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Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated January 1, 2019
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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. Helpful (1)

    "You have be a member of the “good ol boy club” to make it."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Manager in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good

    Cons

    Too much time away from family

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Terrible Benefits, Terrible Sales Organization"

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    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    Local office team has each other's back.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits, 401k is a joke. Health insurance is expensive and junk. Commission plan is also terrible, goals are unrealistic and unobtainable. Commission doesn't even pay out until you get to 70% of your goal, which wouldn't be bad if they weren't impossible, and you have about 5 different buckets you have to hit. Company vehicle is terrible. All the ones I've seen are these rusted up vans with over 200k miles and rusted roof about to fall through. Zero perks that come with a regular outside sales job. Things like president club trips, company expense card. Plan on being at the office anytime you have computer work. Doesn't seem like they trust you to do it at home. You have to check in at 7am and check out at the end of the day. Not sure why, it takes two hours out of your already busy day. If you're an experienced sales professional, keep looking for another company. You'll get the respect you deserve, your perks, and won't be humiliated by driving around a terrible looking van that your customers make fun of.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for your sales reps. If you want to retain and recruit top tier talent a lot has to change. Vans absolutely need to go, don't micromanage, trust your sales rep (why the need to check in and check out?) If you can't trust them get rid of them. Do good hiring and trust won't be an issue. Change the commission plan and goals ASAP. 5 different buckets all of which are really full time jobs by themselves is just too much. Change titles and responsibilities to have a more focused approach. It change revenue amounts for each goal so that is actually obtainable. Goals should be difficult, not impossible.

  3. "Lead ground Operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of overtime available

    Cons

    They hire their buddies and work the little guys even harder, awful insurance.


  4. "sales service"

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

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great group of service guys

    Cons

    long days, micro managed, administrative

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Great Company"

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

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

    Pros

    I had a great manager who was supportive and there for me through my onboarding. Many ride alongs and support from other team members in different regions.

    Cons

    If you do not like paperwork this job is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Onboarding and ramp-up time is important. Continue to set expectations of 6m-1 year learning curve to understand compliance regulations. Being the expert in this aspect will create unlimited value to clients.


  6. "Worst employer I ever worked for!"

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay. Always on time.

    Cons

    They tell you one thing and do another. Especially when it comes to money! Too many Chiefs!


  7. "Customer service rep"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    The schedule is Monday through Friday. Latest shift ends at 7p.

    Cons

    There is no merit program.

  8. "When it was SafetyKleen it was great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The branch atmosphere is nice but Corporate is horrible especially now owned by clean harbors

    Cons

    -No raises/ merit increases in years
    - expect long hours but never a higher pay or give you a reason to stay

    Advice to Management

    Stop buying everything you can get your hands on and reward current employees before everyone quits at once.


  9. "Actions don’t meet promises"

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

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time

    Pros

    Steady work, great co workers, big on training, most weekends off

    Cons

    Pay, health insurance and greedy local management


  10. "Good place to work, great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a good place to work, offers geat benefits although medical is expensive. They also have nice award and recognition programs. I really enjoy their interactive wellness program.

    Cons

    Constant system changes that are not very well thought out, or for the better. Implementation of a call center is one of them. The effort is to centralize cust service, but has distanced the business away from the customer - what set it apart.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to Safety-Kleen's roots - excellence in personalized cust care. :-)