Salesman (Former Employee) – Kitchener, ON – 24 May 2017
Walking around for about 3 or 4 hours a day without a break. Having to go, even in a blizzard. Management wouldn't tell you when you worked till a hour before. Hardest part was knowing you will disturb people eating. Best? Money?
Door to door sales rep (Former Employee) – Peterborough, ON – 12 May 2017
in a typical work day you walk for most of it so good exercise. knocking on doors talking to new people all day. management was good always there when you needed them. the hardest part is talking to new people. sometimes you have to deal with rude customers. the most enjoyable part of the job is you feel good with yourself with the exercies.
Franchise Manager (Former Employee) – Mississauga, ON – 9 May 2017
Poor management which lead to many of us employees to lose thousands of dollars. Scam company that experiences lawsuits every year.
It is a company that is meant to teach young people / students how to be leaders; but in doing so, the people at the bottom always lose, while the people at the top always win. My GM had tried to tell me not to pay my employees so that I could pay the ridiculous franchise fees (30% of your revenue). My GM also tried to set up a fake deal with myself in order to save himself money (government assisted me and my GM was not awarded what he was asking for). There is no accountability to those that work in the General Manager position or higher.
Advisor (Former Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 25 April 2017
Prey on college/university students. Avoid this sca-m at all costs. Best case scenario is you make $3/hour in the end. One minor mistake and it goes into the nega-ti-ve and you lose out on any kind of profit you would make. 30% royalty means that your margins are too tight. No place to base work off of and liable for any and all dam-ag-es that can be caused with no backing from the company itself. They operate based on sc-am-m-ing college/university students approx 6k each and the ones that do well and make profit (again at $3 an hour) lose out had they just worked 2 full time jobs in the summer and made more $
Hor=rible company. Only situation where I believe that there is a special place in he-ll for people that prey on young naiive students like that
I am no business student, but now I'm running a successful business.
Franchise Owner (Current Employee) – Maple Ridge, BC – 17 April 2017
Signed up to run a business to make money and learn some leadership skills and wound up with a family, forming connections stronger than I've ever experienced. It's an honour to be in this company. They truly care for their managers and staff. Join the tribe and you are family.
CULTURE is incredible. OPPORTUNITY is endless.
Not for full time science students. This opportunity is a lot of work.
Franchise Owner (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 7 April 2017
It will be a lot of work throughout the summer, however this work feels more fun than the vast majority of jobs. With a great team culture of young hard-working students you can work hard, and enjoy doing it with like-minded individuals. On top of this there are College Pro culture events where the whole company will get together to have some fun as a whole, which are a great time.
Skill development, good environment, and good money
Franchise Owner (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 4 April 2017
I've worked for College Pro for a few years now and can say that I've never had an experience like it. Being a student, it can be difficult to find employment that will really help move forward your experience and really expand your capacity. Students are often stuck in the vicious circle of not being able to get a job without experience and not being able to get experience without a job. Thank you, College Pro for not leaving me stuck.
Great people, great experience, fun work environment
Franchise Owner (Current Employee) – Richmond, BC – 26 March 2017
Great program for self-development; teaches independent thought, management, sales and individual development. The job is what you make of it, and for me personally it has been a great experience of learning what my limits are, how to push those limits and constantly learning how to improve myself. I have an amazing network of friends and colleges through this company, get to meet amazing people who inspire me in ways I never would have thought of, and have grown the amount of confidence and self-worth I had before to much higher levels.
Marketing Representative & Summer Associate (Former Employee) – Collingwood, ON – 21 March 2017
This job offers good practice with marketing as well as labour. Perfect job to work on your networking and social skills, while also having the opportunity of working outdoors in the summer. Can't think of a better job as a student.
Painter (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 16 March 2017
A typical day was long and often in high heat painting the exterior of houses. I learned how to prep and paint the exterior of houses as well as communication skills from interacting with customers to make sure they were satisfied with the job when it was finished. Management was hit and miss, this is because of a wide range of experience between managers many are first time managers while some have lots of experience. The other painters I worked with were fun and hardworking. This made the days fun and productive. The hardest part about the job was the heat and staying hydrated. Working all day in the sun is exhausting and staying hydrated is important. The most enjoyable part was spending time with other painters and seeing how repainting a house can really make a difference in its appearance.
General Painter (Former Employee) – Lethbridge, AB – 10 March 2017
i worked very hard for a whole summer and felt lied to and cheated. i was told that i was going to make around $10-15K during the summer if i worked hard enough. Not only did i work hard enough but i was the 26th fastest and most efficient painter in Canada according to the companies numbers yet i only made 7.4K.
Door to Door Salesman (Former Employee) – Victoria, BC – 3 March 2017
The management at College Pro was incredibly understand of a students needs and made working a job that would otherwise have been unappealing very fun. The Door to door commission based job that I was expecting to be a terrible time offered flexibility in hours, the ability and incentive to improve my sales abilities and face to face people skills. It made me feel almost as thought I were my own boss. It is of coarse difficult to love a job that entails almost constant rejection and working through the rainy season but the manager did everything she possibly could to ensure that every other part of the job was fun.
Painter/Labourer (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 2 March 2017
I really enjoyed this job because each painting site we would go to would be a different challenge to over come with different obstacles and it would drive us to be faster and more efficient to get more money. Our manager was very reasonable with rainy days and giving us bonuses and work parties. A very fun work environment and would suggest everyone to paint at least one summer in their life because it is a great life skill.
General Manager (Current Employee) – Saskatoon – 21 February 2017
For three of my five years of University I ran a College Pro franchise in the summer. While being a more than full-time position in the summer it was also a heavy part-time job February to April. A heavy part-time job where I could to pick my own hours and decide how productive and efficient I wanted to be while I was working.
This taught me self-discipline as well as how to motivate myself out of ruts and difficult times that come and go as an entrepreneur. Impressive lessons as a 19-21 year old.
Running my own business gave me an outlet to pour my energy and passion into. I took the energy and passion I was pouring into fast food/retail jobs as well partying on the weekends and re-directed it toward running my own business. A business that I could to build and mold on my own with the help and direction of College Pro. And while it may 'just be a painting business', the simplicity and scalability of that service based business is what I attribute my success and now business knowledge to.
After running a franchise for three years and graduating from business school I was offered the position to be the General Manager of Saskatchewan. Doing the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training and coaching of 15+ franchise owners across the province.
A salary position, with a fair bonus structure, I was in my haven. Now continuing in this position the learning is twice as much as it was while running my own franchise. As Peter Parker's uncle Ben once said, "With great power comes great responsibility" and I am forever grateful for the responsibility College Pro has trustedmore... me with and the lessons and learning it continues to bring.less
Independence, Skill Development, The Many Roles & Learning, Being In Control, Support
Always Something to Do, Franchisee's Quitting, Unreasonable Customers
Franchisee Owner (Former Employee) – Saskatoon – 21 February 2017
College Pro is a short-term platform for any student looking to gain massive trajectory forward in their own skill development and experience.
The program was eight months while I was in my second year of university and although I made a large amount of money that summer I would still say the experience I gained and lessons I learned far outreach the money I made.
The experience in 100% what you make of it. A student entrepreneur can externalize and pout all they want but in a real business setting you get out of it what you put into it. And for that reason this program is not for everyone.
Thanks College Pro for all the life lessons you've taught me.