Tradesmen International

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Tradesmen International Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
86 Reviews
2.2
86 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 5 reviews)

  • No cell phone allowance until you meet criteria and keep it for a certain length (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 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 an 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Temporary Journeyman Electrician

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrcian in Lyman, WY
    Former Employee - 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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 an 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
  6.  

    Disappointed

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

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    did not work on weekends

    Cons

    the IN crowd received the promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review current employees abilities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shady from the top down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Field Representative in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    Good pay after you build a territory

    Cons

    No leadership and poor management of field reps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in the field and lead by example

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    skilled trades

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Skilled Trades in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Skilled Trades in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    working all over metro area. this is both pro and con.

    Cons

    As soon as I was eligible for health care the job assignments dried up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the cons, does more have to be said. Management sets the tone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    BRICKLAYER

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bricklayer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Bricklayer in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    good paying job in my trade

    Cons

    no benefits ,not very steady work, always trying to give a lower pay scale on the next job, need to get at least 40 hrs per week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good staball company but lacks pay for field reps.

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

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

    Pros

    putting people to work, fun environment, meeting new people, not stressful,

    Cons

    low salary pay according to market, very poor vehicle allowance, mileage reports is a waste of time, computer system is very slow, field reps are required in office to much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise salaries another 10k, give back 5% commissions taken away from us 2 years ago, raise car allowances to 500.00 plus .20cents per mile to cover gas and oil changes. we are left with vehicles that are worn out with no compensation. the current 400.00 does not even come close to what the cost is, Upgrade the computer system for faster more electronic friendly for work orders and such. field reps left in field for full days. with maybe one or two days a week be in office for an hour or so for sales meetings. when a rep is building territories don't divide and separate. not fair to rep or customers . pay commissions in full once customer pays. try doing these and your turn over with reps would be a lot less and the company sales would improve dramatically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    use as a bridge job to find better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Tradesmen International

    Pros

    flexibility with schedule
    insurance and retirement package is good
    usually a forty hour work week
    overtime is not manditory
    decent pay

    Cons

    if field reps dont work, you dont work
    paid time off (vacation) is "temporarily" on hold, has been since feb 2009, same thing happened with paid holidays years ago, they never came back.
    corporate office puts blame on field office, field office puts it back on corporate, can never get a straight answer.
    if you get laid off for lack of work you lose any vacation time you had built up, you start over considered a new employee. can lose SUBSTANTIAL vacation time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take better care of the people that have given you a paycheck for many years. own up to your shortcomings and do something to correct them. your bottom line is your field employees, they should be the ones you want to keep happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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