College Works Painting Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
246 Reviews

4.0
246 Reviews
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Jeff Gunhus, Spencer Pepe, Jason Reid, Matthew Stewart
94 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Helped with goal setting, time management, and the basics of running a business (in 18 reviews)

  • Interns have the opportunity to obtain real world experience running a branch of a company with limited risk (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • HUGE time commitment; door-to-door marketing (in 14 reviews)

  • Even if you book 25k in work, you wont necessary make any money (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Opportunity, But Know What You're Getting Into

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at College Works Painting part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working with College Works will do more to prepare you for the professional business environment than most internships, without a doubt. Anyone who wants to be successful early in their career should look into an internship that requires the kind of independence, responsibility, and breadth of experience that College Works required.

    Cons

    My territory wasn't near my house or school, so I ended up spending as much on gas as I was making from sales. Also, after the initial training and orientation, it's pretty much up to one manager to oversee your productivity and continue your training. Our manager was almost completely checked out - he failed to tell us important info, cancelled meetings right before they were supposed to take place (even though most of our team had to drive over an hour), and ended up quitting halfway through. In an organization where your sales are tracked and compared to others in your region, this was particularly frustrating. Others I knew had a much better experience with their managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dial back the rah-rah stuff and keep a closer eye on second- or third-year team managers.

  2.  

    This is my second year doing College Works. Such an amazing opportunity.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at College Works Painting

    Pros

    The awesome lifestyle. I love being able to make my own schedule and having the responsibility of client's in your hands.

    Cons

    Not having time to go to the beach a lot and spring break. However, it is definitely worth it in the end.

  3.  

    CWP has taught me more in a 6 month internship than I could have ever learned in 4+ years of business school.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager/District Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Branch Manager/District Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at College Works Painting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pros about CWP revolve around the fact that you are running your own business. You are taught management, organization, planning, leadership, and many other skills required in the professional world. The company culture is outstanding and some of my closest friends are now from CWP. For those who work their tails off, the compensation is quite nice.

    Cons

    One of the biggest cons of the company is tied in with the pros being that you are running your own business through school. It is an incredible experience but you only have 6 or so months to make or break your business so you have to invest your heart and soul into being successful here. The workload is off the charts difficult. After this internship I am thoroughly convinced that I will never have to work this hard again after working 100+ hour weeks for a little while in the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be beneficial to find a way to lower the overhead costs. Interns struggle to turn a profit for so long and it is very challenging to stay motivated when you are broke and working 70+ hours a week etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    District Manager - Wisconsin

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - District Manager in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at College Works Painting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is my second year with the company and I've never had such a challenging and accomplishing experience in my life. I've learned more about myself, management, the real world and business than I could have possibly asked for. This internship changes lives and creates the future leaders of society.

    Cons

    If you are not motivated, coachable, and driven with a strong work ethic, this is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not for the faint of heart - but incredible business experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager  in  Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Exton, PA

    I have been working at College Works Painting as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Step by step training - more than 100 hours throughout the entire experience that teach you step by step how to run your own business. You're given a mentor who has successfully completed the program before and is with you every step of the way. Throughout the 6 month internship, you gain business and leadership skills that are not taught in any other internship. Skills like marketing, managing client relations, generating revenue, recruiting and hiring crews of painters, stress & time management, processing payroll and understanding budget & profit control.
    Strong sense of company culture - WORK HARD PLAY HARD MENTALITY!
    If you are not willing to work hard and challenge yourself, this is not for you

    Cons

    Sometimes VERY difficult to manage and prioritize work and personal life - all part of a delicate balancing act that demands the highest levels of time management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up - but try to explain responsibilities more fully to the interns - like payroll procedures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    College Works Painting is by far the most rewarding experience of my life to this point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at College Works Painting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere of this company by far the best part about it. Thousands of eager, young and ambitious college students go through this program and every single one of them will be successful at some point in their future. The connections created through payroll events and work trips like Cancun are amazing and the Managers, District Managers and Vice Presidents get to know each other personally and professionally. Not only are the relationships impressive, but the leadership opportunity is unparalleled. Dealing with clients and employees in the real world is something that few college students actually experience. When most students graduate they have never experienced dealing with client issues or firing people. After working with College Works Painting I truly believe I was ready for anything the world could throw at me.

    Cons

    The only con of this job is the time and effort it takes. It is not easy, and most definitely takes a lot of work to succeed. However, it is 100% worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. You truly are providing college students with the greatest learning experience of their lives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Extremely Difficult but learned alot.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Manager
    Current Employee - Branch Manager

    I have been working at College Works Painting as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Gain management and sales experience, forced to work hard and learn, fun culture

    Cons

    not enough support from management, not enough training, profit margins are low because of company's percentage, seducing language about bonuses and rewards deceptive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more paint training, take smaller percentage of profit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Manager  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at College Works Painting part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot working for College Works. Helped with goal setting, time management, and the basics of running a business.

    Cons

    The quality of the experience depends on your manager to a certain extent. I worked with two managers and the second one was terrible. I could barely get a hold of him and he didn't follow through with what he said he was going to do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Interns: low chance of actually making money

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - /Manager  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - /Manager in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Good Leadership learning opportunity, you will work hard and have to take responsibility for whatever you do. Also, you only are rewarded if you succeed.

    Cons

    You are only rewarded if you succeed ... big time. Even if you book 25k in work, you wont necessary make any money. Avoid this internship if your goal to actually earn something, but if you want a fantastic learning experience and don't need to worry about money, this is it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    College Works Painting Response

    Jul 22, 2014Marketing Director

    We appreciate your feedback. I'm sorry you didn't make as much money as you wanted to but it sounds like you had a great experience!

  11.  

    I enjoyed the experience and learn a lot

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at College Works Painting part-time

    Pros

    Great experience for any young entrepreneurs who would love to learn leadership and team skills. You are able to make a great income.

    Cons

    You have to go door to door and a lot of homes will have signs stating that their home does not want to be solicited to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use some of the self help and motivational tools that network marketing companies use

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