TerraCycle Reviews

Updated May 17, 2021

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3.8
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TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky
Tom Szaky
42 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very friendly and laid back atmosphere(in 7 reviews)

  • "Also the free lunch was always good(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "This internship was unpaid and there was a lot of labor that wasn't part of the job description(in 12 reviews)

  • "Unpaid, so many other PR interns I felt like I wasn't making that much of a difference, parking was really hard in a fairly unsafe part of Trenton(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Fantastic place to work

      Oct 26, 2020 - Associate 
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      Pros

      Fantastic place to work and learn

      Cons

      There are no cons for TerraCycle

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Don’t work here

      May 17, 2021 - N/A 
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      Pros

      Some Cool people work here

      Cons

      TerraCycle lures in impressionable, naive people who are looking for a “cool” place to work with happy hours and a casual work environment. Past that, there is nothing glamorous about it. If you are in upper management, you are untouchable and able to treat your employees like garbage - low salaries with no advancement opportunities. Complaints to HR are a dead end, no matter how many times issues are brought up. Pay is well below industry standard, making most jobs here more of an internship, yet they expect you to put in 12 hour days. It is sickening how people are treated here if you’re not in the inner circle; the execs are allowed to do whatever they want and the lowers get stomped on with no communication. Save yourself the abuse and go somewhere else.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Poor pay, worse company culture

      Mar 10, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Interesting office design, fast-paced work environment

      Cons

      Throughout my work experience, never in my life have I encountered a company that has such a high turnover rate. As I’ve come to realize, however, this is well-warranted. Internally, they’re well-aware that they pay below market value, and for those feeble wages they will bleed you dry. Unless you’re one of the “chosen few” , don’t expect much in terms of compensation, advancement, or frankly, basic human decency. It’s well-documented that the toxicity comes from the top-down, and instances of outbursts verging on verbal abuse aren’t just common, but expected. Communication from upper management is laughable and HR is nothing but a mouthpiece for the CEO. In my time there, I saw fellow colleagues be treated with such disdain from management and the powers that be. There’s been a steady decline in the once-special work environment, and the vision has been replaced with the blind pursuit of profit.

      8 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Greenwashing company that underpays employees.

      May 3, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Casual work clothes and good natured employees

      Cons

      Manipulation and exploitation of staff, deciet about the true nature of the business which is not recycling but greenwashing. Terracycle is a marketing company first and foremost.

      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great corporate mandate but don't work here for the money

      Apr 10, 2021 - Product and Production Manager in Princeton, NJ
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      Pros

      Great corporate mandate Sustainability Amazing and passionate colleagues Innovative Fast moving Creative

      Cons

      Salaries not in line with industry standards

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee

      still managed like a startup

      Dec 27, 2020 - Sales Associate 
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      Pros

      - exposure to high-level contacts at partnering organizations - opportunities for VTO - great group of like-minded peers

      Cons

      - chaotic senior-management - CEO has an erratic style that can be difficult to work with - does not always prioritize sustainable, long-term development - little flexibility to work remotely - salaries are not competitive

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    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great Culture

      Jan 6, 2021 - Employee in Trenton, NJ
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      Pros

      Very friendly coworkers and the focus on the recycling solutions was fierce.

      Cons

      Too many meeting and difficult communication using project management software.

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Very cool company, poor management and organization

      Oct 23, 2020 - Business Development 
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      Pros

      Great mission and passionate employees that really care

      Cons

      CEO can be a nightmare to deal with, has no problem making a fool out of his employees Management and team structure is unorganized Training is limited to none

      5 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Stimulating work environment

      Jul 24, 2020 - Production Supervisor in Trenton, NJ
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      Pros

      You feel like you are doing something worthwhile.

      Cons

      Sometimes it felt like things were a little out of control and disorganized. Things are constantly changing.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Good experience, but took years off of my life

      Nov 26, 2019 -  
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      Pros

      -Wonderful people -Lots of experience -Different every day -Great atmosphere -Fun company culture

      Cons

      -Working with the CEO can be impossible -CEO is not afraid to insult you in front of your team for making mistakes -Too much expected of you for not enough pay -Worked weekends, nights, expected to check email outside of the office

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