- Report: #163567
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Complaint Review: Orkin Pest Control
Orkin Pest ControlNationwide Canada
Orkin Pest Control Orkin's dirty little secret from it's past All LocationsAll Locations Nationwide
*UPDATE Employee: Working For Orkin
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Orkin and all the big Pest Companies
*UPDATE EX-employee responds: The Sad Facts for YOU
*Author of original report: In Response To Your Posting
*Consumer Comment: Orkin works on commission?
*UPDATE Employee: You are not completely accurate in all of your facts
Back in 1999, while working for a Commercial Pest Control Company known as Prisim which was then part of Johnson & Johnson, I learned my company had been bought out by Orkin. And the end result of this was going to be the creation of Acurid Commercial Pest Control, a division combining Orkin's and Prisim's commercial divisions into one.
So prior to this creation, my regions Prisim employees gathered in Austin, Tx, to meet with Orkin management personel to discuss what to expect from our soon to be new company. And this is when Orkin's dishonest ways came into play.
During this meeting, Orkin's management team kept saying over and over again how together we would become the best commercial pest company on the market, that we [Orkin] welcome everyone of you into our family. And this was the nature of the speaches changed. All of a sudden the part about having all Prisim employees sign a statement giving up their rights to severance pay was mentioned as a "and by the way before we go..." I can remember one Prisim employee stating his concern about this document by saying he had 20 years invested with Prisim, and what if he didn't like Orkin? This employee was immediately silenced by a team of so called Orkin management. And yes everyone signed the forms giving up their right to severance pay.
With several years of working in this field already, I had already made up my mind to end my employment with Prisim before this merger. At this point I only had a few months with Prisim, and I knew all about Orkin, so my decision came very easily.
And the sad part of this story is that all Prisim employees that became Orkin employees lasted only a few months at best. They were all forced out by Orkin, and they all lost any chance of getting their severance pay. And believe me when I say this act of dishonesty was decided long before this merger took place by high level management. From what I have been able to find out over the years not one single Prisim employee survived the merger. And shame on you Prisim for selling out your employees in order to save money.
And I will close by letting you know this about Orkin. Of all the residential and commercial pest control companies out there, Orkin has the biggest sales department. And there is a good reason why this is. About 60% of Orkins employee base is in sales because their customer loss rate is extremely high. And this is how Orkin survives as a business. Orkin management knows the loss rate will continue because they have sorry employees who's only purpose is to cheat the customer. In some ways Orkin has created this problem by how they pay their employees, COMMISSIONS!
So with this in mind, ask yourself why would a company like ORKIN give their employees about 20 plus homes or commercial accounts to do per shift? You do the math, can one person possibly perform all this work to standard on a shift, NO! So the loss rate continues without fail because Orkin is only concerned about the daily money totals per employee and not the level of service it provides to it's "temp" customers. My advice to anyone thinking about hiring a pest control company, STAY FAR AWAY FROM ORKIN!!!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 11/06/2005 08:52 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Orkin-Pest-Control/nationwide/Orkin-Pest-Control-Orkins-dirty-little-secret-from-its-past-All-LocationsAll-Locations-N-163567. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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