Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated July 5, 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. Service Sales Rep

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    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.


  2. great company but hard work

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    Current Employee - SSR in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - SSR in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good company to work for at times and the pay is very good if you work hard

    Cons

    if you don't like working long hours this isn't the job for you

    Advice to Management

    help out instead of just giving orders


  3. It was great until the Clean Harbors take over

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

    I worked at Safety-Kleen (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    By the time I left, I can think of no pros.

    Cons

    I used to love my job. Sure, I had a tough manager with high expectations. Sure, I was a little underpaid, but I was happy. The "management" of our department was moved to massachusetts, and they seemed not to care, honestly, about the customers, the safety-kleen name, or about keeping business. There were reports due weekly, more work than one person could possibly keep up with, and zero appreciation. Zero. Long story short, if I still loved my job, I wouldn't have left for a job 20 miles further away from my house.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management other than to fire the management and bring in people who care.


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  5. lots of hours

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    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Poway, CA
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Poway, CA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    decent pay ... good co workers

    Cons

    stress , very structured , management average at best to poor , 50 plus hours a week


  6. Helpful (1)

    Stay away from Dolton o/c r/c!!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Safety-Kleen

    Pros

    Great when it was sk yellow in the 90's

    Cons

    After 99 when Laidlaw bought them it all went downhill

    Advice to Management

    Where to start? Very little room for advancement. Raises are non existent. Pay is way below scale for dealing with hazardous waste. I worked here for 12 years and never made it close to $20 an hr. Retirement plan is non existent. Don't care about employees, as long as you hit your "goals" in production, management doesn't care. Speaking specifically for the Dolton, Il site, you never knew if you would even have a job from week to week because of the awful financial dire straits this company always seemed to be in. Management expected you to be able to do multiple jobs in the plant for the same amount of pay. It seems like sk is an ok place to learn or get your foot in the door for an industrial career, but don't stay there! As soon as I left I received a job making twice what I made there, and currently am at another job making almost 3 times what I made there! This is within 3 years of leaving sk!


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

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    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.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Clean Harbors has brought SK to its knees!

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    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.


  9. Excellent company until Clean Harbors takeover.

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    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.


  10. Great company

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    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!


  11. Terrible

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Not a lot. Company is not what it used to be.

    Cons

    Weekends are now mandatory. Hours increase pay is cut.

    Advice to Management

    Think about employees and families.



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