College Pro Painters

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College Pro Painters Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
135 Reviews
2.7
135 Reviews
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College Pro Painters CEO Tony Valle
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work outside with crew members in which you grow a bond with (in 14 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 5 reviews)


Cons
  • For the pay, this is a high-risk job in comparison to other minimum wage jobs (in 8 reviews)

  • Long Hours, absoloute no work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Financially unrewarding, but great life experience.

    Former Employee - Franchise Owner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Franchise Owner in Chicago, IL

    I worked at College Pro Painters

    Pros

    The people are fun and great to be around, the freedom to run your own business and be your own boss.

    Cons

    The training and compensation was not as expected. Was almost thrown out to run a business on my own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the general managers maintain a closer relationship with franchise owners, and increase the aid in finding marketers and painters for the franchise owners.

  2.  

    Decent compensation package. Intense work, but gained a lot of technical, marketing, and management skills.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Painter in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Painter in Seattle, WA

    I worked at College Pro Painters full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A good compensation package - if complete a project in less than the budgeted time, you still get compensated for that time. This means if you are a fast painter, you'll get paid more.

    Cons

    The work can be quite physically demanding, especially when working in the summer in hazmat suits (to prevent lead exposure)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Franchises were always well run, respectful of the homeowner, punctual, and fair.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible work experience, and College pro is a Scam

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    Former Employee - Painter in Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Painter in Bloomington, IL

    I worked at College Pro Painters full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    working outside, working outside during summer.

    Cons

    No benefits, and you don't get paid what you're suppose to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start telling the truth about your company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst Decision of My Life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro Painters

    Pros

    I was a franchisee of College Pro Painters and what drew me in was the possibility to make a lot of money as well as the opportunity to hone my business skills and advance from a management standpoint.

    Cons

    I was trained to lie--to employees and homeowners. Why? Because the training was nothing like it should have been. I had to lie to homeowners and act like I knew what I was talking about while doing an estimate for their home. College Pro taught me how to be a sneaky salesman and that's just something I refused to continue doing. I absolutely CANNOT stress enough how big of a mistake this was. I worked 50+ hours per week and lost $8,000 as a 20 year old college student. Don't risk it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require franchisee's to actually be a painter for one year. Don't lie to your potential business partners during interviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sucked

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    Current Employee - Zee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Zee in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at College Pro Painters

    Pros

    The people were nice
    The experience was good
    The culture was spectacular
    The training was great and I do feel prepared to work in the field

    Cons

    The money they charge you without your knowledge and the way they make you run a franchise is basically theft. I left with a sour taste in my mouth, like many fellow franchisees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be truthful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Life changing experience for the right person

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at College Pro Painters

    Pros

    - Create your own destiny
    - More responsibility than any other college student could have
    - Get to learn all about all different aspects of business
    - Get real life experience
    - Huge resume builder

    Cons

    - Heavy work load - must manage time well
    - Lots of responsible - can be a con for people who are not looking to be an entrepreneur
    - Not built for people who don't want to put in the work that any business would demand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Made me the entrepreneur I am today

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    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at College Pro Painters

    Pros

    - Learn ton about about Management, Sales and Marketing
    - Work with youthful entrepreneurs "like-minded" individuals
    - Thorough training
    - Fun awards and trip destinations

    Cons

    - $$$ With royalties and start-up costs it was tough to make a lot money in my first two years of business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Painter

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    Former Contractor - Painter in Boston, MA
    Former Contractor - Painter in Boston, MA

    I worked at College Pro Painters as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to work with friends. Reasonable summer job for a college student.

    Cons

    "Managers" are college students who pay for right to operate College Pro franchise. It is very difficult for them to recoup their costs. Some exceptional managers are able to do quite well, and College Pro highly publicizes these rare success stories. Most managers, however, end up breaking even or losing money for the summer. The organization is structured like a pyramid scheme, preying on the naive optimism of the college-age "managers" it recruits, the willingness of untrained, college-age "painters" to work for minimum wage, and the generosity/naivety of anyone who would hire a team of woefully inept college students to paint their house.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Yikes

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    Current Employee - Painter in Bloomington, IL
    Current Employee - Painter in Bloomington, IL

    I have been working at College Pro Painters full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good amount of hours each week

    Cons

    Very unorganized and mismanaged, under-estimated customers in reference to cost and labor, many times had to wait weeks for paychecks, very few safety policies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be REAL with your estimates!

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

    Not worth it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro Painters part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get paid, eventually. Things can run smoothly with the right manager

    Cons

    completely unorganized. Need better leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more fair to employees, give more guidance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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