Bad CEO'S get great training at College Pro!!!

Well, he worked all summer,7 days a week, 10-14 hr days on the roofs in the 103 degree weather and ends up oweing the State Rev Dept..$4,000 in taxes and never made enough to pay rent. He is so deep in debt and still struggling to attend college full time. Never let your children be scamed by these people. It is a pyramid scheme that hurts kids. Stay way from College Pro!!

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October 18, 2009

Bad CEO'S get great training at College Pro!!!
College Pro Painters Complaint
Jane Appleby

I learned so much from my kid being a franchise manager this summer. We really didn't want her to become a franchise manager because we were aware she had not learned the skills to run a business. However, the recruitment person PROMISED me that it is there policy to support the students and that my daughter would be taught every aspect of the business. All talk - no action. My daughter, like so many managers. was absolutely overwhelmed. She was obliged to go to manager bonding sessions where drinking was the big thing and talking about how 'parents and/or boyfriends or girlfriends just don't understand them and how hard they need to work to be successful' was the standard trash delivered by the top level managers. Everyone IS promised their dream on a silver platter and the young hopefuls fall for it hook line and sinker!

College Pro was cult-ish and is run like a Pyramid Scheme.Think about it. The kids are working their butts off bringing in the CASH while a bunch of slackers at the top are raking in the money. "Bonding Sessions" are common-place. Financially, they took over 30% of the profits. That's over $25,000 from my kid for her working 4 months. They charge the Franchisees for EVERYTHING at top prices. They even charge the kids $15.00 for a College Pro T-shirt !!! YOU PAY FOR EVERYTHING! Shame on them. They disgust me. I will NEVER use College Pro. They are NOT good leaders or role models for our youth! It's a greedy company breeding greed and teaching kids to cheat, not trust their loved ones and to lie about the painting skills they have ( 1 day of training). If your kid wants to do College Pro, stand by them and know that they will work their butts off. There are a very few that make big bucks, but they are really rare. Help them create books, balances their checkbooks - your kids will need you more than ever. Don't abandon them. They will not be able to do well unless they get REAL help from those that really care about their personal growth and work ethic.

Otherwise, stay away from College-Pro Schemers!

Comments

1. Written by Cade O'Conner, on 07-04-2010 01:33

The debt incurred from College Pro Franchisees does not begin to compare with the debt of a four year institution in most of the US. Students work long hours, pay thousands of dollars to the government and don't make any money from report cards (aside from the occasional grant). They are happy however to put the name of their school on their resumes, even if they don't graduate. So it is the same with College Pro. The difference is that College Pro charges much less, is a quarter of the time investment (roughly) and gives the opportunity to earn money.

2. Written by Scott, on 08-03-2010 14:30

I feel for the students who were not successful during their franchises. It is one of the toughest jobs one can take and it should be presented as that during the information sessions and Franchisee hiring process. Their are no guarantees in life, and therefore if you believed that you were guaranteed X amount of dollars and believed it, I feel sorry for all parties involved. I am in my third year and was profitable only after my second. It is very hard to make money working for a franchise, all I can say is that you must look out for yourself before the company. I figured that out last year and made enough. This year is a slow start and I am very weary, however, I am staying the course and working hard to EARN that money. If you stick with it, learn, grow, you really are apart of the American Dream. Anyone who does a franchise with College Pro will have a much easier time finding a job in the current market. I am excited to grow my business this year and enjoy the fruits of my labor.

3. Written by John Doe, on 15-02-2010 00:07

I agree as well that college pro is a crap shoot. I, personally, was a franchisee for 2 years. During that time i was "showed" so many ways to earn money but many of them we unrealistic goals. I also worked 7 days a week, all day as well. They "train" you on financial planning but they don't share in any of your experimental marketing but rest assured, they want to know EVERYTHING you did so they can pass on the news. The first year I did it, I was profitable but not nearly enough for the amount of work I did. College pro still made more than I did when you look at the numbers. Besides the money aspect, WE DID CRAPPY WORK!!! I realize this stuff now that I'm out of it and working for an actual painting company. I never painted before and was trained on how to paint in 3 days. I was supposed to be "pro" at it. Enough to train my 12 employees at least. I had a good customer quality rating but I think it's mostly because TLS, their call center system, wouldn't quit hounding them until they said they would recommend me.

Final thought, I learned a great deal about running a business. It made my life harder during and even now after because of the debt it puts students in. I wouldn't wish this on anyone. If you're a parent of a child about to get into a franchisee position, tell them that on average, roughly 40% of college pro's franchisee's aren't profitable. That's a real number too. If i still had access to CPOWER, their database, I could prove it. we were told this getting into it, but we were never told that the people that weren't profitable actually tried very hard.

4. Written by Diane Davidson, on 06-01-2010 14:20

I so agree, my poor son was convinced he'd make thousands over the summer if he became a Franchise Owner. He sigen a contract,which was revised after signature, therefore requiring him to pay $4,000. Oh yes, he'd be taught how to run the buisness. Well, he worked all summer,7 days a week, 10-14 hr days on the roofs in the 103 degree weather and ends up oweing the State Rev Dept..$4,000 in taxes and never made enough to pay rent. He is so deep in debt and still struggling to attend college full time. Never let your children be scamed by these people. It is a pyramid scheme that hurts kids. Stay way from College Pro!!

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