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3.9 out of 5, based on 40 ratings and
48 reviews & complaints.
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College Works Painting
1682 Langley Ave.
Irvine, CA 92614
888-450-9675 (ph)
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Exterior House Painting/Staining
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Rating: 5/51

NEENAH, WISCONSIN -- We just had College Works Painting headed by Brandon ** stain the exterior of our home. We are very satisfied with the result and are pleased to say that Brandon and his crew did an excellent job in a timely manner. We also appreciate their cleanup when finished.

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TOPEKA, KANSAS -- We had a very good experience with Clay and his crew of painters. Clay's crew did an excellent job in the quality of their work. In addition, they were punctual, extremely polite and neat in their work. An aspect of their work that impressed my wife and I was while doing the trim, the crew cleaned out the gutters of the house. The quality of work performed was impressive and having these young people doing the work was an enjoyable experience. It with pride that we would highly recommend College Works.

Bad Experience With College Works Painting
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Rating: 2/51

ELKHORN, WISCONSIN -- Initially things started off well. We pointed out things that we needed to be done as well as things that needed to be redone and some of them did get done. After two days of work I was told that they were done. During the walk around I pointed out areas that I felt were either not completed or poorly done. I was assured that they would come back and correct any and all problems to my satisfaction. They came out on a Sunday and within two hours I was told that they were done again. I felt that they were rushing through the job indicating to me that they did not care about the end result.

One of our main concerns was could they match the existing colors that we were already using. I was assured that the Sherwin Williams product was excellent and the color match would be very close. The end result is that I am not impressed with the Sherwin Williams product and we are left with a poor color match. They then informed me that they could not do anything about it.

The paint on the trim of the house is sloppy with missed areas. Sloppy work was also done around the windows with paint on some of the windows with no cleanup attempt made. There is an area where new windows have been installed with aluminum trim. Paint was applied on the aluminum trim around the windows not sure why they did this because it was not needed. The cleanup of their equipment was using my garden hose leaving an area of damage to the lawn because of paint residue and water running too long in one area.

The paint coverage for Sherwin Williams calls for one coat but it does not perform well applying a light-colored paint over a dark stain without an additional primer or two coat application. The team leader assured me that it had two coats but it is clearly visible that the dark stain is bleeding through indicating that two coats were not applied. When the job was not complete and I pointed out that two coats were needed I was told that additional paint could be ordered at my expense but with their discount.

I pointed out areas of concern where the painting was not done correctly or not done at all. I had to continually point out areas that needed to be corrected which they should have seen for themselves without having to be told. Finally after much frustration I told them to just leave the job site and I will fix the problems myself and do them correctly.

This will create a need to have more paint purchased and my time spent all for what after giving them almost $6000 for the job. I feel as though there was a lack of attention to detail, sloppy work, a rushed job and the poor paint color match. Advice to anyone considering using College Works Painting, go with someone else. You will save money and time in the long run. College Works Painting is not worth the effort. I would not use them again.

Poor Paint Job
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Rating: 1/51

RACINE, WISCONSIN -- Do not use College Works painters for a Stucco house. They were inexperienced in preparing our Stucco Home for painting. Did not fully clean or brush the dirt off the stucco. Did not fill cracks or inspect the house prior to painting. They are not neat or careful. Did not caulk around window to prevent water intrusions.

Stucco has a lot of cracks, hairline and others. These crack were to be filled prior to painting. They did a few on one side of the house and found it very labor intense and choose not to do the whole house. All cracks must be filled prior to washing or painting for a good job to be done. We were very clear when we spoke to Karl about the work we expected to be done.

Without any advance notice on Friday a young man arrived at about 7:30 pm and began power washing our house. He did not come to our door to tell us he was going to work on our house. He just showed up and unhooked our garden hoses and hooked up his power washer. He did not move anything away from our walls. Just tried to sprayed around thing and avoid our open windows.. He did not power wash the 2nd story or front entry.

We had windows open and he did not care. He left by 8:30 pm and he did not reconnect our hoses. We were told by Karl work was going to start our house Monday. Karl, claims he told us work would start before. NO, NO we had work to do to clear areas for the painters on the weekend.

Two College Works (Jesse and Mercedes) arrived on Monday morning and started painting. They did not have a broom or long brush to finish cleaning the Stucco. They had a small hand held whisk broom which hardly, if every, left the plastic box it came in. Power wash from Friday night was a very poor job. Jesse acknowledge that the wash was very poor, but he painted right over the dirty stucco. I informed Jesse I could still see bleed though and told him a second coat is necessary as the paint they chose states for coverage; Karl stated it would. I asked why Mercedes wasn't back rolling with a thick nap roller. They ignore me and kept working.

Contract note: Fill all cracks - They choose not to fill all cracks, in fact only did a couple. Fill needs to cure before painting but they painted over and then told us they mixed they used to fill is coming out. Did not go back and repair. I personally talked to the young man to be sure all cracks were filled. He got on his phone to Karl and ignore my statements. They taped very few areas, and the amount of over spray on our black light fixtures and railings was totally unacceptable. They do not cover well if at all. All side of our house had over spray and all of our wall fixtures.

BE very specific on your contract. Karl verbally ensured us they would clean our house. Contract note: power spray as necessary – therefore they did not power spray the 2nd story nor brush or remove dirt or mildew from most of the house. They did not move anything that was along the walls, they spray around. We explain our house had not been sealed or painted for over 15 years and we needed it done right. Karl assured us it would be.

When choosing a paint be sure to state how the paint should be applied: brushed on rolled on or sprayed on with back brush. College Works chose to spray and not back brush. And did a very poor job applying. They missed or just did not paint behind things. If they could not spray it did not get painted. They did not have proper tools, like good paint brushes and rollers or pan to put paint in. They only used the cans of paint to get paint out of.

Paint quality: Karl recommended a very good paint. He emphasized how good the paint was and how it will cover and beautify our home. Contract note: one coat. Very strange when we saw the poor coverage we were getting we look up the paint. Sherwin ** states for coverage two coats are required. College Works would not honor what paint spec call for. We ended up with a lot of bleed through and missed areas that were not finished correctly. Finish is not uniform and cut line is so jagged it looks terrible.

During contract discussions, WE made Karl aware that several area of our home had stains. He assured me that paint would cover and we would be happy. We would not need to prime any areas. If you have stains on your Stucco insist on a stain covering primer be applied before that paint. Every day the two painters arrived whenever. We were never informed of a start or finish time. They did not introduce themselves. They just entered our yard and set up. One morning while we were still in bed we were woken by very loud music from a radio. We did not appreciate the loud music at 7:30 am.

Clean up was washing a small roller with our garden hose, spraying all the excess paint on our grass. I told them this was not good. The young girl said it is biodegradable and would not hurt our grass. OK, it does not hurt our grass, but we now have an area of white grass and brown grass. They did this every day and it looks terrible. They store what little equipment they had under a tarp in our yard.

Inspection per contact: We were to have a nightly walk around with Karl. This is THIRD night and we still have not had one. He is the team leader – shows up when Jesse, calls or text him with our concerns. I do not feel Karl is addressing any of our concerns. Listens well, nods well, and then ignores what we are telling. He is telling us this is normal and we will be happy before the job is done.

Thursday, work continues and no change to how they paint or protect our house or clean up. Now our front evergreens are sprayed white in various spots. Our porch railings are more white than black. Over spray is everywhere. We are told they have to do touch up and will clean our rails. They did not.

Thursday evening Karl shows up and ask how we like the job. Our reply was it looks terrible. He was stunned. We confronted him about the contract note: nightly walk around. Karl said why didn't we call him. Like we are to do his job for him and he was not concerned. It in the contact KARL. WE knew His painters were calling him daily with our concerns, because they stopped doing anything and hung out in the yard on the phone.

After the walk around they spent another couple of hours painting the unpainted areas and trying addressing our concerns. WE are not happy with all the work. We must do the make our house look like what we expected from College Works. They offered a small dollar adjustment for the over spray and agreed it was unacceptable. Karl took our check and left. Karl stated if we did not pay them they would put a 10 year lien on our house.

Company Response 07/17/2015:

Hi, we are so sorry to hear about your experience. Your interaction with our company has certainly been unacceptable on our part and we'd like to do everything we can to make this right for you. We have limited information here on the site. Can you call us at 888-450-9675 or email us at so we can help you out ASAP?

Being an Intern Got Me an Interview
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Rating: 5/51

AUSTIN -- I was an intern in the spring and summer of 2014. I'll admit, it was not walk in the park. The first note to take is that the College Works Painting internship is an investment into your future. From the start, each weekend I was out knocking on doors in the Austin area while my friends were out having fun. Through the week, I spent hours lining up my weekend schedule, and making sure clients and I were on the same page about how their personal estimate would go.

I would also try to understand some of their concerns about the company or the quality of work; this is an understandable concern because, come on, you're a 20-something year old college kid who doesn't have it all figured out... yet. All of my clients were very well-to-do Austin residents, and my attitude as a young professional was very clear to them.

During the summer (production season) I had trouble finding the right painters to do the work. My first crew was spectacular, but they ended up finding work closer to their homes in San Marcos. The endless training of painters seemed daunting. I had already thought about quitting (like the countless hundreds who already did) during the spring, but I knew I'd regret it. I buckled down and eventually found a diamond in the rough. My lead painter was a 19 year old sophomore at UT who had never touched a paint brush in his life.

* This is for potential clients and potential interns alike: The best painters are those taught with patience and detail. Experienced painters often cut corners to cut costs, while new painters only know what the intern has taught them... so you're able to built their skill set from level 0.

This guy ended up painting over half of my houses with the help of guys that HE ended up training for me. I was able to manage multiple other job sites in the Georgetown, Cedar Park, West and South Austin areas. My branch was the highest revenue-producing branch in Texas at $100,000+ and I also completed the internship with multiple positive online reviews, the award for excellent customer service (my clients cared about me and I cared about them), and I was intern of the year. Oh yeah, Cancun was a blast.

The skills I learned at College Works Painting are still paying dividends. As the "subject" line states, running a branch for CWP got me an internship working for a media production group dealing with private companies whose annual revenue exceeds $20 million dollars. My experience as a manager was the single resume bullet point that the interviewer asked me about. Now, you tell me what 20-something year old can hold their own in a room full of CEO's and multimillionaires... this one.

More than anything, CWP has enabled me to restore balance in my life. It taught me to plan time for people that matter, it challenged my ambition to succeed, and best of all- and likely the least 'talked' about benefit- it trained me to listen and control the tempo of conversation.

"It's not for everyone," is the most accurate description of CWP. There is a reason thousands of interns are recruited every year and only a few hundred finish. College Works isn't just an internship, it's a platform for you to start successful habits in your life. I encourage you to think hard about making the commitment. Ask yourself what you're made of. Think about the time you'll have to spend giving it all you've got.

Think about the sacrifice you're going to have to make and some of the people you'll have to disappoint (not clients, FRIENDS that don't understand why you're doing it). Then, think about how different your life will be once you've earned all of the intangible skills and all of the respect from your peers and clients. If it seems worth it to you, then step up and accept it.

Nightmare, Inexperience, Constant Renegotiating After Contract Signed, Sloppy Unprofessional
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Rating: 1/51

VANCOUVER -- It was time to have our 105-year-old house painted again after 12 years. We decided that we would give a college student the opportunity to do the work having had great success with another company called College Pro painters. When the student came to our door from College Works Painting based out of Irvine CA, we thought "let's give them an opportunity." Turns out the company is run like a pyramid. They do not provide adequate paint training and send teams out into the workforce green, without proper tools.

Some of the reasons for why things were being done were so far off the mark we had to finally say STOP before more damage is done to the house. What took our previous workers 3 weeks to complete once College Works arrived we were told they would be here for 4 days which included pressure washing, scraping, priming, and a spray coat so thin you could see the bare wood underneath.

We were told that they pressure wash and scrape and prime right away because the wood is soft from the pressure wash and the paint scraping is easier. As they gouged their way through the soft wood I couldn't believe my eyes and a few hours later came home to find they had primed the wet wood and an hour or two later sprayed the paint.

The next day told the story. Paint was blistering, and bubbles under the old paint had formed. To cut our losses we had a stop order and have been forced to find someone qualified to paint and repair damage done by inexperience students. I don't blame them entirely but College Works Painting is the one that should be held accountable for taking student money and having them invest in this business.

Yes, they are student investors whose source of income is based on speed not a job well done. I can only say that if anyone in Canada or US is considering using College Works I say be careful and buyer beware because you are not going to get what you think you are. We were lead to believe the house was going to be brushed and they came with a sprayer that holds one quart at a time nothing of commercial quality.

Think twice before you hire the student and do you due diligence when it comes to researching the company. You are not going to get what you have signed on the dotted line for. Reviews for this company are strictly from investor perspective and customer reviews are non-existent. In summary, sales pitch great you know--help a student, quality of work in the basement.

Company Response 07/17/2015:

Hi, we are so sorry to hear about your experience. Your interaction with our company has certainly been unacceptable on our part and we'd like to do everything we can to make this right for you. We have limited information here on the site. Can you call us at 888-450-9675 or email us at so we can help you out ASAP?

Vandalism and Bad Customer Service
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Rating: 2/51 - Consumer improved rating by 1 stars

PHOENIX, ARIZONA -- We have a serious customer service and vandalism issue with this company. We worked with a young man who was originally supposed to paint our house named **. Due to delays with our HOA, he had to give the job to a man named ** when it came time to complete the painting job. During this time, they lost our agreed upon and HOA-approved paint sample. Once they figured it out, they did a good job, but removed several of fixtures from our house, including pigeon-proofing spikes that we had paid another company to install years before.

They did not ask before removing these spikes, and ** had told us they could paint over them (which is best so that they remain blended in with the house). So, not only did they remove them without permission, break several of them in the process, but they then stated they could not put them back on because they did not have the right glue.

Long story short, after weeks of push back from the company, speaking with a manager named **, as well as a manager named ** who had told me personally that they would take care of it, the only way to get it done is for US to pay out of pocket for the glue so that they themselves could put the, now broken, pieces of these spikes back on our house. Oh, and did I mention that by removing these spikes, they have now negated our warranty with the pigeon-proofing company???

I'm very pleased with the paint job itself, but the lack of respect for our property and subsequent rude and unethical treatment when all we asked is that they fix this mistake is absolutely unacceptable. Shame on you College Works! We will be reporting this to the Better Business Bureau.

Resolution Update 02/03/2015:

College Works has now corrected the issue, had the pigeon spikes replaced, and we are now happy with the results.

Company Response 01/19/2015:

Trisha and Joshua, we are very happy that you are satisfied with the quality of the paint job. We're very disappointed that the experience was so terrible though. What can we do to help you remedy this situation? Please do not hesitate to contact us at 888-450-9675.

Hard but Worth It.
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Rating: 5/51

EAST CENTRAL, KANSAS -- I interned with College Works Painting during the spring/summer of 2015. The internship focuses on sales in the spring and producing the work in the summer. I had a very rough time getting started with sales and was very discouraged throughout the spring semester that I was not going to do well. Instead of quitting, I decided to throw myself as hard as I could at this internship so that at the end I could at the very least tell myself that I had done my best. I poured myself into my work every weekend until I got results.

Producing the work I had booked turned out to be even more of a challenge than selling it in the first place. This was the first time I had really been put in charge of people, and I didn't always hire the best. On some occasions, even after pouring myself into projects I still had customers and workers who were hard to work with.

I bet at this point you're wondering why I rated this 5 stars. It's because even though this was really hard, I would still do it again in a heartbeat. This internship challenged me in ways I would not have been challenged otherwise. I met some awesome lifelong friends and went on some fantastic adventures with them. No matter how hard my job got I had support from the people above me and when I got written letters and thank you notes from my customers it made me feel like I really accomplished something.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” Theodore Roosevelt

The Painting Internship
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Rating: 4/51

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- It was my freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin when I first heard of College Works Painting. I actually thought it was some research internship when I first received a call to go to an information session. It wasn't. My first reaction to the internship was negative since I was a science major. Why not just do research? Also it seemed like it was very difficult and time-consuming. Then I started to think about what I wanted to do, and where I wanted to go.

One of the things I realized is that when it came to anything other than math and science, I was pretty bad at it. With dreams as big as I had, I was going to need two things: work experience, and the ability to deal with people. From what I could tell, even though it was never something I imagined I'd ever be doing, running a painting business for the summer would get me those two things. So I went ahead and got the internship.

I remember the internship as being a constant rush and I remember being out of my comfort zone 95% of the time. It felt like there was always something to get done, it was kind of exhilarating. Even though most of the things I was doing made me extremely nervous, such as doing a sales presentation without prior sales experience, I found myself learning them pretty fast. I realized that when you work at a fast pace, and have a lot to get done, you become really good at things very fast.

Never before had I felt pushed in this way, so this was the first time I had learned that lesson. By the end of the internship, after a ton of hard work and lots of paint, I had achieved what I set out to find and more. I had work experience, and the ability to deal with people.

Honestly, I would not recommend this internship to most people. Here's why: not everyone is ready to grow up and start working hard. If you are ready for a challenge, and you have the maturity to think long-term about your future. Then do it. However, if you are scared about missing out on partying, school clubs, and the "college experience," then don't do it; not because you won't ever party, I partied a lot, but because you are not mature enough for it.

Incredible and Challenging Experience.
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Rating: 4/51

EUGENE, OREGON -- My experience with College Works has overall been incredible. When I happened upon the internship 2 years ago I knew it was unlike any other internship I've happened upon. I immediately was intrigued. I know there are reviews out there of bad experiences and such from interns and it was certainly the single most challenging thing I have ever done, don't get me wrong. However, This type of internship sparked my interest because I knew if I completed something as challenging as this I would be proud to say that I have done it.

The way I look at things, anything worth doing is going to be a challenge... that is what makes it worth it. My first year I ran an $80,000 business with many bumps along the way and let me tell you, I was not very good at this business to start out. Typically what ends up happening is college students find out that it is going to be challenging and give up when the going gets tough...I didn't. I stuck it out! Passed every challenge and each struggle and was eventually able to say that at 19 years old I was able to run a very successful $80,000 business and made 38% profit! Now that isn't typical.

The average is around 20% but I was diligent with making sure I knew where every penny was spent and spent countless hours on my job sites ensuring my guys were as efficient and quick as possible. This last year I came back to the company and ran a $104,000 business and learned even more! Personally, even though I had some struggles along the way it was honestly one of the best decisions I ever made. I learned so much about myself and how to run a business and I wouldn't have given that up for anything! I currently am a DM in Eugene, OR and I am now helping to give other students a similar experience I had.

The more lives I can touch and impact, and help them realize that they can do anything that they work diligently for I will consider myself successful. I am thoroughly happy with my experience and highly encourage individuals with immense ambition and drive to do the internship and be ready for a life altering experience!

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