Canadian Tire Reviews

Updated July 30, 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. Helpful (1)

    Great company for those who like to coast

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    • 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.


  2. Not great

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    • 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. Manager

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    • 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.


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  5. 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


  6. Wasn't a Good Fit for Me

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Data Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - Data Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Tire as an intern (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    1) Top 100 Employers in Canada 2) Has a great CTO 3) Has an innovation department in Waterloo/Kitchener, partnered with CommuniTech 4) Is trying to make a comeback in ecommerce with deliveries 5) Is trying to be innovative

    Cons

    But still very old-fashioned, old-school, and full of politics. It's an organization that still suffers from a generational gap when dealing with their interns, that still has a lot of employees who aren't caught up with the times. It's still a company that needs to revamp its culture, upgrade it, train their employees to be more modern. It's a company that still struggles to be innovative, forward-thinking, and on-the-edge.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your interns as sources of intrapreneurial fuel, hire intrapreneurial students, innovate... or die.


  7. Good starting ground

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst Coop in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer/Analyst Coop in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to start and get a hang of the work environment Friendly people

    Cons

    Not much to do at times


  8. financial analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Canadian Tire full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Location, nice office to work in, benefits

    Cons

    base salary is lower than industry average

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay bands


  9. Automotive and Promotions

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Automotive Sales in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Automotive Sales in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers were nice enough on good days This is Aurora location

    Cons

    Most of managers were terrible Horrid customers Work was terrible

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so rude and disrespectful


  10. Complex Infrastructure Project Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Manager ( Senior ) in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager ( Senior ) in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent people, very competent, friendly, hard working. Well funded, patient with figuring out all the complexities of each project, successful delivery is what's important. Nice facilities. Sr Leadership cares of the little people, and things are improving constantly. On the job career training. People tell me this used to be like a family.

    Cons

    With ambitions for business growth things are changing, becoming more stressful. I have seen very little career advancement opportunities. Only lateral moves to save one's seniority. Not so good for contractors, company is now embracing the "full time/ employee" strategy. Used to be a balanced environment with a healthy combination. Not so much anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Contractors are people too, with feelings. And they contribute heavily to Canadian TIre success. Treat them right, not from a compensation perspective, but through more inclusion.


  11. Canadian Tire

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, very accommodating to students, and early weekend hours.

    Cons

    My two years of working at Canadian Tire have been very stressful and frustrating. The entire staff (including management) are completely irresponsible and unprofessional. There is a complete lack of authority which causes employees to deny their responsibilities which in turn creates a very unorganized and stressful environment. As a cashier, I receive many complaints every shift about the terrible customer service. As well, from personal experience, I feel as though working at Canadian Tire is one big popularity contest. Those employees who are more sociable and "popular" are usually well liked and are treated well (even when duties are unfulfilled) while the more quiet, independant workers are treated badly and are often embarrassed infront of staff and customers as well as taken advantage of frequently by management and so-called "popular" staff.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management team at Canadian Tire is to assume their role as an authority figure without disrespecting or demeaning employees. As well, taking your personal frustrations out on employees is completely unprofessional and disrespectful. Management needs to understand there is a way to appropriately address employees without shaming or embarrassing them.



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