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Covanta Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • The company offers good pay and benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Great pay, great benefits package, overall great environment to work for (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication at times from upper management, which creates confusion and sometimes tension (in 3 reviews)

  • Mandatory overtime on an almost weekly basis, but you're not told about it until the last possible minute (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Would go back"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Aren't hiring people with my degree


  2. "middle of the road company"

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covanta (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    secure company to work for

    Cons

    no growth at the company

    Advice to Management

    grow company in markets other than us


  3. "Good"

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

    Pros

    Good expiernce for new interns

    Cons

    Not that many bad things.


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  5. "Too little too late"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, Morristown HQ is accessible to major highways, cubicles are a good size, multiple kitchens on company floor, facility employees are awesome and understand teamwork.

    Cons

    Covanta is not moving fast enough to keep employees here. You will notice there are new hires and 10+ veterans but not many in between. If you're looking for professional development opportunities this is not the place. HR's efforts at employee relations and culture are pitiful. Too much dead weight at the higher level. I was hoping to grow at this company but after several years I am moving quick to get out. There are many hand to forehead and huh? moments when new initiatives roll out at Covanta. Like including sick days as PTO days which encourages people to come into work ill so they don't have to use vacation time when sick.

    Advice to Management

    Your senior management team should represent your company and where you envision Covanta going. What does Covanta's team represent? If you'd like to hire and retain talent, get rid of the 45+ white male boys club and find an HR department that will fight for its employees. Your issue isn't just at the facilities, it's at HQ as well.


  6. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    very good atmosphere, good benefits

    Cons

    too much favoritism, not enough logic


  7. "This company has come a long way in a short period of time with the new leadership team."

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Program Manager in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior IT Program Manager in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Excellent benefits
    Work life balance
    The company has a clear strategy for moving forward
    Hard and dedicated employees

    Cons

    Pay is not inline with other companies and the HR group is out of touch with the reality of what positions pay in NJ.

    Advice to Management

    The technology organization is making great progress turning around years of problems and we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep investing and moving forward with our new strategy!


  8. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Facilities Manager
    Current Employee - Facilities Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having been with Covanta for 15yrs, I feel we are a company that provides opportunity to those who choose to climb the ranks. Covanta is committed to safety and environmental compliance and offers employees a competitive compensation and benefits package.

    Cons

    Filling some positions has been a challenge and impacts employees work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Working in waste to energy is not everyone's cup of tea, and in some cases we will need to become more open minded and broaden our pool of talent when hiring in the future.


  9. "Covanta"

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Haverhill, MA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Haverhill, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Covanta management is strong and is supportive. Company has many employees that are 10 and 20 year veterans. That should speak to if working for Covanta is a career move or just a temporary stop. I have been relatively pleased with making the move to Covanta

    Cons

    Communication has been difficult in the past by having a sectioned off department structure. This is slowly starting to change through some restructuring and acknowledgement from senior leadership.


  10. "Ample Opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Many of the higher level hourly and management positions are filled by people who moved up through the ranks. If you are willing to work hard and apply yourself, there is no shortage of promotional opportunities. I myself moved up into my current position. There are plants in multiple states and now abroad allowing for transfer opportunity. Pay and benefits packages are very competitive. With just a high school diploma, Covanta has provided me with an excellent living allowing me to take care of my family for many years now.

    Cons

    Entry level positions can be somewhat labor intensive. Operations type positions at the plants are generally 24/7 positions that require working nights, weekends and holidays. Significant overtime is required (but always appreciated and well compensated).


  11. "work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covanta full-time

    Pros

    abundance of overtime, get experience at a lot of stuff, provide benefits which are comparable to other companies

    Cons

    do not really get vacation more of a time off swap. very labor intensive and dirty work, can be demanding at times



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