College Pro Painters Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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College Pro Painters CEO Tony Valle
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Pros
  • Work outside with crew members in which you grow a bond with (in 14 reviews)

  • Ability to work with friends, cultivate communication, marketing, management skills and problem solve (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 and not the best reputation (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Franchise manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro Painters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good company to build a good foundation in business and entrepreneurship. Learned a lot, worked hard and made a lot of money during college.

    Cons

    Sometime you don't always get the support you want and or need from the sales manager. Job is for go getters that can find the answers they need themselves.


  2. Best opportunity for future Entrepreneures

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Franchise Owner in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Franchise Owner in Ames, IA

    I have been working at College Pro Painters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very select group of people work within College Pro, being

    around these other young entrepreneurs becomes addicting and very gratifying.

    Although CPP is hands down the most challenging thing I’ve undertaken, challenges
    are what make people grow at an accelerated pace. The knowledge I’ve gained here is
    helping me to figure out what my strengths are and how I can use them in the future to
    set myself up for success.

    Cons

    When you own a business it is always on the mind. One of the biggest challenges is to compartmentalize social time versus business time to create balance in life. Once this is mastered then the business becomes really fun to run!

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard to find the right people and give them encouragement throughout the whole season. June is one of the most difficult months of the business. If you can be more hands on during this month it would be extremely helpful.


  3. Good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Marketer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at College Pro Painters

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

    Pros

    great resume builder, was able to go where i wanted and manage myself

    Cons

    boss sucked, It was always a struggle to get paid, pretty much anybody can be a boss


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    Horrible scam

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro Painters full-time

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

    Pros

    You'll probably get promoted quickly if you don't quit

    Cons

    Quoted job times always were always too short so sometimes ended up working 6 day weeks instead of the promised 4, completely disorganized, late payments

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees for more than half an hour on the first day.


  6. First job opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro Painters full-time

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

    Pros

    Full time work outside. Painting and having work all day makes the day go by faster. Working with kids college age makes for a fun environment.

    Cons

    College age managers can make for unorganized days and training.


  7. Best learning experience a college student could ever have!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Franchise Owner in Eau Claire, WI
    Current Employee - Franchise Owner in Eau Claire, WI

    I have been working at College Pro Painters full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    You get out what you put in, put the effort in and you will be successful. Good support throughout the process from your GM to VP, and even higher. You personally meet the CEO, and President and they remember you. You learn so much about every aspect of business. So much more than a painting company, it's leadership development from top to bottom.

    Cons

    Very stressful. Definitely some financial risk involved, but like I said in earlier, if you put in the work you will be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting successful franchisees to GMs and VPs, their experience makes the difference for rookies.


  8. Bob Log Dog Man

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Job Site Manager
    Current Employee - Job Site Manager

    I have been working at College Pro Painters

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

    Pros

    Good money, working outdoors, and customer interaction

    Cons

    Everything else, mainly upper management


  9. Painter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro Painters full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good cash and got to work with friends all summer. Even though the days were long, I felt like I was still able to enjoy my summer with 3 day weekends.

    Cons

    Your experience is completely up to who your manager is. Because they are all college students, some are much better than others. Mine was fine, but I'm sure other people could have issues. Just make sure you think your manager is capable!


  10. Fun job but a bit unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Job Site Manager
    Former Employee - Job Site Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, outside all day, not particularly hard

    Cons

    On a ladder all day, franchisees are not trained enough, employees are not trained enough

    Advice to Management

    train the painters and franchisees better


  11. 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 Management

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



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