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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated May 18, 2018
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
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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 17 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, a bit crazy at times (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Office"

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

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Long hours and hard to juggle work and life at the same time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits are a joke, No consideration for personal life"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Nitro, WV
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Nitro, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    plenty of hours if you are stationed

    Cons

    Was working for Veolia Environmental Services until they got bought out by Clean Harbors earlier this year. When Clean Harbors took over, our benefits were cut. Health insurance premiums raised as well as deductibles. You can't add your spouse to your plan if they have access to health insurance through their employment. Life insurance was cut from 2x annual salary to 1x annual salary. It is hard to get the supplies that we need at the work site without jumping through hoops. You can work all hours of the day or night, up to 16 hrs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they are worth and provide better insurance.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "General Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employees and managers are hard working and dedicated. The experience you can gain here prepares you greatly to work for other companies who still value their workforce. Advancement opportunities abound here if you can behave as though you are being recorded every second of the day. A good place to work for the right person, because coworkers and most managers are great people.

    Cons

    Equipment issues (old, beat up) are constant due to the aging of assets, and corporate is incentivized to retain old equipment instead of replacing it with new. Corporate is heading in the complete wrong direction, focused on acquisitions instead of retaining talent. The result is a talent drain company-wide. Job security is non-existent if you are a manager. Corporate HR has created an environment where employees run the show- managers are guilty until they prove their innocence in nearly every scenario. Also- the company has a nearly impossible to achieve bonus plan which they refuse to pay out nearly every year with one excuse or another if by the grace of God you can meet the goals-usually they make acquisitions in order to drive down EBITDA so they won’t have to pay them.

    Advice to Management

    Switch your focus from acquisitions to what made you great in the first place- your hard working, dedicated employees. Stop with the political correctness and HR tyranny, where "investigations" are conducted over the phone by hypocritical, condescending, inexperienced "partners", and managers are automatically guilty. If you no longer value field service work, get rid of it instead of treating those employees like garbage. PAY YOUR COMPENSATION PACKAGES like you say you're going to, and if you're going to have an operations bonus plan, let everyone know what it is BEFORE the 4th quarter.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Field Service Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist in Archdale, NC
    Current Employee - Field Service Specialist in Archdale, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Able to work autonomously

    Cons

    No pay raises in three years. Significant decreases in benefits, 401K only recently reinstated.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A HUGE mistake coming to this company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Norwell, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    All things considered there is a significant number of hard working, dedicated employees who try to do the right thing. The problem is they are forced to work in a highly political, mean spirited culture.

    Cons

    I consider my decision to switch jobs and come to Clean Harbors the biggest mistake of my career. This is truly a horrible culture that is a product of a CEO who is out of the Dark Ages. In my 20+ years in industry I have never (I mean never) experienced such an abusive culture. Executive management is best described as a puppet show with few exceptions who dance on the end of string for the CEO. The CEO often walks top people out the door on a whim and not a single member of executive staff will do anything about it. How sad. Compounding the issue is the fact that you can expect: (1) very few raises with a raise every 3 - 4 years at best; (2) very expensive medical benefits that get more and more expensive each year with the company's contribution going down and the employee cost going up; (3) the worst 401K imaginable (company match is nothing less than a complete joke); and, (4) no retirement benefits whatsoever. Before you consider taking on a job with this company ask around. I was hired through a recruiter who lied to me each and every step of the way. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

    Advice to Management

    Open up the dictionary and look up the word integrity.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Norwell, MA
    Current Employee - Finance in Norwell, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Finance department - good leaders

    Cons

    Better benefits would be great.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company for development"

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

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very engaged in helping develop employees looking to progress and grow. If you put in the work, it will be rewarded.

    Cons

    Benefits can be tough (health insurance) and will run lean from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Don't under-staff where you don't have to.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Lousy Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They'll probably be in business for a while; sometimes a sinking ship takes on water slowly.

    Cons

    401k match of up to only $750 annually. No raises in past 4 years. Management is too busy trying to stay on the CEO's good side to tell him what really needs to be done to make the company better (the emperor has no clothes syndrome).

    Advice to Management

    Quit telling your people what to do and listen to them for a change. Then implement the changes they suggest. Give your employees cost-of-living raises at the very least. A first class company would have a % 401k match. Even 1% or 2% is better than $750 for the year. Put some money into your employees and they'll feel happier and valued.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Driver"

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Bartow, FL
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Bartow, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company good safety record

    Cons

    To much work for the pay


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Ok place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, a large company with lots of opportunities, pay can be sufficient and all around they are about you keeping your job.

    Cons

    There a limited amount of knowledge within the company. There is a lot of points the finger or I don't know who to call issues. Hard to have a good work life balance because the pay doesnt reflect how close you have to live to the home base. ( In Washington )


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