Pest Control Technician (Former Employee) – Newport News, VA – January 30, 2016
I understand every branch is different, but there is a growing awareness with this company that its not all peaches and cream. I worked in this industry for over 16 years. I have worked 2 times with Orkin, going back to the 1990's. In the 90's ,Orkin had a good reputation and was pleasant to work for, initially. By 2003, however, changes to policies and business practices with the company had a negative impact to operations and efficiency. The overall policy towards the employee was to be a salesperson first, then a customer service representative , then a competent technician. That would be ok, except the compensation for hours actually worked does not even out. I calculated that with working 6 days a week, every weekend in a month, at close to 10 to 12 hours a day with 16 to 18 stops;I was making close to minimum wage. On top of that, management operated under the notion that fear motivates people, so daily we were threatened with being fired if things were not being done the way Orkin wanted it to be done. Again, that is fine and completely Orkin's prerogative, but it was added work on top of our scheduled services , of which we had to constantly call the customer at their inconvenience and re-schedule, that made these threats towards our employment unnerving. Because of the constant stress, I chose to leave the industry all together and went back to college to earn my degree and work in an environment that's more pleasant and rewarding.
Pest Control Technician (Former Employee) – Saginaw, MI – January 25, 2016
Call the customers the day before to let them what time frame you'll be there. Get paperwork ready for management so that it can be entered into the system. Then the next day run your route of customers that range from 8-14 houses a day.
work truck, meet new peope, and no one watching over your shoulder.
Pest Control Route Manager (Current Employee) – Fort Myers, FL – January 15, 2016
Flexibility but you have to work 10-12 hrs per day for 6 days a week at least. If you don't and just stick to the legal 40 hrs a week you get written up. Given a route larger than can be done if you provide customer service and work regular 40 hrs a week. Always changing route among other things, sometimes multiple times a month. Very inefficient administrating in almost every aspect. Additionally they prefer you never take a lunch and don't provide all the safety equipment needed to perform job duties.
Pest Specialist (Current Employee) – Wayne, MI – January 7, 2016
If you like to work for a big company with job security, this is the place to be. You must be willing to work hard and work on Saturdays as well.Benefits are ok at best, but the people you meet are great to work with.
Route Manager/ Field Tech (Current Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – December 31, 2015
Orkin is a company that as an employee growth is near impossible. Promotion from within the company is stagnant and if you do pursue different positions within the company they send current employees through a more rigid process verse a person that highers in from the outside of the company. Orkin stresses to their Techs to show the value of the service to the customer back on their end they lack in showing the employees that they value them. Recently got a new branch manager that is leading the branch in the right direction but he is going to new more help to take the branch in the right direction that he is trying to take it. They do not reward employees for their hard work but only managment .
Stagnant pay, tech is always at fault for everything
Sales -Inspector (Former Employee) – Ohio – December 23, 2015
This job looks good and job security is pretty good but they will find ways to short you in the paycheck. Don't give a 2 week notice if you are a commision sales person, they only pay commision on job done while you are there, so any jobs sold near end of your tenure will not be paid since it wasn't completed by your last day. Base commision on sliding scale where lowest level is barely a livable wage and if you have constant snow its tough to sell pest control. They exaggerate how much you will make in sales, since nobody makes any money until they work there for a while but they have a huge turnover in sales. 5 years is about all anybody last there except for the few who last 10 or more years
micro manage from regional office loop-holes in pay structure to cut your check
Sales Specialist Call Center (Current Employee) – Covington, GA – December 1, 2015
Amazing culture to work, great balance of instruction, encouragement and rewards. Great management and opportunity for advancement. This company has discovered how to find the balance between being a major company and keeping its family heart with employees and customers alike.
Have to work seasonal for a while before permanant
Their training pay is only half of what what have you agree to be paid in their commission contract. The hours are very long and they can call any time and expect you to go out anywhere no where near your own route and work. You basically can not plan on doing anything with your personal life and they expect you to do 90 plus overdue billing phone calls. If you want a job that controls your life then this job is for you.
bed bug certified tech (Former Employee) – Uniontown, OH – November 17, 2015
typical day when i was employed there involved long distances in driving between customers houses. My main job was eliminating bed bugs in both residential and commercial sites using chemical and steam
Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Hallandale Beach, FL – November 1, 2015
You go into the office and have a 20 minute phone meeting with the corporate guy usually a waist of time. I learned more about bugs than I care to say. My manager was a nice person but his boss was an idiot. Some of my co-workers were cool to be around and some were fake. You could see they didn't want you there. I guess they were scared of something. The hardest part of this job was the off season. When the termite season was over it was hard to make a consistent living. The most enjoyable part of this job was when I left to go home.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Covington, GA – October 26, 2015
Ability to grow and develop personally. Great experience being able to work with different customers around the world. Not enough permanent positions available to seasonal employees. Overall a great work environment and enjoyed working with everyone of my colleagues.
Great pay and working oppurtunities
Not enough permanent positions available to seasonal employees