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Waste Connections Reviews

Updated October 3, 2017
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Waste Connections Chairman and CEO Ron Mittelstaedt
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Pros
  • Friendly environment, great benefits, room for advancement (in 7 reviews)

  • Good starting pay as a mechanic with only a few years of experience, mostly good people to work with and to work for, good benefits (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes you wind up in a position where servant leadership isn't as good as it should be (in 3 reviews)

  • Secret shopper calls will grade you on your customer service (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Hard work, need more money."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Residential Driver in Bowling Green, KY
    Current Employee - Residential Driver in Bowling Green, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Waste Connections full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Steady job always work to do
    Usually have good equipment to work with
    No one is on your back about overtime as long as you do your job right

    Cons

    Management gets pushed around by employees and if you are the type to just do what you are told then often you get the short end of the stick.
    Am not the only employee to be interviewed expecting a roll off position only to be offered a lesser position in the city.

    Advice to Management

    Pay drivers more, its alot of work, a lot more work then i expected.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Relief Driver in Fife, WA
    Current Employee - Relief Driver in Fife, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Waste Connections full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Money is great, benefits are ok.

    Cons

    Communication isn't the best. Hard to get time off and you can't have time off in September.

    Advice to Management

    Involve more with the employees. They no more whats going on involving routes and unsafe conditions. We mention something about an unsafe stop and nothing ever happens. Also the re-route is horrible!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible manager and department"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Waste Connections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and perks as long as you are needed.

    Cons

    If you're not part of the drinking group they don't care for you. Bad manager. Horrible leadership that has no clue what being a servant leader is. As long as you do his dirty work (aka: work he has no clue how to do himself) you're good.

    Advice to Management

    Stop delegating, and start showing your people that you aren't there to just kick your feet up and travel. Learn to communicate and stop playing favorites. Make sure you're "managers" know what servant leadership is since that's all I heard the entire time I was there.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Customer Service Representative"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Waste Connections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The drivers are a great group of people.

    Cons

    The management is terrible. They do not offer a consistent training program and change the rules constantly, they do not write policies and then hold you accountable for making the best decision when challenged, they encourage "gray areas" by example, they discriminate, they flat out lie, they say things over and over to make them seem real or true, they bend circumstances to their advantage, they will step on you to save themselves.

    Advice to Management

    The entire management team for LeMay Pierce County Refuse should be removed and replaced. The staff size of 14 should be increased to twice as many. When you stress your employees to the maximum level that they do you can guarantee that stress will bleed over to your customers. Be more aware even if it means your customers have no choice in their garbage service. Be human because it is not all about numbers.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Office Manager/Dispatcher"

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    Former Employee - Office Manager/Dispatcher in Montgomery, NY
    Former Employee - Office Manager/Dispatcher in Montgomery, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Waste Connections full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and 401K. I loves working with my fellow employees

    Cons

    managers did not care about their employees who worked hard and under all kinds of weather

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees more


  6. "Employee of Waste Connections"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in The Woodlands, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waste Connections full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Culture
    Strong Leadership
    Fun place to work

    Cons

    A fair bit of travel for certain roles in the company


  7. Helpful (3)

    "CSR"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Coupeville, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Coupeville, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Waste Connections full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work schedule, co-workers, health benefits

    Cons

    Management, Inappropriate relationships in work place, No annual Performance Reviews, No wage increases, no room for advancement, Vague decision making, Avoids ALL conflict at all, NO delegating or trust, Will not embrace change, S.O.P standard operating procedures- free for all, No Actual chain of command all faith is in a horrible manager.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be a leader. Be open to change, just because you have been here for 20 years you have to learn to adjust to Waste Connections ways, not set in your own.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Potential to be a great company."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Waste Connections full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I like the people I work with. Management is not controlling in every aspect of job but are accessible when needed.

    Cons

    Constantly short handed. Trucks break down, which is unavoidable to some degree. Dependable service is very inconsistent. It's a constant effort to bring in new customers to replace those lost to poor service.
    I sell based on price alone because I feel I can't honestly sell on quality service.

    Advice to Management

    Company would be better served to focus on customer retention and building from there.
    This would be a very good company to work for if our service level was where it needed to be.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Division Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Waste Connections full-time

    Pros

    They preach being decentralized and safety culture but I never saw it.

    Cons

    Micromanaged, learn as you go basis, No physical training.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what your preach.


  10. "District Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Waste Connections full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Open communication and accountability at all levels

    Cons

    Capital is tough to acquire.

    Advice to Management

    To keep empowering our people through servant leadership management styles.


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