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Clean Harbors Reviews

Updated August 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work for, company enjoys to promote your after work environment (in 17 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 22 reviews)

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  1. "Solid, Growing Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Aggressive growth strategy. Opportunities for career movement.

    Cons

    When growth through acquisition is so rapid employee benefits (medical, 401k, merit, bonuses) have been delayed, discontinued or suspended.


  2. "Disconnected"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Slow pace for a sales roll

    Cons

    The chemists are understaffed and under trained

    Advice to Management

    None they would listen to.

  3. "Worst Company to Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Pros

    I dont know anything good that I can say this company.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible, you will never be appreciated. They say safety is number one but when you go to them with problems they look past it. Management doesn't care about anyone but themselves. You have no good benefits. They wont contribute to your 401k but yet they are a 2 to 5 billion company. They treat employees like garbage.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. Build your employees up. DO FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES. SPEND MONEY TO MAKE MONEY. Don't be greedy. You have good employees that want to work and yet you treat them as though they are nothing. Give give give to your employees.


  4. "Great People To Work With"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team in place. Clean Harbors has the resources to get the job completed.

    Cons

    Corporate changes their vision regularly. Also, some on the "old timers" don't play nice in the sandbox.

    Advice to Management

    In order to keep good people quit changing EVERYTHING on a regular basis.


  5. "Review of Clean Harbors Inc"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    Location and good co workers

    Cons

    Tone death to employee morale


  6. "Just okay"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, large company with a lot of access to internal services. Good training and definitely a culture of safety. Job felt relatively stable.

    Cons

    Did away with 401k, wages are stagnant, no push back against poor management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Bring back the 401k match. Look into wages especially in regards to COL.


  7. "a year at CH"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    good pay, moving up/switching positions

    Cons

    high turn-over and corporate politics

  8. "Environmental Technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Harbors full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to work 40+ hours a week

    Cons

    Poor management
    Low pay
    Expensive benefits

    Advice to Management

    Lower management needs to focus on their people


  9. "Field Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Field Service Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of hours, if you like to travel then this job is for you moat of the time you would stay in low budget hotels

    Cons

    Very, very disorganized you might not know what your doing from day to day literally and the management is horrendous they hire people with no experience and expect you to give up your life, very unsafe workplace all they care about is getting the job done and that's with every office.. because when you travel you'll work for different managers and trust me there all different most of them don't know how to do the job let alone bid it. I felt like it was a year waste of my life what a joke definitely would not recommend working for this so called environmental company..

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't take good advice of it was given to them.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Bottom of the barrel."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Chemist in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Harbors (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Long, long hours, mostly outdoor labor.

    Cons

    Low pay, lousy benefits, no leadership, favoritism, in group politics, high turnover rate, exposure to toxic chemicals, lack of training, incorrect or broken equipment, poor supervision, zero top level management support, frozen pay year after year, top level management brags about their stock options and high pay while cutting their employees to the bone. Only take a position at Harbors if you don't have any choice.

    Advice to Management

    Stop bragging about your profits and executive perks in front of the hourly branch employees.


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