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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
97 Reviews

2.1
97 Reviews
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
Alan S. McKim
66 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • My department has been great for needing personal time and most of the people are great (in 6 reviews)

  • Very good benefits - Medical, dental and prescriptions are better than a lot of other companies (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • I certainly lost many years at this company by working long hours and weekends and not get compensated for it (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours, low pay, and little recognition (until you give your notice) (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    CHES should be among the lowest on your job search list

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk, Fleet Administrative  in  Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk, Fleet Administrative in Norwell, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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

    Not sure how many more cuts this company can do... They are running out of throats.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    It's a paycheck that's about all I can say. I show up everyday, bust my butt for them and miss out on seeing my family and they still want more.

    Cons

    #1- Upper Management
    #2- If they could put a barcode label on our heads they would- employees below SVP's are trash. Tossed out to rot.
    #3- If SK employee- sooner or later you will be replaced with CH
    #4- Pencil pushers-come to the field for more then 15 minutes to UNDERSTAND the business
    #5-100- Upper Management's Boy Club you are the problem

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy, respected employees will work harder and give you more. Just something to think about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, Great People to Work With

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

    Pros

    Enjoy the People that I work with

    Cons

    not really much to say for cons at this point

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Need new systems and proper management in senior positions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Acheson, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Acheson, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Good plan, great admin. team, free food and beverages.

    Cons

    I barely received training and when I did I was all online. The systems need to be updated and need to work for all divisions, not just a " make it work" patch. I was hired on to overhaul their processes and get them ready to go for busy season. Instead I was chasing POs and cleaning up bad admin. issues. I think they wanted someone without a voice who would just do what they were told and never question their judgements in doing business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue on how to run a Business and realize that your employees are smart and can help you achieve your business goals. Giving away things in hopes of future business is never good Business.

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

    divorce maker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facility Tech  in  Aragonite, UT
    Former Employee - Facility Tech in Aragonite, UT

    Pros

    money is ok if your willing to work ungodly hours like 60-72-80 hour a week. with your schedule changing all the time from days to nights.

    Cons

    gone 16 hours a day 6 days a week to get paid, work every holiday. no family time what so ever!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to learn how to treat employees in production like people instead of there f in slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Demanding and interesting.

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

    Pros

    The people & their passion.

    Cons

    The benefits could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    The Company is terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Norwell, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Some good, some bad...really bad

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

    Pros

    Job changes often, which makes it seem interesting, co-workers are great

    Cons

    Morale is really low where I'm at, management has made promises to employees that they don't keep, you are cleaning up crap all day long, constantly being threatened with loss of job if work isn't done, on-call, lack of performance reviews and constructive criticism, no career advancement or career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating employees as just tools to be used to complete jobs and instead, like human beings. Figure out a way to fix morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company until Clean Harbors purchased Safety Kleen

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

    Pros

    My department has been great for needing personal time and most of the people are great.

    Cons

    CEO does not care about employees or rewarding said employees. the process have changed becoming more time consuming with no added benefit to employee or the company. No raise will be provided for 2 years but executive upper management get their toys and bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CARE for employess other than the YES men that kiss your butt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of cuts, but not in the right area

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

    Pros

    Lucky enough to have a manager that allows for a good work-life balance, but that is not the case for everyone. Owner is open to trying new things/systems etc...

    Cons

    Benefits are not good and getting worse. Taking away a lot of incentives for employees to make up for the major loss from a huge acquisition. Doesn't seem fair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the good and loyal employees that you have. Reinstate some of the benefits and Merit Increases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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