Store Administrator (Former Employee) – Lower Mainland, BC – 3 January 2018
For a company growing so fast they need to implement new procedures and more structure. The manager for administration over sees 25 employees and is hardly ever around other then via email or phone. They are under staffed and give their employees an unrealistic amount of daily tasks. The culture created by management is not positive at all. Basically every store is run off of Richmond and their Annacis locations and work is done mainly by emails... Don't spend a lot of time hoping for advancement unless your a male. I
Plumber (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 11 December 2017
As a Journeyman plumber, I accepted a job at Trail Appliances. During the interview they blow smoke up your rear and say you only install water softeners and dishwashers and every now and then you do some minor plumbing alterations etc.. in reality you are a glorified appliance installer/delivery boy. Microwaves,stoves, fridges and hoodfans. If you are looking for a dead end job with average pay this is the place for you! Benefits are expensive and crumby! They even clawed back on some coverage! Oh don’t forget about the sub par bagged lunches and gross breakfasts prepared by the House chef! That’s how they show appreciation for you! Seriously! This job makes you dead on the inside. If you have a mortgage and expect to get full hours here you need to reconsider. If you are a jourmeyman plumber, do yourself a favour keep scrolling to the next add. This company blows
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 16 November 2017
Horrible management, they like to turn things around on you. No room for advancement unless your hookinh up with one of the family members. Had to FIGHT for a doller raise after working there for years, they'll basically tell you why you don't DESERVE a raise. Work is not split evenly and when you bring it up to change or atleast be paid more it's turned around on you, and now your on their list. They'll build up " incidents" to have a reason to fire you when you bring to many things to their attention. They want you to put your head down and work and shut up, the more issues you bring to their attention the more they try to push you out. I watched them push out 20 people with no care in the world. Horrible benifits no Christmas bonuses they took those away to. I put in years to my department and they hired new people at the wage I worked so hard for for years to get to but they still expect you to do the most work because you've been their the longest. I trained probably 16 people without any perk or "good job" than to find out their making the same wage as you. Management does not want to hear your concerns so don't bother or you'll be pushed out. I watched them bully MANY employees till they left or till trail terminated them.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 16 September 2017
The management were so high on them selves. I came in one hour early to eat my breakfast and a customer came in, the manager was sitting on his butt and yelled at me to help the customer knowing my shift didn't start for another hour!! Seriously? Get off your buttt and do your job!! Lol. Bye the time I quit I was so dissappointed in the owners way of running things. I have never worked for such a stuck up family of idiots!!!
Service (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 19 May 2017
Management and employees have no interaction. For career growth you have to be close to Owners. Sales department on top but all other departments are treated as lowest. No growth opportunities, no Raises. No pension plan, Bonuses for managers and thats all. even after years of services, you will be fired if Manager doesn't like you. Your job is safe if you are friend and family member of Managers or management or owners. If a Stat Day falls on a weekend you will never be paid.
Administrator (Current Employee) – Victoria, BC – 9 February 2017
It's not very often you find bosses that are leaders and not just people that tell you what to do. The bosses got their hands dirty and if someone called in sick, they were the first ones to jump in too help.
Fun workplace where people are allowed to be themselves
Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee) – Delta, BC – 30 December 2016
There is no micro-management but you are expected to work unsupervised. The management is very lax so expect to take initiative to get things done. My co-workers were wonderful people - there was no gossip or 'clicks'. Everyone got along. The hardest part of the job was not getting much back up from management, so I spent a lot time figuring things out for myself. Ironically, that was also the most enjoyable part of the job as I was not micro-managed at all.
Black out periods where you couldn't take any time off - eg. Boxing week etc.
Recpetionist (Former Employee) – South Calgary, AB – 4 November 2016
Not the best place to work. They are very unorganized and really don't know what a receptionist should be doing. The receptionist are not given answers to their questions and do not handle the challenges given to the supervisors so the receptionist can do their job. They also should be hiring temps since the turn-over for this job is very high. This again is showing a red flag as a place you do not want to work!
Faster to get to work because of the hours
Have to wear certain colors and not 8 - 5, poor pay for what's expected
Very Stressful job, but the people that I worked with made it worth while.
Service Dispatch Coordinator (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 26 May 2016
This job was a call center position, I liked that I was very busy with numerous responsibilities I had during the day; from answering a very high amount of incoming phone calls, making out bound phone calls, creating service appointments, ordering parts, maintaining close relationships with my co-workers as well as our customers on a daily basis. The hardest as well as most rewarding part of this job were the customers, all with their very own needs and trying to under stand want everyone needs and how to get it to them the most quickly and effecent ways possible.
Delivery Driver (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 15 March 2016
Working at trail appliances was interesting. If you weren't out driving then you better be able to make yourself look busy or you'd be sent home by noon. As a delivery driver I enjoyed working with all my co - workers, but the management team left much to be desired. They didn't realize that the drivers and swampers didn't make a ton of cash and that we couldn't afford to have half days every two working days.
Id start at 7:45 and if i was lucky id be able to stretch my day until 2:00 pm. I was hired as a full time driver but if i was lucky I'd get 60 hours every two weeks.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 27 October 2015
There was a different scenario everyday with every customer. But working with one of the best group of sales associates and administrative staff there was no hesitation with help. There is always policies and procedures to follow in any company you work within, it is how your management enforces it that helps you enforce it and learn. I have had the pleasure of working for some great companies and there is always something positive to pull form them. The friendships and the willingness to teach is like none other.