Republic Services

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Republic Services Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
215 Reviews
2.6
215 Reviews
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Republic Services President, CEO, and Director Donald W. (Don) Slager
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, good benefits, 401k w/ percentage company match (in 15 reviews)

  • Decent but not great benefits that only partly make up for the rotten pay and 1 (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • You don't get much time with your family and work long hours (in 9 reviews)

  • All upper management talk about what they used to do when in their own minds they were successful (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    managemt get your heads out of the sand and listen to your employees for once please lives depend on this

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Swing Driver in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Swing Driver in Amarillo, TX

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

    Pros

    decent pay and benefits stable work uniforms open door police but don't mean much when you have management that don't want to hear you out

    Cons

    we report safety concerns to management and get ignored because profit comes first unsafe equipment that is out dated and makes a mess and upsets customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you preach safety but don't back it up and the driver gets thrown under the bus listen to them for once

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Republic Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The salary is very good.

    Cons

    The company does not like to invest in their employees. No college assistance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up all the old boy clubs in the industry and hire professionals.

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

    Very pleased with Republic Services.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Republic Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of room for growth. Not micro-managed.

    Cons

    Outdated CRM tools but I hear change is coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Accountant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Republic Services

    Pros

    Good company with good benefits

    Cons

    Need to be moble to move up.

  6.  

    Great company, well focus on safety of their employees and the company

    Current Employee - Landfill Heavy Equipment Operator in Robstown, TX
    Current Employee - Landfill Heavy Equipment Operator in Robstown, TX

    I have been working at Republic Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a good career, you'll get to move up pretty fast if you are committed to it, a lot of good benefits and good over time, also you get paid vacation,holiday pay, and many more things

    Cons

    You will be working from dust to dawn, so if you like spending a lot of time with your family this is not for you, on wet weather you'll need to have an extra set of eyes it gets ugly, can't trust your team mates because they will backstab you just so they can have it easy with the supervisor and manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management please keep up with the promises that you guys tell all of your employees, we are tired of hearing the same thing every year and nothing gets done

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    work life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Sales in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Republic Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great compensation and products available. Waste Industry.

    Cons

    paperwork, small territories, overwhelmed staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more sales opportunities and better management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely amazing company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Republic Services as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people and organization are truly amazing. The culture within the office is fast paced but extremely friendly and you can always find people willing to help out.

    Cons

    At times, they do seem a bit unorganized - in terms of not having standardization within their forms. They really do need to ensure that the folks that they bring on are properly trained and not just "thrown into the position" without any prior knowledge of projects / work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training is needed and it seems that there is a lot of wasted time with meetings. meetings should be at a maximum of 30 minutes, unless there are major issues to discuss...the culture from what I have seen is that if there is an issue well - "lets have a meeting"...not real productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 7 people found this helpful  

    Looks great at first blush, BUT...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Republic Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is reasonably competitive and the benefits are OK. Very little micromanagement but this can work against the employee as well. There is almost always free food available and lots of little benefits like a small Christmas bonus.

    Cons

    First of all, do not expect to be hired to a permanent position unless you have been a temp for six months first or you have a family member or friend high up in the company. Nepotism runs rampant and there is WAY too much "I'll tell my daddy about this" going on. Stress is extraordinarily high, due mainly to extremely large work loads because of under-staffing. Most employees must work 10-20 hours of overtime every week just to get their work done. This was a constant complaint in the department but the only response ever received was that hiring more people was "not in the budget". There is absolutely no legitimate training provided and you will learn by watching other people and then by making mistakes, which you will then get in trouble for. Dealing with the satellite divisions is terrible, as half the time the correct contact will not even respond to you and you will have to escalate the situations to the highest level of management at these places to get anything done, which is a ridiculous waste of time. Many of the job-related problems could be easily fixed with updates to software and procedures, but these suggestions are nearly unanimously shot down by the IT or executive departments as too expensive or not worthy of approval (even if they are approved, they take 6-12 months to implement after which more problems have already taken their place).

    The management is horrendous at all levels, even the executive. Every single one of them will push off their work onto their employees on a daily basis and act as though this is part of your job if anyone complained. Meanwhile, the only work they do is go to meetings all day long, where they do nothing but sit on their phones and laptops and do not even pay any attention to what is going on. They are making upwards of $100,000 a year but can barely even utilize Microsoft Outlook. They have absolutely zero technical skills and could not do the job their employees do if they had a gun to their head. Whenever a mistake is made on a case (even if the mistake is not yours), you WILL be blamed for it by management and have to take the blame when speaking to the customer, because "the customer does not care about excuses". They whine constantly about the most basic parts of their jobs but make a giant deal out of any complaints that may come their way from their employees. When you have finally achieved a point where you could apply to transfer out of the department, they will make up things to write you up for so you can't leave. Dealing with them was truly the worst part of this job.

    Really, it might seem like a good opportunity at first light, but make sure you talk to the other employees honestly before committing to this company. They WILL be honest with you about how backwards the company is, whereas the management will LIE to you to make themselves look better and to get you in the door. DO NOT BE FOOLED.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, get rid of the entire customer service management team and replace them with people who actually care about their employees beyond their abilities to do their jobs for them. Find skilled managers who can work effectively and efficiently to help their employees instead of being consistently confrontational and rude. Reconsider the budget for the department so that you don't have employees constantly burning out (certainly such a profitable company can afford to hire 2-3 more employees?).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Ordinary

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

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

    Pros

    Consistent.. solid company with sound financial abilities

    Cons

    Company needs to create more training opportunities for those wanting to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exec management team needs to be more cognizant to the thoughts, needs, and experiences of their employees at every level.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The culture is changing at Republic Services

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Republic Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Recession proof business. There will always be garbage.

    Cons

    12 hour days are expected. Zero work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You talk about taking care of your employees. Your focus is on appeasing your shareholders at the cost of employee happiness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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