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MnDLawn
03-26-2009, 09:20 PM
We are trying a uniform company this year. I was so tired of telling everyone last year that they looked like bums. I handed out 100 shirts in the beginning of the year and I swear non of them got washed. Anyone have anything to say about Cintas?

dwlah
03-26-2009, 09:51 PM
Before I went full time The hospital I worked at had a uniform service
Cant remember if it was Cintas or not
From an employee stand I liked it
Limit the guys uniform options
we had some wanted pleats some didnt
long sleeve/short sleeve stuff like that
It will make start up go smoother

Another note
What is your policy going to be if they dont wear the uniform to work?

MnDLawn
03-27-2009, 10:49 AM
I'm going to keep a couple of spares at the office. If they don't fit, they need to go home and come back dressed right, 3 strikes and your out.

NewHorizon's Land
03-27-2009, 01:55 PM
I worked for a HVAC company a while ago and they had Cintas. It was very expensive for the amount of employees they had.

Personally, I would not keep spares at the office for the guys. If they want to leave one then fine. If they dont come in uniform and dont have one to change into before their time starts on the clock they would be sent home with out pay and must show up to work the next day in proper uniform. This crap of "Oh its dirty" is bs, there are laundry mats all over.

Columbia Care
03-27-2009, 07:57 PM
I used Cintas at a past employer. You need to utilize your route salesman in order to get the best service from the company. The other thing to remember is that when you cancel the agreement or change companies, any damaged uniforms or missing uniforms will have to be paid for by you. If an employee leaves and does not return the uniform, it will be money out of your pocket. Something to plan on if you do go with a uniform company.

Az Gardener
03-27-2009, 09:16 PM
I called 4 companies and only had 2 follow up Cintas was more money but they seemed to be more service oriented. After using several others in the past and being disappointed I was willing to pay more. I also wanted "custom" shirts with longer tails. I want the guys to have their shirts tucked in and Cintas manufactures their own uniforms so there was no additional charge for the longer bodied shirts.

I just got them this week and so far the longer tails seem to work, only one time have I had to remind someone to tuck in their shirt. I was able to reduce the contract commitment just by asking. I got a 3 year service agreement as opposed to the standard 5 year.

I have the employees pay half and I pay half. I also have them fill out a sign out sheet for anything they are responsible for like PDA/Phone, Uniforms, Hand pruners, Hats, etc. It lists what they have when, they got it, how long its lifespan is and how much it costs to replace. No surprises for any one.

NewHorizon's Land
03-28-2009, 09:07 AM
I also have them fill out a sign out sheet for anything they are responsible for like PDA/Phone, Uniforms, Hand pruners, Hats, etc. It lists what they have when, they got it, how long its lifespan is and how much it costs to replace. No surprises for any one.

Thats a good idea. When stuff you lend them comes up missing they know exactly what they need to pay

dwlah
03-28-2009, 12:02 PM
You shouldnt have to keep spares
The uniform company provided lockers at the hospital
We were issued 11 uniforms that gave you 5 per week and 1 spare

One other note
In uniform BEFORE they clock in
Had some guys would clock in then go change from street clothes to uniform

Paradise Landscapes
03-29-2009, 12:16 PM
I'm going to keep a couple of spares at the office. If they don't fit, they need to go home and come back dressed right, 3 strikes and your out.

I really like that policy. Sounds just like what I would say. in fact, I'm a strict SOB when it comes to Image.

JayD
01-26-2010, 01:45 AM
I called 4 companies and only had 2 follow up Cintas was more money but they seemed to be more service oriented. After using several others in the past and being disappointed I was willing to pay more. I also wanted "custom" shirts with longer tails. I want the guys to have their shirts tucked in and Cintas manufactures their own uniforms so there was no additional charge for the longer bodied shirts.

I just got them this week and so far the longer tails seem to work, only one time have I had to remind someone to tuck in their shirt. I was able to reduce the contract commitment just by asking. I got a 3 year service agreement as opposed to the standard 5 year.

I have the employees pay half and I pay half. I also have them fill out a sign out sheet for anything they are responsible for like PDA/Phone, Uniforms, Hand pruners, Hats, etc. It lists what they have when, they got it, how long its lifespan is and how much it costs to replace. No surprises for any one.

Hi gardner,

I know this was an old post from you, but I have been wanting to look into the Cintas Uniforms for this year and was wanting to see how they are working out for you.....
Thanks

CLARK LAWN
01-26-2010, 10:06 AM
im thinkin about doing uniform service this year to, only thing i wonderin about is what if someone is not at the shop when they come to drop off/ pick up. were my shop is a couple other people use cintas there and while they always come on the same day the time is not always consistant, which i understand but does someone need to be there to meet them.

PaperCutter
01-26-2010, 06:01 PM
Clark- I used to work for G&K, when I was taking a break from landscape work. The way we did it was that we had to get the invoice signed at each stop, unless the customer had a signature on file authorization, meaning we could dump and go. You really don't want to do it that way, though, because you're always going to have little issues like repairs, replacements, size changes, whatever. Yes, you can leave that written down for your uniform guy, but it doesn't always work out as well as you'd hope.

PM me if you have specific questions, I worked there way longer than I had planned to and sold a lot of programs.

AdamChrap
01-26-2010, 09:38 PM
When we had Cintas uniforms we loved them being clean all the time but we didn't like the lack of advertisement that the printed T-Shirts gave us.

zimmatic
01-31-2010, 12:17 PM
I use cintas. I have a 3 year agreement. I only pay for 33 weeks a year since I have a seasonal business. It equiates into one full year in regards to the cost of the uniforms. I pay half and the employee pays half. I have them wear pants and shirt. If they want shorts they have to pay for them and must purchase 5 of them. If they come into work with dirty shorts they will wear their pants that they keep at the shop. As far as employee's losing or not returning the uniforms--- I have them sign a contract that if anyting is damaged or not returned it will be duducted out of thier paycheck. It works well, and I dont have employee's looking like bums. some employees still complain that they dont like them compaired to t shirts, I say tough that is a condition of working for me. If they dont want to wear a uniform then they may not want to pull weeds at a property when you tell them to. YOu are thier boss not their freinds. Your route manager is the key if you have bad one your experince will be bad. I love uniforms I can get them really dirty and I dont have to wash them.
citas is pretty good imo.
hope this helps

JayD
01-31-2010, 01:24 PM
I use cintas. I have a 3 year agreement. I only pay for 33 weeks a year since I have a seasonal business. It equiates into one full year in regards to the cost of the uniforms. I pay half and the employee pays half. I have them wear pants and shirt. If they want shorts they have to pay for them and must purchase 5 of them. If they come into work with dirty shorts they will wear their pants that they keep at the shop. As far as employee's losing or not returning the uniforms--- I have them sign a contract that if anyting is damaged or not returned it will be duducted out of thier paycheck. It works well, and I dont have employee's looking like bums. some employees still complain that they dont like them compaired to t shirts, I say tough that is a condition of working for me. If they dont want to wear a uniform then they may not want to pull weeds at a property when you tell them to. YOu are thier boss not their freinds. Your route manager is the key if you have bad one your experince will be bad. I love uniforms I can get them really dirty and I dont have to wash them.
citas is pretty good imo.
hope this helps

Yes, this helps, thank you....

I do have a question for you though.....You said you have a 3 year agreement with them but they only make you pay for 33 weeks because you are seasonal? So do you have to pay more? What is it that you get from them, for how many people and what is your cost if you don't mind me asking. You can PM me with this if it is personal. The reason I ask is because I just asked the rep that is coming out next Tue. to meet with me and he said seasonal business, they only charge you more to make up for the difference. Is this true in your case?

zimmatic
02-01-2010, 08:50 AM
The total cost is $9.6 per employee. I pay half and the employee pays half so that comes to $4.80 per week It only runs for 33 weeks. Employee's that are fat cost more. I get 11 pairs of shirt/pant combos for each employee. I have a total of 5 uniforms 4 employees plus me = 5
Remember they are salesmen and they say anything to get your business. Play possium a little and you can get alot of concessions from them such as waving set up costs, contract lengths etc.
My contract if for 5 years but I told them that I may not have them for that long depending on business conditions. They told me to lock in at 3 years and if I need them in the last 2 years then so be it. But if I dont then I dont have to fill out the last 2 years of contract--- I put that in there incase I hated their service. Basicly I found that I had alot of power in dictating what I wanted ==its alot of horse trading so know what you want. This was my experince only

JayD
02-01-2010, 09:06 AM
The total cost is $9.6 per employee. I pay half and the employee pays half so that comes to $4.80 per week It only runs for 33 weeks. Employee's that are fat cost more. I get 11 pairs of shirt/pant combos for each employee. I have a total of 5 uniforms 4 employees plus me = 5
Remember they are salesmen and they say anything to get your business. Play possium a little and you can get alot of concessions from them such as waving set up costs, contract lengths etc.
My contract if for 5 years but I told them that I may not have them for that long depending on business conditions. They told me to lock in at 3 years and if I need them in the last 2 years then so be it. But if I dont then I dont have to fill out the last 2 years of contract--- I put that in there incase I hated their service. Basicly I found that I had alot of power in dictating what I wanted ==its alot of horse trading so know what you want. This was my experince only

That's good to know, thank you....I will use that thought cause I would not really even be using them from Dec.-April. So maybe I can use that by telling them that for about five months they would not even be coming to pick up and wash...That's a lot of service that they are getting out of....

What do you think?

zimmatic
02-01-2010, 10:36 AM
again, I think it is what kind of deal you can strike with the salesman. Mine I think wanted to sell to boost his #'s so he worked with me.