Canadian Tire Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
252 Reviews
3.3
252 Reviews
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Canadian Tire President, CEO, and Director Stephen G. Wetmore
Stephen G. Wetmore
112 Ratings

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 7 reviews)

  • Minimum wage despite extensive experience (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Well led, hardworking company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto
    Current Employee - Manager in Toronto

    I have been working at Canadian Tire full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    CT has a lot of people that are great to work with and a positive work environment.
    They share in their success through a great profit sharing program and promotions are very much performance based.

    Cons

    With the company being so much more aggressive now the pace of change is very fast and the demands on the employees have increased sharply. The result is stressful environment where there are not enough resources to get the job done well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remeber how valuable your employees are. Don't drive them away by making them choose between work and their families.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good life work balance, pro Canada culture. Due to the size of the company there is exposure to lots of different roles, and it provides opportunity to move between departments. The culture is very positive and friendly and I developed a strong network and personal friendships.

    Cons

    Slow pace of change, a lot of promotions are based on knowing the right people rather than strictly based on performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good solid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and profit sharing plus you get to work with a good team

    Cons

    Angry customers everywhere even if it's not your fault

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    cashier

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    good people to work with, good coaching, lots of details to what the work entails. always busy time flies when the line ups are there, met a lot of nice people

    Cons

    lots of long hours tanding, people get frustrated with line ups, attitude from customers, short breaks and lots to learn

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, hard work, a lot of churn

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

    I worked at Canadian Tire as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Some of the employees seem to really love what they do (ex. excited about their category)
    - Opportunity to move up
    - Free coffee
    - Decent location on Younge and Egg

    Cons

    - They work the junior employees really hard (CISs etc.)
    - There's a lot of churn - management was poached by Walmart, Home Depot all the time causing a bit of chaos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Try not to work your lower level employees so hard, try to get them excited about the company more so they'll stick around

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Cheap

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Auto Service Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Auto Service Advisor in Calgary, AB (Canada)

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

    Pros

    employee discount on labours and parts

    Cons

    stay late without get paid

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people, welcoming culture, lack of growth opportunities.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, very open and welcoming as well as helpful. Great work/life balance. Fun place to work overall with good benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are low and have little room for growth. Some departments have leaders that have been around for quite a while and thus are very rigid in their views/opinions on certain topics or ways of doing things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation if you want to attract/keep Canada's best young talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Flexible Hours, management is constantly changing.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Canadian Tire

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good as a student position. Friendly floor staff employees.

    Cons

    Management is constantly changing, policies not always followed, staff not always support in front of customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back up your staff and don't undermine them in front of customers.

  10.  

    Great atmosphere and work life balance, poor upper management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Implementation Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Category Implementation Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Canadian Tire full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Profit Sharing
    Great people

    Cons

    Salary
    Opportunity to grow from within
    Growth solely based on manager
    Promotions are few and far between. Many moves have to be made in order to get to management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay to keep talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Finance centralization to "Shared Services" environment added more turnover than anything

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

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

    Pros

    CT is a great brand in Canada, does good things for the community and most people like the culture (outside of the finance group). Store discount is nice, benefits and vacation are normal. Share purchase plan is great with no vesting period. People love the last few marketing campaigns, which is great visibility and good for the resume, For better or worse you will always hear someone's Canadian Tire story when you meet them.

    Cons

    It's a tired corporate story in the finance area; removed too many headcounts over the past two years so the remaining people are overworked and good ones leaving.

    I'm put a neutral rating on the CEO as I don't believe he was looking long term enough in his actions. For people still at CT that will continue to be an issue on the operations side. Of course with the recent launch of CT REIT and bank merger with Scotiabank share price has outperformed over the past few years, which I did benefit from financially.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stephen Wetmore did his job in his time but didn't leave much behind to maintain performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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