You are a franchise owner, therefore you are the manager of your own painting company. The day typically started at 7am, meaning you are at wherever you need to be at by 7 am.
My time spent as a franchise owner has taught me more than any job would've during my time in college. No matter your degree or concentration, being able to manage your time under tight deadlines, managing others and customers will break you, and rebuild you as a new person.
I will forever use these skill as a strong foundation to life itself.
Good experience with management and customer service and communication.
Job Site Manager (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – May 2, 2016
I enjoyed working for this company although it was difficult at times because of confusion with my superiors. I learned a great deal about effective communication with customers and providing excellent customer service.
Job Site Manager (Former Employee) – Salem, OR – February 24, 2016
I loved working for College, the work kept me on my feet and active all day. I would show up in the morning and work a full ten hours, painting houses. we would keep constant communication with the home owners about the status of their house. I learned a lot about doing quick and quality work, the houses where estimated to be painted with in a budgeted time. As a Job site manager I would have to keep my team motivated and on track to paint the house with in the budgeted time. The hardest part of the job was dealing with painting on roofs during one hundred degree weather. I constantly had to be taking many breaks while on the roof so I would over heat myself. The most enjoyable part of the job was painting the house, I am a very task oriented person, and to do this task was amazing to do every day for the summer.
Comfortable work enviroment
MY manager was not good at budgeteing hours for houses
Production Assistant (Former Employee) – Zionsville, IN – February 17, 2016
Working for College Pro can be challenging but rewarding at the same time. You must be prepared for long hours and manual labor. This job provided me with solid management experience and an ability to develop my communication skills.
The most difficult part of this job is dealing with the frustration that can arise in the learning environment. You are working alongside your peers who are also developing their management skills. These peers may not always make the right decisions. On the other hand you are able to work with friends and witness the progress that develops through the summer.
Marketing Manager (Former Employee) – Kirkland, WA – February 16, 2016
Painting is a seasonal job. You are expected to canvas areas during the summer and the greatest thing is you get to chooses your hours. I would typically work 3 hours a day and about 9 hours a day. My wage started at minimum wage but it increased to $15 in only a month.
Manager/Franchise Representative (Former Employee) – Bay City, MI – January 31, 2016
Manager/Franchise Representative • Managed, developed, improved, and expanded exterior painting franchise throughout central MI • Exterior painting estimates/sales, hiring/firing, as well as successfully starting/planning/managing while producing results • People/time/money management, as well as planning, advertising, and marketing
My day and time spent was set up by me, which was awesome. I was the owner of a painting business. I would be doing callbacks, interviews for jobs, job site visits, and estimates just to name a few things I was responsible for. So at times it was extremely stressful and other times I had the feeling that I was on a cloud. My co-workers were awesome, respectful and understanding. It was such a great atmosphere to be in, as they got along so well. I hired all of my co-workers and I couldn't have been more grateful for my workers and everything they did for me. The most enjoyable part of this job was to see what the state the house was in before and then seeing what my workers did and the end product of that. The best part of all of that though was seeing the customers face when we were finished and the customer loving their "new" homes. This was no easy task, it took a lot of time and hours of my day to make sure the business was successful and this drained me of my energy.
Great Clients, Usually worked in wonderful weather, great experience builder
Job Site Manager (Former Employee) – Milwaukee, WI – September 29, 2015
When establishing an understanding relationship with the customer everything would flow from there. If you did all the things within the contract with great quality, the possibility to do more outside the contract with compensation could arise. This experience taught me how to work with project estimates, time constraints, signed contracts, various products, and leading crews on site. Since I worked hard at receiving 100% satisfaction the only drawback was when the weather did not cooperate to have continuous work on a project. These delays were made up in an appropriate manner and taught me how to work with a client when applicable constraints could still lead to a terrific outcome.
Benefits for completing projects on time or sooner, Always a new job site with new strategies
Franchise Manager (Current Employee) – Buffalo, NY – August 30, 2015
College Pro has given me the opportunity from the age of 20 to 22 to do something I've always dreamed of doing, owning and operating my own business. College Pro trains their students to run their own independent franchise and work with all sorts of people.
Amazing culture, ownership, tremendous learning, real world experience of running a business
Manager/ franchise representative (Former Employee) – Bay City – July 4, 2015
Great company and program. Learned many different skills used in life and career. I would recommend trying to be a part of the College Pro painters program if you are serious about learning about business and excelling your career.
Sales Representative Internship (Former Employee) – Wheeling, IL – June 17, 2015
A typical weekday for me consisted of cold calling warm leads in order to create business opportunities for my manager. On weekends I went door-to-door asking people if they could give 30 minutes of their time later that week to meet with my manager for a free estimate. I loved my manager and co-workers. They are great people and we are still really good friends today. The hardest part of my job was going door-to-door in the hot sun, but it was rewarded by every business opportunity I was able to create. The most enjoyable part of my job was learning how to become a better salesman.
The feeling of success you get when you create a business opportunity
Going do-to-door on the weekends in the hot sun was a bother.
Crew Leader (Former Employee) – Sawyer, MI – May 27, 2015
We would begin day with a team meeting, going over things like the schedule for the day and tasks to be completed. Next, we would go through a walk around with the client and shared our goals for the day with them. The hardest part was to stay ahead of schedule and under-budget on the big jobs. It was enjoyable as I worked with 3 of my good friends.