Recognized as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2018)
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 20, 2018)
Here are some of the reasons why Fountain Tire Ltd. was selected as one of Alberta's Top Employers (2018):
- Fountain Tire supports charitable initiatives that focus on education, health and wellness, and encourages employees to be active members of the community with paid time off to volunteer and matching employee donations
- Fountain Tire supports the ongoing development of current and future generations through an academic scholarship program for children of employees (to $2,000 per child) and subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation for current employees
- Along with 3 weeks of starting vacation allowance, Fountain Tire employees receive up to 6 paid personal days, which can be scheduled as needed
Shared values keep the team rolling at Fountain Tire
Ask someone about their work history at Fountain Tire Ltd. in Edmonton and chances are you're going to get a long answer. Take Tyler Dion, for example. He started with the company when he was 16 in an after-school capacity at one of the tire and mechanical service stores.
In the 20 years since, Dion has done everything from changing tires and driving service trucks to working as an assistant store manager. What kept him coming back and ultimately staying was a good fit with everyone, from the executive team down. "It's a culture of good relationships and partnerships," says Dion, now a Business Analyst with the corporate Information Systems team. "People care about each other."
The spirit of partnership and shared problem-solving is really at the heart of the company's culture, as Kristi Dubeau knows first-hand.
Dubeau just celebrated 15 years with Fountain Tire, the first eight of which were with the marketing team. After starting a family, she was looking for more flexibility. Wanting to retain a key associate, her leader found her a role in the Real Estate and Expansion team and gave Dubeau the opportunity to work part time for as long as she needed and transition back to full time when she was ready.
In amongst those jobs, Dubeau was given the opportunity to be involved with big projects and to complete her MBA. Now on the executive team as the General Manager of Marketing, Dubeau says, "I think our great leaders really try hard to be flexible with their people and encourage them to go where the company can best use them."
And Fountain Tire is committed to developing its leaders from within. "Because we have a fairly unique culture and we've worked so hard to build our teams, it's a lot of work to get external hires up to speed and comfortable," explains Dubeau. "If they already have a good understanding of how things work, it's a win-win."
Neither Dion nor Dubeau might have predicted their long careers at Fountain Tire, but in the end it is the values and the leadership that keep them here. "When I first looked at joining the company, it wasn't that I had a keen interest in the industry," Dubeau admits. "But I felt that my values were strongly aligned with the leaders': integrity, honesty, hard work, career growth and doing the right things."