrative in Norwell, MA

    I worked at Clean Harbors as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some departments have friendly co-workers that make the monotonous work days better. Commute to corporate HQ is convenient if you live in the South Shore region of MA.

    Cons

    Some departments have hostile work environments, namely fleet management. Worked as a contracted temp (HR, Purchasing, Fleet) but from hearsay, compensation is low, benefits are poor, and the work/life is unbalanced. Very little attention to company mission, vision, culture and goals. Unmotivating and limited position duties. Stubborn, old-fashioned CEO limits brainstorming and alternative org. measures.

    Advice to Management

    Advice for the CEO and executive level is to focus on what's going wrong internally more and acquisition less. LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. Have more inter-departmental functions to strengthen ties and communication, encouraging a friendlier work environment.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Demanding and interesting.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Norwell, MA

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people & their passion.

    Cons

    The benefits could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money on the employees. This is a good place to work, but it could be made into a great place to work.


  10. Helpful (11)

    The Company is terrible

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Norwell, MA

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is nothing positive to say; more work, worse equipment, less help, lower wages than industry average. We cannot keep and retain good help.

    Cons

    To be accepted you need to go tuna fishing while wearing knee pads or else you're expendable. They get rid of the good employees, while keeping the one's who are their buddies.

    Advice to Management

    The new majority shareholders need to fire the CEO and go back to what works. Until they actually make a change that makes a difference, it'll still be the same good ole boys club, where nepotism and not ability are rewarded.


  11. Helpful (3)

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The overall goal is help the environment so that's a plus. If you want to do the same job for rest of your life and willing to ignore everything else and then yes a great place to work for.

    Cons

    Unethical business practices ignored even after management notified numerous times. Favoritism and unfair treatment of regular employees. You cannot move up unless you are friends with someone in management. Sexist and degrading comments made by management on a regular basis. If you go Tuna fishing with the big man then you can get away with anything.

    Advice to Management

    Follow what you preach.



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