After working for student edge for a month, it wasn't hard to tell how corrupt the company is. From the stories my own branch manager "Jacob"(Full name not disclosed.yet) told me I could better get an idea of how they scammed people. One story he told me was about how a branch manager he knew but would not name would hire workers and use them for their unpaid 8 hours of training and then fire them and hire new workers the next week.
He tried to lay the unpaid training on me and my co-worker after a long 9 hour day of prepping, and painting (which was all unsupervised and full work, no training). So after two weeks of work, which turned out to be part time, not full time like promised I was given a job of hand washing a house.
After hand washing the house carefully, while working alone until the owner of the house came home (and was home for the last two and a half hours I worked) I called Jacob to let him know all went smoothly and I worked 5 hours and he told me that he would call me later that night to make sure he had all the right hours for my first paycheck (woohoo, which was 35.5 hours).
I don't receive a call that night. Instead a text from my co-worker saying that the people that live in the house I washed decided that they no longer wanted our service. And he said that Jacob seemed angry.
So naturally I call Jacob and leave a detailed message of my entire day of work and ask him to please call me back so we can discuss.
I did not want to nag so I only left one message but proceeded to call around three times a day for the next few days. My co-worker gets a call from a different branch manager who he is now working for and I have no idea what is going on.
Remember my last conversation with my boss was that he was going to fill out my pay check work, and then call me back for more info. So as far as I know I'm still working for Student Edge etc etc. Well this was last wednesday and it is now well over a week and after several messages and phone calls I still have had no response as well as no paycheck which I was told would be received "on wednesday the following week at the latest." As well my co-worker hasn't received his either!
From the other many stories I have heard about production managers going full summers and just breaking even but the company profitting I knew there was slimy business taking place, but I had hoped as a painter I could assure myself if I kept my hours written down and did good work (which I was consistently told I did) I would at least get paid.
Over a week has gone by and I have contacted everyone I can in the company including having a email sent to the owner to no success.
Hopefully I will be compensated and this all will go away but until then everyone should be aware of this company and stay away! I have more information I will post about the company later should this continue (reasons why you would not want to have them painting your home).