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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 – more... 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. – less
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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! – more... 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. – less
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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 – more... and kept it interesting. always a new puzzle to solve. – less
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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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Strong Company
Market Manager- CT (Former Employee), Wallingford, CTNovember 19, 2013
Very demanding job with set goals and duties. Frequent travel between CT, MA, NY, NJ, Canada, Toronto. Co-workers were good to work with and several cross-functional team aspects.
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Good experience, stressful conditions
Auxiliary Operator (Former Employee), Tulsa, OKOctober 14, 2013
Pros: good benefits (health, vision, dental), good vacation, plenty of opportunity for overtime, great experience
Cons: lots of overtime, ageing plants can be a misery to work in, plant management determines worker satisfaction
Tough wok every day. Day at work at our very old facility consisted of 12 straight hours of back breaking work. Work orders were so numerous that maintenance could not keep up and as a result, simple fixes were ignored, vital infrastructure backed up and operations crew suffered.

I had the opportunity to talk to lots of other workers from other plants – more... and they consistently said the pay was better along with the work at other plants. At this facility we were way overworked and struggling daily to keep up.

However, every crew I worked on had a strong positive leader who kept the crews running effectively and the operations crews were a good bunch to work next to. The amount of work could be looked at positively since every day had a good chance of an operations emergency or breakdown, we became well trained in all aspects of operations. Working at a dirty, rundown plant for just one or two years will gift the patient worker with a vast knowledge set that will enable them to be a strong and confident worker at any other plant.

Despite the obvious stressful and dirty working conditions I was presented at Covanta, I learned a lot and am able to use this experience in a different industry. – less
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requires long hours
Maintenance Manager (Current Employee), NYAugust 16, 2013
Pros: innovation
Cons: long hours
Really enjoy the challenges and innovative ideas. Requires more than 12 hours per day.
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Management sucked
IC&E Technician (Former Employee), Tulsa, OKJuly 31, 2013
Pros: good work place
Cons: managment sucks
performed regular maintenance on electrical equipment. programmed PLC's and automated equipment. Co-workers are wonderful people easy to get along with. Management is seriously lacking.
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Great Company who cares about the safety of it's employees.
Maintenance Mechanic (Current Employee), Haverhill, MAJuly 29, 2013
Pros: luncheons, employee recognition programs etc.
Cons: health insuarance is pricey and doesn't cover much
Fast Paced and very hard working job!
Very hot at times working in the boiler house.
you will work with many different substances which could be harmful to your health if not wearing the proper ppe which is always available at all times!
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Hard, Hot, and Unforgiving
Maintenance Technician (Former Employee), Chester, PAJuly 16, 2013
Pros: overtime, and call in. vaction time tha you can get while there
Cons: benifits are going away pay more get less, managment teams will use you as a cape goat instead of protecting y ou
what can I say Murphy's Law lives here!!!!!!!! The work environment is brutal working in extreme Heat (up wards to 140+ degrees, to of course the most extreme cold mother nature in the area provides) and the Company does NOT provide the equipment needed to keep you cool or warm. While I worked there I picked up a lot of skills but had to fight tooth – more... and nail to learn. (only "certain" People would be sent for training). the management worst I ever had. only reason I stayed so long is cause the economy sucked. Co-workers lets see like most the People are good fun loving people being driven to despair by the Management teams. the hardest part of the job is tiptoeing around the finger pointers, back stabbers, and the pets as it were. the best part was the amount of overtime. never lacking. – less
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hard work ,little pay.
miantnance and forklift operator (Current Employee), Chester, PAJune 28, 2013
Pros: thursdays free lunch
Cons: short breakes and working around hazzardues envireament
get suited up for the dirtiest work place ever.
t
o get along with everyone.
my co-workers kept me working
everything is hard at this work site
the last 30 miniutes
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Great Team
Executive Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Lorton VaMay 31, 2013
There were no typical days at work. There are day to day tasks that must be accomplished but then there are all the little things that come up during the day that must also be addressed. From "surprise" business lunches, to Human Resource issues you could never really tell what a day would bring. Thankfully the team at Covanta was open minded about – more... what the job was. You never heard "thats not my job". I will miss them. – less
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good company
Heavy Equipment Operator (Former Employee), Mendota, CAMay 3, 2013
good people and good company to work for was a loader operator for them
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Environmentally friendly.
ACCOUNTING ASSISTANT (Former Employee), Lorton, VAApril 17, 2013
Pros: great benefits
Cons: no place for advancement.
A challenging and productive Company. Friendly Staff. No room for advancement.
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over all not a bad place to work
Auxiliary Operator/ Control Room Operator (Former Employee), Harrisburg, PAApril 13, 2013
Pros: the teamwork
Cons: the unstable fuel
Job could be very stressful at times. the company has good safety goals, however at times unrealistic. My co workers were very easy to work with. the hardest part of the job was the inconsistent unstable fuel. The most enjoyable part was the friendship and teamwork displayed by most employees.
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Line Technician (Current Employee), Miami, FLJanuary 23, 2013
Work starts with a safety meeting and preparation for the 12 hour shift. Transferring solid waste to renewable energy, we have two sources of fuel. One, is Bio-Mass the more sensitive fuel which does not process plastic and white paper. Second, fuel storage in which everything is processed. We check for shredder damage, change hammers in the shredder – more... if demanded. also, we keep a clean operations floor and area. Supervisors are demanding but fair and make sure everything is going according to plan. Co-Workers are lively and fun makes the job operate smooth, but also challenges you to finish work. The demanding hours where it is very difficult to spend quality time with family. Co-Workers are the best part about working for Covanta. – less

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