Clean Harbors

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5 years in....

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Fun coworkers, decent salary, good chance of advancement

Cons

long hours, pay could be better

Advice to ManagementAdvice

get rid of some vice presidents and sales staff and focus more on the operations folks

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Current IT related Person

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Not too many, so just run for cover!

    Cons

    The overall Benefits suck, training really is not even available are some of the downsides of working at Clean Harbors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by listening to your employees, some recognition and put in some serious bonus programs and stop being cheap and stop purchasing companies without taking care of you current employees first.

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

    Decent wages, learned a lot, excessive hours.

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    Former Employee - Chemist
    Former Employee - Chemist

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

    Pros

    1. Very good benefits - Medical, dental and prescriptions are better than a lot of other companies. 401k and company stock options available.
    2. Decent wage, though you'll hear "You're working for the overtime" a lot. Personally, I got to 40 hours by Wednesday more often than not. 65-75 hours a week not unusual.
    3. Gained a lot of experience, which has led me to a much better career after 4 years at the Harbors.
    4. A lot of great people at my office, and most of the guys I worked with had each other''s backs. I know this isn't true everywhere, so I was lucky.

    Cons

    1. Hours, hours, hours. Management likes to sell the point of "getting your hours" as a plus. True, you can make a lot of money, but be prepared for this job to be a grind. Like I said, 65-75 hours a week wasn't unusual, and I hit 90 hours on occasion. Spring and Fall were 6 day workweeks. Great if you're single, young and like to work. Not so much if you're raising a family.
    2. Running jobs in the field can be pretty stressful. You have to work within the quote, solve problems as they occur and do this all while under the gun of a 14 hour driver limit. Plus, after you finish the job, problems can come up later and bite you days later. You WILL take the blame, not much interference set up by your superiors.
    3. No much room for career advancement. Many of the guys I worked with have been doing the same thing for 7-9 years, with no real advancement or better opportunities.
    3. Awful equipment and supply support. Trucks break down, which can leave you in some tough spots. I've broken down a few times, once at 7pm. Superiors left me hanging and I had to coordinate emergency service on my own. Didn't return to shop until 3am the next morning. Supplies are the worst, at least in the office I worked out of. "Reconditioned" means crappy second hand drums. Forced to use lab pack boxes which are bulky and awkward to move. All in the name of saving a dollar.

    Overall, the people in my department were generally great. Management was a pain. Support was hit and miss. I moved on to a far less stressful job, half the hours at almost double my Harbors wage, However, I can also admit that I wouldn't have gotten this great job if not for my CH experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the interdepartmental bickering an politics. Also, find ways to streamline how CPG and Tech Services interact with the field guys. I have personally sat at jobs for 2-4 hours just waiting for approvals and profiles. This angers clients, whom field personnel have to interact with afterwards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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