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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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3.0 149 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

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Steven G. Miller

(60 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, and plenty of them if you have the availability(in 11 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Required to where a shirt and tie when doing manual labor(in 8 reviews)

  • Low pay and high work load depending on how busy the store is(in 13 reviews)

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    Sales Associate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsComfortable and friendly environment. Managers and employees have a good working relationship.

    ConsMost of the communication made between management and employees go unnoticed. Low hours for part time employees. Low pay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cheap Name

    Cashier/Sales Associate (Former Employee) Golden, CO

    ProsFriendly company that definitely cares about the surrounding community, offered decent and flexible hours, cared about customers and customers would frequently return

    ConsQuestionable staff & management, inferior products (compared to other sporting goods stores), have to wear slacks and a tie every day to work, routine job functions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Summer Job for College Student

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Coeur d'Alene, ID

    ProsDiscount on merchandise, and hours based on performance

    ConsStale work environment. Stuck in their ways as far as marketing and store was inefficient.

    Advice to Senior Management"That is the way we have always done it. Why fix what is not broken?" If everyone thought like this there would be zero innovation. Thus, why Big 5 is stuck in 1997

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    worked there part time for 2 years had an outstanding review but never got anything for it

    Cashier/Customer Service (Former Employee)

    Prosnice people depending where you work

    Consstand a lot, short breaks

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    Not Bad for a Summer Job

    Cashier/Sales Associate (Former Employee) Amarillo, TX

    ProsManagers were understanding and easy to talk to. They were more than willing to give you time off if you asked in advance. The job itself was pretty easy and not super stressful.

    ConsThe pay wasn't great and there's no opportunity for raises unless you work there for more than three months. Some co-workers were unreliable and would quit without giving their two weeks', which made it more difficult for the people who were reliable. There were also people who would just decide not to show up to work, which again, puts more pressure on everyone else.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good first job.

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) McMinnville, OR

    ProsThe people you work with are great, from managers to part timers. Easy tasks to perform and they schedule around you, which was important to me. A great place to have your first job. Honestly, it's world's better than having nothing and I'd rather work here than fast food. 95% of my cons are with how people not at the specific store operate, everyone at the store is great.

    ConsCorporate is out of touch with retail. Basically, Big 5 is 3-5 years behind trends and that gets frustrating to both employees and consumers. Little opportunity for advancement and Raises are NOT given to part time employees. Little to no benefits (10% employee discount). No commission. Strict dress code, which is nonsensical for sporting goods.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdapt! Listen to what managers and lower level employees have to say. Offer competitive pay rates, as many employees look to leave to other places, as there's not much incentive to stay. This forces managers to have to undergo training and hiring far too often. Also, inventory management is very poor. I recommend allowing for better methods of clearing out old "Hot Price" products, as they rarely sell unless an additional discount is added onto them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad entry level job

    Cashier/Customer Service (Former Employee)

    ProsPretty relaxed environment with decent management. Flexible schedules and and easy to get days off. Very easy entry level job.

    ConsMundane at times and you have to wear dress clothes even though your often lifting things. There aren't many advancement opportunity's and the pay isn't great. They don't really train you that well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLose the dress code and get work polos. Train employees better.

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    Store level is great, Brass seems to be out-of-touch

    Manager Trainee (Current Employee)

    ProsStore level management and employees are great to work with and are usually good at their jobs

    Very friendly co-workers

    ConsCompensation leaves much to be desired.

    Raises for staying with the company and "moving up the ladder" are insignificant.

    No regular schedule, every week, you work different hours and days.

    Senior management seems to be somewhat out-of-touch with the store level management and employees.

    It feels like the company is stuck in the 90s, or possibly even earlier...

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop focusing too much on rapid expansion and shift some of that focus on improving your current stores and policies.

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

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    summer job

    Retail Sales (Current Employee) Concord, CA

    ProsThe work was very easy for a summer job

    ConsIt was a slow pace job

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    Stable company but low pay

    Sales Associate (Former Employee)

    Pros- flexible scheduling if you are a valued employee
    - low stress environment
    - regular weekly routines with clear expectations

    Cons- typical starting wage is minimum wage
    - opportunities for raises are not very frequent and marginally insignificant when they do come (Several time I've had only 10 cent raises for 6 month periods, even after receiving "outstanding" reviews)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut some pressure on district managers and above to start paying their employees better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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