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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated August 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good people and great place to work" (in 20 reviews)

  • "Great people to work for, company enjoys to promote your after work environment" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management in the company needs to give the Buffalo branch manager the tools he needs to work with" (in 30 reviews)

  • "Long hours and hard to juggle work and life at the same time" (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Account manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in South Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Account Manager in South Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    a huge shout out to this best in class organization. Clean Harbors hired me not long out of college when the company was just coming out of infancy. during my 30 year career (minus 10 yrs. finding out the grass was no greener at 3 competitors) they welcomed me back with no hard feelings). first off I was not allowed to perform a single duty until I was fully trained to do so. being an ignorant/cocky young man that was admittedly wreckless and loved to take calculated risks It was made clear to me that this attitude would not fly in this inherently dangerous field. safety is in the company's DNA and thankfully is now in mine. many of my co workers used to say that this was window dressing in order to gain favor with clients that demanded it or to appease wall street. I called BS and pointed out many actions proving the opposite. notably the time a key employee on a large bid for a key prospect (un named fortune 500 company) made a relatively minor safety infraction while setting up this first job and was immediately suspended, effectively putting the important job/new client at risk. after providing good income and giving me the ability to start and raise a family that wanted for nothing, forward 30 years I sustained a non work related life threatening injury, the disability insurance that the company had the foresight to carry for all employees kept my family from financial ruin. then I find out they had been paying half the premium the whole time. bottom line is the company had my back through the toughest time I had ever been through with no potential gain for the company. oh yeah, in my second year, still an impressionable young man I found myself cleaning up an oil spill on the Piscataqua river in Portsmouth,NH. dirty, sweaty, salty, miserable work. the CEO (Alan McKim) shows up. even though I am a newbie, peion at a company w/ 5K employees he addresses me by my first name, dawns protective gear and starts cleaning up muck along side me. are you kidding me I thought? then I though this is the kinda guy I wanna be someday.

    Cons

    N/A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have seen the other side. if you must work for a living and want your care for the planet to be reflected in that there can be only one.

    Advice to Management

    you got this, rock on! you created the field, then dominated it. more like the Patriots than the yankees!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Talent Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Talent Consultant in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Talent Consultant in Norwell, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, opportunity for advancement, opportunities for cross functional training, accessible leadership,

    Cons

    Layered corporate policies and procedures, few dated corporate practices.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start a career!"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work with great people
    Hard work and dedication is recognized
    Plenty of opportunities for growth and development if you put in the work.
    Great commute being south of Boston.
    Many members of Senior Management once worked in the field and understand the challenges.
    The work is always challenging and exciting.
    Plenty of opportunities for travel if that interests you.

    Cons

    Lower pay than most companies in the area
    Long hours and high expectations- work/life balance suffers.
    Acquisitions can be frustrating and we seem to be under prepared at times. Nor are we allowed increase headcount to handle the increased workload
    Benefits are subpar.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on your people. There is great talent in this company that is often lost due to wages and benefits. If you want this company to continue to thrive, invest in the people coming up through the ranks that will lead the company some day.


  4. "Started out good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay has been good. Some cool benefits and discount programs.

    Cons

    They take and take. Salary cuts, incentive cuts. They strive off acquiring companies. Ethics are poor. Not afraid to replace you if you've been a long time employee or not.

    Advice to Management

    People are not just numbers.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Talent Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    Great commute, great team environment, wealth of information that is interesting to learn about the environmental space. Employees are pushed to be self-sufficient.

    Cons

    Changes in goals can cause a need for quick turnaround and re-prioritizing.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not Employee Friendly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company benefits aren't bad. If you like to travel, you will get a chance for work

    Cons

    Everything else, a lot of slow downs, you will go long periods with out work, will find your self using your vacation and sick days to compensate your pay, hopefully you can travel most of the year so you can maintain a family. You will also find a lot of red tape and company is catered to the Board not employee friendly

    Advice to Management

    You are losing great People because you don't listen to your employees stop and listen to your employees and stop worrying about the stock, Happy employees equals more productive employees in turn means better production more revenue.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Administration"

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    Current Employee - Administrative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are benefits, good work life balance, great people to work with, and little perks like random treats and paid lunches.

    Cons

    Can be stressful when things go wrong and lack of communication between departments.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "So many Pros!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal time. Amazing team to work with, top to bottom they really do care on a personal level. Safety is really and truly number one! We have tuition reimbursement and growth is welcomed and encouraged.

    Cons

    Insurance and 401k matching could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Our management cares and it shows!


  9. "Talent Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They are a real supportive company

    Cons

    They change direction very fast .

    Advice to Management

    Always promote within the company


  10. "Talent Consultant"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Consultant in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and time off

    Cons

    Too many changes in management and goals are unrealistic


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