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Intern Year
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Rating: 3/51
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- This is a very frustrating and hard program yet life changing. You will not learn more about people, business, and about yourself with any other internship. DON'T do this for the money. Do it to learn, grow and launch yourself 10 years ahead of your peers. I wouldn't recommend this to people that aren't willing to sacrifice a lot in order to get the most out of this. Working 80+ hours a week may be normal for some people during the summer as it was for me.

If you are competitive and are willing to do what it takes to get to your goal this program will surely test you. I believe this is definitely not for everyone and most people that fail prove it every year.

Everyone's experience is always different from the next person because you will work with a different district manager and you're personality, strengths, and weaknesses are not the same as the manager in the next city over.

I learned a lot but a worked ridiculously hard for it. No regrets.

There are some clients that don't get good service and complain... it's not the company it's you for not caring about your house enough to constantly check progress and on you for hiring the contractor. You hire the manager not college works.

     
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Soaring Consumer on 2013-06-04:
The amount of spam reviews posted by this company is hilarious.
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Challenging internship to propel you to 6 figures before 25
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AUSTIN, TEXAS -- I started working for this company in 2008 and 09. It was not easy in any way-it was actually one of the hardest things I had ever done mentally as it transformed my view on how the world works. Most people go through life without doing anything truly challenging and this internship was my number 1 career enabling move. The ability to start a business and provide the livelihood for other citizens through gainful employment will give you a leg up over any other applicant for any other business.

My advice to homeowners is:
Make sure you understand that the majority of interns are doing this for the experience and are fully dedicated to the finest quality finished product. This being said you need to personally judge the character of the Branch manager that comes to your home to make sure that is the type of person you wish to work with.

My advice to the painter is:
The branch manager you work for truly cares about the employees making money. The pay structure is identical to a Car Mechanic pay structure which is a great way to determine how much you get paid-if you need additional training to perfect your painting skills the branch manager/district manager/VP will get you ALL the necessary tools for you to make the money you want to make. Ask for help if you need it!

My advice to the Branch Manager is:
This is a great experience and your experience entirely depends on your organization and your willingness to ask for help when you need it from the district manager/VP.

The key to this business is communication!
     
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Challenging, Professional and Profitable Marketing, Sales and Management Experience.
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PEORIA, ILLINOIS -- I was recruited while an engineering student at the University of Illinois. After five selective and informative interviews I was hired by the president after shaking hands.

The warnings I had received about the necessary commitment and time demand proved to be well placed. Many people told me I couldn’t do it. However, part of this internship is training in management of your own time. I was trained and tested in accomplishing more than I ever thought possible. I had a full semester of engineering courses, initiated into an honor society and maintained a 3.7 GPA during the spring semester. (You can always handle more than you think.) During the semester I also drove home on the weekends, marketing and selling painting jobs. My record sales in one weekend was right around $15,000, if I recall correctly.

In this internship, hard work pays off. I started the internship believing the abstract principle that hard work pays off. I ended the internship with this principle experimentally confirmed. The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment was overwhelming and gave me a new fire for success. I profited over $27,000 and still had time to fly to Oregon and relax for 10 days before school started back up. My district manager was helpful in motivating me throughout the year and keeping me positive. This internship was the experience of a lifetime and sold me in an interview for a world renowned company the next summer.

But don’t do it if you aren't going to fully commit and make the most out of it. Be prepared to both work hard and enjoy the payroll Friday events.
     
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John Nicholson on 2013-05-25:
This is nothing but a commercial for a business which may or may not be legit. Make sure you investigate thoroughly before you hand over your hard-earned money on a venture like this. Caveat Emptor
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Untreated Stucco Patch Work
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IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- As have others, I too, struggled financially while going to college and so I thought giving a college student an opportunity to provide income for said student was a noble thing to do. The character of the student who sold us this job gave great assurances regarding the completion of the job to our satisfaction.

Half way through the job, a patched area of stucco was evident prior to the paint being applied and my wife questioned whether or not that would be a problem. The salesman used his favorite reply,"no problem". After painting over the aforementioned area, the finish was entirely different from the rest of the surface area. Told it was unacceptable, the salesman's solution was to add four(4) more coats of paint to the area to which there resulted in no noticeable difference. This area is a direct eyesore to neighbors and passing traffic. My neighbor across the street came over and asked if were going to leave that area untreated and said it was very noticeable from his front yard.

After two(2) discussions with the salesman about how he intended to rectify the problem he said that his company did not do any patch work and that they had contracted only to paint the house. It didn't seem to bother him when he asked me to cut tree branches away from the house or cut back bushes so that his job would be made easier. However, on their website, it states as part of the prep work, College Works.com, will wire-brush flaking and deteriorating stucco as well as stucco-patch large areas. This is a direct contradiction to what was stated by the salesman. The completion of the house is nearly over and the rigidity of the salesman stands.

As this situation is ongoing, I will report the final outcome to these pages in the near future. Arcadia, Calif. is a beautiful area of So. California and I would not any blemish on my home to upset that standing. More to follow.
     
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Alain on 2010-08-20:
If you live in Arcadia try giving the Code Service Division a call at 626-574-5436 or 574-5421. While this isn't a code violation, they may be helpful in giving you some advice on dealing with College Painting. It's worth a shot.
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Worst Paint Job Ever
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I had College Works paint my house last year and it was unprofessional, poorly done, sloppy and they left my home a mess. I complained several times; they sent out one service person to verify yet the fix-it painters never came. Sent several pictures to a company executive who told me it was "the worst paint job I've ever seen by any company." Yet they've never made it up, made repairs, finished cleaning--and now the original job is already peeling and nailheads are showing through.

They are all talk, no action and did a wholly unprofessional job for a professional price.


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Poor paint job 3 Oil stained field stone Bad window painting job
     
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Frenchie on 2007-09-25:
That's what you get when you hire college kids to do your painting. They just don't know how. I know for my family has been in the painting business for a hundred years. You probably got a lower price and snow job than from a legitimate paint contractor. Truthfully I have no sympathy.
Anonymous on 2007-09-25:
I have to agree with Frenchie. When it comes to things like having your house painted, it's better to pay more for a quality, long lasting job then a cheap, shabby job, as you have found out.
Sparticus on 2007-09-26:
I worked for one of these outfits when I was in college... I felt bad for the first few homes we did since most of us where trainees and had no real painting experience. They taught us the basics in a 2 hour class and then we were basically expected to paint houses like we'd been doing it for years.
Jop on 2007-09-26:
I know how you feel. I hired the most expensive contractor in the area because I was told I would get a first class paint job. The owner came out and painted for about 30 minutes then turned the job over to Arturo, I think a newcomer from Mexico. The contractor admitted he was being paid 10 bucks an hour. The job cost me about 75 to 80 bucks an hour and I paid for the paint. My job looks about like yours. I doubt I will ever see any of them again.
jenjenn on 2007-09-26:
I hired a contractor to paint my condo. He had good references, so I didn't think much of it. We did negotiate the price, but this was something he agreed to & was paid accordingly. He did a half azz job and basically said, "You get what you pay for." Sorry - HE was the one to agree to the lower price, but I ended up paying the price because he did a terrible job. If I wanted it to look unprofessional, I could have done it myself...for free!!! Live and learn...that's for sure!
moneybags on 2007-09-26:
Call a well-known realtor/real estate company in your city and ask for references for a painter. If anyone has experience with good painters, it's realtors. Or call a local paint store. They have names of good painters, too.
s.z. on 2012-07-07:
from a one man painting operator - I don't hire workers any more because the whole field is saturated with illegals that work cheap $10 hr more of less -cash - no taxes - plus they don't know what they are doing - if you are going to spend a good sum of money then call their previous jobs - call the insurance company make sure it is up to date - if they drop off workers make sure they look like they know what they are doing or stop the job - make them put in writing all details of job including end date - instead of 3 large payments , pay as job progresses , do a background check on the internet to make sure you are not hiring a criminal including workers - and the list goes on - hire American workers - its good for the economy
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Painting My House
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IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- I contracted College Works to paint my home in Sandy Utah. The home is older and had many areas that concerned me. Jonathan and his crew examined these areas and performed the necessary prep work (caulking, scraping, sanding, etc.) that needed to happen prior to painting.

They were very meticulous with their work, and addressed each area on the house thoroughly. Now that the house is painted, it looks absolutely amazing. I am very impressed with their work and recommend them to all.
     
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Great service, better than any painter I have worked with
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IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- I had my house painted 11 years ago by College Works Painting. I saw the reviews online and thought that others might want to know my job has still held up and does not need to be painted yet.
     
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copper_works_ on 2012-08-22:
They did a house down the street from me this summer. They did such a good job it is one of the best paint jobs I've ever seen and I was looking very closely. They had a two day cookout and got the job done.
CUontheFlipSide on 2012-08-24:
Does anyone else feel a little shill in the air tonight?
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Internship Experience
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- College Works Painting was a great internship experience that involves running your own business. It taught me many skills that helped further my career in Chicago.
     
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Warranty?????
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Rating: 1/51
ST. ANN, MISSOURI -- In 2009 I hired [snip]to re glaze my bath tub. The product featured a 5 year warranty with some restrictions. Within 2 years the product began to peel and chip. After getting in touch with [snip]he offered to fix a defective product by charging me $75. He claimed the damage was my fault and strongly defended his point of view as an owner operator. I have filed a complaint with the BBB.

     
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Alain on 2012-07-18:
Since the BBB has no enforcement power, I'd suggest you also file a complaint with the Missouri consumer protection agency at http://ago.mo.gov/Consumer-Protection.htm and at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/index.shtml
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College Works- Bad bad choice for a Paint job
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI -- Without the doubt, the absolute worst choice one can make for an exterior paint job.

We hired College works for an external paint job and the entire ordeal was a debockle. There was little to no prep work done (the most important aspect of an exterior paint job) and paint everywhere! It was a real mess.

Fortunately we halted the work before it was finished and hired a new painting (Experienced) company to start all over again (which was a must). Every painter that bid on our house was appalled at the little to no prep work (poor powerwashing, no caulking, very little to no sanding) done on our house, which is over 100 yrs old. The amount of paint everywhere was also troubling- driveway, brick work, garage door, the roof, everywhere. I don't think a drop cloth was ever used.

The kids that were doing the work, were polite, however they received little to no guidance on how to do their job. I felt bad that these kids were not even provided the basic skills at painting.

I highly advise for anyone needing an exterior paint job- to look elsewhere or you will be repainting your house in a couple years.

     
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bargod on 2009-07-07:
Sounds like you needed a professional job done for a 100yr old house. Not sure why you expected that from college kids. I'm sure theyr'e a adaquete company if you want your garage or fence painted, but a 100yr old house?
BokiBean on 2009-07-07:
Times are tough, bargod. People try to cut corners any way possible. You should see some of these gorgeous old mansions down on Government St. here...people are painting the front and leaving the sides and back unpainted.
bargod on 2009-07-07:
Exactly, this person was trying to save a buck and it backfired. You hire semi-professionals for a professional job and that's what you get.
BokiBean on 2009-07-07:
Even professionals are "iffy" sometimes..I've know a few. :D
bargod on 2009-07-07:
Very true.
BokiBean on 2009-07-07:
I know amateurs suck..I painted the trim on my house myself. :D
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