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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated February 1, 2019
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
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Pros
  • "Nationally recognized company with great people" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Good people and great place to work" (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management, stubborn in their old ways" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Long hours and high expectations- work/life balance suffers" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Accounting Coordinator, AP"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Nationally recognized company with great people

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, we are a team


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Entry Level"

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    Former Employee - Lab Chemist in Linden, NJ
    Former Employee - Lab Chemist in Linden, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good for recent college graduates if you're looking for a Job.

    Cons

    Horrible benefits, 401k- 1500$ Max per year, Health Insurance is decent. Horrible schedule including weekends and nights. Get your experience and GET OUT!

  3. "Good place for beginners"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours , helpful colleagues

    Cons

    Lack of public transportation. Commute is a bit difficult

    Advice to Management

    Use latest technologies, start new projects


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Tough Work for low pay"

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    Former Employee - Field Chemist
    Former Employee - Field Chemist

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    lots of opportunities for overtime

    Cons

    dangerous, rigorous work environments with little compensation


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Problems exacerbated by poor management/leadership"

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    Former Employee - Central Customer Service Representative in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Central Customer Service Representative in Norwell, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I think I was paid relatively fairly, and always on time. Co-workers were friendly and nice people.

    Cons

    On this role:
    My manager was unapproachable. I never felt that any feedback was truly listened to or taken seriously. The mindset was "that's just how things are here, we can't change that, sorry". Benefits are as described in the many other reviews here. There is almost nothing done for employee morale or culture. There is no desire to promote, or invest in current employees, they would much rather hire a new one. Employees will go on for several years with no raises or added benefits (good luck toughing it out 5 years for an extra week of PTO). No one seems happy to be at work or even interested, so of course new employees immediately want to leave. There is high-turn over in this role. Expect to work hard and all day juggling a heavy workload with little support.

    All of that being said, I believe that some of the issues are specific to my position and team, so your experience will certainly vary. I would say overall the company definitely has systemic issues.

    On the company:
    The company is a mess. Communication is poor and responsibilities are fluid. I never worked directly with C-level execs, but my understanding was that the CEO micro-manages too much and is not open to feedback and different approaches. This is extrapolation based on what my superiors said. The in-house developed programs and platforms are terrible. Which is not objectively bad, since CH is not a tech company, but it leads to INSANE inefficiency and terrible UX and therefore lower productivity. There is a lot more to say about CH, but if you want any proof of that, look at these other reviews. Keep in mind that a lot of the 5-star reviews come in from the HR department.

    Overall, I am sure that this is not the worst company in the world to work for, but working at CH was almost never an enjoyable experience; it was tolerable, at best.

    Advice to Management

    I am not the only person with these concerns. Think seriously about having managers with vision, and then actually allow and support them to change things. Invest in your employees with better benefits and more active engagement. Employees are not as interested in who you are acquiring, as they are in getting a decent raise or an extra day of PTO. I am not sure where this problem starts from, but if I had to guess, it is at an SVP or C-Suite level.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of hours but no Gratitude"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When work is busy you can get a lot of overtime hours. Jobs are different every week . Company Vehicles. When working out of town the hotels are paid for and you get PerDM.

    Cons

    Since day one, Management always sets their employees up for failure. By poor scheduling, not having the right truck/equipment for a particular job, poor communication between clients and foremans. Management are cut throats, never takes the blame for their mistakes. If you allowed it ,they would work you to death. On call 24/7. They expect your life to be all about work and say bye-bye to your personal life. They treated their hard workers worse than dogs while the lazy workers can get away with whatever and never gets discipline. So over all this company has potential. But Management and Corporate only see's you as a number and only cares about how much money they are making.

    Advice to Management

    Give your guys some Gratitude for once instead of treating them like robots. Know when to say NO to a client. Instead of lying to them saying we can do this or that, just to get that job.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Changing environment"

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    Current Employee - Field Service in Seymour, CT
    Current Employee - Field Service in Seymour, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still looking for the pros

    Cons

    Inventing the wheel every day

    Advice to Management

    Treat us better and respect

  8. Helpful (1)

    "nice place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    too much hours and nice managment

    Cons

    long days and dangerous working environment

    Advice to Management

    care more about employees and pay better


  9. "Stay away from Clean Harbors"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No Pros at this company

    Cons

    Worked me to death, No safety. Low pay. No help from managers.

    Advice to Management

    Fire some managers from the Clean Harbors Cincinnati OH office


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This company needs to improve greatly how they treat employees. There is ZERO work/life balance."

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, not much else

    Cons

    Inexperienced management with a constant condescending/disrespectful attitude. Mandatory 60+ hours a week on salary for 43 hours. Mandatory weekends without compensation on salary. Zero work/life balance. HR is unavailable and provided no support to me as an operations manager. Upper management has no idea what the conditions are in the individual locations and don’t seem to care.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees like humans! Taking advantage of them and not respecting their lives outside of work will continue the outrageous level of employee turnover!!!