Cashier/Sales Associate (Former Employee), Kitchener, ON – August 27, 2015
most of the staff were great to work with, management changed and the staff morale dropped quickly.First 6 years were great, they cared about their staff, but things changed. Not sure if changes were from head office or in store management. They had great benefits and profit sharing. This used to be a great place to work, but not so much any more. I quit in December, and do not regret it.
Hydraulic Specialist (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – December 16, 2014
I worked at Princess Auto for over 6 years. I did everything you could do at store level at one point or another. Company is great for wanting to advance their people within the stores with the potential – more... to move around the country in high end positions if reached. Tons of training in regards to the products sold. Good co-workers for the most part with the occasional bad apple. You will never get rich working there but great for younger people or those that require flexible scheduling. – less
Cons: as they keep their customer satisfied, expectations keeps increasing.
Princess Auto is one of the best company i have worked with. I learned a lot lot of things including how to deal at international levels. how to deal with vendors. co-workers were very helpful. management working style was excellent.
Sales Team Member (Former Employee), Winnipeg, MB – November 27, 2014
Pros: great benefits, amazing atmosphere, friendly work environment
Cons: only con is its retail so hours aren't fun
Everyday their was a meeting with the boss to update on sales and what were the tasks for the day, awesome communication between employees and managers. I left the company to continue education. The pay – more... is great for retail and the benefits are amazing. Consistent on the job training is offered and their is always the opportunities to advance in the company. I would work for them again in a heart beat! – less
Great people, great staff, interesting work, Lacks advancement oppurtunity.
Sales Team Member (Current Employee), Winnipeg, MB – November 4, 2014
Ive spent quite some time with a single company for someone my age (Turning 21 this January, will be coming of four years with the company). When I was 17 and just starting out the job was ever so interesting – more... as I had never worked in an environment with friendly and knowledgeable co-workers who were eager to share knowledge with me.
An average day currently, I come into work and am greeted with a start up meeting with the leader on duty, we briefly discuss the sales figures, expectations, upcoming notes of importance. We are then given our tasks for the day and set out to the sales floor and warehouse environments to complete them.
These range from customer service goals such as selling enough air compressors to make room for new stock, to re designing end caps and shelving to appear more ascetically pleasing to our guests.
My work is a mixed bag of retail and sales work with physical and fast paced body work. By the end of the day I am typically physically tired but always have more to give.
I have worked all 24 hours of the clock during my time, including nights, early mornings, and weekends.
Ask me in 2012 what I thought of the Job and I would have had nothing but good things to say. However today is a different story. Having always been a temporary full time team member, I never was given an opportunity to advance to a role of leadership. Thus I have paid quiet attention to the the leadership team and the changes that have happened over the years.
It is clear to me that the company lacks organization and ethics in the upper level management sector, and this is bolded by the fact that with the loss of our most recent Store Manager Carl Rhamos being replaced by an external hire instead of giving second in command Steven Switzer a chance to take over due to an outside relationship between the outside hire and out Corporate district manager, who has been with the company for less time then I have.
As a result, my desire to continue to work and achieve corporate level advancement with the company is now non existent. It is clear once I acquire my business degree that my internal code of ethics and ideals on how to be a leader and how to be a boss will be overlooked and I am not interested in remaining at the store level for a career.
I still work hard and enjoy my day to day work, but I am interested in spreading out and getting my foot in the door with a more like minded but equally interesting and unique corporation. But I am also open to labor intensive entry level.
Team Member (Former Employee), Edmonton, AB – September 29, 2014
Performed administrative functions in processing financial transactions and documenting sales Monitored inventory levels and continually performed adjustments to meet sales supply and demand Proactive – more... first contact with customers for service or sales and establishment of repeat clientele Performed all seasonal department purchasing, inventory control and inventory management Liaised with management in the coordination of product promotions and sales Assumed the duties and responsibilities of the store manager in his absence Assisted in the mentoring and training of new staff – less
Princess Auto will make you sick in more ways than one
Cashier (Former Employee), Ottawa, ON – August 8, 2014
Pros: profit sharing
Cons: atrocious air quality, absent management on all levels, lazy coworkers
Typical day looks like this:
- Arrive at Princess Auto and sit in a longwinded team meeting (these are mandatory; however, TLTs/ATLs/AND the TL often forget to run them for those starting a later shift – more... and are mainly about the figures from the previous day.) - Receive break schedule (usually they attempt to allow you a 15 within the first 4 hours of your shift, but unless you're popular with the staff, forget it. Luckily, your peers will happily take your break if they feel that it's too long to wait for their turns. - If you ask for more hours, they will schedule you just under the full time mark so that you cannot receive benefits/full time salary. If you ask for less, they will tell you that they have a minimum of 25 hours. - If you are a part time worker, then you will work every. single. weekend. They downplay this, assuring you that you will have two days off per week and they *try* to schedule them together. This is never the case and you will not receive any weekends off, you may, however book one off, but you will have to jump through many hoops. -They will disregard your availability, ignore emails about availability, and schedule you when you've spent 3 weeks reviewing with 3 TLTs, 2 ATLs, and the TL. - TLTs and ATLs will hide in their offices/on the floor and refuse to answer pages, even during emergency/potentially threatening situations. This has happened twice in 2 months - Floor teams will refuse to remove their stock (95s) from the Solutions, leading to a backlog of stock and the cash team spending an extra (unpaid) 30 minutes replacing it. - TL will make suggestive comments to the cash team and home office will ignore complaints/emails. -You will be forgotten about when it comes to the end of your shift. You will be asked to stay later, you will not be paid, you will have to ask them several times to adjust your pay. - You will return home, sore and sick. The fumes, dust, and general disgusting state of the whole store is enough to cause chronic bronchitis.
This is a terrible store. Do not work for them. The profit sharing isn't even worth it. – less
Employee (Former Employee), Sudbury, ON – July 18, 2014
Pros: free work boots every 6 months
Cons: the leaders, employees, work load, benefits, organization
Working for Princess Auto is a bad choice. Period. The benefits they offer aren't as great as they say, and you have to ask someone at head office to get any real info about it. They do offer profit sharing – more... which is in theory a great thing, but if you were hired a few days after one, you may have to wait up to a year before you see a half share.
The leaders are all unorganized and don't communicate well with one another, the staff suffer because of this lack of communication, and are ultimately blamed for the end result, which is completely unacceptable. The staff gets no respect and are heavily under paid for the work load that is asked of them.
Most of the staff are almost as bad as the leaders. Talking about each other behind their backs, stealing from one another, passing blame. No one can trust each other as a result, and end up hating each other. – less
Guest Services Representative/Cashier (Former Employee), Scarborough, ON – June 14, 2014
Pros: freindly co-workers and customers
Cons: demanding all your availability so no time for your kids or family
*Great co-workers *Lack leadership and opportunities for advancement *Demanded open avaiability then gave you few hours *Customers were the best *Promised you the sun, moon and the stars when hiring you – more... then never came thru with anything that was promised (eg training in other areas of the store, amazing profit sharing, benefits) *Hardest part of the job was knowing that customers were praising your work to management and not getting recognized for your hard work *Management treated you like you didn't have a brain in your head *All management is not on the same page. Every manager wants things done their way. Made for a very long day trying to please all of them. *Not a friendly company to work for if you are trying to work more than one job--they demand all of your time and then give you very little back in return – less
Night time stocker ( apparently ) (Former Employee), Everywhere – May 20, 2014
Pros: a 20% discount, and free work boots every 6 months.
Cons: everything else
They may look good on paper, but be warned... They offer you everything when you start. If you dont play "their game ". You wont make it past the 3 month mark. Trust me. I know.. Dont be fooled by the – more... offer of benefits either .. You'll never see it. Ever...
At the end of the day.. The nl location is a breading spot for mental illness. Your just a number to these guys. They dont care about you whatsoever. When you do try to change things for the better.. You get shafted in the end.
Read the fine print and save your self some sanity people.. its a waste of time .. Thats my two cents worth ;) – less