Mostly a negative experience
Environmental Technician (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – November 14, 2017
The HEPACO Pittsburgh office is small, somewhat unorganized &unprofessional, and generally miserable.
Most of the work is muscle/labor "environmental" work; tank cleaning, spill cleanup, haz & non haz, etc.
The company is a 24-hour response company. 24 hours means 24 hours for each any every employee. It is not uncommon to be called out in the middle of the night and stay out for well over 18 hours.
Traveling is expected, and can be frequent. The Pittsburgh office is subjected to spill response all over the Northeast.
Morale within the office is exceptionally low, especially from the laborer position. Workers receive relatively low wages, and are often subject to harmful, and toxic chemicals under poor working conditions.
Safety is preached within the company. However, when a spill response comes in, safety generally goes out the window. Management does not care if you work over 24/36/48, etc. hours straight, as long as they are making money. Safety is important until profit is threatened.
Most of the equipment does not work, which makes the jobs harder to accomplish. Management does not like spending money to fix necessary equipment.
Management has been known to cut hours from workers' paychecks to save profit.
Management plays favorites with workers, and chooses to ridicule/belittle those they are not in favor of, rather than teach and correct. Management is also known to have explosive tempers.
Overall not an enjoyable place to work. Very high turnover rate. High risk, low reward. Would not recommend applying here unless absolutely desperate.