Safety-Kleen Reviews | Glassdoor

Safety-Kleen Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
183 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

183 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Great co-workers who worked well together (in 4 reviews)

  • The Medical Benefits are very good since we been on with Clean Harbors (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Since Clean Harbors bought Safety Kleen, its been down hill (in 25 reviews)

  • Not easy to make money reciprocating the long hours worked (in 16 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (1)

    "I would compare my last 5 years of 22 like pounding my head with a hammer."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1987-1998 were great years. After '98 it went in the toilet. From the CEO down to the middle management it became a train wreck and from what I hear from friends it remains that way today under Clean Harbors.

    Cons

    The experience made me appreciate my next employer even that much more. There is no pressure to great that I can not handle. Feeling appreciated is valued as much as pay.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to either find your replacement or continue the downslide into a black hole you can never leave.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Clean Harbors has brought SK to its knees!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Can't Say Or They Will Know Who I Am : ( in Richardson, TX
    Current Employee - Can't Say Or They Will Know Who I Am : ( in Richardson, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's better than nothing
    You get paid regularly.
    Covered parking

    Cons

    Too heavy at the top - Don't need THAT many VP's
    Upper mgmt. can spend money unrestricted...the rest of us have to abide by strict budgets
    No raises in three years.
    Constant headcount reductions
    Management doesn't reward those that work hardest.
    Good ole boy mentality. If you aren't in upper management, you are not appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is rewarded with bonus' every year while the rest of us wait in hopes of getting a measly raise. Three years now and nada! Get rid of the dead weight! Lots of people with VP, SVP and EVP in their title has let it go to their heads. They fight over corner offices like they are in Jr. High! Try showing some appreciation for the little people that got you where you are.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent company until Clean Harbors takeover."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Richards, TX
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Richards, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Before buyout, very sophisticated SAP\SQL Server based IT environment.
    Excellent long term managers. CIO was superb.
    Great opportunities to branch out and so new projects.

    Cons

    Take over by Clean Harbors ended any hopes for advancement outside of Boston.
    Top down autocratic environment, dominated by the CEO.

    Advice to Management

    If you hope to survive, you need to open yourselves up to ideas out side of the Boston-NY corridor.


  4. "Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - National Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dominant in their oil & waste management market throughout the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. World Leader in various locations throughout the US.

    Cons

    Need to update technology and invest its people & systems to assist customers in resolutions. CRM and Salesforce tools are not being used to the fullest affect.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in executive level sales team


  5. Helpful (2)

    "OK to work there"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people
    OK place to work
    No weekends
    No holidays
    Good money if you like to sell your soul to the devil

    Cons

    Bad boss
    Old boys club
    If you are not in the old boy's club they will run you out of the places

    Advice to Management

    Get new boss at branchs


  6. "excellent company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room to grow

    Cons

    exposure to extreme conditions when it comes to weather

    Advice to Management

    management is great


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good co workers, interesting industry

    Cons

    Just about everything. How they are in business is amazing.

    Advice to Management

    Cant give advice to people who already know everything.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Overall good learning experience in the environmental world."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Market Sales Specialist in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Layoffs were never an issue in non-corporate positions. Great benefits package and the people were awesome to work with. Work there before it was bought by Laidlaw. Lots of advancement opportunities, learned many departments from hands on training.

    Cons

    Every time you felt successful you always knew that the next period you started back at zero. More money should have been giving in commissions and base salaries for the long hours worked out on the routes.

    Advice to Management

    More praise, along with ride along would been very beneficial. Don't treat employees as just a number, parts washers are a thing of the past. Past time to move on from them.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Absolutely the worst company I've worked for in 22 years of management (out of 8 companies)"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DSM in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - DSM in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Safety-Kleen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not one - the company is led by militant, delusional, self serving, uneducated back stabbers. If you are not part of the "good ole boy network," or god forbid you say something negative about one of the executives, you may as well give two weeks notice - they will fire you for your opinion. If they ask for it, they will give it to you.

    Cons

    Not one leader there - awful, misguided leadership. I would not work there if you paid me $500K per year, and gave me a 30 hour work week.

    Advice to Management

    Go work somewhere else - the board of directors must place executives in there who can motivate and inspire people. Those executives then must clean house and literally get rid of more than half the company; especially the red neck, uneducated, good ole boy crowd. BC did a great job from 2011 to 2012, and I think the company was on the right path. After Clean Harbors took over, that was it. This company will not be around long term. The business plan is to buy as many companies as they can, and then lay off until the bottom line looks good. I bet it's gone, sold, or broken up before 2016.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A once great company, turning bad."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industrial Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Industrial Service Representative in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Equal pay for hard work. Good benefits. Organized business. Very good co workers. Family atmosphere.

    Cons

    Constantly changing pay structure. Poor condition of fleet.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in fleet, treat employees with respect. Stop changing the pay plans. What made SK great was the passing of knowledge from tenured people down to new employees. Most if not all of these tenured people are gone. Customer relationships were built over time. This is what differentiated SK service from a commodity viewpoint. With a revolving door of employees, SK becomes a commodity and loses it's FRS business.


Showing 183 of 184 reviews
Reset Filters