Tradesmen International

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Tradesmen International Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
21 Reviews
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Joseph Wesley
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Quick advancement and opportunities to make good money (in 4 reviews)

  • Good pay after you build a territory (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • There is little to no work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • No work life balance, pay is below industry average, will tell you what they think you want to hear to keep you (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Field Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Field Representative in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Tradesmen International

    Pros

    Laid back office crew. Could be fun at times, good money can be made if your clients pay on time. Good place to get into sales if you have never done it before.

    Cons

    Management needs to step up their game and really see whats going on and actually working with reps to help them become successful. Managers should be required to be in the field so they can see whats going on first hand. Recruiters are not very concerned with your open orders and are more concerned with bigger or larger bill rate orders. You have to collect payment from the clients within 30 days or they will dock your commissions. You are selljng for the most part the construction workers that cant or are to lazy to find jobs of their own and don't always work out on site or they don't show up resulting in the client not using anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually attend your big meetings with big clients. Lower your bill rates to be competitive with the competition. Know what your managers are actually doing because most half a $$ it and provide no support and kill sales by driving office moral down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Project Coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Fort Wayne, IN

    I worked at Tradesmen International

    Pros

    Could be a fun environment to work in if better management were in place. Some offices seem to be better since they have better leaders in place. I would have loved the work if I were compensated better and had better leadership.

    Cons

    Low pay for the hours that you are asked to put in. High turn over within the whole company. My office didn't really care about the field employees. Sexual Harassing environment seems to be fine with upper management. Not enough work for the field employees. They say they are entitled to benefits, but if they do not have enough work hours, they are not eligible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better follow up with employees on how local managers are treating their employees. Better Management should be in place throughout.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    To much work, to little pay for what you actually do

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative Or Sales Representative in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Field Representative Or Sales Representative in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom of schedule, not sitting in an office all day

    Cons

    Salesforce requirements, having to track down payments, workers not showing up after you secured client and the sale driving miles and miles to get told no thanks, you only get commission on the money you collect not on what you actually sell.. After 90 days if they receive payment you still get nothing. Week long training in cleveland ohio and you have to room with a random stranger and really dont learn that much unless that is your gm teaches you little then maybe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Not very defined sales territory

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Tradesmen International

    Pros

    they make a lot of promises and the company could be very good but management is not very reliable!!!

    Cons

    a lot But expected to do a lot more than one should per position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work with your salesmen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent experience. At times, could find work quick and others, not so quick. Seems to be somewhat unorganized.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The fellow employees at Tradesmen International always seem to be really good people.

    Cons

    Seems to be unorganized. They have some employees that don't know what they are doing and they make just as much income as the "journeyman". I get a vibe by the management that they are "fake" and act like they really care about you, but deep down inside you can feel it being fake.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tradesmen is no different than any other staffing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to launch a sales career and get "reps".... must learn to develop skills in cold calling, appointment setting, and closing deals... all good skills to have if you are getting started in sales. Can get promoted fairly quickly.

    Cons

    Car allowance is only 5 months. You are expected to set 5 appointments a day .... 5 days a week. Minimum.. Its not impossible but it would require 12 or 13 hrs a day to do that and the work you put in is not worth the wear and tear on your vehicle and the pay. Hours are 7am to 6pm... and if your office is struggling, you have to work Saturdays.

    The sales approaches they use are old, laughable and ineffective.. high pressure, close now ... even if the client does not have a need, management believes "a good salesman can persuade anyone".... Most construction companies that have been around for awhile have numerous people they can call at a moments notice and they will come running.... and a lot of these "craftsmen" like to work sporadically... They don't want full time employment...

    You tell contractors that "workers comp, insurance, etc... is covered by us...no liability to you".... the reality is that the cost of all that is rolled into what Tradesmen bills the clients. They don't save anything.

     In training, you are told its a "relationship" sale or consult... in reality it is a "slam" sale based on lies and talking contractors into something they don't want to do.... You overpromise and under deliver daily in order to satisfy management. I worked for 5 months trying to get the largest roofing company in my region to come on board...they finally gave me a shot....we sent 4 guys out in 4 days.... they all quit or did not come back after one day... no call/no show.... one "qualified roofer" quit because it was too hot and he had to work with Hispanics... This was the pattern almost every time we sent workers out. I would lose clients a week after signing them up because we could not provide good employees. Our internal recruiter had his hands tied. He had nothing to work with and he worked hard and long hours to find qualified people.

    VERY Unprofessional. The management gets hammered drunk at company events and acts atrocious.

    The actual tradesmen you deal are mostly unqualified or have numerous felonies... or major "dings" on their record... or show up High or prove to be uncooperative... Some would tell you flat out "I wont let you down, thanks so much for finding me a job"... and not show up the very next day.... and not call... Some tradesmen like to travel but most that are worth anything will either already working full time... The unemployed tradesmen that apply are usually unemployed for a reason... And if you do get a qualified worker and the employer likes him, they will quit tradesmen and go work for the contractor directly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in line with reality and modern sales approaches.... People are too smart now to buy into sales "techniques or tactics"... A relationship sale or problem solving consultation is not made in one meeting... or even in a month or two.. it takes time and you cannot create need in a down economy or a depressed area of the country or by a "closing technique"...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Temp agency with poor ethics!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator

    I worked at Tradesmen International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There isn't much to say except there is some
    Flexibility. Some roles in office give you the flexibility you may need. The field employees are generally a pleasure!

    Cons

    Crappy pay, 0 staffing model. Dishonesty is unethical, management is selfish and greedy. Bonus pay doesn't structure around your work but the teams work, if sales aren't up and management doesn't collect your "bonus" doesn't exist. Accountability isn't there, also there are inappropriate behavior in the workplace like violent yelling, drinking, poor I-9 compliance . They promise to employ tradesmen full time
    Then can't get them work. They will hire tradesmen working full time to in exchange work temp,
    Then fire them and ignore calls
    When work is slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Temporary Journeyman Electrician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Journeyman Electrcian in Lyman, WY
    Former Contractor - Journeyman Electrcian in Lyman, WY

    I worked at Tradesmen International as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have put me to work when I really was at my wits end seeking employment. Some projects have paid very well. Big projects for big clients pop up occassionally.

    Cons

    The projects are far between. The licensing requirement can be difficult to meet--and the worker has to get his/her own and pay for it themselves. The recruiters (especially for travelers) have a tendency to put the cart before the horse. In their attempt to send you off to distant projects they have sent you there many times without you being allowed to stay and earn any money. You have to pay your own travel expenses. Perdiem kicks in after you earn hourly pay. I have been sent to at least four jobs in 3.5 years where when I got there I was told that I could not stay and work due to a job prerequisite (licensing I was not told I needed, knowledge ahead of time of a clients specific company safety policy that I did not have, a drug test in hand that I did not have, and once to a location 1,500 miles away where I was told the client desperately needed me immediately and when I left at once and got there I went through their safety orientation and passed and also passed their company drug and alcohol test and then was sent 150 miles to the jobsite where I was told to start work that day for a foreman that was waiting for me only to get there and be told by that foreman over the phone that he was not there all day and that the jobsite was shut down and then to be told by Tradesmen office management that I would not be paid for going to the company's office nor their jobsite nor anything at all for my travel time and expenses. Outrageous!!! And, of course if something backfires it tends to be automatically be blamed on the worker--what is their promised arbitration?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When it works it works very well, but there are too many times when the cart is put before the horse and it all backfires with me being left out in the cold with no pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Money isn't the greatest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Representative
    Former Employee - Field Representative

    I worked at Tradesmen International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working "in the field" by seeing your clients, building relationships, and business planning were great experiences in B2B sales.

    Cons

    The commission structure is poor unless you generate large volume of business. On top of that you don't see money off the business you generate until the client pays their invoice, the longer they take you lose a certain percentage of your commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay sales people for the business they generate when it is written up. Making the sales staff wait and potentially lose large parts of their commission takes away motivation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Selling unemployed tradesmen as "highly productive" tradesmen to clients.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tradesmen International in Bangor, ME
    Current Employee - Tradesmen International in Bangor, ME

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Typical outside sales role. Flexibility. Progressive production tools. Fun environment. Construction people are typically good to be around.

    Cons

    Read title. Must sell a lot of "highly productive" tradesmen to make a living. Very low base salary. Required use of personal computer to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better base salary or increase lower earnings commission percentage to get though growing pains of business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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