College Works Painting Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Lot of work - Valuable soft skills

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    Former Intern - Branch Manager
    Former Intern - Branch Manager

    I worked at College Works Painting as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You develop good soft skills - sales, ability to build rapport, etc.
    The ability to have a good conversation with someone you just meet is a skill that is invaluable going forward, throughout interviews.

    Cons

    LOTS of time dedicated to the business if you want to do well.
    Success is completely dependent on time and effort put in.
    Whoever is the district manager will have a huge impact as well; a good one is extremely helpful, while a bad one makes your life impossible.
    Not enough pay, considering the time put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more.
    Do not take money from the intern when the cost of the job increases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Branch Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College Works Painting

    Pros

    Hands-on business experience, recruiting employees, marketing, sales, training and managing a crew. This is a great opportunity to learn and gain experience. This being on my resume has gotten me countless job offers.

    Cons

    Extremely time consuming to take part in while in school. Requires a lot of time driving and CWP is not liable for any damages that happen to you or your vehicle on the job. Paint spills in my car costed me more to fix than I made during the entire internship. Gas money to drive to and from the sites also costed more than what I made.

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    I worked 60+ hours/week for 7 months and made $600, but it really pumped up my resume!

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    Former Intern - Branch Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Intern - Branch Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at College Works Painting as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    College Works Painting hires college students to run regional “branches" of its own painting company each summer. Sounds like a crazy concept, and it is. But it's legit for learning about owning your own business in real life, which is great as long as you don't expect to make any money.

    You really do start your own business. I think most college students won't know what they're getting themselves into when they start an internship at CWP. And that's ok, as long as you handle stress well, follow-through, and can handle getting yelled at by strangers (not management or co-workers, complete strangers), you'll do pretty well here.

    College Works definitely taught me a LOT about the ins and outs of running a business. Their corporate training at the beginning of the season is a bit of a joke, but the training in teams was pretty good and really created a sense of community amongst my team members. CWP definitely helped me develop my (previously non-existent) sales and marketing skills into stuff I've since used to get more normal jobs.

    The sales season is really cool and can be kind of fun if you’re a competitive type (I didn’t know I was until CWP). They keep it competitive among teams, with online sales trackers and weekly rewards for teams with the highest amount of new contracts in a week.

    Production season (when you actually have to start painting the houses) can get really intense really quickly, but it really teaches you a lot about project management, time management, and conflict resolution. Regardless of what they may tell you during hiring or training, you will mess up someone’s house or screw up a jobsite at least once and how well you handle it will determine how well you do overall.

    In a nutshell: if you can tough it out when the going gets tough, you'll be rewarded with experience that you just can't get anywhere else. I experienced stress like I had never experienced in my life, but I learned some really great, transferrable skills. Almost 4 years after the fact, I still get questions about my experience at College Works in job interviews.

    Cons

    At the regional training at the very beginning of the season, you'll hear a lot about how all of the managers and presidents started at Interns and that interns have the possibility to make really good money. And Cancun. They talk a lot about Cancun, specifically the national year-end trip to Cancun for the “top-earners” in each Region.

    YOU WILL HAVE ZERO WORK-LIFE BALANCE. WHILE YOU'RE AN INTERN, YOU WILL LIVE AND BREATH CWP OR YOU WILL DROP OUT.

    I was one of the only interns that sold less than $45k and didn't quit halfway through. It's pretty much impossible to turn a profit with less than $50k in jobs. Unless you get lucky and find heart-of-gold, awesome painters, you'll sink really quickly. Luckily, CWP also eats any losses from branches that don't turn a profit so you won't get stuck with any debt you create. But they won't pay you either. The only pay that’s assured for interns is the 2.5% sales commission, all of your other compensation you have to pull as profit from your jobs. While the system is fair, I wouldn't say its set-up to make you money either. You really do get what you work for, which is both good and bad.

    They always told us to improve our "management style" if a house wasn't getting done or your work was sloppy. But unless you want to grab the sprayer and start doing the house yourself, most of your success comes from the painters you hire and how much they respect you.

    The company culture is cool at first, but then the CWP "lifestyle" seeps in to the interns and everyone who doesn't quit turns into a fratboy (or girl). Every friend I made during the program, and who stayed with CWP, no longer communicates with many other people outside of CWP. It's a lifestyle. If you fit in, cool. If you don't, you’re gonna have a weird time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. College Works Intern Experience

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    Current Intern - Intern
    Current Intern - Intern

    I have been working at College Works Painting as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    This program offers a lot more responsibility than any other internship I've come across. Completing the program will definitely look more impressive than the average entry level internship. I love the people I met in this program, they are all motivated to do well and live life to the fullest. Overall, I am glad I did this program because I grew a lot and it gave me a lot more experience than I had previously had.

    Cons

    With a lot of responsibility comes a lot of hard work. This is by far the hardest thing I have ever done and I spent a lot of my summer really stressed out and feeling like I had bitten off more than I could chew. I also made a lot less money than I had originally anticipated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would appreciate the management being more direct with people on their team and setting more realistic financial goals.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Looks good on resume but not worth the hussle

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    Former Intern - Branch Manager
    Former Intern - Branch Manager

    I worked at College Works Painting as an intern

    Pros

    You get really close with the upper management. Good experience in terms of things to put on resume - really develops a wide range of skills.

    Cons

    You will most likely lose money and end up with nothing
    There is avid favoritism
    You will work long hours and despite what they tell you, you will have to paint, too

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on production than sales

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Hard, but you learn a lot about customer service, sales, marketing, and everything regarding running your own business.

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at College Works Painting full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    District manager's help you throughout the process, very willing to help. You choose if you are successful or not.

    Cons

    Training is a little different, but acceptable. compensation could be re-evaluated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Extremely Difficult but learned alot.

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    Current Intern - Branch Manager
    Current Intern - Branch Manager

    I have been working at College Works Painting as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Gain management and sales experience, forced to work hard and learn, fun culture

    Cons

    not enough support from management, not enough training, profit margins are low because of company's percentage, seducing language about bonuses and rewards deceptive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more paint training, take smaller percentage of profit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at College Works Painting part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot working for College Works. Helped with goal setting, time management, and the basics of running a business.

    Cons

    The quality of the experience depends on your manager to a certain extent. I worked with two managers and the second one was terrible. I could barely get a hold of him and he didn't follow through with what he said he was going to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. I enjoyed the experience and learn a lot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Works Painting part-time

    Pros

    Great experience for any young entrepreneurs who would love to learn leadership and team skills. You are able to make a great income.

    Cons

    You have to go door to door and a lot of homes will have signs stating that their home does not want to be solicited to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of the self help and motivational tools that network marketing companies use

  11. Good experience but would never do it again

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Works Painting

    Pros

    teaches great principle important for any occupation

    Cons

    time investment is rough, especially if you have kids.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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