Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Jerry E. Correll
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Pros
  • Good Benefits if you are single (in 10 reviews)

  • great pay and benefits, used to be great place to work (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Safety Kleen is transforming to be a duplicate of Clean Harbors and it is a messy transition (in 15 reviews)

  • The numbers upper management want to manage are scorecards that are made up of activities not results (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Administrator
    Current Employee - Branch Administrator

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Our branch feels like a family, everyone gets along and works together to get everything done.

    Cons

    Since clean harbors took over a lot of changes and no one around to help with questions on the administrative level.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that are there to actually HELP, not get back to you a week later, there is always a new change in WIN no communication ever! A/R is horrible to keep on track with, you have to email
    People from corporate to ever get any answers and they never get back to you. We need access to this information again!

  2. I would compare my last 5 years of 22 like pounding my head with a hammer.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1987-1998 were great years. After '98 it went in the toilet. From the CEO down to the middle management it became a train wreck and from what I hear from friends it remains that way today under Clean Harbors.

    Cons

    The experience made me appreciate my next employer even that much more. There is no pressure to great that I can not handle. Feeling appreciated is valued as much as pay.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to either find your replacement or continue the downslide into a black hole you can never leave.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Clean Harbors has brought SK to its knees!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Can't Say Or They Will Know Who I Am : ( in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Can't Say Or They Will Know Who I Am : ( in Richardson, TX

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's better than nothing
    You get paid regularly.
    Covered parking

    Cons

    Too heavy at the top - Don't need THAT many VP's
    Upper mgmt. can spend money unrestricted...the rest of us have to abide by strict budgets
    No raises in three years.
    Constant headcount reductions
    Management doesn't reward those that work hardest.
    Good ole boy mentality. If you aren't in upper management, you are not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is rewarded with bonus' every year while the rest of us wait in hopes of getting a measly raise. Three years now and nada! Get rid of the dead weight! Lots of people with VP, SVP and EVP in their title has let it go to their heads. They fight over corner offices like they are in Jr. High! Try showing some appreciation for the little people that got you where you are.

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  5. Excellent company until Clean Harbors takeover.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Richards, TX
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Richards, TX

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Before buyout, very sophisticated SAP\SQL Server based IT environment.
    Excellent long term managers. CIO was superb.
    Great opportunities to branch out and so new projects.

    Cons

    Take over by Clean Harbors ended any hopes for advancement outside of Boston.
    Top down autocratic environment, dominated by the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    If you hope to survive, you need to open yourselves up to ideas out side of the Boston-NY corridor.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Lots Of Hero To Zero Moments...What Have You Done For Me Lately?

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

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Customers...they are what makes this job worthwhile.
    Benefits...excellent!
    Freedom to run your route as you see fit...just as long as all the work scheduled for the week is completed by Friday.
    Compensation...the sky is the limit as far as commissions are concerned.

    Cons

    Top-heavy management...too many managers performing the same job.
    Focus on "numbers" at the customer's expense...
    Long hours (11-12 hours per day) with little appreciation...it's just what is expected.
    If you don't sell you can't move up in the company...hard workers need not apply.
    Somebody always needs to be at fault if something goes wrong...could be an Act of God but does not matter - somebody will be at fault.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the "feet on the street" as we know our customers better than anyone else. We know what they want and what they don't want. The brow beating and threatening Saturdays if there are too many overdue services needs to cease as it is bad for morale. We work hard enough Monday-Friday...need the weekend to relax and unwind. If the scheduled services for that week do not all get completed there is a very good reason (truck broke down, customer was closed for the holiday, impromptu hour long meetings during the week, etc) and it does not involve "I just didn't want to do the work." Trust your people as they know what is best for their customers.

  7. Good and bad at opposite ends of the rainbow

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

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the goods are better than average

    Cons

    the cons are bad and usually is really bad

  8. Unethical work practices at the administrative level.

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

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good customers, constantly busy, benefits ok

    Cons

    The pay is not that great for all the stress you have to deal with, I've seen unethical work practices at the administrative level such as customers payments or service documents being mishandled or lost. then customers call to find out why they are being sent to collections. customers are being misled by lead admin who have not processed those A/R's in a timely manner, this unethical behavior is wrong!! If you report this behavior they will turn a blind eye and treat you like you're ignorant.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act, Train your upper management to not be so gullible, and teach them to listen to those employees who see and hear these bad business practices and acknowledge the fact that you have some shady crooks working for you. They need to go, because you are losing good customers and good employees because of them.

  9. Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dominant in their oil & waste management market throughout the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. World Leader in various locations throughout the US.

    Cons

    Need to update technology and invest its people & systems to assist customers in resolutions. CRM and Salesforce tools are not being used to the fullest affect.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in executive level sales team

  10. Micro Management

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

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people at the branch level.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything.. Sales managers that have never been in sales. They only care about CRM Scorecard so they look good to upper management. Under paid for what you do. Management only care about how they look.. No pay increases in 12 years. Your job is constantly threated. Company pushes parts washers even though it is a dying part of company. Now that clean harbors has taken over things are worse. Sales have to been in at 7 am same as drivers. Drivers leave around 2:30 and when sales leave at 4:30 it is an issue. Then sales is told the drivers are to busy to get work done even though they leave early.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees who have been with company and let them recommend how to make things better.

  11. Helpful (1)

    OK to work there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people
    OK place to work
    No weekends
    No holidays
    Good money if you like to sell your soul to the devil

    Cons

    Bad boss
    Old boys club
    If you are not in the old boy's club they will run you out of the places

    Advice to Management

    Get new boss at branchs

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