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has anyone worked for trugreen?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by lyndont, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 861

    All I know is that when I worked at tg they paid 15% of the total sale and then 5% once it was produced and it is still that way per a friend that still works there. I have a friend at Scotts also and he said its 50 bucks per sale. My question to you is "If your selling their lawn care, producing their lawn care and retaining their customers for them... What do you need them for?" Trust me I did work at tg for 9 yrs and it wasnt horrible at first but I was still getting screwed. The good paychecks were in the spring but you are working 60 hrs a week. Then in the fall when it dies down the pay was less than unemployment. The point is even if you dont want to work for yourself you can make more money working for a smaller lco and be able to slow down and take your time.
  2. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    I dont think I could ever work for them...they take no pride in there work and it seems like that doesnt matter to them. Today winds were blowing steady at 15 ALL day...i saw 3 different trucks going around spraying today..there is no way that product was reaching the target area. IT does not matter the weather..they still treat
  3. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    By product you mean water right?
  4. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,651

    yeah...well i talked to one the other day..they said pre em..but it never seems to work...wonder why?
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,227

    TG are foolish for spraying Pre's this time of year. Spring is always windy - they need to use a good fert+pre. Trying to cut a fat hog they are.....
  6. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981


    I used to have them do my yard (before I met you guys here) and now I have the best lawn in the neighborhood. TrueGreen drives down the road in shame now :drinkup:
  7. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,478

    i know this is an older thread, but it brings back memories.. i just recently heard they started paying there techs by the hour this year, which i found interesting. i worked for them in 2004, guess i worked for them for a total of 8 years, i ended up there through them buying out the smaller company i worked for in 1996. i made less in 04' then i did in 97. it was like you made less and less every year because the goals went up as the prices dropped. it was salary back then, i remember making 37k a year at the highest, and by the time i got out i was making 29k a year working harder than ever before. it was a base salary usually anywheres from 300 to 700 weekly depending on how long you were there and 10% over your goal at one point (so if your goal was 5000, and you did 6000, you got 100 bucks extra plus the chinese overtime was like 5 bucks an hour so if you worked 50 hours to hit that goal you got another 50. (damn the chinese!) then they changed it to a much lower percent like 5%, + cancellation bonus which made it hard to make money because to many customers cancelling due to bad sales, for example... i'd show up to a new start in the middle of the projects.. no grass in sight. 40 oz bottles littering the yard wondering if i was gonna get shot or stabbed if i knocked at the door.. lol. or, the sales guy would lead the customer into thinking the program would do something un-realistic (like keep bugs out of the house or something.. lol). they did what they had to do to get the sale because the sales guys were under high pressure, if they didn't sell a certain amt. per week they were let go no questions.. every yard seemed to be measured at 3,000 sq. ft. even if it was 9k to 13k square foot really. the magic number was 29.00 per app, but they started doing some 24.95 apps at one point, which was meant for smaller lawns, but the sales guys would lie on the forms again, to get the sale, and i would be treating 8k sq. ft. for 24.95.. so on avg. i had to spray 40 to 50 yards just to get my goal plus handle any service calls everyday. i'd avg taking home 400 per week, avg'd about 60 hrs a week because we had to work every saturday. goals where around 1000 per day, but they would make it a 6 day goal which means you had to do the extra 1000 whether you came in on saturday to do it, or did it monday thru friday you could get saturday off.

    the good thing was they had a service clean your uniforms everday, the batch fill system was nice because you could fill quickly at the end of a day, they called your call aheads for you. i had blue cross blue shield health care, and it was a good plan... + dental.

  8. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,478

    i remember one febuary we had snow on the ground for a day (not to much snow in metro ATL). i was told to go out and spray the snow covered lawns regardless... i was not to return to the branch without my number. i did what i had to do. sprayed down yards i couldn't really see, with the blue tracker dye in the mix. it was quite a messy sight to see. i remember having a trainee with me, i put in my 2 weeks notice not long after that. being on a trugreen truck and wearing the uniform was just an embarasment.

  9. JBNC

    JBNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    You think that tech wants to be out there spraying in 20mph winds, rain, snow, etc? They don't really have a choice, just doing their job.
  10. phillie

    phillie LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 861

    They have a choice. They wont fire you for doing the wright thing. I came in many times and told them I wouldnt spray on certain days. Yep, I would go out and wait a few hours, constantly check the weather and if I couldn't spray then I came in and told them why. They didn't like it but they wouldn't fire me. They have a choice, they are just worried about their paycheck, or to scared to stand up for the right thing to do. TG's turnover rate across the country is horrible, they don't just fire people.

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