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Facility Controller (Former Employee), TBDJune 12, 2014
Pros: free lunches
Cons: long hours. no respect for your skills and person. expect to carry your laptop to doctors appt.
Working in management means long hours of at least 10 to as many as 16 hours per day.
Management does not care about your well being because it is all about the dollars and the shareholders.
Other co-managers do not understand accounting and have no respect for your contributions

The company doesn't respect your private time.

EVERYTHING IN THEIR accounting operations is manual!

You'll be doing invoicing using a spreadsheet.

STAY AWAY!
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worse place i ever worked
shift supervisor (Former Employee), pittsfieldJanuary 23, 2015
first off, dont let the money fool you,,covanta sucks, you are over worked, given impossible tasks that you are set up to fail at because management has only one thing in mind,, their bonus,, the work enviroment is the worse,, place is dirty stinks of garbage and dead rat .the air quality is poor that you work in,,all kinds of cancer causing dust, management will threaten you with termination for the any kind of mistake that you make,, they treat there workers like slaves,, , yea there is overtime,, but its mandatory, they loose people and it takes forever to get a replacement,,, ive see guys work 15 days straigh nights,, one day off and back at it for another ten days,, no relief,, moral is the worse there,, the men are stressed to the max, covanta just loves to set one standard for workers but management has another,, they break rules to suit them but you do it you get written up,, they break state laws,they have un-licensed people operating at there plants, only good thing i can say about that place,,is the guys are a bunch of great guys,,its just too bad that covanta treats them like a dog,,
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Very Great Enviroment
COMBO PIPEFITTER WELDER OF ALL KINDS (Former Employee), Newark, NJJanuary 21, 2015
Pros: free lunches, great overtime
-Very Neat
-Very Interested
-Great Co-Workers
-ECONOMIZERS
-FEED WATER HEATERS
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Great experience
IT Consultant - Client Computing Engineer (Current Employee), Morristown, NJJanuary 15, 2015
Awesome people for the most part. Ended up leaving for a higher paying job.
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Fast paced, fun productive work days
Auxiliary Engineer (Current Employee), West Babylon, NYJanuary 8, 2015
typical day includes daily jobs,inspections, logs, LOTO procedures. Learning the importance of safety in every aspect. working under a management team with a great group of co-workers.
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Process and operating equipment
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee), Kapolei, HIJanuary 6, 2015
My typical work day consist of operating loaders, dozers, mules and forklifts. The majority of the day I am operating loaders and dozers. I have learned a lot from my company like how to operate heavy equipment and also to service them. I have also learned how to operate the control room and to read gages. The most enjoyable thing about my job is always learning new things and how we can benefit our company.
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Great company to work for
Control Room Operator / STEP UP Supervisor (Current Employee), Alexandria, VADecember 16, 2014
Pros: pay is great
Cons: traffic issue everyday
Great place to has a great safety record and care about employees
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A productive and enjoyable work environment.
Laborer/Painter (Former Employee), Bainbridge, PANovember 18, 2014
Pros: it was a work at your own pace work environment.
Cons: while employed, i didn't come across any cons.
A typical day of work included of checking and disposing of trash. Draining oil from some of the selected machines. Sweeping floors. All of my co-workers were pleasant to work with. I enjoyed the hours I got.
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HR brings a new day every day
Day Control Room Operator (Current Employee), Delano, CASeptember 28, 2014
Pros: pay
Cons: hr
BS all the time..management lies about every thing. wait till it breaks manit.
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The Company is doing well
Accountant (Contract Employee) (Former Employee), Fairfield, NJSeptember 17, 2014
Pros: very generous to temp, employees
Cons: take long time to hire temp to perm.
This is a great Co. to work for, the Co., is doing well, the Managements are smart and great to work for.
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Operations Reliability Engineer
Operations Reliability Engineer (Current Employee), Morristown, NJSeptember 15, 2014
Conduct analyses to identify performance and process issues and assist in implementation of corrective actions
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High Energy place
welder/Tool Tech (Current Employee), haverhill,maSeptember 10, 2014
CFS,You get Dirty working in the field and work many hard hours. Pay is good and the Benifits are great.
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Great company to begin your career with
Assistant Shift Engineer (Current Employee), Spring Hill, FLJuly 18, 2014
Pros: benefits, such as vacation time
Cons: working in high heat areas
Days are 12 hours. 2 on, then 2 off. 5 on, then 5 off. Night shift changes every 2 weeks.

Duties include crane operations, equipment inspections and monitoring, trash burning equipment, plant operations, water treatment chemistry, welding, various plant projects as needed and assisting control room operations.

Shift team works together and is dependent on one another. Must be quick to assess situations and work well under pressure.

Difficult areas for this position is working around boiler systems with high temperature heat indexes.

Enjoyable areas are co-worker bonds, completing assigned tasks successfully, and the work week schedule.
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good luck
supervisor (Current Employee), long beach califMay 22, 2014
Pros: great employees!
Cons: management is all about profit and abusive/ hostile work enviorment
No future! contract is over in less than 4 years, very unhealthful untreated and treated ash blowing around everywhere, it;s a wonder the EPA hasn't shut them down! hot, dirty, smelly and one of the most unprofessional places to work on the planet! Massive turnover, 100's of employees in 25 years! but they do know how to drink and party at corporate! don't get hurt to much or you will be on the street.
Most of the employees feel they are in slavery, always problems getting paid correctly too.
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Great Job
Plant Technician/Equipment Operator (Former Employee), Preston CtApril 10, 2014
Pros: great benefits
Cons: very dirty/ health risks
Typical days work involved routine cleaning and grounds keeping of facility. equipment inspections/operation. heavy equipment operation <FEL> mostly. Waste inspections, crane operations.

learned a great deal about refuse to energy plant operations and maintenance.

co-workers were great but sometimes unmotivated.

This job always threw curve balls and kept it interesting. always a new puzzle to solve.
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Productive and positive workplace.
General Laborer (Former Employee), Delano, CAApril 7, 2014
Enjoyed working with the covanta staff. Positive learning environment.
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NA leader in Energy-from-Waste
Business (Former Employee), Mid-AtlanticMarch 12, 2014
Pros: highly competent people; great it systems; continuous improvement focus
Cons: disconnect between goals/incentives; industry growth lacking; siloed structure
Innovative solutions to operating and environmental challenges. Focus on results including safety and environmental compliance.
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No Life
Equipment Operator (Current Employee), Poughkeepsie, NYJanuary 22, 2014
Pros: free lunches, and pay
Cons: management, having no social life
12 hour shifts, 5 on 2 off 2 on 5 off from 7-7 and on call every other week. Workers will call of sick for no reason to get more time off, management is HORRIBLE and equipment never gets fixed. You're just a pawn.
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Poor plant maintenace causes extremely difficuly operation
Shift Supervisor- Direct (Former Employee), Niagara Falls NYJanuary 21, 2014
Pros: descent pay/benifits
Cons: poorly maintained, stress, no managment accountability
Poorly maintained facility, management focused on appearance rather than solutions to problems. Very stressful working environment due to constant and overwhelming plant casualty conditions. Good people to work with, good teamwork.
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Not a fun place to be
Facilities Aesthetic Manager (Former Employee), Niagara Falls, NYDecember 26, 2013
Pros: they tried to make things fun, free lunches, and more, but the overall morale is poor because the workers don't trust management
Cons: most people that work there are nice
Not a fun place to work, very poor morale, and you have to watch your back, or you'd be fired

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