Pros: you get a guaranteed base plus commission if you sell.
Cons: 1. lots of time on your feet going door to door., 2. unrealistic expectations for sales goals., 3. long hours., 4. 6 day work weeks., 5. unprofessional manangement.
The Scott's product is synonymous with quality lawn and garden fertilizer, and weed killer. However management is lacking, and just because someone may have been a great sales person doesn't necessarily make them a good manager. We started with 21 people at our orientation, and 4 weeks later they have 7 employees remaining. The company promised offers – more... a $500 base salary for the door to door sales representatives plus 7% commission. 5 % front end and 2% back end. What they don't tell you is that you will be working 10 hour days and 6 days a week knocking on doors to try to gain new customers. Most of the time you go into neighborhoods and people either aren't home, or don't answer their door because they don't want to be solicited, or they like to do their own lawn, or they have signed with another lawn service to do their lawn. Too much time is wasted in meetings 3 times a day. You start off late in the morning, break in late afternoon, and then work until about 8:00 or 8:30 and sometimes you don't leave until 9:00. If you don't meet your sales goals then you get written up. Management should be spending more time in the field working with employees who are not meeting their sales goals to find out what they can do to help the employee close more sales. The manager was unprofessional, used profanity a lot, Acted like one of the guys and not like a manager. The manager let other employees tell their co-workers what territories they were going to work, rather than him determining what territories he wanted each employee to work. The manager also lacked spine. Instead of talking directly to you, he would have other employees do his work, The manager lied to me and told me he was letting me go because I had 3 sales, and that I did not meet sales goals, and that his boss told him to let me go. That same day one of the co-workers had me work an area that was spread out and I would not see many homes. The other co-worker worked a neighborhood where homes were closer together. We were supposed to work in teams where one person worked one side of a neighborhood and another the other side, and if you needed help, there was someone nearby to assist. That did not happen, and since the co-worker is not my boss I went to work in the same neighborhood he was in. The manager has no idea how to manage, and too much time is wasted on too many meetings each day. If you ever need to use a rest room and you are in a neighborhood, you are not allowed to go inside people's homes, and you have to wait until someone picks you up and you go on break. It can also be tiring on your feet several hours a day and not be able to take a break to sit down. – less