Big 5 Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Steven G. Miller
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Pros
  • flexible hours, that's about it (in 11 reviews)

  • Friendly co-workers, very flexible scheduling, work is easy (in 6 reviews)

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  • Requirement of wearing a shirt and tie (in 10 reviews)

  • Low hours for part time employees (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Great for beginners who can afford little pay.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discounts on store product, flexibility in hours if needed. Good health benefits if your full-time. You may meet some nice people.

    Cons

    Low pay scale for both pt and ft employees. Turnover is higher than it should be in my opinion. Too many swing shifts of closing then having to open next day. Management could have more control over the store but corporate doesn't allow it. Dress code is a joke for male employees while the woman have a much wider range. Other cons are typical in retail environment I just don't recommend making a career here.

    Advice to Management

    Ease up on the dress code, this isn't an office job. Have more ft employees other than managers, it may reduce turn over. Offer more reviews to deem if the employees should have a raise or give them to work towards.


  2. Company WAS demanding and preyed on the weak-minded with low self-esteem. Took advantage of the job market at the time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good beginning experience, but get out quick. They will sap your energy and creativity and work you hard for pennies.

    Cons

    Not entirely honorable... Felt exploited.

    Advice to Management

    Many things... Too many.


  3. Manager Trainee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a job, locations are okay.

    Cons

    Advancement is slow, pay is horrible.


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  5. First job material

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Spokane, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Would be good experience for someone looking for their first job.

    Cons

    Corporate undervalues employees. I was there for almost three years and never once received an employee review. Human resources at Big 5 needs to step up its game.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Manager Training

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    Former Employee - Manager In Training in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Manager In Training in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great entry level career into Retail. Full benefits, and free snow skiing at many Southern California ski resorts. Best Vacation time ever offered that I have heard of.

    Cons

    Your trainers are often stuck up. The Assistant managers forming clicks in the store that might work against your learning and advancing. You have to sell Guns in this program. No matter what. If you join outside clubs to try to speed up your advancement to corporate jobs like i did the district manager will give you a very hard time about it. Even if my college major was marketing and I was joining professional marketing clubs he would get mad.

    Advice to Management

    Advance to 2015 ways of business.


  7. Good for part time employment but not beyond that

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Part-Time: Flexibility with scheduling. Opportunity for more hours each week. FullTime: Overtime pay. Good benefits. Get the opportunity to meet wonderful potential friends.

    Cons

    Part-Time: Get hours cut during slow weeks. Managers will take advantage of you if you are a good employee and have you work most weekends. Have to do tedious time consuming pointless tasks. Will hire new people and give them the best shifts while you bust your butt to work weekends and never get told "good job". Managers never hold people accountable and reward the ones who are not good workers with more hours. Fulltime: Schedule always changes and is never the same. Holiday hours suck and working 12 hour days is NOT worth the overtime pay. Have to deal with unnecessary drama with other management and part time staff. District Supervisors will tell you what to do with the store one day and then the next time they are there tell you to do something else. District Supervisors will not listen to your opinion of who to hire, even though you will be working with them more than they will. District Supervisors will not move you to a store that is closer to you and instead promote someone who is not ready to be a manager. District Supervisors will try to start drama with other managers at other stores who you may have worked at one point and will ask you about something that you have no idea what happened. They will also ask other managers from others stores why you are leaving instead of going to you. People at corporate will send out a million emails about one task that needs to be done, because NO ONE at corporate knows what they are doing. They will also call and yell at you when you didn't do something right, but don't tell you how to fix it.

    Advice to Management

    Look to always hire people, to ease the workload of top part time employees. Have a zero tolerance no drama policy as well as smack talking policy. Sit down with each employee and ask how things are going instead of a review once every few months. Focus on new employee training, and instead of throwing them on the sales floor after one shift introduce them to certain tasks each week instead of all at once. No one is going to understand what ad set is and the shoe wall planner is after one shift, or even a month of working there. Create a one on one training program. Tell employees when they are doing a good job and when they are not, management and part time employees. Be more strict with availability. Its retail and you are never closed, not be available on weekends is unacceptable. Work a plan out where they work one weekend day of each month or something. Senior part time staff gets tired of working every single weekend.


  8. Minimum from management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work , no stress to bring home

    Cons

    Too many days at work with not enough hours


  9. Cashier

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tujunga, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tujunga, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, chill work Environment and decent in store management. No pressure, simple job. Good customers. Paid travel to other store locations.

    Cons

    Low pay, employee discount and upper management. Also, no hours available no Benefits for p/t. No advancement oppertunities unless you plan to make a lifetime career with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more hours if possible. Pay more attention to p/t employees. Motivate your employees. Provide more advancement opportunities. Have a zero tolerance for gossip and drama.


  10. Bleh. not too great

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    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's like big wants to be a good company but they arent.

    Cons

    Everything everything everything every thing.

    Advice to Management

    I am a manager


  11. Nothing more than a stop gap

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively easy In my case, I had three of the best managers I could have

    Cons

    Paid basically nothing Pointless "projects" Very unorganized No training whatsoever so you learn as you go

    Advice to Management

    The managers should just pay just a little more and they will see better results. However my district supervisor in particular was not only very rude but also showed resentment towards gays and certain races



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