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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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Clean Harbors Chairman, President, and CEO Alan S. McKim
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Pros
  • Great people to work for, company enjoys to promote your after work environment (in 16 reviews)

  • Good people and great place to work (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 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "I love Clean Harbors so much that it hurts!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in class - biggest network of disposal facilities and most Fortune 500 customers are clients. You will learn as much as you want to here, and their safety record is second to none. (Safety First) is a very real adage here and held in the highest regard. Hourly personnel can move up the ladder to increased responsibilities (in the hourly class). Management, not so much. If you are new to the Environmental field, Clean Harbors is for you. If you get lucky, you might get somewhere someday. If not, you leave with the best training and experience that even money cannot buy!

    Cons

    All I can say is when you agree to your starting wage, make sure it is as high as you can possibly fight to get, because it is the metric that you will ALWAYS be held against in the event you do receive a raise. Clean Harbors can work you to death (if you want to get ahead), then, if you have an average manager that is afraid of losing their job because they cannot move up fast enough, it stifles the entire group under them. There is also an Eastcoast vs Westcoast conflict (almost like sports), where if you are no in the Eastcoast "club", you will never go very far up the ladder, even though you will hear about promotions all the time, they are all in the east or Canada (promoted from the east). This is a place that you can hang out at forever if you want to give the Harbors your life and get a paycheck in return that does not increase except once every 5-6 years once corporate pays a consultant to come in an figure out why everyone is leaving. . . then you'll get your 3%. Raises are next to impossible to get if you are middle management. General Managers get x% to divvy-out to their entire group and there is not enough for half, let alone everyone, (plus they still need to get theirs, right?) Bonuses, (Maybe), if you are lucky enough to be within a good vertical market segment that actually is growing.

    Advice to Management

    Not like anybody is going to listen, but if they did, I'd say "Listen to some of your middle-management and promote more from within. Just because somebody is lower than their manager doesn't mean their manager is any good. They just look that way because I am good, and my co-worker is good". The company has become so large so quickly, you forget we are a 3-billion dollar company, not a 300-million dollar company. You need to find a method to reach into those middle managers and sales managers and truly feel the pulse of the company because in short, WE are your lifeblood.


  2. "excellent company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Insite Lab Tech in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Insite Lab Tech in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    they have excellent package and salary benefits.

    Cons

    for me too far from home. No negative comments.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. Helpful (1)

    "field technician"

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    Current Employee - Field Tech in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Field Tech in Sparks, NV

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

    Pros

    It's a great company and have a lot to offer employees

    Cons

    I don't think it has any downside of working there

    Advice to Management

    From what i read online about the managers, they are doing their best to keep the employee on top of the game.


  4. "I&E"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - I&E in Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - I&E in Deer Park, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with good benefits

    Cons

    Schedule is a downfall. No holidays off

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring back Monday-Friday position for I&E


  5. "Company Review"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Account Manager in Cheyenne, WY
    Former Employee - Corporate Account Manager in Cheyenne, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with lot's of growth and potential.

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done quickly and effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to advise to management


  6. "Excellent company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to learn different business segments.

    Cons

    Minimum work week for a salaried employee is 60 hours.


  7. "Driver"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is great company to work for the benefits and perks are great I don't have any complaints about the job at all thankful for my job.

    Cons

    No cons at all nothing but pros

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the productive work

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Driver"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    I love everything about this company! Best job I've ever had

    Cons

    I haven't found anything I personally dislike

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. "Forman"

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for good people

    Cons

    Away from family alot wish the company could do a rotation schedule

    Advice to Management

    Rotate time when on road


  10. "Application Developer Co-op"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Rotations
    - Friendly Environment
    - Learning MVC
    - Agile Methodologies

    Cons

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