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Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2019

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Safety-Kleen CEO David Vergo
David Vergo
10 Ratings
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  • "Safety-Kleen is owned by Clean Harbors and is not alwasy able to operate like they used too(in 29 reviews)

  • "Not easy to make money reciprocating the long hours worked(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "A company with its own identity"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Account Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. As a territory manager, you are exposed to a number of industries and generators who create a number of really important and interesting parts/equipment/machines. 2. There is A LOT to learn...when it comes to the environmental industry, there is a high learning curve, and you need to be dedicated to the craft to become an expert in this profession. When you are at a point where you can operate at full capacity, you...

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    Cons

    1. LUBE OIL. This has been a big push over the years since SK has become a full scale oil company. It has been a big push over the past two years and its something that interferes with the every day job. It is not something that is enjoyable to "sell" and puts a bad taste in employees mouths when unrealistic expectations are set around this (which also inevitably effects your overall commission) 2. Commission should...

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    Advice to Management

    Stick with what we know....haz/chemical waste, parts washers, and pump services. The word "lube" gives me chills, and for good reason.

    Safety-Kleen2019-04-23
  2. "Beware"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    Stable company looking to grow.

    Cons

    They don't do annual reviews, so don't expect a raise for a few years. Some depts have gone over three years without a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, annual reviews and raises are normal at other companies despite mgmt trying to sell us it's not.

    Safety-Kleen2019-07-18
  3. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great co workers and environmental stability

    Cons

    Communication, lack of knowledge of some people ,some that don’t care .

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together

    Safety-Kleen2019-07-06
  4. Helpful (2)

    "We Are Non-Essential"

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    Current Employee - Branch Administrator in Dolton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent benefits, hourly with the possibility of overtime, decent work hours

    Cons

    Constant changes to staff, Black Friday firing sprees, consistently looked down at and refereed to as a "secretary", have to physically clean up after senior management when they visit (they leave cups behind, dirty dishes; we are administrators, NOT maids)

    Advice to Management

    Do not refer to us as "non-essential" employees. This company is slowly phasing out most admin duties. It's apparent what is happening here.

    Safety-Kleen2019-06-27
  5. "Avoid at all costs"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    you learn the limits of your patience and your ability to bite your tongue.

    Cons

    Horrible working conditions. Low pay. Unrealistic expectations of work turn out. Overbearing management. Micro Managers.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the beginning and learn how to treat people like humans.

    Safety-Kleen2019-07-09
  6. "No room for advancement."

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    Current Employee - Sales in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you work hard you’ll make some decent money.

    Cons

    No room for advancement; embarrassing 401K match; No value for the employee. You’ll have to work 12-15 hours a day without lunch or overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees at the branches - your team who works on the front line an anonymous employee survey. You have branch managers and regional managers who don’t care about the employees. Even if you don’t care- try and act like you do. When your employees are valued you’ll have solid performance and retention.

    Safety-Kleen2019-06-02
  7. "Great company and job at one time"

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay for most positions

    Cons

    25 years with safety keen. At one time this was a great place to work. Great leadership and pay. Company had a family feel to it. Today it is a very stressful unrealistic toxic work environment with very poor management. The company made its name from environmental disposal services. Now they want to be a oil lube company and it is tearing the company apart.

    Advice to Management

    Stay with what you know environmental services.

    Safety-Kleen2019-05-15
  8. "Great Place to Grow"

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Service Representative in Midwest, WY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Willing to recognize good talent and develop it for advancement,

    Cons

    Need to let “Old Guard” go

    Advice to Management

    Need to offer more development training for up and coming leaders

    Safety-Kleen2019-04-12
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Hamster Wheel"

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    Former Employee - Mss in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits were good, base pay was pretty solid, they provide you a work vehicle with a gas card as a sales guy so that was a nice fit as well.

    Cons

    You are guaranteed to go up and down on the commission scale. If you make even part of your bonus one year, your quota will go so far through the room you could improve by 25% and make 30% less in bonuses. Unrealistic expectations company wide for multiple lines of business. Hit that this month? Well you didn't hit this and that's what should've been your focus. Let's re-arrange the wheel every month and completely...

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    Advice to Management

    Set a realistic goal for numbers. I realize you now have shareholders and investors, but it's comedic to hear that you've improved by 25% and that's not good enough YOY.

    Safety-Kleen2019-04-18
  10. "Good company with great benefits"

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    Former Employee - National Account Manager in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Corporate culture is great and wonderful benefits too.

    Cons

    Too many senior level management changes. Directors were unable to manage their respective business groups without VP approval.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and allow directors to manage appropriately.

    Safety-Kleen2019-03-12
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