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Updated Jul 31, 2014

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3.0 152 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

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Steven G. Miller

(63 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Cerritos, CA

    ProsWorked 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    First Assistant Manager (Current Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsSporting 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.

    ConsProfits 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Modesto, CA

    Prosflexible hours, great coworkers, busy location

    Consunderstaffing, nothing else other than that

    Advice to Senior Managementensure proper staffing during peak sales seasons

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fine place to work

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Corona, CA

    ProsI 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.

    ConsTypical 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Costa Mesa, CA

    Prosflexible hours, cool coworkers management

    Conspoor hours constantly cutting of hours

    Advice to Senior Managementhire less people reward hardworking employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Denver, CO

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDress code is silly, pay management more for excellent service.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience

    Cashier (Former Employee) Long Beach, CA

    ProsLove the people, lots of fun and good people

    ConsManagement did not understand basics of sporting goods

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange the dress code - guys should not have to wear ties

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good job to get into retail.

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsDressing 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to learn customer facing skills.

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Santa Rosa, CA

    ProsGreat first job. Excellent place to learn how to deal with all types of customers with wide range of needs. Many employees are experts in one area or another and are happy to help coworkers learn.

    ConsLow pay and high work load depending on how busy the store is. Lack of communication from corporate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore time devoted to the development of lower level staff.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, love the people. Could use some modernizing.

    Assistant Buyer (Former Employee) El Segundo, CA

    ProsLove the people. Great people to work with, all very productive and smart. Love everyone's cohesion on a single goal.

    ConsVery old school. Could use a refreshing of modern 21st century culture and business. Please update offices.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job! Just bring it up to date!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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