Canadian Tire
3.3 of 5 196 reviews
corp.canadiantire.ca Toronto, Canada 5000+ Employees

Canadian Tire Reviews

Updated Feb 23, 2014
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3.3 196 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Canadian Tire President, CEO, and Director Stephen G. Wetmore

Stephen G. Wetmore

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Canadian Tire

ProsProfit Sharing, good people, reasonable pay

ConsBureaucracy, politics, unexpected layoffs, Management with unrealistic expectations and that does not care how teams work

Advice to Senior ManagementFind Managers that can manage teams better and do not micro manage

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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At first it was a learning experience since it was my first job but after 3 months...I felt abused.

Cashier (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at Canadian Tire full-time for more than a year

ProsI had fun with my co-workers, they were all friendly.

ConsWhen it's busy, they won't let you have your 15 min break, skipping your 15 min break and having a late lunch break! overly worked! One time my co-cashier was just about to sit down in the lounge area when she was paged to get back on her till! She later took her 15 min break after 30 min. One time they gave me a break after 5 hrs! It was a very busy day and my hands were trembling already from hunger and dehydration. You also constantly lift heavy hand tools to scan, one cashier hurt her arms. You also have to deal with angry customers constantly. Lack of cashiers and sales associates.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdd more tills.(the store I worked had 10 tills, 4 self-checkout). Take care of your employees, we need our breaks. And can you at least give free water when it's a very busy day esp. on long-weekend sales. We work very hard please don't abuse our being hard-working and patient personalities (Filipino workers).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Management was horrible after the changeover

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Mississauga, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Tire part-time for more than a year

Proshad a lot of autonomy, friendly workers

Consmanagement was horrible, mean, didn't really care for everyone, played favourites

Advice to Senior Managementbe more understanding and less fake

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Friendly people and flexible hours, but not very constructive

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Mississauga, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Tire part-time for more than a year

ProsThey allow for great flexibility for hours and most of the time the staff is friendly.

ConsThe training is weak, and management tends to be confused or disorientated sometimes. One manager asks of one thing, another manager asks for another. They also do not prepare staff to handle common inventory problems that arise which customers get mad about.

Advice to Senior ManagementTrain the staff with the customer in mind.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior management is seriously disengaged.

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Tire full-time for more than a year

ProsExcellent mid-level professionals, expansion of your experience, complex projects (even though there's a big chance you'll never be able to complete or even start these exciting projects).

ConsChange is a taboo word or action in this company, any initiative is not supported, integrity is not applicable to too many senior managers (Finance in the first place). Expansion in the corporate world - which executive team is very successful at - is extremely poor in quality of implementation and integration: top level people who pompously launch large projects and systems have no idea how it is actually done "on the floor" - and seem not to care at all. I agree with other reviewers - this top-down awkward structure doesn't work. It's a culture of keeping it low and for senior managers - getting your bonus, period. Their own corporate policies are violated on a massive scale - but if you dare to state it or ask questions, you are out on the street the next day.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou exist on a different planet within the same company - it's 21 century, time to re-think your approach to strategic planning. If Henry Mintzberg is any authority in strategic planning for you, drop your helicopter level view: sometimes you have to look not only at the trees in the forest - but under the leaves on the grass.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poor to mediocre place to work

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Tire part-time for less than a year

Pros- Flexible hours
- Nice/easy going staff

Cons- Minimum wage despite extensive experience.
- The location I worked at was a disorganized mess, making the job very frustrating at times.
- Outdated computer system
- No benefits or rewards, absolutely no incentive to go above and beyond.
- 10% employee discount is an absolute joke. They also don't give employees Canadian Tire money, so technically, the discount is less than 10%.
- Was deducted money from every pay cheque for "social fund," to pay for staff social events and outings, yet there was not a single staff event in my time there. Where does this money go?
- Very greedy company
- Highest staff turnover rate I have ever seen in a business.
- Store has no pride in itself, an absolute mess.
- Cheap, irritating, low class clientele.
- Absolutely no training. Siting your new staff in front of a computer for 10 hours is not training.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe managers do their job, but the entire organization has incredibly low standards.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It is a good experience for working in a fast-paced environment

Floor Staff (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Tire full-time for less than a year

Prosyou have a chance to face and solve some realistic problems about retailer

Conslower pay and over duty with pressure

Advice to Senior Managementshould more positive strategic thinking

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Okay place to start

Analyst (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON (Canada)

I worked at Canadian Tire full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCo-workers were nice
A lot of young fun workers with great ideas
Learned a lot about business and marketing

Cons-No work life balance, for a pay of 45K you were expected to work crazy amount of hours and always be on your email. Your work is your life there.
-The managers are always pushing for more ideas and "great" work but when it comes to review time there was always an excuse why you wouldn't get that excellent review or that promotion. It seemed like we had to fight for a great review and it was never offered no matter what.
-Most managers lack leadership skills, most of these managers got to where they are by who can suck up to who.
-They do not take managers lack of respect seriously-even though they have the code of conduct on no bullying, the amount of bullying that goes on in that place was disgusting. You really need a thick skin to work in this environment.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Culture slow to adapt to change

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Canadian Tire full-time

Pros- Work Life Balance was decent
- Management support for personal development.

Cons- Culture was very limiting to move project fast and efficient.
- Too many meetings that were a waste of time - due to everyone wanting consensus on small decisions.
- Too much politics among employees who have been there long, not quick to adapt to change.
- New hires from fast paced environments get backlash and receive a difficult time from existing employees.
- Not an Agile project environment and projects take too long to implement.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to make the culture shift to Agile , Adaptive and Entrepreneur spirit if CanTire is to stay competitive in the market place. Support change and ideas from new employees. Stephen Wetmore coming from a Telecom background, understands fast to market and staying competitive however, it seems this process is taking long and there to be more mid- senior leadership with the entrepreneur mind set and willing to embrace change.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Cashier (Current Employee)
Port Coquitlam, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Canadian Tire part-time for more than a year

ProsMost of the staff is friendly

ConsCustomers aren't as patient/understanding when shopping at Canadian Tire (compared to other stores)
Low wages
Low hours
Disrespect from management (often)

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more staff, and extend work hours for those who need it. Instead of scheduling an employee for ten 5hr days in a row, give them longer hours over a span of less days. If an employee works part time hours, yet nearly every day, it starts to seem like a waste of time.
Instead of going through a quickly moving cycyle of employees, pay employees more so they will stay with the company. Also, check up on how your employees are being treated by management. Negative experiences are what gets rid of the worker bees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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