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good
Sales & Service Associate (Current Employee) –  Surrey, BC17 December 2018
Good money for easy work. Not much work when it is not busy. Great helping out poor people who come in for flat repairs. Changeovers and balancing are easy.
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nothing to say
Retail Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Vernon, BC12 December 2018
pilot project was not a success apparently so the service cener was not a success so they did not renew contracts so therefore no warnings and no hours
Pros
good people
Cons
lack of communication
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Fast paced environment with fun loving colleagues
Tire Technician (Former Employee) –  Saskatoon, SK4 December 2018
The value of safety is highly emphasized at Kal Tire. They provide you with the tools that you need and continuously remind you of safety at work. Kal Tire also provides you with the training that you need and the support that you'll look for when you're uncertain with what you're doing.
Pros
Free coffee, training, fun loving co-workers
Cons
Job Security
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Overall competitive wages and good place to work
Tire Technician (Current Employee) –  Kamloops, BC4 December 2018
Matched my wage with promises. Hours were not as long as feared. Great team environment. The guys were great to work with, management was accommodating, strong safety culture. I will be back next season.
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Managed horribly
Tire Technician Seasonal (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB28 November 2018
If you like long hours with no overtime pay and minimum wage pay then this is perfect. Managed poorly and your job is not secure no matter what position you get
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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Productive
Sales and Service (Former Employee) –  Surrey, BC27 November 2018
Productive, good management skills and achievable sales goals. Helps in learning customer service. workplace culture is good and most enjoyable part of the job is selling goods.
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The employees are wonderful people and great place to work and get service done from
Tire Technician (Former Employee) –  Spruce Grove, AB22 November 2018
Kal tire is a fantastic place to work at and get great quality service. I learned many valuable things while working there like safety protocols, proper use of the tools and equipment as well. The hardest part of the job was dealing with big tyres because I'm a small guy and I have had issues lifting and working with them. The most enjoyable part of the job was the people I worked with because they made it feel like a person belonged there.
Pros
Long hours, great staff
Cons
Long lunch breaks
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Great place to work
Sales and Service (Current Employee) –  Vernon, BC16 November 2018
I really enjoyed working with Kal Tire. Overall the environment was extremely fun and friendly. I was laid off from a temporary contract and would come back again if i was needed. If you enjoy a fast paced environment it is a good place to be.
Cons
long hours
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Commercial tire tech
Tire specialist (Current Employee) –  London, ON13 November 2018
The day starts out with pulling out tool carts and cleaning and organizing until a truck pulls up. some days it takes 20 minutes to get work orders and some days they are up before the truck pulls up. if you are on night service this is not a job where you can really make plans. This is a great job if you show initiative, and have mechanical knowledge.
Pros
everybody has a sense of humor, lots of opportunities to make extra money, roadside and night service can be rewarding
Cons
no social life, very physically demanding, some customers are difficult to work with
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productive yes..fun no..inexperience harassment
Shop hand (Former Employee) –  Lacombe, AB28 October 2018
poor supervisors with arrogant attitude!
try to be involved to lean new things but told go go do something else. need to better understand employees. not all think the same and not all work the same. there could be a diamond in the ruff but some are too blind to see that,
Pros
learnt tire changing
Cons
harassment
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i enjoyed the work but not experience within the industry
Tire Technician, Sales and Roadside Service (Current Employee) –  Watford, ON23 October 2018
management needs a better understanding of the tasks at hand. a team in this industry is very important and was a challenge through kal tire. when times are busy there are plenty of hours to be worked but then layoff occur when slow
Pros
hours when busy
Cons
cut back hours when slow/management training is poor
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Work here if you want to experience legal slavery
Tire Technician (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB22 October 2018
I’ve worked with kal tire for almost 5 years in two locations, and can safely say I have respected only one manager I have had in that time. Kal tire has a system where they fast track train a new employee to manager and “sell” them to another store for profit. This system results in people with NO TIRE EXPERIENCE having authority over people who’ve been with the company for years working towards/waiting on career advancement. Not to mention that these fast track managers are quick to gain a huge ego and start pushing the tire techs to hurry up when they themselves can’t even do the work efficiently and quickly. Safety standards are shoved down your throat until it gets busy and all safety gets thrown out the window in the name of sales and profit. If you’re not a mechanic or a tire tech in this company then you’re nothing but a disposable asset, they promise wage progression and career advancement but always have an excuse as to why it isn’t happening yet. Kal tire will use you and push you past your limits until they don’t need you anymore and they will fire you with no remorse. The turnover rate within this company is so high that more often than not I don’t even know all the names of the people on my crew.

It’s also no secret that if you’re an attractive woman you will be catered to above and beyond that of any other person, as at least one of the managers at the west edmonton store LOVES to chat girls up while on shift even though he’s married, and was actually caught by other employees looking at MY girlfriend when she came into the store to see me.

To conclude,
  more... if you want to be unable to plan your personal time around work because your schedule is posted a week at a time-and you’re lucky if it isn’t changed again before that week is up-, work under a creepy manager, work long shifts that extend past closing time without ot, almost intentionally shifted days set up so they can work around paying you overtime, do your own work while fixing screw ups from the front counter not doing their jobs properly, be bossed around by someone with less experience than you, be promised wage progression and career advancement that never comes, and to top it all off you have to stay hours after work for a mandatory unpaid monthly meeting! Don’t waste your time, apply somewhere that will reward you for your efforts.  less
Pros
Strong bond with other tire techs because of the way they’re treated by management
Cons
Terrible management, only care about money, manager objectifies women
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Disappointing, Terrible Management
Sales and Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Maple Ridge, BC15 October 2018
Management seem nice at first but you quickly realize it’s a revolving door of staff who are treated badly, even calling staff retards. Unprofessional!
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Management, false promises, treatment of techs, favouritism, gossiping about customers
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ok place to work
Tire Technician (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON9 October 2018
staff is great, management on the other hand is not, would not want to work there again due to horrible pay and fake promises. Good way to learn about most vehicles
Pros
free lunch during the rush
Cons
way to much expectations for awful pay
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Good Intro job
Shift Leader/Head Sales and Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Maple Ridge, BC9 October 2018
At the time that I had worked there I developed a bond with quite a few of the employees. Although it can get very busy in the winter time, its one of the few places where you naturally enjoy everyone you work with
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Very good for mechanical student to pursue their studies while their working.
Sales and Service Associate (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC21 September 2018
All over its a good company where job is secure and lots of room to grow. Fun working with service industry like Kal Tire , where you will gain a lot of knowledge about all types vehicle and tires. Safety is the number one goal in the work place . Kal Tire is very much concern about the safe working process. In short very good place to learn safety, customer service, mechanical job and team work.
Pros
Once in a month free dinner
Cons
Only in the winter in some areas.
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Don't work here
Sales and Service (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 September 2018
Don't work here if you don't want to get treated badly by management. Quick to judge you for your mistakes and never give encouragement for the achievements.
Pros
Great staff members that is all.
Cons
Long hours, treated like dirt by some management and false promises of progression.
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Sales & Service Tire Tech
Sales & Service Tire tech (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB10 September 2018
Kal tire i was doing tire changes and repair on any kind of vehicle. I was able to perform oil changes. I also constructed inspections on vehicles afterwards.
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Career Tracker (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB4 September 2018
training high and a good safety training company. You learn alot about safety and quality work and customer satisfaction. long hours and little room for advancement.
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High paced enviroment
Front Shop Tire Installer (Former Employee) –  Cranbrook, BC2 September 2018
You learn to perfect a method of working efficiently in a high pace environment. Changed tires and serviced vehicles. Had some experience working with Semi truck tires as well.
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