Big 5
3.0 of 5 147 reviews
www.big5sportinggoods.com El Segundo, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated May 22, 2014

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Steven G. Miller

(59 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Hellish

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are none, please do not ever work there. You would be better off working at Sports Authority or any other sporting goods store.

    ConsInnumerable, literally. All employees were treated terribly, being overworked and unequivocally underpaid. You are not trained at all; you are expected to fend for yourself in knowledge and understanding of any said product sold by Big 5 Sporting Goods®‎.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDear Steven G. Miller,

         As C.E.O. of Big 5 Sporting Goods®, a company claimant of over 9,500 employees, it can be understood if there is not always fluidity in the systematic operations of a *multimillion dollar corporation*, though, truly, that is inexcusable when it comes to the management of your employees. First, the pay rate at which, in example, a sales associate receives is laughable at best. You cannot expect an entry level employee to fend for themselves in understanding the products that you sell to try to sell to the public. What needs to be done is a complete overhaul of how you think your company should be run. What you truly need to do is go and actually visit a store, anonymously, to see just how unprofessional and disaster stricken your company is currently in. All your company ever reminded me of was McDonalds, a multibillion dollar conglomerate that easily replaced any one of its employees, because that is just what they are to them, replaceable. What an atrocious and disgusting kind of mentality to have for any one of your employees.

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    Cashier (Current Employee)

    Prosflexible hours, that's about it

    Constoo many to list really

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat those who are not management with more respect.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    not a good place to work

    Dispatcher (Former Employee)
    Toano, VA

    Prosthere is nothing good to say about this company

    Consack of everything, no tools to work with, people were not good to work with and owner always threaten to let you go if you didn't make him money

    Advice to Senior Managementneeds some people scales

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I'm surprised that they're still in business

    Second Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
    Federal Way, WA

    ProsWithin the management trainee program, there's one opportunity to go to the gun range for free.

    ConsSalary, lack of ethics or concern for fellow employees, hierarchy mentality, training is laughable, company policies are outdated

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease treat all fellow employees, even if they're part-time, with respect and dignity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    very unsatisfing

    Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThey do not have any good qualities from an employee standpoint

    ConsWork/life balance, pay ,upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of having well rounded individuals in positions higher management who do a better job of scheduling people who will work as a team and also who are knowledgeable enough to cross train all employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    18 years as a Big 5 Manager. Long hours, poor pay, not loyal, high turnover.

    Store Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsIf you like sporting goods, you are surrounded by them. Not much other than that.

    ConsLong hours, poor pay, not loyal, high turnover. Very low pay especially when you are paying for your own benefits. Store Managers don't even make over 45000 a year. Managers are extremely micro managed, absolutely no say in anything.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegional Manager's are in your store once a year. District Manager's are in your store twice a month. They both micro-manage you through email. Absolutely terrible!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The manager is the reason why I hated working here, not very friendly people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosshoe sale, knife sales pretty much it

    Conshave to dress nice for minimum wage, lack of hours, no bathroom breaks, over priced merchandise...

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe nicer to your employees and pay better

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A terrible customer service and employee treatment environment.

    First Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    ProsA good place to learn operations, but they're careful not to reward your performance.

    ConsWorst in class pay schedule.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour retention would be great if you didn't think insuring someone's family was the same as paying them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They are frugal, to put it mildly, and un-supportive of their employees.

    Cashier (Former Employee)

    ProsThey're usually hiring, so that's a plus.
    The people that work at Big 5 aren't necessarily bad people.

    ConsI know some employees that have worked there for over 4 years and have only had a pay raise once. A $0.15 pay raise!
    The turnover is ridiculous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare as much for your employees as you do your customers. Your current business model is not going to take you very far. I'm amazed it has lasted this long.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Don't think, just do as you are told.

    Manager Trainee (Current Employee)

    ProsTrying to find some
    You do not pay for insurance
    If you do not like having to think for yourself, great place.
    If you do not know how to spell or do complex math, this job is for you

    ConsThe list can go on and on. They only want people to do as they are told without questions.
    Ideas and concerns will be over looked.
    The more your nose gets brown the better.
    Never file a workers claim they will fight you tooth and nail.
    God forbid if you make a human error, write ups abound for frivolous reasons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoose the tie, quit thinking every employee is a thief, stop making rules and policy up as you wish. They even tried to make me clock out to speak with human resources.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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