Safety-Kleen

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Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
114 Reviews
2.6
114 Reviews
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Jerry E. Correll
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good and bad at opposite ends of the rainbow

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    • 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)

    Pros

    the goods are better than average

    Cons

    the cons are bad and usually is really bad

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Invest in executive level sales team

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Very unprofessional work environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - **** in Fresno, CA
    Current Employee - **** in Fresno, CA

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some good workers, but not very many.

    Cons

    No accountability, no management support, disfunctional work environment, no room for growth. Terrible training ideologies and practices. Unrealistic goals, No perks for employees that go above and beyond. The best employees are not valued for their work ethic, meanwhile the crappy unreliable ones get away with unethical work practices. No team work or sense of urgency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to clean up house, and make those people accountable for doing a terrible job, otherwise you're going to loose a lot of hard working, honest people.

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

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get new boss at branchs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    excellent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Columbia, SC

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow

    Cons

    exposure to extreme conditions when it comes to weather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    What Leadership?

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Norcross, GA

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

    Pros

    You will get trained to work under lots of stress for little pay whcih will help you for your next job.

    Cons

    The company leadership, the pay, the hours, the paperwork, the use of the CRM tool database.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management does not listen so to give advice is futile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Selling equals paperwork, a lot of it

    • 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

    Pros

    Some locations have little micro managing which offers you the ability to make your own schedule. Vacation policy is nice

    Cons

    Paperwork - you spend close to seventy percent of your time doing paperwork. The numbers upper management want to manage are scorecards that are made up of activities not results. It is sad when durin an hour long weekly call only 2% of the time results centered around selling are mentioned and the rest about numbers on activities and pushes. Have had seven pay changes this year with none of hem for the better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your sales people sell and compensate them for it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Progress Thwarted

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Safety-Kleen is a collection of dedicated caring individuals that were once motivated by shared successes. The former CEO, prior to the Clean Harbors acquisition, had the company making progress toward World Class Service. More often than not, the customer was our first priority and employees were held in high regard as well.

    Cons

    Following the Clean Harbors acquisition all progress came to an abrupt halt. Antiquated systems and procedures handicap daily activities. "Leadership" now appears to be primarily concerned with Wall Street and Customer Service is secondary or worse. The CEO is tyrannical and removes anyone that challenges his flawed views of the direction of the company. The answer should not always be layoffs when the stock needs to move or the investors begin to grumble.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps it time to innovate. Systems need to be updated, equipment needs to be replaced, and customers need to be the priority. The profits will follow if employees feel appreciated and have a sense of worth within the company. The CEO doesn't need to be involved in every minor detail. This represents a lack of trust in the Executive Team. Being top heavy leads to a lack of money makers at the ground level. Listen to those that interact with the customer on a daily basis...they pay our salaries! Let Safety-Kleen be Safety-Kleen!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a great place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment, room for growth

    Cons

    Too many mid level managers doing the same job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good co workers, interesting industry

    Cons

    Just about everything. How they are in business is amazing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cant give advice to people who already know everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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