Waste Management Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Waste Management

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    can be a difficult business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and act on those suggestions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Waste Management Response

    Mar 23, 2015Talent Acquisition

    We appreciate your hard work and dedication, as well as you sharing your feedback with us.

  2. Good people, crumby staffing agencies.

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    Former Employee - Sorter in Deer Valley, AZ
    Former Employee - Sorter in Deer Valley, AZ

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The steady hours and over time are great, the workers are generally nice though I indirectly worked for waste management (staffing agency) I didn't quite get the full feel to work for the company. From my experience its only for those that can tolerate dirty and possibly hazardous environments. Safety standards are very good they make sure everyone is aware of all the hazards you can find on sort lines and what to expect, they have set guidelines on how to keep your work place safe.

    Staffing agencies allow you to get your foot through the door to work for the company.

    - Time n half over time
    - Good hours
    - Great safety standards
    - OSHA certified
    - Safety equipment provided
    - Training on all aspects of recycling and maintenance
    - Great management awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Like I said earlier if your not ready for a very dirty hard labor job, this is not your gig. The work can be pretty tiring and exhausting depending on the lines you work on. Pre-sort would have to be the toughest line as residential and commercial trash is found on this line which can include a lot of things weighing 50lbs+, that's just one of the lines they are several more which won't be covered here. Let's just say this line is the hardest there are easier ones.
    Depending on how you got employed to Waste Management I'd say the easiest way to earn you spot is through a staffing agency, keep in mind you might be work with ex-con's and what not. Other than that it doesn't mean you can't get any promotions or be hired onto the company, you can.

    - Nasty and sometimes gut wrenching things dumped into lines
    - Toxic and biological hazards
    - Heavy work load
    - Decent pay (could be better)
    - No health insurance benefits (for the staffing agency not WM)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a couple of things I would like for them to change is wages, often times we had our machine belts rip off or our whole recycling system would fail and we would be sent home. There should be some pay raise or some fail safe to that so we don't waste so much gas getting to work. If our system would run a bit slow to prevent constant down time on our lines would help us pick stuff off the line better and not strain ourselves. I got seriously injured twice and it has effected me almost permanently due to the way we ran our system it was just too fast to accommodate the productivity (they were sooo far behind on productivity rates). They need a better analyst for this or try a different approach to solve these kinds of issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Waste Management Response

    Mar 23, 2015Talent Acquisition

    We are sorry you feel this way - this isn't what we want to hear. We recognize that the front line is a challenging place to work, and hope you express this with your local management prior to you ... More

  3. Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Fleet Manager in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Waste Management

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Long work hours and hard demanding work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide educational benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Transportation routing analysis.

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Waste Management

    Pros

    Flexability in working hours, they do not micromanage

    Cons

    Lack of advancement oppertunities. No feeling of security.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. Opportunities if willing to relocate

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    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Madison, WI

    I have been working at Waste Management full-time

    Pros

    There is advancement opportunity generally if you are willing to relocate, great benefits, never a lack of something to do...very strong workload. Insurance was good coverage, good employee stock purchase program and 401K.

    Cons

    Getting things accomplished was sometimes difficult due to internal strife/bureacracy...management was rarely willing to "put their neck out" for an idea to be pushed through the system. Overall lack of direction from management as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Main concerns: Shareholders and garbage.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI

    I worked at Waste Management

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. If you know the right people, you can advance.

    Cons

    Way too much concern for their shareholders. Recycling is only done because society says they have to.
    Management is hired into positions that they have never worked in and are clueless how to run them efficiently.
    "Green" divisions are given no support. Employees are pushed for results, while being treated like dirt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and smell the employee coffee!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Waste Management Response

    Mar 23, 2015Talent Acquisition

    This isn't what we like to hear, and appreciate you sharing this feedback. We want the chance to improve across our enterprise. If you have an ethics or integrity concern, you can make an anonymous ... More

  8. great place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Dispatcher
    Former Employee - Senior Dispatcher

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great pay ,great people, loved working there

    Cons

    job was eliminated, no jobs open in company to stay with company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Buyer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waste Management

    Pros

    Great Team of procurement professionals

    Cons

    Highly dependent on the economy to remain profitable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Just a number

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waste Management

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay nice coworkers.

    Cons

    Video cameras in trucks worn out equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Scale Operator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waste Management

    Pros

    The people were friendly and the work was very consistent once you get into a routine.

    Cons

    However, the position was very mundane and it should have been automated by this point. The management did not together very well. The pay was satisfactory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Automate everything and work with your drivers more

    Negative Outlook

    Waste Management Response

    Jan 29, 2015Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! We value your opinion and appreciate your hard work while with Waste Management.

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