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    former part time employee that got tired of the BS

    Hey there, I would like to share my story

    I started working for Canadian Tire distribution centre in Brampton, more specifically AJ Billes in 2006.

    I was hired under the SWOP (student work opportunity program).

    For me it was great because I only worked 3 out of 4 weekends. During the weekdays I was in college.

    In 2008 there was full time opportunities (warehouse worker), I was approached by few crew leads asking about my interest, I kindly said no as I was in school and wanted to focus on that.

    Graduated school but held on to CT as it was a "secure job" and it was only on the weekends. Worked a few jobs here and there but always found CT to be great, mainly because of the relationships I had, many friends to say the least.

    Fast forward to 2013, as I was not working anywhere else I decided to take advantage of the extra hours they give to PT employees during the summer months. I was doing 40 hours a week plus overtime and double time from May to the end of December.

    There was many hints at the end of 2013 and early 2014 about full time employment coming up. Many crew leads and managers hinted to me personally and basically asked even though they couldn't officially say.

    2014 rolls around, still no job, only at CT.

    I was hoping to get the extra hours during the summer months but CT decided not to extend any extra hours to PT employees, all the while agency employees were getting the benefit of overtime and double time.

    It forced my hand to go out and look for some kind of employment.

    I asked myself how can I make money, guess what I am good with my hands and decided to do small automotive jobs on the side.

    In mid July I landed a temporary contract with a company, 6 months employment, I decided to put the side business on hold as now I was working 2 jobs.

    2 weeks after I started in this new company, CT announces that they are hiring full time for warehouse positions.

    ** When it was officially announced that CT was hiring, I joked that it was going to be a conspiracy that they wouldn't hire PT employees for a few reasons:

    1) they would have to give us seniority
    2) we are already institutionalized (cant mold us to be ideal workers)

    Needless to say I was very excited, not only because of the monetary gain, but also I viewed the people that I worked with as family.

    A lot of part time employees viewed this as a good opportunity.

    We all had to go through the hiring process

    1st step - phone interview
    2nd step - literacy test, I walked into the room and looked at my competition and said to myself that I would be the 1st out the door, was actually the second

    Funny that CT had to call back some guys to do the test and gave them an extra 1/2 hour to complete which I thought was BS

    3rd step - manager interview, sat in front of 2 managers and did the song and dance for them

    6 weeks go by and no news, many people who worked for the agency was being hired and I was getting nervous to say the least.

    I went to find out what was going on, my manager said he would look into it.

    I was talking to the "hardest working PT employee" about his situation, everybody thought that this guy would be the first in line get in

    My manager got back to me and I was given the same answer as the hardest working employee

    Wait for it!

    The reason why you weren't considered for the position was because you didn't answer the questions properly in the interview!

    WOW!

    Damn I did 8 years here and that's the best excuse you guys can come up with.

    So these agency fellows who have been working for the company under a year and who are ESL fellows got in.

    Great!

    I decided that this was game over for me and that I would be making my exit by Jan 15, 2015 right after I got my vacation pay.

    Basically all the part time employees got shut out and were starting to leave one by one.

    Damn shame that hard working folks with time in got turned down.

    I was having a casual conversation with my manager one day and said to him, earlier this year you went around and asked all the PT employees if they would be interested in FT if the opportunity came up and so far I haven't seen a single PT employee get hired, oh um umm oh! Yeah ok

    I continued to work there on the weekends and do my other temp job during week.

    Kept hearing stories that some of the new employees that were hired quit after a few days on the job. 2 guys in shipping and another guy got a job somewhere else. LOL

    It was almost getting to point that every day that I was there I wanted to quit but bit my lip because I knew my temp job was going to expire at the end of December.

    By the end of November I was going to approach the company about opportunities but they approached me and presented me with an offer.

    Now my blood was starting to boil.

    I was working for this company for 4 months and they had the ability to recognize talent whereas an employee of CT for 8.5 years and diddly

    I worked the Sunday in December and decided it was game over for CT.

    During the shift I had prepared my letter.

    Swiped out, shook the 1st managers hand, handed her the paper for the Christmas gift box, shook the other managers hand, received the gift box, told him I had something for him. Handed him a paper folded with my CT badge.

    Letter read:

    I, , on my birthday December 7, 2014 will resign effectively immediately after receiving my Christmas box.

    Did not regret it one bit

    Funny just a couple days ago I drove by the AJ billes warehouse, huge sign stating that they are looking for warehouse people, 6 months + and still cant fill the positions

    Looking at it now, weekends afternoon shift would have been tough, job now M-F with Sat sometimes as optional OT.

    Happy now

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    Thanks for sharing your insights from the other side of the counter.

    It's good to be reminded of a all the other victims out there, besides customers.

    One more reason to boycott these sorry establishments of sorrow.

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    Re: former part time employee that got tired of the BS

    ^^ Thanks for that

    Kind of a side story:

    While I was a PT employee at CT and was working at my other temporary job (which I am currently at now but in a permanent position), one of my co-workers who was also a temporary employee and also working part time at CT (he's at the steeles/bramalea warehouse) had a discussion.

    He told me that basically he got the same exact run around, we came to the conclusion that what happened was basically bull.

    Right before I left "the word" by management was sent out that people who applied but were denied should re-apply again. To me that was another slap in the face.

    Currently now me and my co-worker both work at the same company full time, he still works at CT on the weekends PT

    He told me he re-applied and that he went through the hiring process, last week he had the managers interview.

    I am hoping that it does work out for him but if it doesn't that would be another slap.

    Talking to him this past week, he told me that 16 people had already quit to date and the company is still trying to fill vacancies.

    Working Thursday to Sunday or Saturday to Tuesday from 3:45pm - 1:45am is not for everybody especially when the position is for production or shipping.

    Shipping is tough, imagine a conveyor that doesn't stop while your trying to fill a trailer

    Production is also the same, basically order picking, voice picking technology, you got to wear a headset and order pick, say it gives you 20 minutes to complete an order and you do it in 30 minutes, your percentage is 67%. CT wants you to fill at 100%, try doing that for 9 hours

    I am happy I am out, I feel for the new guys trying to get in thinking that its going to be nice

    Hiring process started in mid-July 2014, pasted by the warehouse on the weekend, mid-Jan 2015 and sign still up looking for warehouse workers.

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