Finish Line Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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Finish Line Chairman & CEO Glenn S. Lyon
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Pros
  • Non available/ great company/ benefits: employee discount (in 25 reviews)

  • Fun environment with opportunity too move (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management are not sophisticated people managers (in 22 reviews)

  • Work Life Balance can be hard at times (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Better off picking up pennies in the parking lot.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at Finish Line part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only reason to with here is to get a discount on shoes. Other than that, avoid this job at all costs.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible. I made more money as a little kid from my parents giving me allowance. The job blows.

    Advice to Management

    Terminate the company.


  2. Am

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finish Line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great discount at 30% which is good on top of sales

    Cons

    No consistent hours. Not good training.

    Advice to Management

    Came from various retail backgrounds and the training was horrible at the store. Didn't know daily expectations. The people you put in place for store manager need to learn how to talk to people. Don't talk to sales associates/ assistant managers like they are stupid or incapable of doing tasks train and teach them right the first time.


  3. Helpful (2)

    District Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Glen Allen, VA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Glen Allen, VA

    I have been working at Finish Line full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting industry and Finish Line is at the forefront in product selection, store design, technology and a strong competitive desire to be by far the most premium athletic specialty retailer in the industry...if not the whole retail industry.

    Cons

    The culture of the company through up until roughly 2010 was what made it the company that it is/was. Unquestionably an incredible executive team that truly understood it's most important asset, it's people, and you felt it and were deeply inspired to be a part of the team. Those days are gone. One's desire to excel has been replaced by executive's use of fear to motivate. Very dark morale in the field. Zero confidence in the executive team. Wildly successful long-term and even shorter leaders have either left because of it or were forced out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your resume updated and be ready to be replaced on a whim.


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  5. Manager Trainee

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Murfreesboro, TN

    I worked at Finish Line (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced, great people. Shoe discounts.

    Cons

    Low Wages, horrible benefits, no work life balance.


  6. sales associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finish Line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    absolutely no pros for this company

    Cons

    pay is less than waitresses they make you work 10 hours with no break they don't make schedules until last minute so you have to call in to see when you work


  7. Helpful (1)

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Finish Line part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Managers were never really to strict about promptness. Quite often, I'd clock in maybe 5 minutes late and I'd never get written up. For the most part they just need someone to be available for the majority of the shift. Extra cash i used to put gas in my car and pay an occasional bill here and there. Retail experience.

    Cons

    •Commission based pay; 1.5% on everything you sell. •Your check will NEVER be more than $400. •Maximum 6 hour shifts, and sometimes a 4 hour shifts. Who has time for that?! •Prime example of a job that just makes the rich, richer. •They ask so much of you, but the payoff is close to nothing. •You must meet damn near impossible sales goals every single day. Your best is never, ever good enough. •If you don't sell like the managers want you to, they'll cut your hours. Eventually, you'll be off the schedule. They won't even tell you. From 4 days a week to 1 day a week. •Dealing with Assistant Managers whose life goal is to one day take over a Finish Line store. (insert sarcasm here) •You're insane if you think you can survive with Finish Line as your main source of income. •Say you sell $3,000 worth of merchandise. You're feeling good because your numbers are up...now do that again tomorrow, and the next day...Numbers matter, but at the same time, they don't. If you can't keep it up, they let you go. •Try to avoid working in retail if you can.

    Advice to Management

    I know that placing employees on commission based pay keeps them hustling, keeps money flowing, and diminishes complacency, but I was not a fan of it at all.


  8. A great place to work if you have a good store manager.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Finish Line

    Pros

    Make a lot of friends and have a fun time at work.

    Cons

    Not many complaints for the company.


  9. There's a new sheriff in town.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finish Line full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty limited positives right now. The discount is nice at 30% off of regular and sale prices. Flexible schedules for part time employees.

    Cons

    Pendulum swings greatly from one focus to another quickly and seemingly without reason. Upper management changed recently and has "cleansed" itself of a lot of the talent that grew this company and made it great. Store managers and store level associates are expected to do far more than is humanly possible given the payroll constraints placed on them. Performance metrics are continually added but none are ever dropped which attempts to make an "everything is vital" type of environment. Stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Cannot speak continually of talent and then continue to jettison tremendous talent. The issue with this company is at the home office..


  10. Waste of time.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sawgrass, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Sawgrass, FL

    I worked at Finish Line

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great discount on sneakers and first grabs.

    Cons

    Low pay, commission, very boring days, low hours.


  11. There was very poor dissatisfying management.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Hanover, MD

    I worked at Finish Line part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The 30% discount is defintely the biggest perk of working for Finish Line. Depending on the season, it can be a fast paced environment. It also keeps you up to d ate on the latest shoes & sports apparel.

    Cons

    When in training, several different people trained you different ways. Management doesn't treat all workers fairly; For ex, rules & regulations don't apply to everyone .



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