College Pro Painters Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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  1. Fun job but a bit unprofessional

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. 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.


  3. Avoid this company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Job Site Manager
    Former Employee - Job Site Manager

    I worked at College Pro Painters

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    gained leadership experience since I was hired on as a Job Site Manager, but the leadership was one of very few benefits of holding this position.

    Cons

    was not paid on time, or the correct amount. had to go up the ladder to collect what I was owed. Estimates created were for a single coat through confusion in the sales process, and we were expected to finish two coats in that time. very poor leadership since it performs slightly as a pyramid scheme.

    Advice to Management

    This company treats its franchisees as their consumers, and they create a barrier between the home owners having their houses painted and the corporate organization (this being the Franchisee). They would benefit from dissolving this barrier to some degree. However, it is heavily buried within their business model.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Painter in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Painter in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Worst Decision of My Life

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

    I worked at College Pro Painters

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

    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 Management

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


  7. This Company is a scam from the beginning, and Bradley Marsh is a liar. I'm glad I don't work for them any more.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Painter in Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Painter in Bloomington, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    working outside, working outside during summer

    Cons

    The head quaters is in Canada so pissed off Consumers can't reach them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to customers, and stop lying to people you want to hire


  8. Helpful (1)

    Sucked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Zee in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Zee in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at College Pro Painters

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    You need to be truthful.


  9. Life changing experience for the right person

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at College Pro Painters

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

    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


  10. Made me the entrepreneur I am today

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Franchise Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at College Pro Painters

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  11. Yikes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Be REAL with your estimates!



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