Lawn Technician (Former Employee) – Ontario – 4 June 2014
As a Lawn Technician, you are paid based on commission. Every application is worth a different percentage that the employee makes. Company sets you up for failure where customers threaten to call the cops on you for trespassing. You are pressured to service the lawn and "stick" the customer with the invoice. They will also do whatever they can to withhold your pay of you resign or get terminated.
They have a large fleet of trucks with only 2 or 3 being in decent shape. The rest have stenches insides, in poor condition with check engine lights on, leaking fuel tanks and etc.
You start at 6AM and finish when you're done all the houses in your route. If you're quick you can finish ariund 1:00PM. At the beginning they hand you a sheet explaining the pay structure, but when you get your check it's not broken down. It just says "COMMISSION" so you never really know what your actual pay should be. When they sit down to explain it to you, they do it in a manner where you're more confused than ever once they're done.