Student Works Painting Informative - My Experience
MARKHAM -- This job has no security whatsoever. One week you could be working 60 hrs and the next week there could be no work for anyone. I would not recommend this job if you want constant and predictable employment. For example, in May I was working 60 hr weeks; but in June I only worked 20 hrs. Some weeks or every other week there will not be enough work for everyone. This means that other co-workers will compete [unfairly] so that they will have work when there is not enough to go around. They will only use one coat of paint (even though the customer paid for two coats). Coworkers will even buy their boss gifts and take their boss to the cabin to screw other workers over. If you are planning to work for student works painting I would recommend that you watch your back because you never know who is going to screw you over.
Also, the boss is disorganized. For example, almost every paycheque has been late. One paycheque I received a week later than the original date. If you are living paycheque-to-paycheque I would not recommend this job unless you have generous landlords or roomates, can used credit card, or your savings.
If you are applying to student works I would recommend that you keep track of the hours that you worked, keep track of your cold calling bonuses and any other bonuses. I say this because me and my partner that I painted with did not keep track of this for the first two weeks and I had no way of proving that my boss owed me money. My partner and I were working 60 hr weeks but only got paid for 40 hrs.
If you think that your hourly wage will be higher than $12, that is not necessarily true. Mine was around $14, but as I got more efficient the manager decreased the hours budgeted to a specific job. For example, when I started work a house to paint would be budgeted for a week (for two people). But by June the manager would expect us to do it in one or two days. As we get more efficient, our wage does not necessarily increase. The manager expects us to do more work in less time.