Clean Harbors
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My experience is that there is poor communication. Dispatch needs work. Last minute dispatching with poor communications. When you’re on days off they call and try to get you to come back early.

Pros

Diversity on the job

Cons

Poor safety culture at the field level
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Toxic environment

This company has a very toxic management environment. Your told your opinion matter until you go to give your opinion at which point it’s not even heard
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Lots of different equipment but no training for you

Avoid this company unless you want to be just a number and used and abused. They say they have a training program but in 3 plus years I have not seen it. No respect for the workers by the company at all.

Pros

Lots of different equipment

Cons

No training program
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Camp life.

If your a commuter and can do a life of camp, go for it. But be sure and no , after 10 years of camp , and gone 3-6 weeks a rotation to make a living , you will be divorced. Management is cruel. The job comes first. You make a mistake and it's 3 days min suspension , sitting in camp ( not paid) wondering if you have a job. Lots of equipment sitting around, as they got no work. Union company , so good luck with that starting out. Lots of rules, they even have rules , about rules. Figure that out. Pay is good , camp food and isolation. Being an experience operator willSave you. Getting by management and safety, is hit or mis. Make your money while it's hot and save for the slow times. Seasonal workers do best.

Pros

Camp, wages

Cons

No life, stressful, seasonal
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Fun workplace

Very happy place to work for and good security and rewards for the job you do and advancement if you choose and good management to help you achieve your personal goals

Pros

Advancement

Cons

12 hrs shift
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Don’t waste your time!!!!

Bosses say mechanics are a dime a dozen, and you are treated as such. They have their favourite guy’s and only listen to what they have to say. If you talk a big game and like to pat yourself on the back, and brag yourself up, you’ll be fine. NO RAISES, unless you like to spend your time doing courses online, on your own time not payed by the way. They pay on theoretical work, not on the practical. As mentioned, if you talk a big game and remember from a book or computer, you will get a raise, not what you show you can do and the way you perform on the job. It’s a joke! Lot of back stabbing. Multiple people are on the same job, so when are the unit comes back with screw ups, and they do 9 times out of 10, all who worked on that unit, even if that particular job was not done by you, all are bundled together, and in trouble. Hence some of the back stabbing. Very, very rarely are you given your own unit to work on yourself. Turn over rate is exceptionally high.

Pros

Payed weekly, weekends off

Cons

Payed weakly, (very weakly), management sucks, don’t care for employees unless you make them look good
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Don't work at clean harbors, Don't Work here - DON'T

Management runs around listening to gossip, no proper training, no access to information, lies, terrible place - don't work here. You don't know your work schedule a day in advance let alone a week. Can't plan your life

Pros

no real pros. Company does care about safety

Cons

no work schedule in advance, too many people over your shoulder, critizing with no training.
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Poorly managed

Looks good on paper, not so much once you’re hired. Little to no training from management, you get shuffled around to learn from other employees. In one department there were almost more managers than employees. The work environment was very competitive, only concern was to meet targets. These target goals were pushed hard by management. If they are met, the managers get a bonus. The employees do as well, they just do all the hard work. While training, the employees were clearly annoyed with having to train a new person. Questions/inquiries were met with annoyance, rather than helpfulness. Management creates a competitive environment, were people are concerned only with getting their bonuses.

Pros

Decent starting salary

Cons

toxic work environment, too many people in “management”, poor training, unrealistic goals, high stress. Numbers are their top priority, expected to work overtime almost every work fay
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Don’t waste your time

Most of the guy’s are pretty good. Management needs to be replaced. You’re treated pretty good as long as you do everything you can to make management look good! If not, you’ll be in the doghouse. We’ve been told that mechanics are a dime a dozen! If you don’t like it, leave. This maintenance hub has went through 25 guys in 4 years. A lot hasn’t even made 6 months. They come and see the culture and see the joke and leave!! You constantly have to watch your back, there is a couple guy’s who will do anything they can to have you look bad so they look good to management. Very clicky with these same guys and management. Do yourself a favour, don’t waste your time!!!! Could be a great place if a few people were changed.

Pros

Payed weekly

Cons

Management, lots of backstabbing.
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Southern Alberta ( Clean Harbors )

This company gets rid of you before your 3 months no explanation. They have very little work. Management is a Cult. You fit in or you don’t. They rip off their customers. They are always hiring for temporary positions. I applied for a position and they never even let me do that job only a couple times and stuck me on different trucks instead. Very disorganized, I honestly don’t know how they survive. Management doesn’t communicate at all. There equipment sucks. The only way they get new equipment is if the buy a new company. The pay is below average for the expectations. The only good thing is the safety culture. It’s over board but it reduces incidents. I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. No exit interview so you can educate them on what changes need to be done because they just don’t care 🤷‍♂️.

Pros

Safety

Cons

This company only exists because of the safety practices
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Super people to work for .

I worked for clean harbors for 18 months. During that time I had learned from the other workers how to do the job safety and right.I really appreciated the opportunity to work for a great company.
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Administration management

The west end admin dept. in Edmonton is a mess, extremely unprofessional, terrible communication, TOO MANY managers, favouritism, and they run off great employees due to sneaky people who have been there a long time. Next to no training, accountability there is none (for the higher ups) they will make you feel like you are walking on eggshells almost everyday. Lots of backstabbing and gossiping (which i was done with in high school). I could go on and on... the company would run much better if those in charge were held to the same standard as the rest of the employees.

Pros

Pay and benefits were great

Cons

Management chaotic and unprofessional
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Admins aren't treated equal or fairly.

I was there 3 years and never received a pay increase. I worked 14-16 hours a day from Dec 2019 to July 2020 with only a handful of days off. Never felt appreciated for what I did and the time I put in. Clean Harbors has no respect for Administration,
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Good pay and benefits

Good pay and benefits, my position is nice and relaxing. Constant turnover of management and to many unqualified people in positions they have no clue about, which is very frustrating. No help or support when needed

Pros

Great pay, benefits

Cons

Management, unqualified support staff
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Your Expendable.

They tell you you want to hear when hiring and promise the moon and your their best friend while their busy but once things slow down they let everyone go without warning.

Pros

None

Cons

Terrible management, Zero communication know one knows what going on.
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Nepotism and favoritism st its finest

Lies and let downs. Promises not kept. Advancement for family not for the best candidate. They let guys they like get away with murder and fire others over hear say

Pros

Good time on time off

Cons

Back stabbers
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Friendly but no one knows whats going on

You don't even know if you're working the next day until they send out the manpower list at 5pm. And if you are working it could be at a completely different site and on a different shift. They can't even organize rides from the parking lot to the trailer so you wind up hitchhiking across the refinery half the time. Everyone I met there was super friendly and easy to get along with, but no one had a clue wtf was going on most of the time. The benefits stink as well so if you're looking for a long term job then don't even bother.

Pros

Everyone is friendly enough

Cons

Disorganized, bad benefits, mediocre pay, no communication, no respect for your days off.
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Don't waste your time

They wait until you are a week away from 3 months probation period then let you go. Zero communication until an hour before you have you to be ready. Never any indication of how long you will be gone. Management does not communicate with their staff.

Pros

Decent equipment

Cons

Poor management and communication
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Terrible workplace

Your completely expendable, used and abused when they need you and benched for weeks when they don't. You'd probably make more yearly working in fast food. if you have someone that relies on you making a consistent income, don't apply here

Pros

Free lunches occasionally

Cons

Jobs are too far apart to make reliable income
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Don't even bother

They don't tell you everything you will be doing during any part of the interview. After you start, that's when they tell you they expect the world from you. Plus you pay for a portion of your benefits which are not great to begin with.

Pros

None

Cons

Cheap benefits & long hours
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Pretty good place too work when it’s busy with decent benefits

Decent place to work with opportunities for advancement all the guys are good to work with pretty helpful with the procedures and paperwork if you don’t know how or what your doing good benefits and great chances to relocate if needed

Pros

When it’s busy it’s really good

Cons

Depending where your working not consistent enough hours
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