Pros: base pay plus opportunity for commission, laid-back atmosphere.
Cons: terrible management, unprofessional work environment.
Where do I begin?
First off, they called me to come in for an interview when times were tough and I needed a job, so I'm eternally grateful for the opportunity. So I come in for an interview and immediately began training which was memorizing the pitch to use when speaking with homeowners. It was a new opportunity and I was enthusiastic, ready to learn, and make some good money. But after awhile the illusion began to fade away and the true face of the Buffalo office had shown itself.
To start, they literally hire ANYBODY who walks through the door, no requirements, no background checks, and no drug testing. As an individual who doesn't use drugs, I was surrounded by many people who either came into work under the influence of their drug(s) of choice, or freely did them while in the field. The "manager" (I use the term manager loosely) turned a blind eye, even when it was impossible to ignore, so long as they met their quota and made the company money.
There was never any stable system upon which the job was run. The office manager was terrible at motivating us, actually in turn demotivating many of us, but that's what happens when a 24-year old with no management experience is in charge. We only filed for permits AFTER we had run-ins with the police, mainly due to angry homeowners who were sick of seeing us so often.
I did make some friends at the job, but at the end of the day, I hated it and feel like I wasted 9 months. I showed up everyday, early, and was never given any recognition or felt appreciated. But as soon as I, or any of my coworkers messed up or fell short of what was expected, we wouldn't hear the end of it. The owner of both the Buffalo and Rochester offices never even bothered to remember our names. Out of maybe 24 total canvassers between both offices, I felt very unappreciated that our "owner" couldn't even remember who we were.