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Waste Management Reviews

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
136 Reviews
3.0
136 Reviews
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Waste Management President, CEO & Director David P. Steiner
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good pay, really friendly work place environment, growth potential (in 37 reviews)

  • Good benefits / annual bonus (if at all paid) (in 35 reviews)


Cons
  • Long hours management don't care for you just be at work av (in 18 reviews)

  • Central Dispatch & customer service do not have the ability to address customer's needs (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    working class

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Waste Management

    Pros

    steady job good people to work with we go the extra mile for our customers just don't want to lose it

    Cons

    got to watch what you report to hr turn in upper management for conduct issue found in my favor now the one who got in trouble decides what i get paid a hour and has said i won't see top pay as long as they decide what i get even when company gives out raises and made sure to say this when no one else was around to hear it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to look at people job records and make sure management isn't cheating people out of what the company says it is going to them for raises people have been there a long time work for a goal of being at the top one day and to have management tell you they decide your fate instead of the time you put into the company is a big let down

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Driver

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Waste Management full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management and pay no stress

    Cons

    Long commute the drive was stressful from my residence to the job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Waste Management

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    can be a difficult business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and act on those suggestions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people, crumby staffing agencies.

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    Former Employee - Sorter in Deer Valley, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Sorter in Deer Valley, AZ (US)

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The steady hours and over time are great, the workers are generally nice though I indirectly worked for waste management (staffing agency) I didn't quite get the full feel to work for the company. From my experience its only for those that can tolerate dirty and possibly hazardous environments. Safety standards are very good they make sure everyone is aware of all the hazards you can find on sort lines and what to expect, they have set guidelines on how to keep your work place safe.

    Staffing agencies allow you to get your foot through the door to work for the company.

    - Time n half over time
    - Good hours
    - Great safety standards
    - OSHA certified
    - Safety equipment provided
    - Training on all aspects of recycling and maintenance
    - Great management awesome co-workers

    Cons

    Like I said earlier if your not ready for a very dirty hard labor job, this is not your gig. The work can be pretty tiring and exhausting depending on the lines you work on. Pre-sort would have to be the toughest line as residential and commercial trash is found on this line which can include a lot of things weighing 50lbs+, that's just one of the lines they are several more which won't be covered here. Let's just say this line is the hardest there are easier ones.
    Depending on how you got employed to Waste Management I'd say the easiest way to earn you spot is through a staffing agency, keep in mind you might be work with ex-con's and what not. Other than that it doesn't mean you can't get any promotions or be hired onto the company, you can.

    - Nasty and sometimes gut wrenching things dumped into lines
    - Toxic and biological hazards
    - Heavy work load
    - Decent pay (could be better)
    - No health insurance benefits (for the staffing agency not WM)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a couple of things I would like for them to change is wages, often times we had our machine belts rip off or our whole recycling system would fail and we would be sent home. There should be some pay raise or some fail safe to that so we don't waste so much gas getting to work. If our system would run a bit slow to prevent constant down time on our lines would help us pick stuff off the line better and not strain ourselves. I got seriously injured twice and it has effected me almost permanently due to the way we ran our system it was just too fast to accommodate the productivity (they were sooo far behind on productivity rates). They need a better analyst for this or try a different approach to solve these kinds of issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Opportunities if willing to relocate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Madison, WI (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Account Manager in Madison, WI (US)

    I have been working at Waste Management full-time

    Pros

    There is advancement opportunity generally if you are willing to relocate, great benefits, never a lack of something to do...very strong workload. Insurance was good coverage, good employee stock purchase program and 401K.

    Cons

    Getting things accomplished was sometimes difficult due to internal strife/bureacracy...management was rarely willing to "put their neck out" for an idea to be pushed through the system. Overall lack of direction from management as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Buyer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waste Management

    Pros

    Great Team of procurement professionals

    Cons

    Highly dependent on the economy to remain profitable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Scale Operator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Waste Management

    Pros

    The people were friendly and the work was very consistent once you get into a routine.

    Cons

    However, the position was very mundane and it should have been automated by this point. The management did not together very well. The pay was satisfactory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Automate everything and work with your drivers more

    Negative Outlook

    Waste Management Response

    Jan 29, 2015Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! We value your opinion and appreciate your hard work while with Waste Management.

  9.  

    very physically demanding

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    Former Employee - Commercial Driver in Telford, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Commercial Driver in Telford, PA (US)

    I worked at Waste Management

    Pros

    The work day would end early. Some days I would be done work as early as 1:00 p.m.

    Cons

    You have to be to work by 3:30 A.M.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would throw in a bonus every once in awhile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I have no complaints

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Garbage Truck Driver in Pontiac, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Garbage Truck Driver in Pontiac, MI (US)

    I have been working at Waste Management (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay good bennifits great co workers

    Cons

    Very hard labor in the cold and hot weather

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say what you mean and mean what you say

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company overall, sometimes too large for its own good.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dispatcher
    Former Employee - Dispatcher

    I worked at Waste Management full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The operations team is very good-being the largest waste hauler in the country they have many resources and service offerings.

    Cons

    The large size of the company can make you and your role insignificant. Work-life balance could be better, they need more personnel for relief.The work gets boring and very robotic..a lot of things are by the book or no way at all. Not a job for those who need a creative outlet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work-life balance would be appreciated to those in operations. Leadership is full of knowledge, but they need to relay the experience all the way down to the drivers and have more opportunity for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Waste Management Response

    Jan 29, 2015Talent Acquisition

    We appreciate this feedback and are always looking for input to improve our culture and work environment.

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