High Country Pest Control, Colorado Springs, CO 80915
IF you are dumb enough to decide to apply for work here, say GOODBYE to your family because you will never see them again.You WILL work from sunup to well past sundown.
This schedule does not allow you to have any time with your family or outside interests. You WILL eat live and breathe that company and nothing else. First stop at 7:45 am (even if it is an hour and a half drive time from your home) and last one at 5:30pm. They schedule a stop every hour ON the hour in between.
THAT does not include drive time back to the office in the evening, or time to prep your vehicle for the next day. Safety training is poor at best. Equipment is poorly maintained. There are never any spare parts for the sprayers because they dont want to spend any money.
I had a very illegal crack in my windshield that was causing the sun to beam right into my eyes for two years. Had several near miss accidents due to that crack in the glass. They refused to fix it until they could put it in their "budget"...that would be the budget of lining their pockets with $. Good thing I didnt crash!
IF you are lucky enough to have the proper PPE and equipment to begin with. Never had the proper gloves PER the label on the product, so you will have to buy a lot of your own things. The owners have techs spy on each other and report back to them. You will be forced to spray the outside of homes IN bad weather, and in the dark (with a flashlight that YOU have to provide). Spraying in the bad weather and in the dark IS a label violation, and they know it, but they will reprimand you if you don't.
YOU WILL be forced to spray the outside of homes in the dark in winter. The morale is horrible. SIX veteran techs with over 20 years in the industry have been hired and all SIX have quit. There is a reason WHY they are quitting!
IF you are dumb enough to give them a 2 week notice, they WILL treat you like dirt that last 2 weeks. You will also be forced to drive in blizzards. THAT in itself causes the techs AND other drivers safety at very high risk, all in order to get their 80 dollars. Their vehicles break down on a regular basis because they do not have them on a routine maintenance program of any kind.
You are put on a meager salary that is so poor that you may qualify for food stamps. NO benefits are even offered because their excuse is "We don't have to offer any benefits because we have less than 50 employees (slaves)". They are very greedy and just want the money to themselves and NOT invest it in their employees. They schedule you a stop every hour ON the hour with not enough drive time and god help you IF you are late to that next account....if a customer calls wanting to know where you are, and there is a 10 car pileup on the freeway, the owner will tell you that "You should have left sooner".
WTF?....THAT is totally UN-realistic! You WILL work 14 to 15 hour days with NO lunch breaks, and no bathroom breaks rarely IF ever. They tell you to "use a customers bathroom....THAT is totally UNprofessional). They will also tell you that "your breaks are driving between accounts".
That I know for a fact IS illegal but they get away with it. Then IF you are lucky enough to get a lunch break, it is ONLY 30 minutes, (you have to beg for one) the office people will routinely "squeeze" one more account in right on top of that. The office people are NOT to be trusted. For whatever reason, the office people ALWAYS get lunch breaks.
No one ever knows what is going on there. NO communication at all. It is like one big secret. There is A LOT of tension in that office as well.
They will not give you a paystub, and IF you ask for one, they want to know WHY you need one. They DO charge you to do a direct deposit every payday. If you need time to go to a doctors appt, they want to know WHAT it is for. (ummmm, none of their darned business)!
The 2 owners are rarely seen because they are always taking luxury vacations. There is never any recognition for a job well done, BUT if you make ONE mistake, it is your tail in the frying pan. They belittle and scream at their employees, and I personally know of one grown man who they reduced to tears. The morale is terrible.
The owners NEED to invest their profits IN their employees and quit buying million dollar homes and luxury items and vacations for themselves. I do not see a good forecast businesswise for this company.
I am NOT a disgruntled ex employee....I am just trying to keep the next poor slob who becomes a slave there to save his sanity and apply somewhere else.Peace.
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