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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Cintas full-time (More than 5 years)

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

Pros

Advancement opportunities are definitely there

Cons

Hours can be too long at times

Advice to Management

Higher base pay would be nice!

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Great Place to Start in Sales - Be Ready to Hustle

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cintas full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training/preparation. Excellent benefits including health/dental/vision and car package worth ~$12-15K. Diverse product line. Excellent compensation for top-performers. Plenty of opportunity for advancement.

    If you are looking to make great money with limited sales experience and/or are a recent graduate, Cintas is an incredible place to start. They will train you very well in the basics of prospecting for and closing business. After your initial 6 months, you will know how 'not to fail' by maintaining an activity model. You will learn decent business acumen and how to identify/engage decision-makers. Finally, you can take advantage of an uncapped commission structure to earn great commissions - note that this doesn't scale with advancement. You will be given the opportunity to learn more logistically-oriented responsibilities, which will give you some versatility when figuring out an internal career-path. It is easy to move between the sales/ops sides once you've had some success in either. As an average sales rep you can expect a starting salary around $35-$50K and total comp in the $85K range. Top performers can exceed $160K in total comp, but note this is not normal - I am presently the #2 ranked rep in my division (192 total reps) and I am on pace for $166,800 this year.

    Cons

    Outdated sales model. Borderline toxic sales culture. Emphasizes individual results over team success. Difficult sales/ops interplay. Low 'corporate IQ.' Old-world, conservative approach to the sales process. Lack of transparency in managements decisions, particularly when dealing with the front-line revenue generators.

    Cintas is an old-school company that doesn't adjust well to change. Stock-price is everything, and you will notice that there is a top-down mentality that essentially conveys a 'do your job and shut your mouth' attitude. Most of management are drawn from the sales-force, which isn't always a good plan because sales people are individualistic by nature an not necessarily suited to teaching/guiding others. You will not find many MBA's in the company, and very few Ivy-leaguers despite compensation in line with 'smarter' companies. This 'brain-drain' creates an environment that can seem oppressive to intellectuals. There is definitely a blue-collar mentality, and even as a sales rep you will be asked to perform 'service' related functions from time to time. I don't think that's a bad thing however. Management emphasizes activity over intelligence and may let you down by skipping over teaching you the nuances of relationship management in favor of a volume-based approach. IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH COLD-CALLING/DIALING THIS IS NOT A COMPANY FOR YOU.
    The commission structure is top-loaded with minimal residual comp, so you have to bring in new business consistently to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Re-calibrate the sales force to reward innovation and intelligence over 'running the playbook.' Build around top-performers to reduce turnover. Bring in some new talent at the C-level and stop hiring door-knockers to support growth. Be less concerned with a 'weekly-number' and allow reps to focus on large, location-sustaining accounts.


  2. Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales/Service Representative
    Current Employee - Sales/Service Representative

    I have been working at Cintas full-time

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

    Pros

    GREAT team atmosphere. The culture at Cintas is one if inclusion. Family values with our local management team is of top priority!

    Cons

    Sometimes Cintas is slow to respond to the needs of the customer. Sometimes management expects more hours to be put in and requests it in a manner that needs to be re-evaluated.

    Advice to Management

    Be quicker to respond to customer needs.


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