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I Was An Employee For The Chain Gang Known As Terminix
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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.
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Skye on 03/11/2011:
My friend, you really needed to hire a workman's compensation lawyer when all that was happening to you, regarding your on the job injuries.

As for everything else, I don't know what to say.

When did you finally quit?
ticia232 on 03/11/2011:
Skye quit or be fired?

Because I have used Terminex for 12 years, and have nothing bad to say about them. When they sprayed termites (an once a year thing), they noticed that I had knawing on my some of the wood in my crawl space beneath my house and suggested that I call animal control. I did and they found a family a family of mammals (can't remember which ones) that they removed from my house.

Also when my mother used them at her new house, she learned that she had a water softener, when he mentioned her what it was.
spiderman2 on 03/11/2011:
Whenever you have an on-the-job injury you need to file a workers' compensation claim to have the bills paid nad to pay out any lost wages you may have. The employer is not going to do this for you. If you don't make your claim in 180 days, the point is moot. AS to the questions regarding potential employees you listed, it may not have been a good idea to have them written down, but that list is basically seeing if a potential employee is a stable person. Most employers are more interested in hiring stable, dependable people than they are in transient people who just stop showing up.
old fart on 03/11/2011:
I can relate!
I worked for Terminix from 1977 to 1989. It was a corporate branch and the service and management wasn't to awfully bad, I was a branch manager for the last two years and as salesman I made it to company reward trips which included Chicago, Orlando, San Antonio, Washington D.C and Guadalajara Mexico. among other places.
After I left to go to Florida to work for Massey Pest control I saw some serious flaws in Terminix's methods and was thankful that I was no longer with them due to poor Terminix management and the extremely poor quality of service in the last 15 yeas.
I finished my PC career working for Rose Pest management in Saginaw MI when I retired in 2006.
a lot happier now on 03/12/2011:
What about that salesman stealing others sales?? Total dishonesty.
trmn8r on 03/12/2011:
What did you resort to? You say you were hired in 1990. Did you continue to work for this company? I would not have.

I'm not quite sure from what angle the complaint is coming. It sounds like much of this happened several years ago. Do you have reason to believe the people involved and the company policies haven't changed?
wellingtonbrooke on 04/05/2012:
The shady salesman was also an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve...don't we all feel safe knowing that during our most recent conflicts/wars that 'person' was guarding our country? Not me!
doesn't matter on 04/01/2014:
I don't know what was going on at your branch (Antarctica?)
I made 64k last year as a pest tech but I work like a mule....some people don't and make less....they have personal lives and I have a personal bank account. Seems like a lot of rage for you to venting aloud 11 years later.
At my branch, we only have to come in once per week...in the company provided vehicle. We no longer have to make appointment calls (that did stink bad) as the company handles that now. Even though we aren't required to come in, the same people come in every day and sit around the office and complain about having to work past 5:00. I spend that time sleeping a little later and still get to my first appointment at 8:00.
Some people think you have to love a job. That's just not how it is. It's just something you have to do. I neither dread nor look forward to going to work the next day.
In my experience, those that want to earn, are given an opportunity to so. I'm still with them going on 8 years.
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Terminix is a rip off
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I was recently "let go" from Terminix simply because I didn't sell enough. My customers loved me, never rec'd any complaints, always completed my route 95% or greater, and collected well each month. But because I didn't sell 2-3000$ worth of overpriced and often times totally unnecessary products and/or services every month they had to let me go. While I did in fact sell (usually at least 500 -1000$/month but sometimes well over the 2000$/month "goal"), my numbers apparently weren't good enough. Trust me, you are far better off with a locally owned pest company that doesn't offer all the other products/services and force their service techs to sell. Or better yet, go to online and you can get the exact same products that I used as a tech.

Do the math: On average, the yearly cost for pest control with Terminix is $300.00 (75$ every 3 months). Go to doit yourselfpestcontrol.com and spend 50-100$ and you will have enough product to last you 2 - 3 years.

Terminix pest control for 3 years =$900.00
doityourselfpestcontrol.com for 3 years = $50-100.00

And if you do go with Terminix, pray that your service tech (pmp) actually gives enough of a rat's fanny to provide a good service, because believe me, plenty of them do not. Just a little information and common sense is all anyone needs to take care of their pest problem. There are plenty of avenues one can used to gain necessary info to treat their home correctly, without having to pay dearly.

Obviously I'm not happy with the way I was let go, but the above points reflect the way I've felt for quite some time. I was with the company over two years, and I developed a lot of good relationships with many of my customers. I can honestly say that I treated my customers the way I would expect to be treated, and tried to treat their homes like each was my own. In the two + years I was there, I did see a lot of questionable ethics. And nearly all of these situations revolved around money. Sell, Sell, Sell!! was the mantra.

Do yourself a favor, think twice about dealing with the big companies. Like every other large corporation, it's all about the almighty dollar.
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Old Timer on 07/07/2011:
Thanks for the heads up. Information informed consumers suspect a lot of the time anyway. We always try to go "local" whenever possible. Sometimes you just have to go with the mega corp's. Just watch your back and pocket book when you do. They have stock holders and the "suits" all looking to make a buck or bonus. Can't blame them but it's always our buck.
kinthenorthwest on 07/07/2011:
Good for you for standing up for your principles. I have a feeling the company will get a few calls asking where you are and for you back.
Good for you for standing up for your principles. I have a feeling the company will get a few calls asking where you are and for you back.

Service companies are getting out of hand...I'm talking them all...TV, Internet, Phone, and the list goes on....
What is sad is some have you squished into an area where you have no choice..its take them or nothing...Take my telephone for instance I have one choice and that is it...They control my internet and landline since they are the only choice. (Cable is not an option where I live.

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Don't trust Terminix - Las Vegas for your pest control needs
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Teminix's level of service in the Las Vegas region has deteriorated significantly. They hire inept technicians who are either improperly trained or just plain inefficient.

My issue is that there their guarantee that "100% satisfaction or your money back — If you're not happy with our services, we will keep working until you are satisfied or we will credit or refund the cost of your last service" is COMPLETELY FALSE.

They will not keep working and will ignore you and still expect you to pay your bill whether you are happy or not. My home is overrun with insects and rodents and they have YET to resolve anything.
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Anonymous on 11/18/2009:
Have you called Terminex to let them know that there are still insects and rodents in your house?
Nohandle on 11/18/2009:
I use Terminix and have for quite a few years for both pest control and termite control. MrsC, have you already paid the bill and they won't come back or is this a bill you received that you've not paid yet? I pay my pest control bill annually and terminte control annually as well. If there is a pest problem all I do is pick up the telephone and someone is out there that day or the next to deal with the issue. What exactly has happened in your situation?
old fart on 11/18/2009:
When I was in the business I worked for Terminix for`12 years back in the 70's.

when I finally left, the company that had technicians who took pride in their work were replaced with techs who were driven to make their production quota at any cost, spending as little time as possible working on a customer's real problems in order to fulfill their quotas for the day, week and month and were ridden unmercifully if they failed to make those goals.
The almighty dollar became the only measure of success...
I subsequently worked for Massey Services in Florida which was a quality conscious company and retired from Rose Pest Management in Saginaw, Michigan, who likewise had servicemen who would "walk the floor" searching for the answers to a tough pest control problem...

Find some medium size local company and I suspect your problems will go away shortly thereafter..!
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Termination of contract
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I submitted my final payment on April 9 2010, with a letter saying thanks for your service, I'll call if additional service is needed. Since then I have had many calls requesting additional payments and or service, I explained my final payment had been made, I requested no additional service. On September 1, 2010 I had one more call, I explained I even responded in writing, the caller said I should have called instead! I always thought a written response was better than verbal. I can check with my brother, he's the lawyer.
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Skye on 09/01/2010:
Did you give them a letter stating you are now cancelling their services? Seems that would of totally put an end to things, once you actually told them you are cancelling their services. What does your contract say, regarding what is protocol for cancellation of contracts? I'm sure your lawyer brother can help you if you are not sure.
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