Canadian Tire

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Canadian Tire Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
265 Reviews
3.4
265 Reviews
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Canadian Tire President, CEO, and Director Stephen G. Wetmore
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work/life balance; as a student or otherwise, your schedule will be flexible (in 24 reviews)

  • Good salary and profit sharing plus you get to work with a good team (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance can be tough given intense retail and competitive pressures (in 8 reviews)

  • Minimum wage despite extensive experience (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Disorganised and terrible management and coworkers.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Tire

    Pros

    They hire just about anyone. If you need a job quickly than fill out a form and start that afternoon. The staff room is spacious.

    Cons

    The management take advantage of you. If you show up on time you can trust they will always only give you the worst shifts. Closing shifts. Management keeps you there past your shift if you're closings, so don't count on ever making post-work plans.

    If you want a raise you have to "qualify" by completing E-learning but only on your own time and without compensation.

    There are different standards if uniform. If you are like everyone else that means black dress pants with your red shirt tucked in. If you are friends with a manager it means yoga pants and shirt untucked. But it doesn't matter anyways because they spend most of their shift in the break room or smoking outside.

    They schedule as few people as possible so if you have to use the bathroom you better run. 13 people will stop you along the way for assistance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real job.

  2.  

    Very disappointed, Disgusted.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Person in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Person in Ontario, CA

    I worked at Canadian Tire part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not to many hours, can balance work/home. Some employes are nice.

    Cons

    Low pay, VERY unorganized, barely any training. Taught myself pretty much everything. Warehouse is so messy and un safe it's ridiculous. It's not a safe working condition at all and at any time a heavy box can fall from the top shelf and hurt someone. No safety is taught or encouraged by the staff or managers. Workload is too heavy for warehouse employees. Never got my breaks until so much later in my shift and sometimes never got them at all. I highly recommend that you do NOT apply at Canadian tire for the Managers are terrible and they need to change the way things are before someone goes back into the warehouse and gets severely hurt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees, encourage safety and keep the warehouse clean.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Head office full of politics and incredibly siloed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays well compared to other retailers, good location...I would stop there

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, reorganization is tiring and negatively affects morale

    Best people and best projects do not rise to the top - only those who are willing to play the game and curry favour

    Shocking that the company can be so successful financially while being so disfunctional internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of yes men and political game players and reward meritocracy and hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Careless

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Person in Airdrie, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Person in Airdrie, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The coworkers were phenomenal, stood up for each other and I loved what I did.

    Cons

    Managers have a very immature mindset and push blame onto someone else, the management is inexperienced with exception of the owner, he is a very nice and family oriented man. Department managers are vindictive and impolite. Treat staff terribly and pay was terrible, no help when needed to lift a heavy or awkward object.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mature and take responsibility for your actions, pay better, and don't be vindictive when you lose a good employee because of poor working conditions and poor pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    cutting hours for the full time employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can't advance if you don't know somebody on the top, Lots of nepotism , gossiping,hidden racism as well.

    Cons

    There is a two sides of the medal , all training ( if it is done properly ) can impress you till you don't step on the floor.On the floor it is all about the hours, who gets the better shift, are you an agency employee or a full time. If you are a full time you got to be careful with whom are you socializing. Team leads are forming clans and their groups of informers... sad , very sad.Managers are changing too quickly and they care more about their promotion than what will happen with facility.They are cutting hours and once when you deduct taxes and benefits ... there is so little left of your salary. Tip , nod with your head till you don't find something better. With reduced hours and shortage of people number of injuries will slowly grow, of course this fact will be covered with the paperwork. In a year you can lose up to $ 5000 if you are working in the shift that is closing.
    Continuing education ... now that's a farce as well, you start and they will change the location or time frame and your chances are slowly sailing away from you :(.
    They have tendency to let people go even after they spent 35 years with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE JOB ... NOT YOUR COUSINS, FRIEND OF A FRIEND , OR PEOPLE THAT ARE IN JUST FOR THE PROMOTION

    Please hire people that really care about people !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Without Exception - the more poorly managed company I have every worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Lots of money spend
    -High Salaries (danger pay)

    Cons

    -No long or short term Corporate strategy
    -Extremely high turn-over
    -Inexperienced senior management team
    -fragmented corporate culture
    -Values/Culture - non-existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Figure out a strategy, stick with it for more than 5 minutes.
    -Get some people with real corporate experience on your BOD and in your Senior Management ranks.
    -Turnover rates at Home Office is appalling
    -Senior Leaders VP+ - extremely inexperienced
    -Values/Culture - non-existent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    very poor management!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of co workers were great people.

    Cons

    low pay, management with very little knowledge of department that they are running, and a complete lack of common sense.no employee discount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone has a university education, doesn't mean they have complete knowledge of everything and are qualified to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible working place - The worst in my 15 year's global career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company name value
    Good location

    Cons

    High employee turnover
    Unstable & changeable workflow
    White man's club - Discouraging to non-white
    higher demand for lower pay
    Highly political and unfriendly people
    One of the worst IT system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should respect and invest in your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Clerk in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Hardware Clerk in Saskatoon, SK (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    enjoyed working with the customers

    Cons

    lack of training, managements indifference to the employees, managers with near zero experience, not an equal opportunity employer, lieing in interview process to make benefits sound better than they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it is awful to think that someone like myself can join a company and get zero training then after 3 weeks be told a customer complained about the service and get fired basically on the spot. Of course he didn't like the service, nobody gets any training and management seems so much more concerned about making sure labels are pretty than whether there is actually stock on the shelves. What are you supposed to say to customer "sorry that product is still in warehouse somewhere but isn't that sd label nice". Of course on my second day I started trying to find the products after I found the warehouse on my own but by the 4th day I did finally get a chance to meet my supervisor for 5 minutes...long enough to find out Id be answering the customers calls all day well I tried to learn the job on my own...Just an awful experience all together. Which is sad, because learning something new everyday and being able to help people out more and more each day was a great feeling, but then to be slapped in the face at the end really took me by surprise. The best part though was when manager called to get me into the office I told him I was in warehouse trying to find a fireplace, of course he said finish that and come see him...So this guy full well knowing he was about to fire me let me finish hauling out an extremely heavy fireplace from the warehouse out to the couples car and then fired me because of a complaint earlier in the day....Im still in such shock of the type of people you put in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Under-trained Staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Regina, SK (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Regina, SK (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was an easy job that did not require much effort. If you are interested in car related products, then the automotive department does surround you with an array of car parts.

    Cons

    The staff was very under trained, and most of the time the management was too busy to teach them how to do their job. This resulted in a number of staff that were unable to answer customers questions, which then resulted in unsatisfied customers. There is a reason that their automotive services receive such a bad review, and it is because they are having under-trained teenagers working on vehicles. Along with this the benefits are absolutely terrible. The most of a discount that regular employees get is a 10% discount, only after, if my memory recalls it properly, eight months of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the management of the individual stores pay more attention to the employees. They are the backbone of the company, and right now they are breaking. In my experience the most formal training that I got was how to use the intercom, and everything else that I learnt was by my fellow employees. If I would have received proper training, then I would have been able to do my job properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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