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College Pro Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Extreme professional development at College Pro

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at College Pro full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Extreme development through attaining a disproportionate amount of responsibility relative to experience level. This is a very unique opportunity.

    Cons

    Very intense workload/ hours— but necessary for learning/ development. Be ready!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to keep top-talent coaches— they make the experience. Also, keep finding ways to share alumni stories, create networking opportunities, and keep people involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Average

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro

    Pros

    Potential Bonuses can be nice if obtained

    Cons

    Unrealistic budgets by market managers

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Given unrealistic expectations from the start

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

    I worked at College Pro as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    If you're great at selling and enjoy door to door cold calling then this is an ideal place for you. Generally received good support from managers.

    Cons

    60-70 work weeks, very high pay back cost for supplied, weren't upfront with fees I would owe throughout the summer - wound up losing $1k. Lack of support for finances involving taxes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more upfront with costs before having students sign contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unhelpful boss who didn't have enough successful experience to be a good manager and mentor.

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    Former Employee - Sole Proprietor
    Former Employee - Sole Proprietor

    I worked at College Pro full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You can make your own hours, but you must make selling and booking goals. You get to hire your own technician to help you with jobs.

    Cons

    The royalties they take from each sole proprietor are not worth the work that you do. They make you buy all of the equipment and ladders that you will need. The marketing style is cold calling, which is rather painful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your managers should know what they're talking about in order to best help college students run their businesses.

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

    The internship was educational and difficult.

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    Former Employee - Franchisee
    Former Employee - Franchisee

    I worked at College Pro full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You will learn lots of skills necessary to succeed in the world of business. It's very educational, and in that regard, is worth your time.

    Cons

    You have to invest a large amount of your own money, and profits are not guaranteed. Many people who take this internship actually lose money (up to thousands of dollars)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Franchise Manager

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    Current Employee - Franchise Manager  in  Hudson, WI
    Current Employee - Franchise Manager in Hudson, WI

    I have been working at College Pro as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Rewarding--Real-Life skill development that you can use personally and professionally. Huge network for future employment. What you put in is what you get out. No one decides how much you are worth,your own hard work does.

    Cons

    It is not for everyone. It is challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Alot of work, rewarding at sometimes. Good to put on a resume

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College Pro

    Pros

    You get to be your own boss

    Cons

    High royalties and if you don't run it properly you can work your whole summer away for nothing

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great start for your career, don't stay too long

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Pro

    Pros

    Amazing opportunity to build your resume at a young age and get ahead of your peers

    Potential for money is high if you TRULY committed (20k+ profit per summer is realistic for the right people)

    Awesome culture

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the company they need to recruit hundreds of new students every year, this leads to a quantity over quality scenario and many franchisees that in reality should never of been hired, will do poorly and earn very little money

    They say that their goal is to develop students for their futures, but in reality they mock anyone that leaves and try to convince all managers that their best option is to stay with College Pro

    Your experience with College Pro is HIGHLY influenced by who your direct supervisor is. If you get stuck with a bad supervisor, you will suffer both emotionally and financially

    The longer you run a franchise, the less you need their support, but you still need to purchase back your customers each year, purchase all your equipment from them and do everything their way. The amount of additional profit a returning manager would make on their own is substantial, but they are required to sign a do not compete contract so they are essentially stuck either paying royalties and other avoidable costs, or finding something completely different to avoid being sued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting people in positions that they are not ready for. Nothing is more frustrating than having an incompetent supervisor who demands you take all accountability for your mistakes when they haven't trained you properly. I truly feel sorry for Tony Valle because I believe he has what it takes to improve this company and truly cares about the student franchisees but most of the senior management beneath him is just trying to make money and forget what they are really supposed to be focusing on

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are not in it for the money

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    Former Employee - Franchise Owner  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Franchise Owner in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at College Pro full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Character building. Interpersonal skills. Great job for learning personal skills. This is a job you should consider not to just earn some extra cash in the summer, but to learn some crucial personal skills which will be very helpful in the long run.

    Cons

    Limited low-level marketing strategies drives majority of profit. You will need tremendous support from your family to go through the summer smoothly. Work itself can be hard and sometimes not the safest. You must learn on the job to make things easier for you and your workers as soon as you can. Learning curve is not the steepest but you have almost no time for preparation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging - pay isn't too good either but it can be rewarding

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    Current Employee - Franchise Owner
    Current Employee - Franchise Owner

    I have been working at College Pro as a contractor

    Pros

    high responsibility, practice leadership, practice numerical calculating skills, freedom to choose when and how to work

    Cons

    pay is pretty bad for what you do, dangerous, requires your to be cautious, work long hours to be truly profitable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lower royalty fees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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