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Does TruGreen Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update May 16, 2019
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Finding work can be a job in itself — even more so for felons. So today we’re going to make the job a bit easier by finding out: Does TruGreen hire felons?

TruGreen is America’s number one lawn care company. They specialize in taking care of their customers’ landscaping needs. If you enjoy working outdoors and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, we’ll help you figure out how to get a job at TruGreen with a felony. We’re going to answer the following questions:

  • Does TruGreen hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply for a position?
  • Does TruGreen do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?
  • And more . . .

Many members of our Relaunch Pad team are also former felons, or are professionals who have worked with them. We know and understand what it’s like out there trying to get back to a normal life. That’s why we directly contact companies and ask them if they hire former felons. We do extensive company background research and give you helpful application and interviewing tips.

Continue reading to find out how to get hired at TruGreen with a criminal record.

Does TruGreen hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

We’ve been unable to make contact with TruGreen to ask if they hire former felons at this time. However, we’ll keep trying. In the meantime, continue reading to see what we found out in our research.

Has TruGreen hired felons in the past?

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find anything except a really old Wall Street Journal article that claimed TruGreen generally won’t hire applicants with a felony on their record.

Does TruGreen hire people with misdemeanors?

We know that TruGreen may not hire applicants with felonies on their records. However, online sources show that they’ll hire those with misdemeanors. It looks like they go on a case-by-case basis.

Is TruGreen on the Ban the Box list?

Ban the Box is a campaign to ban the felony and misdemeanor box that appears on many job applications. The Fair Chance Business Pledge is also a part of this campaign. Employers who take this pledge are urged to look past an applicant’s criminal background and focus on their strengths and work ethic.

TruGreen is neither on the Ban the Box list, nor have they signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge, but keep reading for more information on how to get hired at the company with a conviction.

Does TruGreen have special programs for hiring felons?

Unfortunately, TruGreen doesn’t have any special programs for hiring felons. They do have programs for hiring veterans, though! So if this is you, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Low likelihood of being hired with a felony

Our Relaunch Pad team did some online research and found out that your odds of getting hired at TruGreen with a felony are low. They aren’t on the Ban the Box list and don’t generally hire felons.

However, your chances of getting hired at TruGreen with misdemeanor might be better since they look at those applications on a case-by-case basis.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Entry-level positions at TruGreen include:

  • Data Entry Operator — Duties are to input sales, production or accounts receivable data into a computer or other business machine.
  • Customer Service Representative — Employees in this position will receive calls to assist customer concerns in a timely and professional matter.
  • Warehouse Technician — This job assists operations personnel with vehicle and small equipment repairs, filling trucks with fuel, and other warehouse responsibilities.
  • Field Sales — Field sales consists of selling residential lawn care services to new and existing customers door-to-door.

These positions are a great way to move ahead in your career. You’ll learn your job plus the day-to-day company operations, giving you an advantage for reviews and promotions.

How to get hired at TruGreen with a felony

Now that we know TruGreen most likely won’t hire felons but will hire people with misdemeanors, you’re wondering how to apply. Let’s take a moment to find out what will help your chances.

Be sure your resume is current. If you need additional help, Relaunch Pad has a resume guide just for felons. Take the time to correct grammatical or punctuation errors, as well. Local high schools or employment agencies can help you here, so take advantage.

Once your resume is in order, you’ll need to visit TruGreen’s career page for available positions. After you have located the desired position in your area, you’ll fill out the online application.

When it comes to the interview, you should consider the following:

  • It’s a good rule of thumb to arrive at an interview 15 minutes early. If that’s not possible, be on time.
  • Have a professional look with clean, wrinkle-free clothes and nicely styled hair.
  • If you have any tattoos, piercings or augmentations, cover or hide them the best you can. You can always discuss the company’s policy on these things at the end of the interview.
  • Keep a positive attitude and mannerisms. Being polite will go a long way.
  • Don’t try to hide your past. Honesty is always the best policy. You don’t want the company to find out you weren’t telling the truth about something and potentially losing any shot at a job with them.
  • Ask questions at the end of the interview. This way you’ll know what to expect and what is expected of you as a TruGreen employee.

Remember, they have programs for veterans. If you fall into this category, be sure to take advantage of what they have to offer.

Does TruGreen do background checks?

Our research shows that TruGreen will perform a background check during the hiring process, as most companies do. TruGreen conducts theirs after the application and interview is complete.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

The following states won’t consider information more than seven years old, but if it’s been six or less you’ll want to wait:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

These next eight states won’t look at any cases where you were found not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

If you live in these states, keep in mind that they will see everything on your background check, including any not guilty verdicts:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company rating

We researched TruGreen’s reputation online. According to glassdoor.com, they have a rating of 3.1 stars out of 5 from 1,249 reviews. Many of the positive reviews say the pay and benefits are good. Most of the negative reviews are complaints about the long hours and only having Sundays off.

Here are a few pros and cons from the reviews:

Pros

“Can make really good money on commission if you are good at sales.”

“Good training program to learn about the products.”

“Good medical benefits, pto, and corporate owned.”

Cons

“Work 40+ hours a week plus Saturdays.”

“Lots of cold calling/door-to-door sales.”

“Hard core selling is required.”

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does TruGreen hire felons? While they don’t generally hire felons, there are a couple of felonies that could make the process even harder. For example:

  • Any violent criminal history will make it hard to get a job with TruGreen because you’ll be frequently dealing with the general public.
  • Driving-related felonies will also make it difficult since you may be required to drive a company vehicle.
  • Theft crimes could also be problematic because there may be times when you’ll be asked to handle cash or credit card information.

Since we know TruGreen will hire those with misdemeanors on a case-by-case basis, if your conviction is something smaller, be honest with them. It’ll help your chances of getting hired.

Does TruGreen drug test?

We don’t have firsthand knowledge on this. However, sources say TruGreen requires a drug test after a job offer has been accepted. They will also drug test if there is an accident in a company vehicle or during business hours.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

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Allen Watson
Reentry Educator

Allen has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Teaching from Coastal Carolina University. He has worked in education, EMS, and law enforcement. Allen has worked extensively with people who are re-establishing their lives after leaving prison.