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Student Works Painting, Vancouver Reviews (12)
Customers, be warned. They provide franchisees 2 days of painting knowledge. It is then up to the franchisee (with only 2 days of experience) to train their printers. If they cant? That's okay, SWP has a generic book with painting tips they will give to their painters. Painters are required to have some knowledge though, they complete a test, and have to pass in order to paint. Good news for the painter, is they get to have this test with an open book, and ask their franchisee for help.
If you want to give an insane amount of royalty to this company, pay various fees that "are included" and have supervision that only cares about themselves, this a great company. Would recommend.
After not showing up to my house until August 6/15 even though promised to be her much earlier there were over 10 different people over a month long period that painted my house. The mess and chaos that took place over the 40 days they took to paint my house was appalling. There was no supervision and training, this coming straight from the painters mouths. It is now mid September and my house is still not finished. I told Mr. Hill to stop as the rain has come and the painting window has closed. Mean while I am left in a complete mess. Mr. Hill understands my frustration and had his workers spend more time cleaning up the mess they made then hours painting.. They split paint on my roof, on my cement patio, all over my windows, flashing, soffits and the list goes on. Bare spots all over the place when they said they have completed two coats. My doors were painted a different colors and they got paint all over my weather stripping, hardware even on my interior walls.
My house is 70% complete and the painting season has ended. Now i'm left with a big uncompleted mess to look at until next summer when I will have to hire someone else to complete the job!
Very unprofessional and a highly stressful situation. I Would not recommend this painting company!!
the forewomen that we hired [got our contract] has not followed up on our complaints [which was the work she did on our front door!] & the office on dollarton has ignored us [for the past two patient months]. this is how NOT to run a company [students or not]!!!!!
we should have gone with college pro!!!!!!
i WILL NEVER HIRE THIS COMPANY AGAIN!
I started running my franchise in my first year of university (SFU) at the age of 18. I had no business or painting experience prior to my meetings and training with the company. They taught me everything I needed to know about the fundamentals of running a business, painting, and their systems which have been changing (for the better) for over 20 years.
I went out and started to run my business. I was coached throughout the spring and summer as I ventured out to do recruiting, marketing, and sales. I hired painters, marketers, and started giving estimates to clients. When school ended I started painting houses in May. I had 5 friends from highschool with no painting experience work with me. Together, we completed 50 homes that summer with 0 client complaints. Did we have problems? Of course. But we fixed them. Every painter was compensated fairly. I had several go on to paint for me for the next 4 years. Some even eventually ran their own franchises after a few years.
Did I make money? Yes. Enough to get me through school every year which is why I came back. This story is the same for hundreds of students and that is why I would highly recommend running a franchise to anyone who wants to learn a lot about business. One of the key things is that this is a business. Do businesses go under or not make any money? All the time. Usually due to the people. Student Works provides a system that works and if you choose to not follow it then of course you are not going to be successful.
After my years with Student Works I can safely say that I have painted for over 500 people and I would not hesitate running in to any one of them.
They "painted" two small bathrooms and their charge was $1,600.00. I know, I was ripped-off. But if that is not bad enough,the work they did was sub-standard. Poor coverage, poor preparation, places where no paint was actually applied. To top that, they simply lied about how many coats they applied as they finished the job before even one coat could have properly dried. I believe that's the only coat they gave the bathrooms, although they claim they applied three coats. Whatever you do, don't hire Student Works painting or you will be fleeced of your money and disappointed with the results. All their testimonials on their site are phoney!
As a past painter with College Pro Painters (2007 & 2009) and with Student Works Painting (Summer 2010) & now this year (2012) I'm a Production Manager in my area. I have to say that Student Works Painting is not a trap or a scam, however it does look like it at times.
Yes.. it does take a Lot .. and I mean a lot of work before starting, that they 'Student Works Painting' expect each Franchisee to do. You do get help from your District manger but they cant be there 24 seven. Which is why I think every Franchisee manger should have a Production Manger or a 'partner' in their business to help divide the work up. Which is what my manger and I are doing this summer.
I am in charge of Marketing(Canvassing)Sessions, setting up interviews with potential painters, and getting the day started by making sure production runs smoothly and on time. I will also be painting, which I enjoy very much.
We have hired a great bunch of guys who have had painting experience before and we have had two 8 hour training sessions. Teaching them what each and every tool is used for, Prep Work (scraping,sanding, calking and priming) handling and operating a ladder safely, doe's and dont's as a painter etc.. We are confident in our painters and in our self's to have a successful summer. Yes, there will be problems here and there but that's expected in this type of filed.
My advise to potential managers, know what your getting into and how much time you must put in to succeed. Please take some type recruiting painters and especially training them. And for potential painters, it can be a fun and rewarding summer. You can make quite a bit during the summer, just as long your manger teaches you the proper skills you need to succeed.
It is a fun and at times stressful job, but in the end you make good friends, learn lots and of course earn money for school.
Hope that helped. If you have any questions just ask.
My friend’s family and all his other friends had all encouraged him to quit around July, because the whole things turned out to be very different from what the company had told him. But he just could not, …because doing so he would need to pay the incredible amount of fine to the company. It was hard to see a dear friend of yours to go through something so unfair like that.
I know his parents worried about him so much every day when he was out for production. Although they said franchisees were businessmen not painters. Franchisees still needed to paint sometimes when they were short on painters. However, without much training, I found it really scary to see my friend on a 32 feet ladder. If he fell due to lack of training, who is taking the responsibility? Surely not the company, they knew the best how to get out of the responsibility, the only thing they care seems to be the profit.
The company makes everything sounds so pretty at first, but it’s really just a scam. They called my friend lazy when he was not doing well, they blamed him for not completely following the system. They tried to break his self-esteem and let him believe that it’s really all his fault if he is not doing well. How cruel is that….
Don’t hire from Student Works Painting, stop letting the company make any profit. Because if they keep existing, there will be more students suffering like my friend. You might think that you are helping a student to make some money for summer today, but you are actually letting more students fall into the trap of Student Works Painting in the future.
Not all of the business owners are full time students and some not students at all. Seems strange that they advertise that when its definitely false.
The franchisees do not undergo rigorous training. The franchisees from big cities had 1-2 days of paint training before they start painting client's homes. The people in small towns do not have any paint training at all unless they can make the trip to the big city on the required weekend. That seems insane to me - someone running a painting business has 0-2 days of paint training??? I bet their clients don't know that...
What they say above about "the staff are handpicked and trained by the Franchisees" is true which is a terrible problem. First year franchisees have no painting experience and are expected to train their employees. I met painters who were making less than minimum wage, because they were paid on piecework, who thought things would improve and they just needed more practice but who a month later were still making less than minimum wage on many of their projects. They seemed like really nice people who were being promised better things to come but who couldn't afford to quit and look for something else.
It sounded to me like a lot of the franchisees thought they were getting more training than they did and the painters had no idea that their boss had no experience. I can't imagine if I had hired these people to paint my house and some the of problems I heard about happened on my property!
My friend did alright with them but he definitely didn't want to do it again at the end of the summer. My mom asked him if he could recommend someone from the company to paint our house the next year and he said that he wouldn't hire anyone from Student Works! I feel bad for all the students who get caught up in this and for the clients who's houses get ruined.
Ahh, it is really too bad that people that have positive experiences with companies do not go online and give their experiences.
I won't comment on all the review because of time constraints. With franchisees sometimes you get a low percentage of people who do not follow systems, are lazy, and what not. They do not do well financially. They usually do a good job for their clients. You also get franchisees who follow systems, are incredibly motivated, and also do good jobs for their clients. I am not at liberty to say how well they do, but they do very well financially.
Student Works, as a company, have customers say, 97% of the time, they would use a Student Works franchisee again. That is double some well known, well respected car companies. Each year we have hundreds of people who use Student Works franchisees again.
We have been in western Canada (BC,AB,SK,MB) for going on 22 years. I'm the first to admit that over 21 years, things have not gone as planned. When we know about them, we do our very best to fix things.
Our franchisees are not painters. They are business people. They get trained in business over three days in January and then work very closely with a support person (every day) over the spring and summer.
Paying people under minimum wage is illegal. If the person who wrote the piece can tell me who was getting less than minimum wage, I will make sure it is made right.
I looked at the walls and was surprised to see that they only did one coat and missed a lot of spots. They came back and when I went the next day, there was paint on the kitchen cupboards, 5 dining room chairs, the table, and the curtains.
I moved furniture out today and discovered paint on the carpet, dishwasher, and some unfinished places. It appears as though they purposely hid their mistakes.
I opened the bedroom curtains and found 3 big blobs of paint that was left to run and dry.
These painters did an extremely sloppy job and put no care or effort in their workmanship.
I will never use your company again and I will be posting this on multiple websites advising against using your company.
Best of luck.
They came to my house at 8:00 am, right on the time we arranged, and I gave them instructions on how I wanted it painted.
My 1967 Chevy was in mint condition, until some neighbourhood punk keyed it. I thought I would let some college kids earn some money, so I called Student Works Painting.
They might be good at painting houses, but they suck at painting cars. They didn't even use real auto paint.
Be warned these are not the Auto Paint professionals I thought they were!
She kept under-quoting the jobs, and got pissed at us when we couldn't paint an entire house in 3-4 hours. She had very little painting experience herself, and always found flaws with everything you were doing. One time I was painting alongside her sister. Her sister told me to sand the old paint as lightly as possible so there would be less work. I did just that I got yelled at by my boss for being lazy and trying to half-*** the work. Way to give conflicting instructions. If our crew managed to finish the job on time, she would claim the work was too sloppy. If we did a meticulous job, she would flip up at us for taking too long. From what I've gathered most of their managing staff like to intimidate and put down their employees, so you never feel like you have any ground to argue with them.
You don't get lunch breaks, like any other normal business. They expect you to eat on the run as you're moving from site to site.
The canvasing is just pain stupid. 3-4 days out of the week we'd be knocking on doors looking for work. Very few people came back with leads, and most of us did not get paid for any of the time we spent canvasing. I don't mind distributing fliers, and I don't mind promoting door-to-door. I do however have a major problem doing it for free, especially when I'm supposed to be employed as a painter.
They don't provide any safety training, and tell you to supply your own protective equipment. Meanwhile they expect you to do **** that's just plain dangerous, like stand on top of a flimsy porch hood to paint the window above it. Should you get hurt on the job, I guarantee it, you'd be completely on your own.
The final straw for me was when they paid me for 1/3 of the hours I worked, claiming I didn't keep proper records. When I demanded my money (around $ 300.00) they told me to sue them.
I can't believe I gave up hours at my other job to work for these ********. Stay away from them like the plague. They will look every opportunity to not pay you for the hours you work.