Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Jerry E. Correll
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Pros
  • Good Benefits if you are single (in 10 reviews)

  • Some good people but they are often in bad moods due to overwork (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Following the Clean Harbors acquisition all progress came to an abrupt halt (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. Acquisitions are hard

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Middle management was mostly great. Laid back work environment most of the time.

    Cons

    Clean Harbors managing from a distance is terrible. The systems have taken a step back in time and nothing "talks" to each other any more. When you have a micro-manager for a CEO (i.e. has to approve every hiring decision from the top down to customer service reps) your business can only get as big as that one person can conceive...

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and trust the people on the ground.


  2. Helpful (1)

    employment review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    good pay good benefits. advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    stagnant pay scale. long hours.


  3. Outside Sales

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

    I worked at Safety-Kleen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good pay, every day is a new challenge

    Cons

    Still integrating under the Clean Harbors umbrella, a lot of systems and protocols don't talk well with each other, constant change, tired fleet, everyone is a Senior Vice President, multiple monthly metrics

    Advice to Management

    You're losing a lot of good people, maybe it's time to look in a mirror.


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  5. SSR

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

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people at branch. Some managers are good others don't know what is going on

    Cons

    With the buy out you are a number and it doesn't matter what you do in the past it is what have you done for us today.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good employees happy and busy. Don't push, push, push, for the almighty dollar every day


  6. Sales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Richardson, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Accommodating, Steady, Comfortable, Good People, Nice Office, Accommodating, Steady, Comfortable, Good People, Nice Office, Accommodating, Steady, Comfortable, Good People, Nice Office

    Cons

    No room for growth, not enough respect for a persons knowledge in their profession to trust their decisions or suggestions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Nothing is EVER good enough

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales & Service Representative in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Sales & Service Representative in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The customers. Also the ability to manage your own route and get away from the less than mediocre management.

    Cons

    Management always ready to sell you out. Hard work always overlooked and unappreciated. Come in with big numbers and they ask why you didn't do more. Never a thank you. Management has a motto "I don't care how you get it (revenue), just get it"... meaning, screw your customer, just being in big money.

    Advice to Management

    Go to bat for your employees. Don't just roll over, fight for the ones that keep your company rolling. A simple "thank you" goes a long way... say it more often!


  8. Service Sales Rep

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Sales Representative in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Service Sales Representative in Sylmar, CA

    I worked at Safety-Kleen (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and good benifits

    Cons

    Longs hours, forced to work overtime without extra pay. Forced Saturday work.

    Advice to Management

    Either pay for overtime or make the ssr position hourly.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "meh"

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

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    consistent employment and very flexible with life's intricacies. overall i like this job and could see myself stying quite a long time.

    Cons

    long hours, repetitive duties, extreme amount of responsibility for not enough in hourly pay. upper management concerned solely with generated revenue sometimes to the detriment of employees. no flexibilty in schedule for revenue generating employees.


  10. National Account Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    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

    At one time the best job in a company of 13,000 people. Still a ton of great people in place at the branch level Promoted 3 times in 10 years

    Cons

    The Clean Harbors Managment Team- watch your back. Those you thought you knew, you know not. 618 pages of Policy and Procedure that will be used against you on technicality when it serves management Sr. Management will expect you fabricate market conditions with your customer and make you look foolish when the customer finds out by having you back down off of the original fabrication with another

    Advice to Management

    Make your IntegriTy Come first. Have a WIsh list aND StOp pRetending that your boss' opinion of you will change by culling data 3 different ways. Once you've tasted his ink, he'll keep feeding you the pen... Be who you say you are. If you take on the role of mentor and caretaker, act like it when it matters most. People are watching...and not the ones you think.


  11. SSR dont do it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SSR in Dolton, IL
    Former Employee - SSR in Dolton, IL

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent money, benefits

    Cons

    Horrible management, extremely poor condition of trucks and equipment. Unattainable expectations, not worth the money.

    Advice to Management

    Management to set in ways to even care.



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