College Pro Painters
2.8 of 5 98 reviews
www.collegepro.com Woburn, MA

College Pro Painters Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014
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2.8 98 reviews

                             

60% Approve of the CEO

College Pro Painters CEO Tony Valle

Tony Valle

(10 ratings)

40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "You get to work outside in the summer"
    in 10 reviews
  • "work with friends, besides that I would not recommend the job to anybody unless you know the manager and know that they will run the business well"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Some people make money, but most make way less than minimum wage"
    in 5 reviews
  • "lots of hard work and not a lot of reward unless you really kill 100K"
    in 4 reviews
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    NOT worth it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOutside, outside, summer, boring five

    Conspoor pay, poor management, unfair distribution

    Advice to Senior ManagementFAIL

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    Superior growth and development

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is a lot of autonomy in this job that gives you the space to try new things and learn from your mistakes. I enjoy having the freedom and being able to make decisions in the business.

    ConsThere are a lot of tasks to complete and the labor force is not the most accountable

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore time needs to be spent on creating balance

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    College Pro Painters is not a scam, per se

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get a lot of hours....

    ConsYou may or may not get money, and you might just end up in debt...

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a smaller royalty...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good way to spend the summer if you've got nothing else

    Job Site Manager (Former Employee)
    Lakewood, WA

    ProsOutside all day, lots of movement and a chance to make some good money. Willing to give people with no leadership experience a leadership position. Also very interested in promoting from within.

    ConsChance to make money are dependent on the team you work with, you have to do some door-to-door marketing to start the summer and throughout to make sure you have enough work to last the whole summer. Depending on your level of involvement it's really easy to let it take over your life.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Current FM

    Franchise Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsHell of a learning experience. I got a new meaning on what it means to push my limits.

    ConsIf youre an FM and are brought in without painting experience, get ready for a long and stressful summer. Walk away if possible. "Blind leading blind" is not a smart thing to do in such a liable field of work. Overall, it is mentally draining.

    No pay. Ive put in countless hours worth of work to this point, and I am going to finish hopefully breaking even.

    Customers and painters hate me for a bunch of various reasons.

    Work/Life Balance is not doable. Youre always on the clock.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your inexperienced FMs how to paint.

    If you really stand behind the students you hire, you should only make money when they do. I feel pretty jobbed knowing Ive put in all the work, made you guys ~$16,000, while I have nothing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Experience, Long hours, No Profit

    Franchise Owner (Former Employee)
    Naperville, IL

    ProsManagement Experience. You will learn marketing, sales, recruiting, training. College pro is a full entrepreneurial experience. You will be supported by your general manager along the way.

    ConsNo Profit the first year. It is almost impossible to produce enough sales to cover the overhead costs. It will also depend on the profitability of your operations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLower the overhead

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Hard work for little return

    Franchise Owner (Former Employee)
    Hartford, CT

    ProsTaught good work ethic, showed some decent small business skills

    ConsLack of real supervision/help. Fees are quite outrageous

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is quite a bit of autonomy. For some, not the majority, it can be a decent opportunity to make money.

    ConsThere are several individuals each year that do not do well. For them, this "opportunity" can be a disaster.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience for the right person

    Franchise Owner (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGained real small business experience while in college.

    ConsLong hours and not the best reputation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementScreen the new franchisees very carefully. This is not a position that many college students are able to be successful at.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Running a franchise for multiple years while attending college.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe learning and the skill development is easily the most intense and valuable part of the job. You are given responsibilities at an incredibly young age that most people won't see until well into their career. The ability to make decisions, learn from all of you actions and have the support of other people around you to help solve problems when they occur is unparalleled. I learned a thousand times more running this business than college could have ever taught me and not just about business, about life and myself. Pushing the limits, experiencing extreme highs as well as extreme lows prepares you for just about anything you will encounter later in life.

    ConsYou work your ass off. if you are not willing to put in more time than you have ever had to work don't look into the job it will be too much for you. You earn every penny you make in this business and you know it. The low points can be painful and it is incredibly difficult to understand that the experiences that you are going through may not be paying off in terms of money, instead they are paying off in skill and learning (which translates into money later in life), You will work more hours and have longer days than ever before.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTell it like it is, it's real easy and awesome to talk about the good stuff, but the bad stuff is what people usually need to hear to truly learn. The hard conversations need to happen early and accountability is important.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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