5 Stars for Merchandising Co-op Role

5.0
Position title
Merchandising Co-op
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,001 to 3,500
How long was your work term?
4 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Retail
Faculty
Business

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Skills for life
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

Merchandising Co-ops get 3 full days of training in a classroom with a Merchandising Trainer (The guy's job is literally to train people in the merchandising department, and he's been there for 30+ yeras). By the end of the training, you know how Canadian Tire makes money, how they differentiate from competitors, and you get a tour of all 3 buildings.

I got to test our products from different vendors, work on print ads, and take full responsbility for the online product launch.

Culture is great, most people are ages 25-35

They took me on the employee ski trip

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

I was paid $21/hr as a co-op, but full time rolls don't necessarily pay that much

You can't work from home

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
All the time
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

I had a manager (CBM) and a supervisor (CBA). CBA gave me coaching every single day, like I would talk to him 2-3 times a day and ask questions. I had a 1:1 with my manager every 2 weeks, and 1 meeting with the AVP.

Great job, keep it up

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

They form a co-op commitee on the first week. We went to archery tag, and to St. Louis for lunch. You can plan whatever socials you want.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Free products and electronics Internal company sports teams-events

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Regularly
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Maybe
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Cultural fit
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Go to the emerging marketers info session, they give you the whole company pitch there, and you can just say the same thing at your interview