College Pro Painters

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College Pro Painters Reviews

Updated January 6, 2015
Updated January 6, 2015
111 Reviews
2.4
111 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Painter

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    Former Employee - Painter in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Go into it expecting to make no money but learn a lot

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    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Jackson, MI
    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Jackson, MI

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

    Pros

    You get invaluable business experience on how to run a business and how to deal with trying times. Management motivate you to do well and there are incentives when you do well.

    Cons

    It has to be for the right individual and be ready to do some painting if you dnt meet "targets".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should restrict sales to certain markets as some markets because some markets are more profitable than others

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

    Job Site Manager. Decent leadership experience, but overall it really depends on who the business owner is.

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    Former Employee - Job Site Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Job Site Manager in Madison, WI

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, can be paid more than base depending on if jobs are done ahead of budget.

    Cons

    Let's face it, we're a bunch of college kids painting houses. The quality of the work isn't great. The management isn't great either, but that is more situational. What ends up happening is the houses are never done on time, job site managers and painters are paid minimum wage, and the homeowner is left wondering why they hired College Pro in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    For the most part I really enjoyed the work. It was nice working outside and doing something physical. You work closely with people and develop a great bond. I learned some really applicable skills in the summer that I worked there.

    Cons

    The problem with giving college kids the reigns of a business like this is that there's the real possibility that they'll have absolutely no clue what they're doing. My boss was terrible, had no experience on a paint crew, and ignored the advice of his employees that had years of experience because he was The Boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to monitor how the paint crews are doing. I never met someone above the person who ran my paint crew even once. Having someone coming in and double checking how things are going with the employees would go a long way.

  9.  

    Find A Different Job

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    Former Employee - Franchise Owner
    Former Employee - Franchise Owner

    I worked at College Pro Painters full-time

    Pros

    Hands on experience. Own your own business. Can be inspiring.

    Cons

    The upfront costs are high and they add up quick. Required to travel to conventions and have to pay for gas and hotel, pay painters, pay for paint.... all the costs come out of your own pocket (or similarly go on credit) if the revenues aren't consistent during that time period. Also, weekly you don't get paid; you don't take draws periodically. Everything you have goes towards the business which is great but very unrealistic to live off of. Lived with my parents and they supported me through this endeavor. I had money from my previous job that didn't sustain me through this experience. Literally borrowed money from my parents and girlfriend to pay for gas to get to the sites where I was painting. Halfway through the summer they urged me to resign for next year. Looking back, this could have been their way of another revenue stream because since I signed on for next summer I have to pay 1500 if I break this contract and find another job. I'm in debt like crazy already from this business and I'm to the point where I am just trying to break even.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the business model has a lot of problems and the franchisee owners are working their butts off to barely make ends meet. I will not recommend this company.

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

    Good job for early college work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro Painters

    Pros

    Give you lots of hours, opportunity for overtime, decent pay for hard work.

    Cons

    Painting job not always of professional quality. Required to knock on doors in neighborhood to advertise business.

  11.  

    Great summer job if you plan on not doing much over the summer.

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    Former Employee - Painter in Greeley, CO
    Former Employee - Painter in Greeley, CO

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

    Pros

    Work outside with crew members in which you grow a bond with.

    Cons

    No raise whatsoever and their prep/painting practices are rather sketchy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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