Clean Harbors

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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
115 Reviews
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
Alan S. McKim
74 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 11 reviews)

  • Big company upper management only cares at the bottom dollar and their bonuses (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Current Chemist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clean Harbors

    Pros

    Not a lot of pressure, stable employment, decent pay.

    Cons

    Benefits not the best, not a lot of room for growth. Old-school management style.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work

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

    I have been working at Clean Harbors

    Pros

    Pay is good depending on your position

    Cons

    Employes are shown no respect or gratitude for hard work and long hours. Management is the worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with some respect and show a little gratitude for the hard work and ridiculous hours they put in and family time sacrificed to benefit the company and increase your yearly bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    One star is more than they deserve

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

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

    Pros

    If there is any pro to working for Clean Harbors it would have to be the people.....there really is nothing more

    Cons

    morale is awful.....training is non-existent, pay raises are non-existent...overall bad company to work for. There is zero room for advancement. When and if you get to travel they put you in the worst hotels possible (of course that doesn't apply to upper management)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start making business decisions instead of making everything personal. Listen to people that know what they're doing instead of surrounding yourself with yes men that are too afraid to tell you what they think for fear of being fired like all of those before them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Had its good points and its bad points

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    • 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)

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flawed Leadership

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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 Clean Harbors full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    National company that strives to be green. Co-workers and middle management understand daily goals and needs and are generally amiable.

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with all levels of employees. Customer Service takes a backseat to the bottom line in almost every decision made at the executive level. The daily struggle is stock price versus head count. Executive leadership is unwilling/afraid to hold CEO accountable or request assets and procedures that would be beneficial to the entire company and customers alike. Benefits grow worse every year even though the number of individuals has grown due to acquisitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you won't listen to the individuals working for you then you should reach out to your customer base and make changes accordingly. Consistently missing promised service dates just might mean that there are not enough people to perform the services or a lack of proper equipment to do so. Overtime expenditures approaching seven figures could also be an indication of being understaffed and overworked. Consider the overall impact of sweeping changes and possibly include those affected by said changes prior to implementation. Customer Service should be the priority over your stock dividends...take care of the customer AND the employee and the rest will fall into place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Chemist

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

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

    Pros

    Decent health benefits, if you are an insite chemist somewhere good then it is pretty decent.

    Cons

    You are constantly at the whim of the company you contract for and almost new recourse if you disagree. Safety after profits. You are constantly expecting to drop everything and go on jobs with little or no warning. No developed career path to advance. No raises at the time of writing, no more stock options, and very little incentive to work harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Productive

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

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The program manager I had allowed me to grow and manage my own facility.

    Cons

    Big company upper management only cares at the bottom dollar and their bonuses. Workabees receive no recognition and pay raises are slim to none. You have to leave the company and come back at a higher rate in order to see a pay raise. Hard to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PM's and below are very good.. GM's and above listen to your supervisors now and then, It may make a big difference in the overall welfare of the employe.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    CHES should be among the lowest on your job search list

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    • 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

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

    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
  10. 4 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

    I have been working at Clean Harbors part-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  11.  

    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

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

    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

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