Canadian Tire Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance was important (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)

  • Don't get a raise easily, and usually start off with a regular minimum wage (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Great place to start working and earning experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Tire part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Daily tasks are simple and manageable. You get familiar with the whole system in a short while. Co-workers are easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Fast-paced environment, you face all kinds of customers. Rude and cranky customers are unavoidable. You walk and carry heavy items most of the time, but manageable.


  2. Not great

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

    I have been working at Canadian Tire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Location on the subway line. Flex benefits. Looks good on resume.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for growth. No career development. Not a good team culture - no fun team events. Not allowed to work from home - not flexible with hours. Bad raises.

    Advice to Management

    Introduce flex hours such as working from home. There should be career coaching - develop career plans with employees and management. Treat employees better.


  3. Leaders don't walk the talk

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Higher wages paid to people hired externally versus people promoted into role Good bonus structure for management, especially senior management

    Cons

    Nepotism (the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs) is the worst I've seen... exec kids hired when others are being told there is a hiring freeze and when they are not qualified (HR is the worst!) Office politics are high and do not align with what the Execs proclaim is the culture

    Advice to Management

    Start running the company to align with the image your manufacture to the public. Ask yourself if you would want practices highlighted in commercials or at JumpStart events, and if not, don't do it!


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  5. excellent experience

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

    I worked at Canadian Tire

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours Multicultural, lots of opportunity for students Online application is not mendatory You can drop application in person

    Cons

    Weekend shifts when working part time.some time have to give availability for evenings. Over all good experience


  6. Athabasca Canadian Tire

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

    I worked at Canadian Tire (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    knowledge, customers and staff, pleasant enough place to work

    Cons

    customers that can and sometimes are quite arrogant.

    Advice to Management

    could stand behind the staff more and trust their characters more


  7. Manager

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

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

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

    Pros

    Moving ahead technologically to keep up with and lead in the industry

    Cons

    Attitude has changed from "family" to just being a number. Too much favouritism for former colleagues from a large telecommunications company. Pushing out of the old guard from Cdn Tire.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the quality of the work rather than who is delivering the work. If it is not one of your old cronies, it does not mean you should ignore to good results being delivered.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company for those who like to coast

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

    I have been working at Canadian Tire full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, great people, great culture.

    Cons

    As an ambitious, young employee it can be frustrating seeing that most progression depends on years of service or seniority as opposed to what you put into your job. Many top performers end up leaving for this reason. Other similar companies tend to offer more promotions and upward mobility.


  9. service advisor

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

    I have been working at Canadian Tire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    there are no pros unless you like a 10% off everything on the store

    Cons

    doing work that is not job title,

    Advice to Management

    Please let them know what your getting them into. Maybe stop paying minimum wage for a $15 jobs


  10. Ask around first

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Castlegar, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Castlegar, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free uniforms, employee discount, decent enough coworkers - it's a big box store so they hire a lot of people, odds are you're bound to like someone you work with

    Cons

    Minimum wage, our store had a yearly wage increase but the owner made a point of delaying it as long as possible. All the stores are individually owned so if you have a problem with someone in upper management theres not a whole lot you can do. You also run the risk of working for crazy people

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees on the floor and fix broken things in a timely fashion. Doing your job becomes impossible when half the equipment doesn't work.


  11. Loss Prevention

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is an incentive bonus program in place. Discount in the auto shop is decent but on everything else its not worth it. Managers are friendly and helpful. Upper management is also very friendly considering their position at the top.

    Cons

    Long shifts, always working weekends, low pay



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