Badger Painting LLC
Posted in the Middleton Forum
#1 May 1, 2012
Badger Painting, LLC 4707 Triangle St. McFarland, WI 53558
This company is NOT reputable. They recently entered the commercial painting market. They feel it is "okay to lie, because all the contractors do it."
They do not pay fair wages to employees, they steal from their employees, they lie to general contractors and do not fulfill their contracts, as stated in their contract. When asked about it they said, "That's just the way it works in the business world." WHen they don't pay employees prevailing wage for a completed prevailing wage contract, they say "We found a loop hole so we don't have to pay you that."
Do not do business with this company or agree to work for them before checking them out on CCApp: http://wcca.wicourts.gov
Business names: d.b.a. Badger Painting LLC
d.b.a. Kruk Enterprises LLC
a.k.a. Jeremy Kruk
Also, check out Jeremy Kruk's facebook page. It's nice to know he "loves drunk chicks."
Recently, Badger Painting LLC started to focus their hiring on minors and foreigners, I guess most americans know their rights and aren't afraid to fight for them, whereas minors and foreigners... do not know as much about their legal rights and therefore are easier targets to take advantage of.
This company has defrauded many employees and legitimate contractors.
This is something EVERYONE should be aware of, BEFORE entering into a business agreement with them.
#2 May 1, 2012
According to http://wcca.wicourts.gov Badger Painting LLC owes workers more than $14,000.00 in unpaid wages. The Department of Workforce Development has filed penalties against them.
#3 May 29, 2012
I will agree that Badger Painting is an illegally run business. It doesn't pay its employees for all their hours worked or time and 1/2 for anything over 40 hours in a week, which is illegal. Not to mention, they will keep their workers on the clock for as much as 20 hours a day. The management team is known to alter time cards because it doesn't fit in their "budget." If you try to call the office they avoid your phone calls. They require employees to be on a job site at a certain time and if the supplies aren't there to begin the job they do not pay you to sit there, even though you are required to be there. The labor board has been contacted. Do not support a company that doesn't support its workers!!!
#4 Jun 19, 2012
Please feel free to check out Wisconsin Circuit Courts to check out Badger Painting. What you'll see is that all of Badger Painting's judgments are in Badger Painting's favor, and that a majority of them are employees and past franchisees owing, and admiting to owing Badger Painting money.
The comments from above are from a previous employee, who stole money, equipment, customers, etc... From Badger Painting upon his exit. Badger Painting has successfully defended every single one of this employees claims, proven without a doubt they are lies, and continues to run a reputable, ethical business.
Under a microscope, any comment can be twisted in many different ways. The owner of Badger Painting is an excited, motivated, and to many considered a "goof ball". The above comment was made as a joke, to be amoungst his friends as a joke. I'm sure if any of us is looked at close enough you'll find some imperfections. Most importantly Jeremy has given his life to his employees, customers, and running this company ethically for everyone.
We are very sorry if they feel they have been cheated. We always pay our employees their wages, and no one has ever altered a time card. Our office doors are always open, and we always pay our employees. With over 400 full time and seasonal employees over the last 7 years, there is no doubt going to be one or two bad apples. If anyone ever has a question please do not hesitate to ask us or stop by our offices to see for yourself. Lucky for us, and our customers, our good employees are too busy working hard pleasing customers to be online writing reviews about our company.
#5 Jun 28, 2012
You are a liar and you're not sorry they feel they have been cheated. You are only sorry they were smart enough to contact the department of workforce development. Let me also explain something to you, when you have to pay a claim against you, that is not your win. The employees were able to prove Badger Painting cheated them or you would not have paid a penny. It is a shame your employees had to resort to that, in order to get their fair wage and monies owed to them, by you. No doubt, sometimes there are bad apples, in this case the bad apple is Badger Painting. The first 2 comments above are mine and I can tell you I have never worked for Badger Painting, but I know people who do. So you're wrong there, too.
P.S. I'm as busy as you are.
#6 Jun 28, 2012
I agree everyone who has a little free time should stop in at Badger Painting to see the live office antics. It's better than wasting your time watching youtube videos on the same topic. Some of the things you may see include: dogs chewing up contracts and pooping on them, loud music, people yelling obscenities. I'm sure it's a real blast. Sorry, now I am the one who doesn't have time for that.
I don't usually write reviews, but when something is so wrong I just have to speak up.
Best wishes to all the painters in the field this hot hot summer, stay cool.
#7 Jul 9, 2012
I encourage all opinions and appreciate yours. Thank you for your time on these issues.
As I said before, Badger Painting has NEVER lost wages, or been fined or otherwise found in default by a government agency. Quite the opposite, we have a stellar reputation with Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development and all other agencies.
I would encourage anyone to stop by the office anytime. Dogs are welcome with a big smile on our faces, although there has never been any "contracts torn up or pooped on". This is an outrageous claim anyone can put to rest upon one visit to our office. The owner loves animals, especially dogs, and they are welcome anytime. He may even have a spare treat or two laying around if you bring your dog in :).
Again thank you for your time.
#10 Jul 16, 2012
Those are closed cases, of which $0, were owed to any state or state agency.
If you do your full research you'll find a couple of facts that may be harder to come across.
November 5, 2011 John Kruk, Jeremy's father, business partner, and best friend passed away. John was a CPA, and handled all of the accounting with all of the agencies throughout the state.
Upon his death, Jeremy transferred responsibility of "reporting" things to the state from his deceased father to himself. These were "phantom fines designed to promote a timely filing of the proper paperwork". This is an exact quote from the extremely nice woman who handled these, dropped them 100% and handled the paperwork to properly send all further documents to Jeremy Kruk and the proper business address.
Quote from Jeremy, "I find it extremely distasteful, and outright cruel that you have nothing better to do with your time, then to pick apart a business which strives to treat it's employees with the highest level of respect. I work hard to insure I give my best efforts to every single person who works with my company. My dad taught me to run things ethically, and when we ran it together we did everything for our employees. Although parents can seldom pass along everything to their kids, I'm proud to say I maintain ethics, and my dad would be thrilled to death how we are running things around here. I do not have time to debate with one unsatisfied wife of an ex-employee. My customers, employees, and my friends and family will all tell you, we do things here the right way. I am proud of each and every one of my team the way they conduct themselves!"
We hope this helps, and teaches every one how the internet can definitely turned into whatever you'd like it to be, regardless of the real facts. It's shameful to attack a company, and especially the owner after what he's been through, and how well/professionally he has handled everything.
Please continue to voice your opinion, and I encourage anyone to stop in to see for themselves. Jeremy would gladly walk anyone through what happened and how it was resolved.
Thank you again!
#11 Jul 17, 2012
I think it is very distasteful and outright cruel how Badger Painting treats its employees, as well as how they lie and steal. I have a right to speak out about a business that is hurting people. And you are wrong again, first you assume I'm an ex-employee now you are assuming I am an unsatisfied wife of an ex-employee. Still wrong.
I have stated and shown the facts with court documents to back up my statements. All you have done is continue your lies. These cases were not dropped 100%, they weren't dropped at all. You were ordered to pay the penalties because you stole from your employees, and I don't believe your father or anyone elses father would be proud of that.
#12 Aug 1, 2012
I suppose you will justify these as just some more of those "Phantom Fines".
Dept. of Workforce Development vs. BADGER PAINTING LLC
Dane County Case Number 2012UC000771
Delinquent unempl tax warrant
Judgment/Lien Date 06-25-2012
Warrant Number 201207645
#13 Aug 19, 2012
You sound so scorned and angry with your attempts to bring harm to this business owner. If he is running that large of an operation in the painting business, there will always be some things that may not go according to plan. Here in Michigan, very few companies even payroll their employees in the construction industry. Most employees are 1099 and not covered under the Workers Comp or Liability policy of the company. Nobody pays time and half over 40 because there is no way to win a job if you figure that expensive time into the equation. What you sound like to me is someone with no knowledge at all of the complexities of running a business, or understanding the competitive nature of the contracting and construction related industry. If your that unsatisfied, I would look at your husband, if he hasn't already left you.
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#15 Aug 20, 2012
You certainly are correct - things don't always go as planned.
Here's a good one for you -
How many times does Badger Painting have to remove and rehang the same wallpaper at a Victoria's Secret in Rockford, Illinois, before the project is actually completed?
4 cause they're too busy staring at the panties!!! Hahaha!!!
#16 Aug 20, 2012
I have said it before. Polls are irrelevant until we take the one in November on the second Tuesday. Polls are structured to present false realities, and the ones you cite are no different. Carter was beating Reagan at this point in the game and we all know how that turned out for the peanut farmer. Obama is far worse then Carter. The condition of the country is worse, and Obama will be soundly defeated. That is unless he follows through with the staged assassination attempt he is planning, to try and stir up the OWS crowd, union thugs, and blacks to riot so he and DHS can declare martial law and suspend the election. If he does go ahead with those plans, there will most definitely be a response from the gun owning patriots who are sick of the anarchists. There will be a considerable amount of bloodshed, and it will be the democrat party and its leaders responsible for organizing it. What else should we expect from a "community organizer" that had absolutely no business ever even being on the ticket, let alone getting the job he was never qualified to hold.
#17 Aug 20, 2012
Sure is alot of mud slinging going on here and now it's reduced to politics?! Well....changing the subject...I'm glad I found this. My husband worked in the building trade as a project manager for 43 years and all of those for the same company. He is familiar with Badger and yes indeed it is a shame that the original owner died. Under his leadership it was a reputable company, no more! News travels fast in the trade also and this company has not paid their employees prevailing wage. Maybe they think that what they do pay them is fair pay for shoddy workmanship, or is that what they mean by "the tricks of the trade." At any rate, that's not what the law states!
#18 Aug 20, 2012
There are some less then reputable people in the industry and this guy may be one of them. That is a huge painting company if they have a hundred employees or more. My bet is that none of you even have a clue the pressures one faces trying to feed such a monster. He may very well be trending towards bankruptcy and doing whatever he thinks is prudent to try and save the business that his father started. When things start to go south you have to make some tough and ugly decisions at times and the economy that President Soetoro has cultivated is the kind that puts good people out of business. He may be a big jerk, but he also may be scared as hell that he is about to fail and is clutching at straws. If I were him, I would probably fire half of my employees and shrink the size of the monster. Small monsters are much easier to feed.
#19 Aug 21, 2012
Point well taken, but my husband DOES know what it takes to get the job done sir. He had many pressures with incorrect blueprints, inspectors, bad weather, employees calling in with the "brown bottle flu" etc.etc. What I'm saying is, he still needs to follow what the law states and pay the employees, that he does have, their fair wage. This is the problem here. If he has 100 employees or he has 50 that still pertains. Yes, any business owner, and more so now with the economy the way it is would be afraid of losing his or her company, but being a "jerk" will just speed that along. I certainly do not want to see yet another Wisconsin company go down the drain like so many have!
#20 Aug 22, 2012
You are very judgemental and inaccurate. Possibly because you are from another state and have different laws. It's also possible that you work in the private sector. Let me help you understand something about Wisconsin and their construction laws. Section 66.0903 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires the department to determine prevailing wage rates for all types of local public works projects and requires the department to investigate any alleged violation of such wage rates and hours of labor.
When a company wants to bid on a public project, they request the bid package. If it is a prevailing wage i.e. publicly funded project, it clearly states this and the wages required for all workers on that project.
I understand many contractors work with an agreement for a 1099. That is not allowed on a public funded project in Wisconsin. 1099 is fine for private sector projects such as painting a private home or building.
Also, a company that has been proven to not pay prevailing wage to its employees for work on a publicly funded project will be blacklisted for a determined amount of time and this prevents them from even bidding on publicly funded projects. Wise business owners of construction companies know this.
I'm glad I know enough about the law, so as to not let unscrupulous and greedy business owners trample on workers rights. You may continue to accuse me of knowing nothing at all about the construction business, however I seem to know much more about this law than you. Now to set the record straight regarding my level of satisfaction - I am deeply satisfied (just wait til you see the video;)
You can belittle me all you want. It doesn't change the fact that in Wisconsin prevailing wage means prevailing wage Period.
#21 Aug 26, 2012
Your so smart I am shocked you don't own a company that does Davis-Bacon Prevailing wage jobs or maybe go all in and be a Union shop and just pay those "fair wages" all the time, along with some great health insurance, and even a matching 401K for all your dedicated employees. You f'heads think you know all about fair. How many Sworn Statements have you filled out? How many Payroll Forms? How about when I do prevailing wage job for the GAO and I have two guys with twenty five years experience each, and I have one guy that has eight months of on the job, the arbiters of fair tell me that I must pay the guy with very little experience the same $42.63 per hour in wages and benefits as the two guys who actually may be worth that rate. What sucks even more is when the job is over, and they go back to the $21 per hour non-union scale jobs they normally work, their attitude sucks for about four pay cycles. I would like to know just who the hell these bureaucrats are that think they know what the market is willing to bear. Arrogant fools out of touch with reality is who.
#22 Aug 26, 2012
Only an arrogant fool would send an apprentice (8 months experience) to do the job of a journeyman. If you try to pass off an apprentice as a journeyman then yes, you must pay him the same as a journeyman.
If you don't have the manpower and experience to do the job correctly, or it causes you so many problems, why are you bidding on it in the first place? Greed and arrogance. Then you cry cause you have to do paperwork? Wow, now who's out of touch with reality?
No one is forced to bid on public projects. If you don't like the rules the big boys play by, take your ball and go home.
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