Student Works Painting

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Student Works Painting Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
Student Works Painting – Ottawa – “Painter on-site!”

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3.6 43 reviews

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    You get out what you put in. Not a penny more, not a penny less.

    Franchise Owner/Operator (Current Employee)

    Pros- Great senior management system that provides not only an exceptional support system but also valuable and lasting relationships.
    - Great systems in place to ensure success to all those who follow them. This part is important! If you take the experience as one of learning and development, and therefore follow the systems that the company teaches, you will be successful.
    - Great real life/real world experience and training in the many different aspects involved in building, owning, and operating your own business.
    - This company is an excellent example of a for-profit, social entrepreneurship. SWP is focused on helping young people develop their skills and making money doing it. Yes they take a cut, as they must in order to remain a sustainable business. They also teach young business owners, however, how to be efficient and profitable. This means that while making money off of what they provide, you (the franchise owner) can also make money off of what you provide, and you (the painter) can also make money off of what you provide.
    - Overall, the company provides a great service, and great opportunities for significant educational and financial gains.
    - Most importantly, I think, the company teaches emphasizes a healthy work/life balance. Work hard, play hard, have fun.

    Cons- If you don't work hard, you won't see desirable results.
    - If you don't follow the systems, you may still be successful, but it will be much more difficult.
    - The job is challenging for everyone, if that doesn't appeal to you, the job is not for you.
    - If you don't like the idea of a results based economy (one where you get out what you put in rather than making the same wage as the person next to you regardless of performance) this company will not appeal to you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to always move forward and improve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Scam, pyramid scheme, irrelevant how hard you work

    Branch Operator (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsTeaches young, naive students not to be so naive and to look more closely at what a company is offering (which for SWP is very little)

    ConsThis company is a pyramid scheme that preys on unsuspecting college students. Similar to the empty "work hard, reap rewards" positive reviews on this site, SWP pushes the message that those who work hard succeed. This is untrue. And probably even illegal.

    SWP selects a few franchisees to focus on, to make successful, and to utilize as illustrations of what every franchisee should be like. Everyone else is basically setup to fail, because whether or not the franchisee falls, corporate still gets its large cut off the top.

    Customers get their houses painted, corporate/management gets its cut, and if lucky, the franchisee walks away without losing to much of his own personal investment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStudy an ethics book.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great learning experience, very difficult to do

    Regional Owner/Operator (Former Employee) Ontario, CA

    ProsGreat ability to run a business at a young age
    Potential for huge profits given the right circumstances
    Get exposure to a wide variety of business tasks, basically learn how to start and finish a business from scratch

    ConsSales training is provided but technical training on how to paint is very weak
    Management only helps out its best people
    Pyramid scheme type of corporate set up
    They milk you for everything you are worth
    They do not tell you about potential problems, leaving you unprepared to deal with them when they arise

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe system works well, but has high turnover
    It is a pyramid scheme
    Offer better support to managers and they will likely bring you in more money

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    know what your getting into.

    Area Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThere are two choices for students to take part in the success of Student Works Painting. Students can become a Owner Operator and actually run a business or to be trained as a painter and work in a business. Each choice brings a unique experience and provides a different perspective of the painting business.
    Owner Operators gain valuable experience with the operation of their own business following a tried and true process developed by Student Works Painting. You will be exposed to all aspects of running a business including; staffing, marketing, selling and managing paint jobs. This level of participation requires a high level of commitment.

    As painters, students take on the role of painter or crew chief. This level of participation is focused on the delivery of service (painting) and customer interaction. The work is summer based and aligns with your need to work between university or college terms.

    Depending upon the experience that you want, and the level of commitment you have, Student Works Painting has a role for you.

    Conslong hours. money not guaranteed.

    Advice to Senior Managementbe truthful

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Would never work with Student Works again

    Painter (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsWorked with a good crew, enjoyed painting, loved working outside

    ConsSafety regulations definitely not followed: often left without face masks, goggles or anything to clean up with
    Owner operator cut corners on safety and pay to make a bigger profit
    Routinely tried to get away with not paying first day as "training" even though law doesn't allow this
    Owner Operator deducted pay for materials which is also against the law
    Warranty work is paid directly through electronic transfer with no deductions, again against the law
    Ladder safety not a priority: no stabilizers used, no fall arrest system in place, sometimes ladders too short for job
    If you don't care about safety or being paid for the hours you work, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBadly flawed system that teaches owner operators to sell but but not much else. The system seems to encourage cutting corners on safety to increase profit as well as finding ways to not pay painters. If senior management really wanted to mentor and teach young entrepreneurs, it would teach them how to do things within the law, not as little as possible to increase owner earnings

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    Do not work for or hire.

    Painter (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsIt is a good opportunity for students to learn to manage their own business but in shoddy way.

    ConsDisorganized, extremely unsafe and all around exploitation of workers and clients. Based on experience this was not an isolated case with one manager, but multiple and even higher management. I can say this because i was an experienced painter going into it and the students were not aware of how much they were getting ripped off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaybe hire managers that know how to paint to see to quality work. Managers should be helping the painters in some way as well as create a safe environment rather than just doing estimates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed bag

    Painter (Former Employee) Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsGreat learning opportunity, awesome coworkers, and the job has a lot of potential for opening up opportunities is trades, business, and marketing.

    ConsNot always ideal working conditions, sometimes scarce supervision, often run into unforseen and unmanageable problems that will push back the job finishing date.

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    Great Learning and Earning Experience

    Owner and Operator (Current Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsI learned a tremendous amount about how to market, sell, lead people and really, run a business. I had control over my time, what I earned and how well I did. I worked with other awesome people - district managers and other great operators. I loved the cooperation and competitive vibe between the other operators to push each other to greater success!

    ConsYou have to be a hard worker! If you are not a hard worker and have strong communication skills this program is not for you! You have to take responsibility for your actions and results. There is lots of help and support and it is hard work and skill development that will make you successful. There is no easy way to run this business or any other business for that matter.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on getting great people into your business because they are the people that win!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Experience, Good pay

    Franchise Owner/Operator (Former Employee) North Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    ProsGreat oppurtunity to learn by running your own business. The potential to make very good money in a 4 month period. Pretty good company culture as well, lots of opportunities to meet other managers and socialize. Training and systems are pretty good. online stats and reporting system is awesome.

    ConsI'm not convinced the system is the best of the student painting companies. I know for a fact that royalties drop significantly faster at College Pro as your sales numbers grow. Same for returning franchisee royalty rate reductions. That being said, there will always be people who bad mouth these companies saying they made no money and the company takes to much. The simple answer is that lots of people make it work and you can too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy only advice to management would be to up the amount marketing they do. They are just not the household name CollegePro is and franchisees sales suffer as a result.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Student Operator

    Franchise Owner/Operator (Former Employee)

    Pros- You quick need to mature and take responsibility for everything in your business; a good way to mature in a hasty way
    - Schedule is entirely up to oneself.

    Cons- Your earnings are highly contingent upon the wealthiness of your 'area'
    - Management places their own profits over your business problems (e.g. if you accidentally under-budgeted, the company still takes a fixed % of the revenue even if it means you losing money)
    - There is a very superficial sense of professionalism in the company culture; the company claims that its goal is to help young adults become entrepreneurs, but does so by leaving you to do everything yourself
    - A lot of 'operators' quit before the season starts due to the realization of the true nature of the job and the company; quitting fee is $5000
    - The company purposely over-recruits and puts operators in areas even if it is sub-par

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease have more empathy for your recruits. Ignoring the under-performers and focusing on the students who do well makes sense in business, but it doesn't really align with your mantra.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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