An Iconic Canadian Company
When two Toronto brothers purchased a small garage in 1922, they didn’t expect it to grow into the iconic retailer of automotive parts, sports and home products Canadians love and trust: Canadian Tire (CTC). Almost a century later, the Canadian Tire Family of Companies sells enough rolls of hockey tape to connect Victoria and Halifax almost 4 times! Canadian Tire may have grown into a retail giant, but it never lost that commitment to community.
With a creative customer rewards system and strong corporate social responsibility, Canadian Tire certainly values its customers and communities. But what about its internal rewards system? To find out more about employee perks, we met with Carina Wong, a Marketing Pricing Specialist at CTC.
Prelook: How did you connect with Canadian Tire to obtain your current position as a Marketing Pricing Specialist?
Carina Wong: I was really happy to land a position with Canadian Tire shortly after graduation. I spent some time browsing several job boards and became intrigued by Canadian Tire. Shortly after being added to their talent pool, I was notified of an opening that matched my skills.
Prelook: What were some challenges you have faced in your career?
Carina Wong: It hasn’t always been easy. Without a lot of work experience, I struggled to find my first co-op position and found the university co-op job board had very few options that matched my level of experience at the time. Eventually, I was lucky enough to get a position with RBC. The work experience I gained from a reputable company during this co-op was invaluable and I landed my next position with Hydro One much quicker.
Prelook: What was the interview and on-board process like at Canadian Tire?
Carina Wong: The transition into my new role was very smooth. First, I had a quick phone interview with HR. A few weeks later, I had a standard, in-person interview with the hiring manager and team lead, to share my past work experience. One week later I received an offer and was on the job the following week. The on-board process was very helpful, during the first week on the job, I had a one-on-one trainer to answer questions and teach me about the company and operations. We went over templates and responsibilities and I had the opportunity to shadow another colleague.
Prelook: What do you like about working at Canadian Tire?
The people here at Canadian Tire are very friendly, helpful, and supportive. When I have questions or requests, management always replies very quickly. I like working at a place where I feel appreciated and valued. Our team works closely together and we are always tackling new challenges. CTC employees also have the opportunity to sign-up for workshops to improve key skills.
Prelook: Can you tell me a little more about your role?
I work with my two buying teams to adjust product prices and ensure that they follow pricing strategy rules when making price changes. I also work with vendors and other internal teams to adjust product costs to reflect accurate costing incurred by Canadian Tire and vendors. We also conduct price checks to make sure all products are labeled correctly in the system and display.
Prelook: What are some benefits and perks Canadian Tire offers?
There is this social area where we employee hangout and have events, we call it “The Hub”. A really cool part of being part of an iconic Canadian company like Canadian Tire is the free stuff we get. For example, because Canadian Tire is a sponsor for the Canadian Olympic team, we received some free merchandise like t-shirts and there were also many Olympic themed events. As well, we get $2,000 of tuition reimbursement if we apply to any business related courses. I decided to use it on my continuing studies at the UofT where I took courses in Data Science, Digital Marketing Management, and Digital Communication Strategy. Don’t forget free beverages all day of course.
So, why work here?
Canadian Tire offers its employees a diverse and inclusive workspace. It recognizes its employees for their achievements and provides a multitude of corporate opportunities. CT Profit Sharing allows employees to feel and act as owners by rewarding company success.
CTC invests in employees for the longer term with generous tuition subsidies, in-house apprenticeship and mentoring programs and a variety of in-house and online training options. Canadian Tire even encourages children of employees to pursue post-secondary education with extensive academic scholarships, up to $10,000 for one child over 4 years.
Excellent communication and feedback tools keep employees informed and capture their opinions. From traditional newsletters and a suggestion box to an online forum, there are communication strategies for everyone to stay in touch with senior management. Recognition is important for employee motivation. At Canadian Tire, staff are eligible for individual performance bonuses, on-the-spot rewards, peer-to-peer recognition rewards, long-service rewards, tailored and unique rewards and more. They can also provide confidential feedback on management and are given the opportunity for an exit interview.
Other interesting perks about working at Canadian Tire include: Watching television, video/board games, nap rooms, religious observance rooms, telecommuter work stations, self-serve lunchroom, free beverages and bean bag chairs.
Canadian Tire has been recognized for a number of prestigious awards including the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers 2016, 4 years in a row and Canada’s Top Employers 2016, 2 years in a row. Others include: Top Employers for Young People 2016 and Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2015.
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