Kal Tire Employee Reviews

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Poor management, underpaid, overworked
Technician (Former Employee) –  Kamloops, BC18 August 2018
The management pyramid scheme is an absolute joke. A bunch of glorified cashiers who make demands and dont like getting there hands dirty. You have a stressed out 50 year old high school dropout for a "senior zone manager" who knows nothing about life except a tire shop, comes around once every 2 weeks just to tell everyone how bad theyre doing, no professional outside training or formal education.. just a few egocentric top hats who make whatever call they feel. Whether justified or not. The techs are Over worked. Underpaid. Under appreciated. Mgmt gives out false hope and crushes dreams, take away your motivation by saying you dont work hard enough then tell you to work harder same day. If you want to waste a good chunk of your life start here.
Pros
A lot of promises
Cons
None are kept. Seen as disposable employee.
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Never work at kal tire
Management Trainee (Former Employee) –  Chinook Mall Calgary15 August 2018
Pay SUCKS
Management SUCKS
Advancement SUCKS
CANT live of wages

Management promote people they like not those who work hard!
Cheap management, they ordered a pizza one day but told me I could not have any as it was my last day, fat a..hole in Chinook location is simple that, a fat a..hole.

Staff do not follow order as you are told to do, they pick the easiest jobs for themselves, leaving longer harder jobs for other staff.

I was hired for management trainee but this is just a title they use to attract people. MISLEADING
Pros
None
Cons
management, pay, other staff, lack of promotion
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Manager in training role is a sham
Store Manager Trainee (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 August 2018
They rely heavily on a mentee/mentor program that has no merit and no effect depending on who you're assigned to. They are not truly interested in creating a succession plan or recruiting new talent to their company at a store level, you end up as a sales person while the administrator of the store actually runs the building as the managers seem to be promoted based on being drinking buddies instead of actual merit. The certification program has to timeline and no true measurable performance and the store is paid a bonus when you are promoted so you become a debit on the P&L so it becomes a pencil whip program to push as many people through with very little quality control or position for you when you're done.
Pros
good employee purchase program for automotive parts
Cons
Long hours, poor store leadership
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Productive workplace full of challenges
Sales and Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Surrey, BC13 August 2018
Learned a lot about automotive and management. Safety is the utmost importance to the job while being efficient. Hardest part is dealing with the accidents and the harsh weather.
Pros
Good discounts and benefits
Cons
Weather
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long hours
Labourer (Former Employee) –  Kamloops, BC8 August 2018
also very hard labour work in the winter you will be changing tires for at least 10 hours a day and I had days where I worked 16 hours. its tough but the overtime is nice but not worth it
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They will Teach you if you're willing to work hard.
Tire Technician/ Service truck operator (Former Employee) –  Coquitlam, BC7 August 2018
Amazing company to work for. Safety if their main priority in an industry that is so so dangerous. I loved my time there and I will never hesitate to send friends and family there for work, or service.
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the people where good
mechanical manager position to recruit (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB31 July 2018
i like the people management was lacking the training was good lots of opportunities to move forward lots of ares to move to and learn something new good place
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A company of extremes in that it can either be the best place or the worst.
Senior Regional Recruiter, Ontario (Current Employee) –  Mississauga, ON18 July 2018
Kal Tire seems to be a company of extremes. It can either be the best place you've ever worked or the worst. There doesn't seem to be much in between.
Pros
Can be career progression
Cons
Work you almost unfairly hard
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Good corporate culture, however high turnover for retail management
Commercial Tire Technician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB15 July 2018
I worked at Kal Tire doing service for 3.5 years. They have a good safety culture and are understanding if you need a day off and treat you like a human being most of the time. The benefits are good. The profit shares are nothing spectacular though, even if your store has good numbers, especially if you work at a store that has more than say-20 full-time employees, sorry, I mean team members.

The days are repetitive but it can be rewarding work and you can advance to different areas quite quickly if you are a hard worker.

The monthly, UNPAID, after-work meetings are pretty much pointless and could be condensed into a 15 min before work meeting. Service staff, do not need to worry about sales figures, they just need to be trained properly and motivated (through opportunities to advance/wage increases) to find work on customer vehicles.

Very high turnover in management, this was also because I was at a big store for most of my tenure, this store was used as a training pad, where newer managers would cut their teeth before striking it out on their own. But it did make things more difficult for us service team members, constantly having to deal with new trainees.
Pros
Good safety/management culture, opportunities to advance
Cons
High turnover in retail management, unpaid after work meetings
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Its okay
Otr technician (Current Employee) –  Thunder Bay, ON12 July 2018
There is a lot of drama in kal tire and it's just not worth it for me anymore to work in this location. I'd like to find something closer to home and more rewarding
Pros
You get paid ok
Cons
The people suck
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Easy to learn.
TIRE TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) –  Westlock, AB11 July 2018
Job was easy to pick up, did not get along with front end people very well but the shop workers were always fun to work around. Would recommend for someone looking for a job fresh out of high school.
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Tire Tech Helper
Tire tech helper (Former Employee) –  Barrie, ON5 July 2018
I enjoyed working with the staff.Learnt a lot for the time I was there.Be leary of the management at the Barrie store.One minute they're congratulating you on a job well done & the next,you are being handed your termination papers.If you are looking for a career,look somewhere else.
Pros
Good staff
Cons
Bad Management
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a lot of different areas to learn
Manager (Former Employee) –  Winnipeg, MB30 June 2018
Everyday was the same but different. Great family dynamic, variety of different cultures. Management was easily approachable. Hardest part sometimes was the amount of chemicals used.
Pros
good people, intensive training
Cons
long hours
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Good environment
Alignment Technician (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB29 June 2018
Not a bad place to work, although pay was a little lower than other companies for the same work. Hours were steady and the shop had a good environment.
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Good place to work
Tire Technician (Former Employee) –  Medicine Hat, AB17 June 2018
I enjoyed working with all of these people in the automotive field. I learned a lot about how to handle staff which has really been a benefit to me totally.
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Robots that don’t think apply here
Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Grande Prairie, AB16 June 2018
Once a month they have a mandatory after work hours meeting that last 1-2 hours which is unpaid. Not sure how they still get away with that with the hourly paid employees seeing as its against alberta labour regulations. These guys are really good at bringing young people in and giving them the Kal Tire brain wash. Super hype you on being part of a team and potential earnings but it’s all to get more than 100% out of you daily. Coffee breaks are discouraged and they will accuse you of not being on the team the first time you don’t work ot. Management and long term employees are so focused on their profit share that they’ll step over $100 bills to pick up the $5s meaning shop tooling is missing, outdated or worn out and they’re too cheap to get new. Mechanical booking/parts department has zero ability to forward think and really properly plan and organize. But they will try every day to give you 10 hours of work to finish in an 8 hour day if they can. While I felt it was a realatively safe place to work once again they are so focused on not spending money to increase profits that they could be better. When I left Kal Tire they still had an employee that had left the company 3 months prior on the designated first aided list on the wall in the office which I had pointed out to the head safety person 6 weeks prior to me leaving the company. His exact words were he was too busy to change it.
Pros
Free meal at the mandatory unpaid meeting
Cons
They will try to make you feel bad if you don’t show up for the unpaid meeting
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Fake Job
Manager in Training (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB14 June 2018
There is no in between, you are either in management or front line. Manager in training programs are designed by various companies to save labour costs and take advantage of the slow Canadian economy with High unemployment rate. The MIT programs dont give any time frame which is Red flag. Often recruiters (With zero retail experience) will tell you it depends on the individual, either 6 months or a year. How about a succession planing, with clear guidelines ?

Such programs may have a negative effect on your career. Future employers will question why you abandoned the program after years of work. These are same companies that treat their customers like garbage.
Pros
Nothing
Cons
Everything
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good place to work to get your career started
Tire and Lube Technician (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB6 June 2018
Kal Tire is a great company but the people who is in charge of the management is the worse don't know what they are actually doing don't care about their employees
Pros
great benefit plans
Cons
long hours, not well pay, bad management, bad hours
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Fun safe work environment
Certified Assistant Manager (Former Employee) –  Squamish, BC27 May 2018
The training process at Kal Tire is great and very thorough. Advancement and wage increases are really good. The benefits are amazing especially if you have a vehicle.
Pros
Fast advancment
Cons
Long work hours some times
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Great environment
Tire Technician (Former Employee) –  Greater Sudbury, ON24 May 2018
I worked a two month winter contract for them and it was the best experience working I’ve ever had. Everyone who works for the company, whether it be in the garage, at the front desk, even managers. Everyone is very easy going and very understanding. The company has incredible retirement plans, as well as many employee benefits. When working more than 44 hours a week you get overtime too! 10/10 would recommend.
Pros
Great Environment
Cons
Potential long hours in winter time
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