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Big 5 Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
163 Reviews
3.2
163 Reviews
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Steven G. Miller
69 Ratings

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 9 reviews)

  • All non-management employees are part-time, so we don't get benefits or lots of hours (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Easy job, but low pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people at my particular store, from management down, are really fun to work with and have a really laid back style. Customer interactions make up the vast majority of the job, which can make it fun and interesting.
    Great experience in sales.

    Cons

    The dress code doesn't match the style and theme of the company, and can be a pain to comply with.
    Pay is very low, with less than acceptable raises despite employee performance.
    Hours vary greatly throughout the year and are by no means guaranteed for sales associates.
    Corporate structure is incredibly inefficient, and often the stores are not provided with the materials (replacing broken equipment, getting simple repairs done, etc) needed to keep the store running as efficiently as possible.
    Nearly all product knowledge is expected to be attained by the sales associate without any sort of training. Many associates are completely illiterate in terms of basic knowledge of shoes, equipment, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay raises for outstanding employees.
    Implement product knowledge training for high demand goods like shoes, baseball equipment, etc.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Store Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big 5 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and retirement plan

    Cons

    Moving up was not always merit based

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A decent job, but profits wont be good enough for growth in payment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sporting merchandise can be enjoyable to work around, the discounts can be very decent on certain items, a lot of skills learned here are valuable for management and understanding business structure, and training seems to be pretty thorough.

    Cons

    Profits for the company are at a stand still at best, new stores opening don't necessarily create more company profits but just steal business from other big-5 stores which makes raises or any pay increases difficult to give to employees. the company has a high turnover rate because of the lack of solid pay increases also. Obviously, weekends and working all sorts of holidays is a con of retail as well. The lack of a decent internet lay out or any capabilities of ordering online severely hurts this business and at this point of time I would project a decline in revenues and overall company standing for the next 5-10 years. Should be a stable job and one that many could enjoy, but not really moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are no incentives really created for employees pay-wise. Money is not the only or best motivator, but it is a good one. Some high end products need to be offered in the store to appease certain employees, and online ordering is a must if this company is going to hang in there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place for a Part-Time job.. But that's it.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cerritos, CA

    I worked at Big 5 part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Worked here for almost 5 years. Cool associates, great place to experience customer service, learn up sells & general labor. Great for students, management were always flexible with my schedule.

    Cons

    Under-payed, over-worked at times, & like I said, it's a true part-time job. Some weeks you'd only work 4-8 hours.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Modesto, CA

    I worked at Big 5 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible hours, great coworkers, busy location

    Cons

    understaffing, nothing else other than that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ensure proper staffing during peak sales seasons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fine place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Corona, CA

    I worked at Big 5 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed my coworkers and the work was easy. I worked as a retail salesperson. I had no problem getting time off work if I needed it, although I did my fair share of double shifts when someone else would call out sick. I never felt pressured to do it, but I didn't mind the extra money. The wage was above minimum and felt fair. The assistant manager was one of my favorite managers, ever.

    Cons

    Typical cons of retail work - strange customers, the confusing sales. But honestly not too many. I no longer work in retail but I'd work at Big 5 again, if needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible hours, cool coworkers management

    Cons

    poor hours constantly cutting of hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire less people reward hardworking employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales Associate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Denver, CO

    I worked at Big 5 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People, learn about sporting goods and the retail business. Flexible hours, low stress. Fun environment, work hard you get rewarded.

    Cons

    Monotonous activities such as ad set. Some lazy co workers. Angry customers get pretty old. Isn't a great opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dress code is silly, pay management more for excellent service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Long Beach, CA

    I worked at Big 5 full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the people, lots of fun and good people

    Cons

    Management did not understand basics of sporting goods

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the dress code - guys should not have to wear ties

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good job to get into retail.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The work is easy to get used to, the majority of customers are not rude, the management is good, and all of my co-workers are really nice and friendly. Flexible hours, and plenty of them if you have the availability.

    Cons

    Dressing up in business casual makes working in the back room difficult, minimum wage pay when first hired, and minimal raises. Some rude customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to reward part-time employees with better raises, and down-grade the dress code to maybe a polo with no tie, with the same dress code for everything else. Also, different hairstyles and facial hairstyles should be allowed, as long as they are not outlandish.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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