Covanta

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Covanta Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Experience!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covanta

    Pros

    The team environment kept me motivated.

    Cons

    I was unable to get the position I wanted.

  2.  

    Buyer

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

    I worked at Covanta

    Pros

    decent benefits, good hours, salary isn't best but not terrible

    Cons

    Micromanagement, corp people who have never set foot in a plant think they know better but reality says they are total screw ups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    back off and let the plants run themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Downhill Slide

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician

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

    Pros

    Above industry average pay and benefits. The job is not monotonous. New systems are continually being installed and they are starting to update the technology on older systems. Committed to safety with a well-intentioned safety program.

    Cons

    Deterioration of health benefits (every year they seem to increase by just as much as the 2% cost of living raise). They have no regard for an employees personal life. Permanent schedules changed without employee consideration. Mandatory overtime on an almost weekly basis, but you're not told about it until the last possible minute. The safety program has good intentions, but is merely a facade when production is in question. Management style is to run the place into the ground and then fix it when it finally destroys itself (leading to previously mentioned overtime/callouts).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to caring about the employees as much as you care about the $$$. A yearly barbecue doesn't really make up for the way you treat employees the rest of the year. Rising health care costs are not your fault, but you need to realize that a persons life shouldn't have to revolve around their occupation. Rather than change an employees schedule to cut back on overtime and callouts, try utilizing a PM program to fix things before they break.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical corporate company with all the politics to go along with it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - IT Systems Engineer in Morristown, NJ
    Former Intern - IT Systems Engineer in Morristown, NJ

    I worked at Covanta as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    IT infrastructure is top notch, is constantly expanding and being kept up to date. Pay was fair for an internship and working overtime was not really I problem if I felt like putting in some extra time. The Morristown office is beautiful, modern and there is plenty of coffee and beverages around for anyone to enjoy. There are a lot of different and new technologies in play at Covanta, so there is a lot to gain and learn - You just need to branch out of your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Company culture is very stuffy. Upper management, VPs and assistants are all very snobby and wouldn't be caught dead mingling with the normal folk at the company. Many of the executive assistants will do whatever they can to make your life more difficult and think they have more power than they actually do. CEO Tony Orlando is standoffish and again wouldn't be caught dead conversing with anyone below the VP level. You have your normal corporate politics at this company and it often interferes with your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the lower and middle level employees with more respect. These people do the brunt of the work for the company and they are often treated like the garbage that is dumped daily at one of the many sites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covanta

    Pros

    Typical corporation. did not talk much to others. they outsource alot and did not get a feel for how the company works..

    Cons

    what do they do? management is quiet and do not keep people in the know.

  7.  

    Not bad to work if you are single

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covanta

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package

    Cons

    High turnover due to burnout

  8.  

    Decent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covanta full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and working conditions

    Cons

    Lack of communication between managers, departments, etc.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Troubled Waters

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retribution Prevents Me in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Retribution Prevents Me in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at Covanta full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Green company that reduces landfill waste while generating electricity at the same time. Excellent business model based on sustainability and the benefits to the environment. Innovative processes developed for extracting profits from many resources in the waste to ash stream. Many talented engineers with the skills to create and keep plants running efficiently. Plants are run well unlike the corporate situation.

    Cons

    Company incentivizes upper management based on numbers produced with no backup or validity test to dispute them. Bonus' are paid based on posted numbers and not actual company savings. Posted savings are mostly smoke and mirrors. Very poorly run company from the president on down through upper management. Complete lack of a team environment; each group operates in a vacuum, from a silo where there’s no input or collaboration with others within the same company. Challenging status quo is often frowned upon unless you're on the research side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the feedback of your staff and managers. Follow up on HR reports of poor leadership, bullying and deal with the problem at the source. Breakdown walls between groups and functions. Adhere to your own policies on ethical business practices and bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    All about the $$ for the executives and shareholders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Morristown, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers making the best of a bad situation. Core mission is good for the environment

    Cons

    Capricious and confusing reorgs and layoffs. Rely more on outside consultants than employees. No accountability for Senior Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Pay for Extremely Dirty Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Covanta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Compensation was great. Working autonomously was a nice perk rather than having others always breathing down your neck.

    Cons

    Teamwork and camaraderie was lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to terminate those who aren't pulling their weight.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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