Pros: POTENTIAL earnings, work experience, physical fitness
Cons: sketchy business practices, misleading speeches, corporate narcissism, employees are taught to be competitive rather than co-operative
Not for the physically unfit. This business is not a scam, but it is certainly a joke when compared to other, more presentable, companies.
Firstly, they present the job like a middle school track-and-field – more... event. The managers and supervisors cheer you on and try to motivate you, by appealing to your potential, promises of (meaningless) awards and payment, but when you're left on your route by yourself, the motivation power is lost and you're left with a 250 lbs machine to pull around in the hot sun or freezing rain. This is not professional. No other company would let their novice employees go out in the field on their own unless they are EXPERIENCED with the work. What if they hurt themselves? What if they collapse from heat exhaustion? What if the employee has a dead phone or no phone at all? Who will be a first respondent? This is why a PARTNER that can respond in 30 seconds is better than a supervisor that circles the area every 30 minutes.
As a INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR of CPS, you are a sales representative first and labourer second. The managers expect you to sell AS WELL AS work hard all day, every day. However, what sense does it make for employees to work themselves constantly AND be able to sell at the same time? The customer will not assume just because you work hard they will get a good deal, because they'll be too distracted by the smell of your sweat. A respectable company would have an establishment where customers can COME TO THE COMPANY when interested in the service and arrange a day instead of being APPROACHED BY door-to-door salespeople. Like I said, not for the physically unfit. This job is for you if you have physical endurance, a keen ability to sell and commitment to the time needed for this job (during work and off-hours).
However, it was not for me. I have the potential to work, but I do not agree with their management, recruitment, pep-rallies and presentation of the job as a sport rather than, let's say, A JOB. On the shuttle to work, an audiobook of the employee handbook (read by Ben himself) was playing. I asked if we could listen to radio music, but the driver said it was mandatory for me to listen to the recording in order to excel in the job. This is one of the many hints (especially the employee handbook, that shows an "ideal" schedule of a 7-day work week, diet and workout program [wtf??]) that show the employees are taught to obsess over the company, and this does not inspire professionalism. Also, their morning motivation meetings and recruitment one-on-thirty job interviews (no, not one-on-one... one-on-thirty) are akin to lottery ads: they put so much emphasis on the benefits like money and physical fitness while neglecting the losses, dynamics of the job and advice on selling. The meetings should offer lessons, not tips.
Only take up their job offer if you posses the qualities that guarantee you'll do great on the first day. They'll try to reassure you that you'll get used to it, but this is a waste of time and effort while you could be looking for a job that you know you'll excel at. If you're entry-level and you're built to be a cashier, THEN BE A CASHIER. Don't go chasing the dreams they sell you. – less