Tradesmen International

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Tradesmen International Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Joseph Wesley
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Pros
  • good pay if you are able to get on prevailing wage jobs (in 4 reviews)

  • The best perk of the job is the potential to qualify for the sales trips (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There is little to no work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • No work life balance, pay is below industry average, will tell you what they think you want to hear to keep you (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    If you're desperate

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Representative
    Former Employee - Field Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you really need a job and they make you an offer. There is a fair degree of autonomy, which is nice.

    Cons

    When business is slow they have no ideas to help. They just pound you to do more of the things that aren't working. Management consists of people who were successful in the business when orders were falling off of trees and don't know the first thing about selling in a resistant environment.

    Advice to Management

    If you receive a buyout offer, jump on it. Let someone who understands how to run a business buy it instead of using it for their personal ATM.


  2. Helpful (1)

    If your desperate and are about to be evicted from your home: still think twice

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marine Field Representative in North Kingstown, RI
    Former Employee - Marine Field Representative in North Kingstown, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy Networking Good training materials Cheap company store

    Cons

    Pay is abysmal Very little support Salesmen become managers, and use their gift of gab to avoid dealing with employee issues. If you disagree with your supervisor in accordance with the company's 'open door' policy, you get fired (Employer at Will). Expenses are impossible to recoup, phone bills mys be gone through line by line every month if you try to expense your cell phone bill (a sales goal perk). Company takes advantage of a bad economy to exploit sales personnel who would otherwise be unemployed.

    Advice to Management

    Salesmen should never manage personnel. You can not attract talent if you fail to pay a living wage Do not nickle-dime the employees who are already scrapping to get by. There is no excuse for not taking care of your people. Ever.


  3. You constantly get lied to

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When you make the money you are supposed make it is alright

    Cons

    You have no support from management. Your just a body that they are filling a position with. You hardly ever make your agreed upon salary. You get lied to by management from day one when you are interviewed, about the 60 miles from home you will recieve mileage. It does not happen. You are told you will get it and never do.

    Advice to Management

    Something needs to be done with this Ft. Wayne office or soon you will have no employees. Honesty is key. Maybe hire some guys with a construction back round. Instead of guys that are book smart


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  5. Helpful (1)

    RUN!!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Representative in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Field Representative in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to get hired and should be used as a short term job until you find a real one.

    Cons

    Income is REALLY bad, In the role of a Territory Rep, you basically get paid to be yelled at by the clients due to the ridiculous employees Tradesmen puts out in the field. Tradesmen will tell you that they have qualified workers for you to place on your sites but in reality, the quality of the worker is no better than what someone could pick up at the local Home Depot parking lot.

    Advice to Management

    Put some money into the sales team, they are the company’s bread and butter. Try hiring managers who are actually qualified to be managers and place a higher value on educated employees. Working for this company felt like the Twilight Zone with the poor decisions, extremely odd people in the corporate office and worst of all, the over the top attitudes of superiority coming from corporate. For God sakes you guys live in Ohio! Joe Wesley should sell to a company who understands how to run a large company.


  6. Its been a very poor expreinace

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    recruiters are pleasant & some are very helpful

    Cons

    there inability to find work in my field , this is why I would not recomend them


  7. Helpful (1)

    Lack of honesty and below average pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    people you work with, nothing else

    Cons

    limited personal interaction, company views their employees as numbers and not actual people, bonus pay is non-existant, high employee turnover, hardcore republican views are basically shoved in your face, computer system is stuck in then 1990s, lack of growth opportunities, management is only worried about hitting their sales goals, seasonal lows depending on regional location, will promise the world but never fully deliver

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with people when they interview with your company and don't promise bonuses that never get paid out


  8. Helpful (3)

    Very Disappointing Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Representative
    Former Employee - Territory Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tradesmen International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The initial training is in depth and very intense, although two weeks was a bit of overkill. I understand that this has been pared down to 1 week.

    Cons

    If you are into a used car type of sales "technique" , this is the company for you. Very archaic in their tracking of prospects and current clients, basically NO CRM. Everything is hand written and there are NO records of calls, etc. within a territory, so you basically start from scratch when you are hired. Very little assistance from "management" other than pestering you constantly for better numbers. It takes time to build relationships but this company HAS NO CLUE what that means and doesn't give the territory reps a chance to develop any type of relationship due to their ever incessant quest for money. While I understand that it is important to turn a profit, they take money from the very Sales Force that is out there beating the streets to overcome a very negative opinion of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Top Management needs to spend some time in the field and re-learn what it takes to qualify prospects and build a client relationship. There are so many "know it all" Area Managers that are always telling their "underlings" about how well they did, but NEVER demonstrate HOW they did it. The company concept is great but the service delivery is very poor. It is apparent that upper management doesn't have a clue as to the real world anymore. Also, take a look at how sales is screwed when National Accounts don't pay on time and how corporate just takes the commission due when there is NOTHING that can be done to collevt on a local level. Joe, sell the company to a corporation or someone capable of taking this to a far better company than you are capable of. You will NEVER reach the goals you aspire to by treating your employees the way you and the top staff do. Again, a real shame, great concept and very poor delivery. I'm sorry I wasted part of my life working for this company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    In the crapper

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fife, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fife, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Tradesmen International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Getting out of the office and getting a paycheck (although it's barely above minimum wage) are really the only "positive" things if you could call them that.

    Cons

    Crappy office located in Fife. Employee desks are directly across from the restrooms so when people "do their business" you have the good fortune of knowing (on all accounts). Field reps still required to go back to the office at the end of the day. Micromanaging environment. Required to use personal cell phone (vs. company provided). Manual administrative processes thrive - primarily because of the antiquated technology. Ultimately - big mistake.

    Advice to Management

    Get qualified people, who actually HAVE experience managing people. Managers should empower and mentor employees NOT micromanage them.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Worst company I've worked for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Representative
    Current Employee - Field Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tradesmen International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Base salary is slightly more than unemployment

    Cons

    Long hours Low pay Auto expense does not even begin to cover expense. Do not reimburse entertainment No crm, still tracking activities on paper Product too high priced as compared to market. Company not as responsive to market as competition. Treat reps like crap.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the 21st century.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Not for someone who has professional sales experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Field Representative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tradesmen International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only pro I can think of is you get some flexibility during your day.

    Cons

    No work life balance as you will have to walk on tradesmen employees onto job sites at various times of the day (4am-10p) which can throw a wrench into your day if you are a single parent. Taking part in recruiting skilled trades workers via Craigslist ads. Car allowance is terrible by industry standards when you consider the amount of driving you'll be doing on job sites, cold calling into businesses, on the job walk ons, etc...the amount doesn't pay for the wear and tear and miles you'll rack on your personal vehicle. Some months you'll spend more than $400 in gas alone, so you'll be paying out of your pocket to drive around a territory. They never will tell you your commission is a % off of the gross sales you make assuming your client pays within 90 days. Your commission gets lower and lower if your client doesn't pay within 30-35 day range and all that hard work, gas and wear and tear for nothing. I've heard of a con in a different state where there reps are on call weekly for that week or once a week. Ask during your interview. Their technology is from the 80s as it's paper files on clients??? Wasteful on the amount of printing and paper they use. Not into sustainability.

    Advice to Management

    I can see management needs some training having come from a Fortune 200 company. I've seen and have heard of unprofessionalism that could get this company in "hot water" for discrimination with the words they use basically making fun of their very own field workers. Kept my mouth shut, was shocked and the overall unprofessionalism and left.



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