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.
We have all seen the usual complaints about this company. College Works is noted for their carelessness about getting back to the customer, their indifference towards their painters, and the discrimination that goes on when hiring interns. The majority of individuals who work for this company are white males. Not a surprise.. This is the case for many businesses. Though, the thing that sets College Works apart from other internships is the lack of morals and professionalism from higher staff.
Put aside the recruiting process, the customers, the painters.. and look at the relationships between their employees inside and outside of work. Trips to Cancun and Vegas will surely catch any college students eye. But what happens when their workers take their relationships outside of work to a completely different level. A bit unprofessional, don't you think? College Works in Arizona certainly does not seem to think so.
The Vice President of College Works in Arizona should be called out for her immoral and dishonest actions. This woman lacks the maturity and principles to keep a professional relationship with her fellow workers, specifically interns. She gains their trust by giving them guidance about the business world and takes advantage of their dependence by sleeping with them. Disgusting.
This is the case with many other Vice Presidents and District Managers of College Works. California, Texas, Illinois - you name it, they did it! Why is this allowed to go on? People see it happening, yet they do not say a word. This is the wrong kind of loyalty, the wrong kind of mentoring all together.
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.
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.
HOLLY SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA -- Exterior painting on our home into 2nd week. Already complained to supervisor. 1 painter who knows what he is doing is telling 2 college kids what to do. We have had to point out spots they missed as they were about to paint over spots that had not been power washed yet. We are ready to have them be done and leave. We paid more than standard job should take just because we thought it was a good deed we were doing to help college kids.
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- This is a great opportunity for college students wanting a hands on experience in what it takes to run a business. I learned plenty of good skills like building rapport with customers, building your own customer base with your own two feet, and especially time management which I am very thankful for right now as a sophomore in college. This is very different than any other internship and gives you more skills than you can learn sitting in an office.
CINCINNATI, OHIO -- In the very beginning, I was recruited at the University of Cincinnati. I went through multiple interviews and eventually was hired as an intern/branch manager. Began training in the Spring and began meeting with homeowners to provide work for the Summer. When Summer rolled around, I hired my painting crews to produce the homes that had decided to work with me back in the Spring. I would definitely recommend the program, especially to anyone looking to work in business or start their own business in the future.
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA -- I have learned so much as an intern with College Works Painting. I have real experience with managing and running my own business that sets me apart from my peers. This internship required hard work and dedication to see success, but I learned how to grow my clientele base, hire and manage employees, satisfy my clients, and control the finances. It was an unforgettable experience.
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- I contracted College Works to paint my home in Sandy Utah. The home is older and had many areas that concerned me. ** 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.