serpico landscaping

  www.serpicolandscaping.com
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A good company gone bad

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Former Employee - Branch Manager  in  Hayward, CA (US)
Former Employee - Branch Manager in Hayward, CA (US)

I worked at serpico landscaping

Pros

They have some old employees that will never leave and they are good. There is some legacy attitude and training that will remain with the older crews as long as they stick it out with the new mentality.

Cons

They have shifted the focus to deceptive tactics to extract revenue from customers. They have lowered the initial pricing only to make it all back on the 'gravy' work. The current GM is entirely focused on profits. Sadly, they are becoming one more middle of the road landscaper. They still charge a lot only because of an old reputation. Lots of turn over here at the manager level. The current crop of top managers are ESL. This is okay but runs contrary to the 'high touch communication' motto. The owner will put a manager out in a management meeting and rip him to shreds. It's kind of sadistic. I've seen men come to tears with her.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop pretending to love your people. Your reputation as a bait and switch company is already loosing you work, you should stop the money grab and move back a few steps.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    a busy job in a busy industry.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at serpico landscaping

    Pros

    The company has a good reputation in some areas. There are some nice people that work there. They have a bbq every summer. The trucks are pretty new.

    Cons

    Very high turn over at the foreman, supervisor, and branch manager level. There is only one manager that has been there for more than 10 years. Most managers get fired in 10 to 18 months. My customers tell me that they used to have better pricing. Now the prices have come down on the contract and they try to make all of the money back on extras. Mabey lots of companies are doing this now, but it seems to put the company in risk of loosing contracts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you loos the trus of your customer, they will go somewhere else.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No stability or respect

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Hayward, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Hayward, CA (US)

    I have been working at serpico landscaping

    Pros

    Not going out of business this winter (like some other companies).

    Cons

    They just cut back the crews hours to 7 hours per day, even though the leaves are falling like crazy. The problem is, they want the crews to take 2 hours unpaid lunch so it looks like they are still working a full day. The owners are always spending time looking for ways to trick the customers and trick the crews. Not like it used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it over with and sell the company .

    Doesn't Recommend
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