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Does Waste Management Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update January 21, 2020
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A job in waste disposal may be just the secure career path you’re looking for. Maybe you’ve already asked yourself: Does Waste Management hire felons? They’re one of the most recognized companies out there, so we’re sure it’s crossed your mind!

If you’ve thought about helping customers get rid of their trash in a safe and eco-friendly way, use this article to help you get a job at Waste Management with a felony. Relaunch Pad will take a look at these questions, and more:

  • Does Waste Management hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How can I apply?
  • Does Waste Management do background checks?
  • Will there be a drug test?

Are you wondering why you should listen to us? It’s because we’ve been in your shoes and know how tough it can be to find work with a felony. Our team is mostly ex-offenders, so we know what barriers exist. That’s why we directly contact companies and ask them if they hire former felons.

Now, let’s take a look at how to get hired at Waste Management with a felony.

Does Waste Management hire felons?

does waste management hire felons as garbage collectors

Official company policy for hiring felons

Unfortunately, we’ve been unable to contact Waste Management at this time. Rest assured that we’ll keep trying. However, their website states they’re an Equal Opportunity Employer. This means that they’ll look at all applications regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, at least!

Has Waste Management hired felons in the past?

According to our sources, it looks like Waste Management has hired felons in the past. As a matter of fact, they’ve reportedly even had a company representative visit a women’s prison to recruit those being released. Then again, there was also a report saying they didn’t hire felons, so it may be record dependent.

Does Waste Management hire people with misdemeanors?

It looks like Waste Management will hire people with misdemeanors.

Is Waste Management on the Ban the Box list?

No, Waste Management isn’t on the Ban the Box and they haven’t signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge.

Ban the Box is a list of employers that have removed the checkbox from their application asking if you’ve been convicted of any crimes. The Fair Chance Business Pledge is made by companies to look at your current skills and talents instead of judging you by your past.

Both of these programs are designed to give felons a fighting chance to get back on their feet without worry of discrimination.

Does Waste Management have special programs for hiring felons?

They don’t have any special programs for hiring felons, but don’t worry . . . most companies don’t. If you’re interested in something like this, check with your local workforce development office.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

High likelihood of being hired with a felony

We give your odds of getting hired at Waste Management with a felony as high. Even though we haven’t received a company statement and they aren’t on the Ban the Box list, there are numerous accounts of them hiring ex-felons.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Waste Management has two types of entry-level positions. Professional entry-level jobs consist of customer service, business support and sales. Front line positions have mostly driving , technical and operational jobs — so think of your pickup person or someone working sorting at the depot. Any of these positions will put you in line for advancement within the company and will come in handy on a resume in the future.

How to get hired at Waste Management with a felony

So, you’ve decided to try your hand at getting a job at Waste Management with a felony. That’s great! We’ve got some tips to help you get hired.

First, you’ll want to create a great resume. Include your previous work history. List each company’s name, address, and phone number, as well as what your duties were there.

Don’t forget to list any talents or special skills you have related to the position you’re applying for. For example, can you . . .

  • Work in extreme heat for long periods of time?
  • Lift heavy loads?
  • Climb 2,000 steps?
  • Work up to 12 hours per day?

These points appear on several job applications, so make sure you match up what they’re asking for to skills you already have. Landscaping and maintenance jobs are perfect because you can show you worked for long hours doing manual labor. Administrative and clerical positions will help them see you’ve got the right skills they’re looking for on the professional side.

Have someone read over your resume before submitting it, looking for any spelling or grammatical errors.

Once you’re happy with your resume, go to the company’s careers page and find the position you’re qualified for and apply.

Now it’s time for the interview. We’ve got advice to help you nail this process as well:

Show up 10-15 minutes early in business-casual attire. Take out piercings and hide any tattoos. This shows you can be prompt and make a good first impression. If you don’t have anything to wear, consider checking your local clothing pantry for options. Make sure to ask them what their dress code is!

Talk to the interviewer about the skills and talents you listed on your resume. Let them know you’re ready and capable to take on the desired position. Think of times you had to handle problems at work and share them with the interviewer.

Be open and honest about your past. It looks like they’ll hire former felons, it could cost you your job when they find out if you’re not upfront about it.

Does Waste Management do background checks?

Reports show that they will do a background check sometime during the hiring process.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

Like Waste Management, some states only go back seven years. It’s our suggestion that if your conviction was six years ago, wait a year to apply. These are those states:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

There are a few states that don’t consider any verdict where you were found not guilty. There are currently eight states on this list:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

However, there are still some states that will look at your whole record, including any not guilty cases. Be aware if your state is on this list:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We did some research to bring you Waste Management’s online ratings. Glassdoor.com gives them 3.3 stars out of 5. The company offers great benefits and a pleasant work environment, but the long hours and physical labor can be difficult.

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does Waste Management hire felons? It looks like they do, but there are some felonies that’ll hurt your chances more than others.

For example, if you’re applying for a driving position, they’ll be looking for a clean record. Be ready for extra scrutiny if you have driving offenses or drug- or alcohol-related charges.

Theft and any violent crimes might prove difficult because you’ll be working closely with your co-workers and the general public.

Does Waste Management drug test?

Yes, our sources show that they’ll perform a drug test during the hiring process.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Did you get a job at Waste Management with a felony? Was this article instrumental in making that happen? Help someone in your shoes and tell us about it below. We want all the details!

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Leah Mailcoat
Reentry Educator

Leah is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad. A recovering addict and mother of three, her two oldest adult children are dealing with their own addictions and problems, one being recently released from prison and the other is currently incarcerated. Her goal is to give hope to not only her own children, but to others in similar situations.