Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Mar 21, 2017)
Here are some of the reasons why Fountain Tire Ltd. was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2017):
- Fountain Tire supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments, the option to extend their leave into an unpaid leave of absence, and the convenience of onsite daycare when they are ready to return to work
- Fountain Tire manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees (to $2,000 per child) and encourages current employees to continue their education with tuition subsidies for courses taken at outside institutions
- Along with 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Fountain Tire employees receive up to 6 paid personal days, which can be scheduled at their discretion
Fountain Tire rides on fit and good character
Tim Kim had just graduated from university when he heard through a friend about a job opening at Fountain Tire Ltd. in Edmonton.
"I had some accounting experience working part-time as a bookkeeper," he says, "and I was on the path to pursuing my accounting designation."
From his initial meeting with the company, Kim came away with a positive impression. "The people were friendly and they seemed incredibly loyal to the company," he says.
The company had an equally positive impression of Kim, not just because of his accounting skills but because of his less tangible qualities as well.
"Cultural fit and good character are just as important as experiences and skills," says Brent Hesje, CEO of Fountain Tire Ltd. "Our entire business model is built around having relationships that share responsibility, collaborate on decisions and celebrate in successes."
With more than 150 full-time employees at the corporate office, Fountain Tire began in 1956 as a small double-bay garage in Wainwright, Alberta, opened by Bill Fountain. More than 60 years later, the company operates more than 160 stores from B.C. to Ontario, offering a range of tires for cars, trucks, minivans, trailers and other vehicles, as well as tire-related services to commercial truck fleets and off-road vehicles used in the agriculture, oil, gas, mining and construction sectors.
Shortly after Kim went to work for the company, it relocated to its new corporate headquarters in South Edmonton called Fountain Tire Place. The facility supports the company's stores throughout Canada through marketing, accounting, learning and development, human resources, safety, information technologies and more.
As a new employee, Kim continued to pursue his accounting designation, with the full support of the company. "They paid for the tuition costs and gave me time off to study," he says.
In fact, the company encourages employees to pursue their career goals through formal education, professional development and in-house training, paying professional association dues and designation fees.
More recently, Kim has taken a new career direction at the company, joining Fountain Tire's marketing team. "Even with my limited knowledge and experience in marketing," he says, "the team has supported me with courses, software training and other relevant tools."
Ultimately, he has his sights set on a role in project management, and the company has already given him the opportunity to lead a couple of projects. For Kim, Fountain Tire has more than met his initial expectations. "The work culture here is fantastic," he says.