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Updated April 20, 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 15 reviews)

  • Great company to work for good people (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management in the company needs to give the Buffalo branch manager the tools he needs to work with (in 28 reviews)

  • Long hours with a strong possibility of required Saturday work (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "chemist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    the job pays somewhat good

    Cons

    management is very rude and unorganized.


  2. "Learning Experience"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Technician in Benicia, CA
    Former Employee - Environmental Technician in Benicia, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It Was a Great Job with great opportunity. I Learned Alot and Broadened my experience. It was a Awesome experience.

    Cons

    Not enough hours was really the only kind that I have. Because being on call and not having a regular 40-hour work week was really not acceptable for me.


  3. "Racist, disrespectful & degrading"

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    Former Employee - Refinery Operator in East Chicago, IN
    Former Employee - Refinery Operator in East Chicago, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money..... only because they forced you to work 70-80 hours a week. Got a family? Not anymore!

    Cons

    Racist supervisors, the good ole boys clan, they treated you like dirt & if you stuck up for someone due to mistreating you will also be targeted. No life due to forced overtime. 401k is a joke right next to benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat you employee's! Give back our pay & benefits you took away from us.


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  5. "Environmental Technician III"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    There are very good benefits

    Cons

    There is Not enough work


  6. "Executives Don't Care about Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwell, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, work life balance was superb!

    Cons

    EVERYTHING ELSE - benefits were awful to begin with and were cut every year. Wages were stagnant. All focus is on client relations while employees are treated like the stuff you find at the bottom of a shoe. Regular lay-offs. Providing constructive criticism is a career limiting activity. Poor morale has resulted in an apathetic work force who believes getting by is enough.

    Advice to Management

    Step down and put new people with new ideas in place. Executives complain a lot about headwinds to success. At what point will the clowns and sycophants at the top realize they are ill equipped to navigate them? Alan should be proud of what he built, but now it's time for someone that knows how to run a business of this scale to take the wheel (while taking all his yes-men with him). Until that happens...good luck, you'll need it.


  7. "manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    friendly people with good benefits

    Cons

    large corporate company with many levels of management


  8. "It sucks"

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

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

    Pros

    It's a good job for a single man with no kids or no family

    Cons

    Long hours. Out of town. On call most of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better


  9. "Almost a living"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    Informal atmosphere. Decent pay for the area. Lots of overtime available.

    Cons

    Facility is decrepit. Maintenance is falling behind.

    Advice to Management

    Quit having the big bosses spend all day in meetings. Get a preventative maintenance program and fix things so they stay fixed.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "driver"

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    Current Employee - Driver in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Driver in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work never the same

    Cons

    Micro managed by corporate over safety to the point of paranoia!

    Advice to Management

    Don't step over $5.00 to pick up a $1.00. Sometimes a small raise to employees is a pat on the back. It stops turn over rates and maintains great help. Saves the company $$ in the long run.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "prone to layoffs - dont trust them"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Made great friendships with those who would speak to me. If you know how to sweet talk you will go far in this company.

    Cons

    It was like working at high school. Layoffs every year!!! Don't believe the recruiters when they say its not possible. I was one of them. Poor benefits, no room to move up unless you are on the popular team.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. You lost some great people and will continue to.



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