You are alone in every way in managing these stores.
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Northwest Territories – 24 October 2017
I spent ten years with this company as a manager. The extreme hours, lack of Home office support and constant blame from head office is very tiring. Training is terrible and poorly trained head office unable to assist.
The company lacks a comprehensive vision of the future so instead of heading in positive directions they change merchandising directions constantly, then blame managers for poor program performance.
The communities are challenging but always fun and interesting, the position is basically the same as in southern areas, but the constant backstabbing by Home office is horrendous.
Very tempting pitch, however I would NEVER recommend anyone experienced to fall for it. Your future will be held by a daily whim of your DM... and when they decide to terminate, they will leave you stranded without any way to get home and no concern or humanity at all, I saw many friends given 48 hour notice to get out of housing and it was brutal.
Eventually I couldn't live with the uncertainty and quit before they decided to do it to me and my family.
Mostly free housing and food allowance
No job security, constantly blame store level for Home office failures.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Black Lake, SK – 28 September 2017
this positon has give me the opportunities to work in the future. I have learned the to treat people equal, and with respect. I have learned how to retail, janitorial, producer, stocking food, and labeling. I always treated people as my first priority.
Human Resources (Intern) (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 2 August 2017
I did a 4 week internship there, the staff were all very welcoming, easy to get along with and helpful! The culture is very relaxed. There are great perks to working there, there is a great bistro there that is subsidised by the company so cheap delicious food, there is a GYM there for employees, and they subsidise for parking around there at the forks!
Great Historic Company! Hard working people, Ample learning experiances.
Head Office Employee (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – 2 August 2017
The North West Company is a great historic company that aims to provide the best offering of product and services to rural and remote communities.The company is constantly looking into new projects and initiatives to be better. A great place to work with Hard working motivated people.
Historic Stable Company, Hard Working People, Ample Learning Experiances
Office Manager (Former Employee) – Arctic Bay, NU – 27 July 2017
terrible work experience, no training, no support from any level of anyone in the company. Store manager didn't even know his own job, relied on the grocery manager for answers, and passed off all customer and staff inquiries to grocery manager as well.
Business Development and consultancy (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 23 July 2017
It is a great company with great leaders. I will prefer to work more with the North West in future if given an opportunity. I have grown a lot both individually and professionally. The project demanded a huge amount of confidentiality and it was something new but very thrilling experience.
long hours with no caring from head office. just get the job done.
Store Manager (Current Employee) – Stevenson Island, MB – 18 June 2017
difficult environment to work in. remote locations. local population apathetic to working.. long hours are required with little support. 50 to 60 hours a week are needed due to lack of staff. sometimes just being able to open the front door is a challenge. Compensation package is good but you earn it. increased pressure from head office doesn't help the day to day situation.
lon hours and little support. remote communitities means very little time with family.
Intern (Former Employee) – Winnipeg, Manitoba – 3 May 2017
My day involves a variety of tasks: using excel, reviewing invoices, searching for information, and meetings. My most enjoyable part of the day is using my math skills and expanding my horizons in excel.
Cashier and Customer Service (Former Employee) – Northwest Territories – 2 May 2017
I worked as a cashier, and office manager for the Northwest Company for over a year. I found it very easy to learn and work for the company. Very friendly staff and got to meet and serve new people every day.
Director (Current Employee) – Winnipeg, MB – 29 March 2017
I've enjoyed my work with the company and have an amazing group of coworkers. The other groups that I interact with are also supportive and easy to speak to. People generally treat you with respect and want to work with you as a team to succeed in your projects or solve problems. The company is very focused on the stores and the success of employees at the stores.
Depending on your location you might also have support in some living expenses such as housing or food.
Career progression, teamwork
Remote locations of the stores which often do not have all the amenities of larger communities.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Iqaluit, NU – 16 February 2017
I have learned many of my work ethic from the North West Company and it is also a fantastic place to learn how to manage employees when you have worked in an adequate amount of time (approximately 1 year of experience).
Warehouse Manager (Former Employee) – Nunavut – 18 October 2016
they are there taking advantage of the inuit locals of Nunavut. They can get away with not following nutrition north. The staff works there are all dumb maybe that's why they are there in the first place not in the competitive south. The store manager doesn't care about the employees and only in it for himself!!
Goodluck if you want to work with them!! I say it again DO NOT WORK WITH THIS COMPANY!!
northern experience, learn the culture
long hours of work, office politics, dumb coworkers
The northwest company was a fun place to work it was a place where you were busy at all time and all the workers were being monitored by there performance the place was full of Energy and management were nice to all