I Was An Employee For The Chain Gang Known As Terminix
UTAH -- My horror story began in 1990 when I was hired at Terminix to run a pest control route. I wondered why all the employees had such low morale, and why the company had such a high cancellation rate. I was soon to find out. I was never issued safety gear, nor goggles, and the manager routinely carried pesticides in his Dodge Aries. A BIG SAFETY VIOLATION PER STATE LAWS. I was given a uniform shirt to wear that was 5 sizes too big, and was so old and worn out that the material was almost see through. I was not issued uniform pants for at least 3 months, which forced me to wear jeans. At least my jeans weren't worn out like that nasty shirt was. My family was appalled a what they gave me to wear! A billion dollar company couldn't even afford to provide professional uniforms. That should have told me about how things were to come. I had to print my own MSDS/label book on my own time. I was never provided a proper MSDS/label book that was required to have on each service vehicle that carried ANY pesticide on it! I was given a company credit card to put fuel in my service truck. It was declined on more than one occasion! I was repairing my spray equipment when I got pesticide in my eye. I immediately went to an Urgent care facility and handed the nurse MY copies of the MSDS and label book that I made. 4 months later I received a notice in the mail that Terminix never paid that bill so I was being held responsible for the fee. Yep, Terminix has a terrible credit rating too, and now you all know why. We were required to spend our own money on phone calls to customers during the day as well, leaving me with NO funds for lunch, or even a soda! The regional manager at the time told me to take it off my taxes! He knew darned good and well that I could not do that! I ran out of chemical once and was told by the manager to use water. I never ever did that to any of MY customers. I cared about my customers! My next injury occurred when I was begging the manager for an OSHA approved ladder for an upcoming service that had drop down ceilings. I needed to get into those ceilings to do a proper service. My begging all week long didn't help, so I was forced to use a rickety old wooden one at the job site(it was an office building). The ladder collapsed when I was up on it, and I was flung into a desk twisting my leg upon impact. I was laid up for 2 weeks on that injury and I was also black and blue. I was never offered Workman's comp, nor disability pay for that.
I later had to have surgery on my belly, and the surgery was done on a Thursday. I was told by my manager that I had to be back by Monday am, and if I wasn't there then I would be fired. I showed up on that day, and I couldn't even stand up straight. I was only able to do one account that day, and I went back to the office in tears begging to go home. I was in horrible pain. All the manager said to me was "What about your route?" He didn't care about anything but the almighty dollar. I also witnessed a certain salesman at the office managers computer late one night...I had stopped by the office to turn in invoices from that days services. I didn't want to turn them in in the am. This salesman was at the office managers computer deleting other employees and salesman's names off of legitimate contracts that others had sold. He was then putting his name down as the one that sold them in order to get a commission from someone else's sales. He was also deleting "active" accounts and "reselling" them under his name so that he could get a commission from those as well. Terminix doesn't pay their employees well enough(20-25k a year). So this is what these people are forced to resort to. Yep, dishonesty at all levels. I also found a form that was titled "Job Stability Checklist". There were questions on it such as questions to ask the applicant...
1. Has employee lived in area over a year?
2. Is applicant married?
3. Has dependent children?
4. Has had more than 3 jobs in the last year? 3 or more NO answers renders applicant ineligible for employment.
There were a few more questions, but I do not remember what they were. So, since I was not married, nor any children, I was immediately ineligible for employment from this company. NOT FAIR, and I suspect highly illegal! They are probably still doing this as well. Now I wish I could have gone back and made a copy of it. So, after reading this, do you really want someone working for a company like this in YOUR home? Not me! Your home is your biggest investment. Protect it at all costs. Do NOT let these idiots anywhere near it! After reading what goes on behind the scenes, I will let you make your own judgment on this one. Servicemaster also owns Merry Maids, Tru-Green Chemlawn, and American Home Shield. I understand that these other companies also have a high number of complaints as well.
So, my advice to you out there is to save your money and use a reputable company. There are exterminators and companies out there that really do care about their customers and their work. Too bad the Servicemaster and Terminix companies are NOT one of them.