Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated January 26, 2016
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Jerry E. Correll
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Pros
  • Good Benefits if you are single (in 11 reviews)

  • Good People, Nice Office, Accommodating, Steady, Comfortable, Good People, Nice Office (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Since clean harbors took over a lot of changes and no one around to help with questions on the administrative level (in 20 reviews)

  • upper management concerned solely with generated revenue sometimes to the detriment of employees (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "National Account"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Account in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - National Account in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment to work in, great place to learn and grow in the environmental industry

    Cons

    advancement opportunities limited but can be achieved with further education and learning. but still limited in may ways.


  2. "Territory Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid experience gained from working within the manufacturing industry, but beyond that everything else is VERY poor.

    Cons

    In short, DO NOT take a job with this company unless you are desperate for employment or are trying to gain sales experience in order to move to a better organization. This company only has success because of the lack of competition in the space in which it competes. - Shortsighted Management - Under-Educated Management (Serious Absence of Business Acumen) - Questionable Ethics by Management At All Levels (Lying, Empty Promises, Lack of Integrity) - Culture of Micromanagement (GPS Tracking in Vehicles, Scorecard Metric Focus) - Ever Changing Compensation Plans (No Continuity in Compensation)


  3. "ttytyu"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you get paid on time I guess

    Cons

    Someone has to take the blame for it other than leadership

    Advice to Management

    GOD have mercy


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  5. "Branch General Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch General Manager in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Branch General Manager in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safety-Kleen (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, compensation decent, and lots of flexibility on how you manage the facility

    Cons

    Constant corporate initiatives jammed down your throat, expected to train employees on everything, and sign off on it. Very unrealistic considering the extremely high pace environment, time does not drag in fact it moves to fast. Branch constantly under staffed putting Manager in precarious positions to achieve budgets and maintain the ethical standards that they portray to have.

    Advice to Management

    Less VP'S really how about people that can actually visit a branch and help i.e. run a route, order paperwork, use a handheld, is licensed, etc. you get the point.


  6. "payroll clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Payroll Clerk in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Payroll Clerk in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    safe work environment; fun and positive team based environment

    Cons

    laid off a lot of employees


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Pros and Cons...wouldn't go back."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work. You won't get rich, but you can make above average money if you are in sales or branch management.

    Cons

    Kept switching district managers and upper management. Last one was awful. Had an MBA, yet no business sense and no engagement with any employees. As with most of the other managers, they were an overpaid and over titled information mover. I did have a few more engaged managers, but the good ones for shuffled out of area. Most spent too much time trying to impress upper managers with ability to gather information. Most of the longer term lower level people were very valuable resources and performed well.

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting value in people who don't know the business. Stop reinventing goals, payplans, management, etc every six months. It's a sign of desperation. I got out right before Clean Harbors took over...I have heard it has been awful since, including some mandatory weekend work required for people who do not make enough money to be worth it.


  8. "MSS"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mss
    Current Employee - Mss
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent opportunities to increase your pay, based on how much work you put in. If you inherit a solid territory the pay potential can hit six figures

    Cons

    Micromanagement. Many levels of management to report to and they all feel entitled to disrupting your schedule to give them information.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Acquisitions are hard"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Middle management was mostly great. Laid back work environment most of the time.

    Cons

    Clean Harbors managing from a distance is terrible. The systems have taken a step back in time and nothing "talks" to each other any more. When you have a micro-manager for a CEO (i.e. has to approve every hiring decision from the top down to customer service reps) your business can only get as big as that one person can conceive...

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and trust the people on the ground.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Outside Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good pay, every day is a new challenge

    Cons

    Still integrating under the Clean Harbors umbrella, a lot of systems and protocols don't talk well with each other, constant change, tired fleet, everyone is a Senior Vice President, multiple monthly metrics

    Advice to Management

    You're losing a lot of good people, maybe it's time to look in a mirror.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "SSR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people at branch. Some managers are good others don't know what is going on

    Cons

    With the buy out you are a number and it doesn't matter what you do in the past it is what have you done for us today.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good employees happy and busy. Don't push, push, push, for the almighty dollar every day



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