TerraCycle Reviews | Glassdoor

TerraCycle Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
27 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

4.3
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky
Tom Szaky
21 Ratings

27 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • I learned a lot about the recycling industry while I was there and the R&D staff was very knowledgeable, gave a lot of instruction, and was friendly (in 5 reviews)

  • very laid back work environment (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Only complaint is that the internship was unpaid (in 9 reviews)

  • Interns are unpaid and for the summer that I worked there, there were 80 interns and 50 actual employees (in 2 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great environment to be in"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TerraCycle (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture--everyone is incredibly friendly and truly committed to the work TC does

    Cons

    Only complaint is that the internship was unpaid

    Advice to Management

    At least a small stipend for interns


  2. "Great Place to Learn"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TerraCycle part-time

    Pros

    Loved the many opportunites to learn
    Everyone is approachable and easy to talk to

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it is in a bad area.

    Advice to Management

    Pay interns

  3. "PR Intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great company and a lot of other fun interns.

    Cons

    It was unpaid and demanding


  4. ""Great Company Culture""

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D
    Former Employee - R&D
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to interact with peers and superiors. Culture somewhat like Silicon Valley tech culture minus the tech. Terracycle is a company truly committed to sustainability

    Cons

    No Salary...but there was a subsidized lunch each day at least

    Advice to Management

    Pay your interns!


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Stepping stone to greater oppurtunities"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Trenton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TerraCycle (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Start up company with innovative recycling ideas

    Cons

    no employee loyalty, long work days

    Advice to Management

    It's all about image and egos. Take care of your team and they will take care of you. Stop sucking these people dry and the discarding them like the trash you recycle.


  6. "PR intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of legitimate experience, they trust you a lot and give you alot of responsibilities, great for building portfolio.

    Cons

    Almost like a high school environment. The girls are catty and its cliquey


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Upvycle"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development - Puerto Rico in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development - Puerto Rico in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TerraCycle (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere among peers, top management is a different.story.

    Cons

    Company business.model is not.well defined and/or stechy. Upper management, not the CEO, are.very stubborn and not open to new ideas. Worse of all, the information gets too diluted to the CEO.

  8. "R&d scientist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internship in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Internship in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TerraCycle (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Great CEO very dedicated
    Love the employees. Very friendly and dedicated
    Good potential

    Cons

    Lower salaries
    Bad location in tremton

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Too bad, so much potential to be a much better company & work environment"

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

    I worked at TerraCycle full-time

    Pros

    These words come from someone that has a deep knowledge of this companies inner workings.

    The people that tend to work here are terrific enthusiastic about what they do, and are fantastic people in general. This is because they are there for the mission, which is to change the way people think about waste in order to help the environment.

    The IDEAL of all the projects in all the departments are usually great to work on (even if in actuality they go or are managed badly from the top)

    The company DOES effectively divert waste from landfill and incineration.

    The atmosphere is atypical in a good way. It's laid back in dress code and general conduct, and the office IS very "hip" and not stuffy. Most of the people become friends (or at least friendly with eachother), making most interactions fun.

    Cons

    THE "mission" either has always been, or has become, a charade that the CEO (Tom Szaky, and possibly other C-level employees) uses to gain the loyalty and dedication of his verbally abused, overworked, and underpaid employees. Because of the "cause" they believe they are contributing to, even the employees that recognize this stay and give their all for the intense work load and over-demanding boss that are usually justified at other companies by a much higher salary, only to find out that very few people reap monetary rewards proportionate to effort, and in fact everyone there is expendable... especially if they can be replaced by someone for a smaller salary.

    ACTUALLY RECYCLING the waste collected IS NOT A PRIORITY, and figuring out how to actually do so only occurs when a relationship with a brand is threatened. Many truths are bent or broken to get brands to sign on, and this usually manifests itself in hardship and moral dilemmas for the people that have to manage the relationships.

    Many decisions are made, including who stays and who goes, based on the CEO's ego/pride (his prerogative, really) and whether or not the decision works for the company's feeble reality tv show... which the company makes money on, is an additional source of strain on the employees whether or not they are in the show (again... his prerogative i guess), and for which the employees that are members of the cast are not compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your advisers... they're what helped you get your ideas this far. Lose the tv show... the money and your ego are not worth the strain on your company's


  10. "Internship"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good access to management
    Fast growing company

    Cons

    Slightly disorganized, feedback wasn't given as regularly as promised

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on strutting internships, with respect to feedback


Showing 27 of 57 reviews
Reset Filters