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    I worked in the auto service centre at a CT store and it was the worst job of my life.
    I've 25 years experience as a qualified tech and was lured there by talk of big money to be made.
    When I was working there you spent a lot of time standing around and not earning anything as the pay was flat rate and the shop was so mismanaged and had such a bad reputation that there was no work coming through the door.
    The talk of big money was of course complete fabrication and the other guys just laughed when we were chatting and said they were told the same thing.
    The store owner didn't care about the shop conditions and the managers were only in it for themselves.
    The guys I worked with were really nice and all highly experienced techs but the system sucked.

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    was hired right after I quit high school for below minimum wage with promises of appretiship. I did brakes with little or no supervision and a lot of tires and exhausts. I was talked into buying a shit-load of tools which would come off of my pay. I worked every Saterday while mechanic went home and if there wasn't any brakes or tires to do I was expected to unload, by hand, trucks or paint or other meanial tasks, for less than minimum. Got fed up and went back to school.
    Dropped out of high school, and they had you working "menial" (that's how it's spelled by the way) tasks?! No, what a travesty! Also it's spelled "Saturday" (but that's a hard one)... You should probably be thanking them for getting you back to school, my god...

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    Re: horrible pay for experience

    why paint C.T.C. with such a broad brush, isn't each store individualy owned so what your saying is that that owner is a bad employer not the corparation

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    why paint C.T.C. with such a broad brush, isn't each store individualy owned so what your saying is that that owner is a bad employer not the corparation
    nop, its just the way of canadian tire owners...well for the most part..it seems been in one store..2 owner so far in 1.5 year their and but were like that..sadly to say its not the corparation...but 99% of them have these type of store owners and if your that 1% you are very lucky

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    Nah they too stupid to be managers.... even at CT. THey better go back to Mr. Lube were the rest of the wannabe mechanics are
    listen to this tool, going on about how he is on his knees with the ass kissers knee pads on, im thinken if he is on his knees all the time maybe he should gab a corner to stand on. probably thinks he is a real mechanic because he fixes a few BIKES.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest-0257 View Post
    I worked in the auto service centre at a CT store and it was the worst job of my life.
    I've 25 years experience as a qualified tech and was lured there by talk of big money to be made.
    When I was working there you spent a lot of time standing around and not earning anything as the pay was flat rate and the shop was so mismanaged and had such a bad reputation that there was no work coming through the door.
    The talk of big money was of course complete fabrication and the other guys just laughed when we were chatting and said they were told the same thing.
    The store owner didn't care about the shop conditions and the managers were only in it for themselves.
    The guys I worked with were really nice and all highly experienced techs but the system sucked.
    I agree with you, I am pretty disappointed with the employment there, the money sucks but worst of all is how we treat the customers, shameful to say the least.

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    This is correct, the only problem is that the owners have to do what the Corporation wants or dictates. As far as pay goes, that is the individual owners choice. Same as how they treat customers.

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    Thanks for the input, Disappointed.

    So, in what ways do the owners have to do what CTC wants/dictates? Is it product ordering? Paying a percentage of sales? Changes to the facilities and layout of the stores? Ordering specific items? Making good on shoddy automotive repairs?

    This would be of use to customers, to get a better idea of what support they can get from head office.

    It also might help customers understand the motives that the owners have, to behave in certain ways (like supposedly allowing returns, when other owners refuse to do so).

    And, in what other ways do the individual owners have choices? That might be useful to consumers, too.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Yes, indeed!

    Perhaps a copy of the Dealer's Agreement can be posted? In searchable PDF format, please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CT Challenger View Post
    Thanks for the input, Disappointed.

    So, in what ways do the owners have to do what CTC wants/dictates? Is it product ordering? Paying a percentage of sales? Changes to the facilities and layout of the stores? Ordering specific items? Making good on shoddy automotive repairs?

    This would be of use to customers, to get a better idea of what support they can get from head office.

    It also might help customers understand the motives that the owners have, to behave in certain ways (like supposedly allowing returns, when other owners refuse to do so).

    And, in what other ways do the individual owners have choices? That might be useful to consumers, too.

    Thanks in advance!
    I dont have any of the formal agreements for CTC. What I can tell you is the owner is in charge of the ordering, the pay for employees, incentive programs that the store sets up(if any). They are also responsible for the layout with input from the Corp.

    As far as shoddy workmanship, I can only speak for our shop. We do make good for customers if we F#$% up a vehicle. This is up to the manager however and doesnt always happen. In our shop like many others, there is nepatism and favourtism. The people in charge of the shop have almost never run a shop in their life and dont know anything but sales. Thus, the shop is sales driven and not customer driven. If you happen to find a CT shop that is run by a proper manager that knows auto, that shop will be run well and not get a bad reputation. Talking with a customer the other day, Im afraid to say that the shop I am at now has a bad reputation and it is getting worse.

    As far as returns go, CT should honour any return policy set out by law, no one can get around that.

    As far as auto goes, I have been in the business of repair for 25 years, now I am a service advisor and see stuff that makes my stomach turn. I do love Canadian companies and try to support Canadian as much as possible, that is why I am looking for another "Canadian" job.

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