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Updated February 16, 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 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management in the company needs to give the Buffalo branch manager the tools he needs to work with (in 29 reviews)

  • Long hours, a bit crazy at times (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Denver Office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager, Foreman in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager, Foreman in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    No 401k match for Employees


  2. "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 )

  3. "Middle management needs more structure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    If you get a good supervisor it's awesome

    Cons

    Frequent managerial changes. The company tends to hire managers without proper background checks.


  4. "Company general"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good people who have been around a long time.

    Cons

    Lacks a identity. Long term employees are regularly overlooked for promotions as company seeks outside influences to guide its future.

    Advice to Management

    Look for what is already working and mimic it instead of trying to reinvent the wheel every year.


  5. "Environmental Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Technician
    Current Employee - Environmental Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees are friendly.

    Cons

    I am supposed to be full time but do not always get full time. Insurance does not even help with prescription costs until deductible is met. Need better equipment and real on the job training.

    Advice to Management

    Get better insurance, make sure branch managers are properly trained, whoever builds on jobs should actually go look at the job first, some branches need more equipment


  6. "Long hours, little thanks"

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    Former Employee - Field Chemist in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Field Chemist in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    gained knowledge about hazardous waste
    can make decent money if you're willing to work 60 hours a week of hard, backbreaking work

    Cons

    very long hours
    low pay
    little appreciation
    hard work
    inconsistent scheduling
    very stingy with promotions, even if you complete all requirements
    absolutely would not recommend working here if you can help it.


  7. "It is what you make of it"

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    Current Employee - Insite Program Manager in Bristol, CT
    Current Employee - Insite Program Manager in Bristol, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upward movement if you play your cards right. Management adheres to regulations and never asks you to put your butt on the line

    Cons

    Terrible Health Insurance, Low wages compared to other companies

    Advice to Management

    Better health insurance, take a look at industry standards for wages.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work but not enough to overcome this company's massive negatives. There are a significant number of hard working and dedicated employees who work hard and try to do a good job despite the poor pay, horrible benefits and thugs make up the executive/senior management team.

    Cons

    At the top of the list of the negative issues is: (1) horrible medical benefits (be prepared to shell out thousands of dollars out of your own pocket before you benefits from any coverage); (2) the retirement/401K for US employees is the worst in the industry (the company match for the 401K is a complete joke); (3) hostile and cutthroat work environment - CEO and his exec staff are far from a progressive, talented management team (they manage through intimidation - the CEO's abuse of employees is legendary); and, (4) the turnover in this company is shocking - like nothing I have ever seen - top notch people either leave for are fired at the whim of a very unbalanced and cruel CEO. Should you decide to pursue a position you need to ask about the historical turnover in the position that you are applying for (you have been warned and don't accept some BS canned answer). Last think I can say is I came into this company with high hopes and lots of optimism and I consider Clean Harbors a huge mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Your management style is from the Dark Ages. Look up the work integrity and stand up for your staff.


  9. "Company overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    Not micromanaged by supervisors or management.

    Cons

    Work assignments can be unstable at times.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not the worst out there"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large company, insurance and time off policy. One of the best Vacation/sick and personal day schedules out there. Decent pay, opportunities to advance, alot of training offered.

    Cons

    Large Company, They answer to the stock market. Employee's are numbers and nothing more, raises come every couple years, bonus program for managers gets taken away even when your division does good. downsizing happens every year, Very top loaded company more VP's than you can count. Middle management works alot of unpaid hours, staff reductions made but workload goes up with no pay increases. Eliminated 401K match

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the number of VP's that know very little of the day to day operations. Hiring process is to long, Managers need treated better, workload is pilled on and you take away any incentives they have to make more. Raises need to be more than every 3 or 4 years for employees who are performing.


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