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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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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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Terrible place to work
Service Truck Operator (Current Employee) –  Whitecourt, AB27 August 2018
Long thankless hours, work your self into an early grave just to have to fight with payroll to get paid for all of the hours you work.

The unfortunate thing with Kal tire is all of the stores are corporate, so every action is decided by office folk who have no idea of what you do in a day.

Everywhere is divided into zones, if you are not In a major center you will no get a budget to buy tools or equipment. So you pretty much get to work with a bunch of junk.

If you are thinking of getting into the tire business, go apply at fountain tire
Pros
Great training
Cons
Everything
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Awful.
Automotive Apprentice (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB22 August 2018
Hands down the worst place I ever worked. Management went out of the way to make employees feel worthless and a mandatory unpaid weekly meeting. Regularly had forced overtime.
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Good Coworkers
Sales and service (Former Employee) –  Courtenay, BC21 August 2018
I enjoyed the people that I work with, as well as the work. It's a fun fast paced shop with opportunity to learn. I spent over 12 years here and I have learned a lot about the industry.
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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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Fast Passed, Consistent work, friendly enviroment
Tire Technician (Current Employee) –  Enderby, BC13 August 2018
I worked for a small farming community location, so there was always lots of work to be done, being that this is a family owned location it was like being part of the family and not just another number.
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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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