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College Works Painting Reviews

Updated December 5, 2018
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Jeff Gunhus, Spencer Pepe, Jason Reid, Matthew Stewart
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Pros
  • "Students get to simulate running a business without any of the financial risks" (in 47 reviews)

  • "If you want real world experience to elevate your career there is not better internship" (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "Door to door marketing isn’t fun but I knew that it’s the start of any startup business so still wasn’t bad at all" (in 47 reviews)

  • "Long Hours, Delayed compensation" (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Experience!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at College Works Painting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Transformative experience, great opportunities for growth and lots of earning potential

    Cons

    Takes a significant amount of time


  2. "Excellent Experience"

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    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Works Painting full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One on One coaching
    Life long skills
    High levels of responsibility
    Transparent Management

    Cons

    Hard work to achieve goals

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing

  3. "The best experience for any student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Works Painting full-time

    Pros

    If you want real world experience to elevate your career there is not better internship

    Cons

    It is extremely hard and only for driven individuals that really want to make something of their future.


  4. "The best chance for this generation today"

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    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Works Painting full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of experience, the whole experience is nothing but hands on, no coffee, shadowing or doing paperwork or data entry.

    Cons

    It’s one of the most challenging programs I’ve heard of, it was very challenging but I came out the other side stronger.

    Advice to Management

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  5. "Nothing worth doing comes easy"

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    Current Employee - District Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - District Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Works Painting part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment. It's really competitive but you get to learn from other's as well. Perfect for networking into the professional world. Getting to work from home is always nice as well.

    Cons

    Lots of rejection. Really challenging


  6. "College Works review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Works Painting full-time

    Pros

    You get real hands on experience in the business field. You gain excecutive level knowledge while learning from mentors you genuinely look up to. At first it is a lot to handle because you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone but this is definitely a job that you feel yourself grow into and you come out of it with better skills, a better resume, and overall more confident.

    Cons

    It can be stressful at times and can take up quite a bit of time if you are someone who is not organized or ready for a challenge.


  7. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People and management are great
    Compensation is great for a College Kid

    Cons

    It's hard work
    Have to put in long hours if you want to be successful

  8. "Although challenged and stress level were tested, I wish I had done CWP sooner."

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    Current Employee - District Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - District Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at College Works Painting part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Personal and professional growth- your self-confidence soars and you have an eye opening potential realization for yourself after taking on the challenges of CWP.
    2. Networking opportunities- so many people have left CWP and started their own companies and are constantly hiring from us because they know what kind of student it takes to finish the internship. We also had students who now work at reputable companies, like Google and Facebook.
    3. Resume builder- you take on so much responsibility and now have the numbers to show it (marketing, sales, and project management)
    4. Overall career development- you’re way ahead of your peers and there’s no question in a job interview that you couldn’t relate to your experience at CWP.
    5. Relationship building in the company- I didn’t need more friends so-to-speak, but I have built long term friendships with quite a few people I met in this internship.
    6. The pure low-risk, no cost opportunity to run your own business.
    7. Transferable skills- there’s nothing you learn here that you won’t use in your future. We have so many non-business students who do this, because of the development.

    Cons

    1. Compensation- it really isn’t the best. You forget that it’s an internship, so I wouldn’t do CWP for money. It’s a little bit of commission and mostly profit margin so you have to take responsibility for your earnings, which has proven to be beneficial for some. There’s gas and phone stipends and bonuses in the spring, but most of the money doesn’t come through till summer.
    2. Rookie managers can truly make or break your experience.

    Advice to Management

    Remind rookie DMs to care about their interns, not just their numbers. I’d also create more workshops or seminars for DMs on pure leadership.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great for students who want to gain business experience"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at College Works Painting full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    By far the best way to learn about every aspect of business, not just related to your major
    Freedom to develop your own marketing and business plans (I could never go back to a minimum wage job again)
    Great bonuses for those who reach goals set by management

    Cons

    Communication can be improved
    Subcontractors can be tricky to work with sometimes if you cannot complete all of your projects (difficult to trust someone to get things done to your expectations if you are not managing them)


  10. "Exterior Residential Painter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learn painting skills, Gain door-to-door sales experience

    Cons

    Management is inexperienced and may not accurately quote difficulty of some jobs, Doing good work is not rewarded, The faster you work the more you earn per hour

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you allocate extra time for difficult jobs ie, old houses with peeling paint or difficult to reach walls