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    i'm still an apprentice, I have done mainly commercial work but alot of residential maintence as well. I am currently laid off. I had an interview with roto rooter and they want me to work for them. I have to buy my own van and cables. They will pay me 30%-40% commision. So every drain i clean I make roughly 80$. Has any one ever worked for them. I have never heard of having to supply my own vehicle. If im gonna buy all my own stuff why not just get licensed and go out on my own? any one with roto rooter experience would be appreciated.

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    Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

    Sorry to hear your out of work supplying your own vehicle to get to every job and then on top of that your own cables is not on if it was me I`d be running now as fast as I could from them $80.00 my seem great but when you start braking and kinking cables and you have to replace them it can be expensive and that $80.00 will go no where.

    Tony

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    • #3
      Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

      My best friend worked for them for a couple years. Yes you have to supply a newer clean van, and have it lettered up with their graphics. They only supply you the machines for drain cleaning, you supply the cable. (this way you are responsable if you trash your own cable), and you have to supply your own hand tools.
      Ron Hasil Lic #058-160417
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      A-Archer Sewer & Plumbing specializing in:
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      • #4
        Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

        If you can work for a corporate owned RR.....and you have some experience....for me they supplied everything and took a weekly deduction out of my paycheck.....so they bought the van but I was paying them back....and it is a deal to learn how to cable drains the right way as you do buy your own cables but they usually supply the machine....
        Poor Planning On Your Part Does Not Constitute An Emergency On My Part!!
        You can fire me...but you can't tell me what to do!

        Derek

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        • #5
          Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

          thanks for the help and input. I got a call from another local plumbing company. So I turned down roto rooter.

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          • #6
            Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

            You were wise to turn down Roto-Pooter
            Will Rogers Plumbing
            Moore, Oklahoma
            (
            405) 323-2852

            "Your Solution for Any Sewer and Drain Cleaning Needs"

            "We Unclog Drains That Others Can't"



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            • #7
              Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

              I'd rather work at McDonald's. Even when I'm considering selling a kidney when I can't find a job, roto rooter never crosses my mind. It's an absolutely atrocious company to have in any city.

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                Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

                If I could chime in my 2cents...

                I would say that 20 years ago it would be nice to work for roto rooter because they were the big name that most customers knew of and they probably got a lot of the calls.

                Now a days with the internet the play field is even, I have seen handyman companys do very well because plumbing is a very busy industry and the new way to search for a plumber
                is google search or local websites directorys like craigslist and angies list.

                RR pays on commission? Screw that, no wonder I hear complaints from homeowners that RR is always trying to dig up their pipes for bigger profit.

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                • #9
                  Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

                  Originally posted by dhdc View Post
                  If I could chime in my 2cents...

                  I would say that 20 years ago it would be nice to work for roto rooter because they were the big name that most customers knew of and they probably got a lot of the calls.

                  Now a days with the internet the play field is even, I have seen handyman companys do very well because plumbing is a very busy industry and the new way to search for a plumber
                  is google search or local websites directorys like craigslist and angies list.

                  RR pays on commission? Screw that, no wonder I hear complaints from homeowners that RR is always trying to dig up their pipes for bigger profit.
                  You hire a handyman company to do your plumbing and you'll get what you deserve.
                  26+6=1

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                  • #10
                    Re: anyone who has worked for roto rooter?

                    Originally posted by jordanw876 View Post
                    i'm still an apprentice, I have done mainly commercial work but alot of residential maintence as well. I am currently laid off. I had an interview with roto rooter and they want me to work for them. I have to buy my own van and cables. They will pay me 30%-40% commision. So every drain i clean I make roughly 80$. Has any one ever worked for them. I have never heard of having to supply my own vehicle. If im gonna buy all my own stuff why not just get licensed and go out on my own? any one with roto rooter experience would be appreciated.
                    Jordan: I worked for RR for a while. Don't make the same mistake. If you want I can share some experiences in a pm.
                    Time flies like an arrow.

                    Fruit flies like a banana.

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                    • #11
                      I'm in the same boat. I'm a apprentice plumber and have been offered a Job. is it true you have to buy your own van. it's a franchisee

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                      • Cable or root
                        Cable or root commented
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                        Talk to the owner. There are good locally owned rr's and there are some bad ones. It just all depends on where you are and who owns the rights to your county. I thought all rr's were locally owned and the headquarter's just makes machines, blades, decals, chemecals(some good stuff, and some worthless)and cable, then they have a call center. Does corp also run some of the franchises as well?

                    • #12
                      The roto rooter I worked for supplied us with vans and everything else even basic hand tools. We only started at 20% and maxed out at 30% though. Every roto rooter is individually owned and operated. Honestly here in my town they are cheaper than most of the other guys and are one of the better companies to work for. Flat rate per foot prices(even for a hellacious root packed main. 80' sewer Took me 5 hours to get open. House sat vacant for 10 years it was like fighting one solid root the entire way. I charged the same for that sewer as I did for any other 80' line) we cameraed all our sewer lines for free(to verify line length and prevent recalls. If a line was recalled we would loose every penny made on that job), but we did not push repairs unless they were truly warranted(flat orangeburg, busted sdr35, 1"+ offsets, cavaties in the line, no proper co, that sort of thing. All secondary lines were flat rate too. Recalls were usually not handled by the same technician and were treated very fairly. I would go back to them in a heartbeat if I could but can't. Again every branch is different and owned by different people. There is no way in hell I would buy a truck to use for someone els's profits. That speaks volumes as to how they probably treat their employees and costumers. You were wise to run the other direction my friend, please though, don't judge an entire franchise just because the one in your area blows. Every branch is different. Here mr rooter claims that any line with root intrusion needs replaced(the whole thing) and they only run 2" blades. They also camera lines for free but just to scare people into repairs. Ben Franklin in this area sells 80 gallon water heaters to little old ladies who live by themselves and show costumers pictures from other sewer lines that are defective and sell overpriced repairs and liners on lines that are still in good shape. Still they can't all be bad everywhere else.

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                      • #13
                        Benjamin Franklin Plumbing...the company who Gives a Good Guy a Bad Name!
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                        • Cable or root
                          Cable or root commented
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                          I applied with them when I first moved into town and the first thing they asked me was "do you have any sales experience?" "No, ok no problem we'll send you to class." This was my cue to run like hell and I'm so glad that I did.
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