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Canadian Tire Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Difficult work life balance; demanding work; numerous daily challenges the can conflict with on another, not in an overwhelming way (in 14 reviews)

  • Minimum wage - very little opportunity for a raise (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Very disappointed, Disgusted."

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Person in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Person in Ontario, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Canadian Tire part-time (Less than a 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 Management

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


  2. "Disorganised and terrible management and coworkers."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 Management

    Get a real job.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Bad pay, poor team dynamics, dysfunctional culture."

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient work location along the TTC subway line. Most colleagues were recent grads, there was a good social life as a result.

    Cons

    Middle management teams were not cohesive. Performance objectives were different, teams were treated as support rather than an essential component. There were numerous times where job related information was withheld from analysts from management as well. Being paid poorly is one thing but treated poorly as well with limited development opportunities was too much to accept as part of this package.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the flow of information, remove the silo culture in the company. Ensure middle management has the 'people' skills to make analysts feel like an essential part of the team.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Stay far far away. You will burn out and leave dissatisfied."

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    Current Employee - LCA in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - LCA in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are someones pet you will move up really fast. Otherwise its a turtle race.

    Cons

    Unless you are not someones pet, you will not be moving up. It was getting ridiculous to be working with support teams whose manger changed twice within a six month timeframe! They would scramble to catch up. Once she was up to speed, its off to their next 'assignment'.

    MANY people have left because they were not their managers/directors/VPs pet.
    They churn through employees pretty fast as pay scales and employee development are minimal. Just look at the revolving senior management goes through!

    The politics here are ridiculous. Depending on your department you may been dumped on, or dumped on by another team that was previously dumped on.

    If your nose isn't brown, be prepared for your a whole lot of BS to deal with.

    My director did not go to bat for my team either when another team started chirping. This still bothers me to this day.

    Advice to Management

    Its called Canadian Tire... not China Tire.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "So much potential with horrible senior management"

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    Former Employee - Research in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Research in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Canadian Company
    Great location in Toronto (right on Subway line)

    Cons

    Horrible senior management - to focused on how to make themselves more powerful/important and no ability to inspire the organization

    More of a collection of fifedoms than a modern business... turf wars abound and hierarchy ultimately rules

    Organizational changes were literally every 6-9 months as senior team seemed to believe that it was the organizational structure that was failing to deliver not their lack of communication and leadership

    Talent was not recognized, literally every team member on my team that was rated a high performer or high potential left to significantly more senior roles in other major organizations (many of which are much more highly thought of than CT)

    Advice to Management

    Cut out at least 2 layers of senior management - I had worked at a world renowned multinational that was 10 times the size and spread around the globe before joining and there were fewer levels between the CEO and individual contributors than at CT. Get focused... stop trying to be all things to all people and last but not least come out of your offices and talk to the people you are supposedly leading!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awful"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Victoria, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only good thing about this place was the people (excluding some of the managers) that I worked with, they were all really nice.

    Cons

    Offers minimum wage to experienced workers
    Managers treat people like dogs
    Greediest company I have ever worked for
    No raises, rewards or benefits

    Advice to Management

    Start treating employees with a bit of respect, you can get much more out of them that way. Consider offering people maybe less than minimum wage.


  7. "ok place"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representativetore Manager
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representativetore Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great staff and great friends made

    Cons

    no room to advance and owner never got involved with staff

    Advice to Management

    talk to your people

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible hours (very few)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Kingston, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dealing with the public is always fun
    Work goes by quickly
    Nice to have a job at all
    Job relatively simply

    Cons

    Felt exploited as was put on 5 hour shifts without a break and never more hours than that so my breaks never had to be paid
    Standing for 5 hours straight
    Had a very negative and short-tempered manager
    Was given very few hours in a week despite being entirely free, partly so I never had to be paid benefits because I could never be full-time with those hours (similar situation all around the company)
    Employees that had worked there for years were looking for other jobs because their hours were being cut down

    Advice to Management

    Fire people and give others more hours and more benefits to encourage employee loyalty
    Bring back motivational bonuses
    Ensure group ideas sessions happen more often and changes are actually implemented


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A nightmare employer"

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    Former Employee - Auto Parts Associate in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Auto Parts Associate in Winnipeg, MB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -flexible scheduling (although I suppose this would depend on the individual store manager)
    -If you stay with the company for 10 years you may just get promoted to manager and get $1.50/hour over minimum wage! oh wait, this is probably a con....

    Cons

    -After many years, I was still getting minimum wage because instead of giving raises at certain intervals as stated in the employment contract, raises were given just before minimum wage increases.
    -Unstable scheduling which sometimes changes multiple times per day
    -Management's "my way or the highway" attitude
    -Many violations of health and safety laws
    -Management unclear on local labor laws
    -Unstable hours (never 40 hours per week)
    -Unsafe conditions (example, filling car batteries with a siphon hose)
    -My 1st day of training was the manager saying "those are customers, go nuts" then walking away
    -Worst example of poisoned work environment that I have ever come across
    -Scheduling is often changed during your day off without being told so you now have to be in at 8:00 AM instead of noon, but you aren't told, or better yet giving employees shifts when they weren't scheduled to work.
    -You will never get 2 days in a row off (if you do, refer to above point)
    -In more than 5 years I MAY have had 2 weekends off
    -Employees regularly being told to stay later/leave earlier due to poorly made schedules

    Advice to Management

    Step down and let people manage the business who know how and have proper training


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Horrid place to work for, Dangerous safety violations."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Automotive Service Technician in Fergus, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Automotive Service Technician in Fergus, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't think of any right now.

    Cons

    Hours, Pay, Safety issues, Management problems, dangerous equipment failures.. you name it.

    Advice to Management

    Don't own a franchise if your not willing to put money into it.


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