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Richardson, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Advertising & Marketing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Safety-Kleen is a leading environmental services company engaged in used oil recycling and refining (EcoPower brand), parts cleaning and other responsible environmental solutions. We have approximately 4,300 employees serving approximately 270,000 customer locations in the ... Read more

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  • "A company with its own identity"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Account Manager
    Current Employee - Environmental Account Manager
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    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than a year)


    1. As a territory manager, you are exposed to a number of industries and generators who create a number of really important and interesting parts/equipment/machines.
    2. There is A LOT to learn...when it comes to the environmental industry, there is a high learning curve, and you need to be dedicated to the craft to become an expert in this profession. When you are at a point where you can operate at full capacity, you are a valuable consultant/asset to any generator with important knowledge around an industry that will only get more important and stringent.
    3. Branch feel and atmosphere is fun and you work as a collective unit, as opposed to a corporate culture of micro management and tediousness.
    4. Being on the road 3-4 times a week doing site visits and providing solutions to accounts is not only rewarding but also is a great way to gain exposure to haz/chemical waste protocols and helps you learn the intricate process that is involved in removing and treating these materials
    5. This is a profession where if you work hard and learn, the opportunities are endless, especially down the road.


    1. LUBE OIL. This has been a big push over the years since SK has become a full scale oil company. It has been a big push over the past two years and its something that interferes with the every day job. It is not something that is enjoyable to "sell" and puts a bad taste in employees mouths when unrealistic expectations are set around this (which also inevitably effects your overall commission)
    2. Commission should be compensated around new revenue and what the AM brings to the table month in and month out. The push around lube is understandable, but creates a real strain around the enjoyable parts about the job.
    3. Benefits are not good. 401k match is abysmal.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with what we know....haz/chemical waste, parts washers, and pump services. The word "lube" gives me chills, and for good reason.

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Safety-Kleen Interviews



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    Branch General Manager Interview

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Safety-Kleen.


    Initial interview was by phone, followed by on-line assessment tests. Nothing difficult or unexpected. Personal interview was held 2 weeks later by District Manager. Again, nothing unexpected, but he did ask open ended questions to set up a narrative response; ie. Tell me about a time you had to counsel an employee.
    He suggested I would be contacted within a couple of weeks after the interview for a second interview with a Regional Manager. Three weeks past and I finally called him and left a message. I received no response to that call. A week later I called him again and got him on the phone. His response was, "Didn't somebody call you?!". He then informed me they went with an internal candidate.

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Safety-Kleen Awards & Accolades

  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2008

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