Republic Services Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
191 Reviews

2.7
191 Reviews
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Republic Services President, CEO, and Director Donald W. (Don) Slager
Donald W. (Don) Slager
104 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, good benefits, 401k w/ percentage company match (in 12 reviews)

  • Big company, great benefits, promote from within, try to develop talent (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Co-workers were scared of upper management, they were afraid they would get fired at anytime (in 7 reviews)

  • They merged with Allied Waste and changed the company culture (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    The worst place I ever worked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    A salary is above the average

    Cons

    A typical "New York" style management. Primitive, arrogant people treating employees like slaves. The problem of this company is multitude of managers that simply could not make it in New York. They blame everybody for they failure. This makes it a terrible place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign, there is no chance you ever succeed in anything.

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

    Loved my job but upper management needs better HR skills

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    Former Employee - Residential Driver  in  De Soto, IL
    Former Employee - Residential Driver in De Soto, IL

    I worked at Republic Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay co-workers were great people and immediate supervisor was a good man. Over all, good place to work. Thought I would retire from this job.

    Cons

    Co-workers were scared of upper management, they were afraid they would get fired at anytime. Told to hurry hurry and then told slow down and be safe, but don't go over certain hours. They tell you to make sure to stop for 30 min. lunch, but no one ever has time to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was terminated because someone else backed in to my truck (backing accident!?). Another guy wrecked two trucks (totaled), and they sent him to retraining. Of course I'm 48 and the other guy was young. I think the HR Manager was afraid he would play the race card. Myself: Filed for bankruptcy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big Company/ hard to do business with as customer or employee.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, 401k w/ percentage company match

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, inefficient procedures, little inside support for outside reps

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure sales initiatives to focus on growth and true retention efforts with customer. Time wasted on collections, price increases,handling operational calls are better spent increasing revenue. Seems company has reduced headcount in these areas and expect sales people to cover. Little or no advancement opportunity. Rediculous internal paperwork constraints . Annual commission plan changes blatanly reflect company intent to reduce compensation, and increase workload. Worklife/ homelife balance is terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    BEWARE

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Front Load Driver  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Front Load Driver in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Republic Services full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is "OK", Needs to be more though. Benefits are "OK", Nothing great.

    Cons

    Prepare for the end of your personal life, I get up at 1am and get home at 5-6pm. They constantly look to "wright you up" over any little thing they can find. I've been here less than a year and have seen more wright up's, 3 day suspension's, And people getting fired than I have in my entire working life. Trucks don't get repaired like they should. If it can be "patched up" instead of downing the truck and spending the money to fix it right, That's what they will do. I've been told the less they spend on repairing trucks the bigger the bonus management will get. Of course I can't prove this but I can say they don't like to spend money the trucks, I'm in my mid 40's and this is the worst truck I have ever been in. They'll preach safety one minute, Then give you a day and half worth of work and expect you to get it done, Safely, In one day. You have to run long, Hard hours and if you get into an accident you could loose your job depending on how bad it was. Nobody in management has ever told me "Good Job, Thanks, I Appreciate You", Nothing, Ever. They usually act like your bothering them if they have speak to you. Overall this is the worst place I have ever worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company in growth mode. Many great leaders in an industry which is very competitive but fulfilling.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Division Human Resources Manager  in  Wayne, MI
    Former Employee - Division Human Resources Manager in Wayne, MI

    I worked at Republic Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities to perform as a team member of a great group. Strong expertise at all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    While in a growth mode, possesses a few managers who make bad decisions which effect the well being of individuals and the group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your focus, delegate the decisions and trust your good people to make great business decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Life at Republic Services

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Republic Services

    Pros

    The company provides many trainings and offers more on their learning portal. They post various job openings across the country.

    Cons

    The company does not compensate for hard work, raises are very weak. Raises seem to go to people who are related with the hire ups.

  8.  

    Gained useful experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Republic Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are descent.They paid a living wage/salary. It was a great first career for me and provided valuable business lessons. I would never see it as my forever career.

    Cons

    There were limitations on how far you could advance depending on how much time you were willing to give up with your family. As I value family more, I knew I wasn't going much further.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You would get better, more qualified people in positions if a work/life balance was promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic work environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Republic Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good business given their market position and scale

    Cons

    Due to markets served, no ability to gain global business experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce rotational job opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wasted 6 years at this company.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Republic Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The building is in a nice location with plenty of places to eat lunch.

    Cons

    Unless you are going in as a consultant, don't waste your time. There are groups of consultants that have been there for years. They are truly running the organization. Management can't hire them as they are too expensive, can't get rid of them because they hold all the key positions. For this reason as an employee you can count on zero chance of advancement and close to zero raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Educate yourself on how to treat your employees better than the hoards of contractors that you utilize. Employee morale would Improve if you would treat them with the same respect you give to the contracting groups. Trim the middle managers. Managers shouldn't outnumber the employees. A manager should be able to manage more than one to two employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company, Great People!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Representative  in  Winder, GA
    Current Employee - Territory Representative in Winder, GA

    I have been working at Republic Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Well ran Business unit by people that understand the business.

    Cons

    constant change, too many forms/internal coding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify things. Territory Reps are spread really thin and the layers are unnecessary for efficiency some processes could be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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