Football Fanatics

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Football Fanatics Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
25 Reviews
2.3
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Football Fanatics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The teamwork of employees on the SAME level as you (they get the shaft with you for the most part).

    Cons

    Supervisors, inconsistent policies, bad pay, working their employees to the bone, have to work holidays, big corporate mindset and the average employee is just another number to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees holidays off, pay better so people can survive with a job there, you need to really screen your supervisors and "team leads" as they do not have leadership qualities. The worst experience was working with a male supervisor that was childish and would make fun of temporary employees the whole time. He expected everyone to work hard while he laughed across the whole office. The sad part is that upper management let this person be a supervisor for I do not know how many years. Most people worked hard except for him - it was a free ride for him. Now that I got the major part out of the way, this company lied to us about not going anywhere as they will maintain a presence in Chicago in the future. A few months later they closed the office. Tell your employees the truth and do not lie to their faces. Further, the project management at this place is non-existent. Processes do not run smoothly and they take on something before finishing the first thing. If you really like working for Walmart type places that will work you through the holidays, then apply here. It was never even busy on a holiday, so why have people working? Absolutely unnecessary! Also, why do you use a productivity scoring sheet that does not even account for time away from the desk for you two ten minute breaks? This company is all around crooks. "Put the customer first in everything we do." Yeah, right! AHAHAHAHA! You put the customer's wallet first in everything you do. When you go through the internal processes, you know right away that they do not care about the customer. The only reason that they are still around is because they cornered the online sports apparel market. If there was a halfway decent competitor, they would be done!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Run away.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Football Fanatics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's really hard to get fired.

    Cons

    Everything else. Do not pay fairly, expect you to work weird hours that can be midnight, 4am, weekends, no clear path to advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people fairly or expect them to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    You will work your butt off for NOTHING!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frazeysburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frazeysburg, OH

    I worked at Football Fanatics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only pros about this company is meeting new people and that they let you listen to music.

    Cons

    I honestly believe the person that owns this company is not a Christian or a family man!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you should be closed on Sundays, Thanksgiving, and Easter. Thank goodness you actually have a heart and are closed on Christmas! I think you should care more about your employees than yourself. We all have families and other activities outside of work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fanatics falls short of potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Football Fanatics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is bagels on Fridays and just made the parking lot bigger.

    Cons

    Football Fanatics put up a productive, cheerful front but behind the glass door its a mess of a company. Salaries differ dramatically and do not seem to be linked to performance in any way, but rather random selection. Employees can forget about paid time off and sick days, as they likely wont happen. The company is taking on too much, trying to create a monopoly where (it is being proven) that there shouldn't be one. This is forcing management to be more concerned with numbers and goals rather than employee well-being. The company also fails to utilize recent technologies such as computers. If you work in Jacksonville, be prepared to work on Dell's with Window's 2007 even in the "creative" departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all departments and employees fairly, because they notice when you don't. Also, the utilization of more recent technologies could benefit all departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great atmosphere completely negated by unwillingness to address known problems.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Football Fanatics full-time

    Pros

    Completely casual. They are growing at a fair pace.

    Cons

    The management of this large organization are the same ones who were in place during its small business days. They are not capable of managing a business of this size. They ignore some problems, deny that a problem even exists, or refuse to implement solutions that would allow the business to be more successful. They are making a ton of money, and this is blinding them to what is actually going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more humble, you do not know everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Contractor Beware

    Former Employee - Software QA in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Software QA in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Football Fanatics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Team was good to work with

    Cons

    Left a job with promise of a 6 month contract. I went there when I lived 200 miles away. They kept me 4 days told me I was not a good fit? I have been in IT for 17 years and have never not been a good fit. Think they overstaffed but they do not care how the mess with people's life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Expect to be treated as disposable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Football Fanatics (less than an year)

    Pros

    Casual Dress- and even that is a bit much.

    Cons

    I completely agree with another reviewer who commented that one should expect to be treated as if they have the education of a 7th grader. They expect you to work your tail off for little pay- while the executives make 6 figures and have their every whim attended to. And if you are going there with the thought in mind that you can get your foot in the door as an admin or some other lower level employee and then move up... proceed with caution. Most likely you will be given such menial, degrading tasks- that you''ll not want to stay. (I.e. for an administrative office position- be expecting to stock the girls bathroom and kitchen, kiss up, get executives their lunches, etc).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect and invest in them instead of treating them as disposable.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Copywriter -- Beware of Fanatics. Keep your options open and be careful who you place your trust in.

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    Current Employee - Copywriter in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Copywriter in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Football Fanatics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a growing company with a lot of potential. The dress code is extremely casual. It is working with sports, which is a dream job for a lot of people. They offer a fairly generous discount for employees on merchandise (30%). It is really not a difficult job especially if you know how to write. Once the company gets through their growing pains, it might actually be a pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management. Most of those who are treated well are all friendly with people who are higher up. Training is almost non-existent and pay is below market value. There is almost zero opportunity for advancement. Management is rather difficult to approach. You are expected to know just about everything within a couple weeks. Manager is more interested in throwing parties and looking good to those above her than actually developing quality employees. There is extremely poor management of workflow and little communication from those above. They seem afraid of teaching anybody anything more than the basics. You have to walk through a metal detector every time you want to leave the building and park rather far away. There are no set standards and you can get told to do one thing on Monday and then told to do the opposite on Tuesday, then back to the first thing on Wednesday. There is a huge lack of honesty between management and employees. As for writing in a quiet environment -- forget it. It is a 3-ring circus in the copy department every day. The schedule constantly changes and is communicated many times on a day-to-day basis. The copy manager likes to micromanage and does not actually look at performance based on merit but on her own personal opinions. The place is run like a poorly managed retail store. I would avoid it at all costs, but if you do take a job there, keep someplace else in your back pocket or else you might find yourself back in the job market without much notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running this like a small business. Pay close attention to your managers and the hiring process. You have good people who have ideas on how to improve your business but a high-turnover rate because the managers like to keep their friends, not good employees. You used to be a retail store years ago -- it's time to get passed that and run the company like the world class business you can be!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Paranoid group of people who don't value employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Online Business Manager in Conshohocken, PA
    Former Employee - Online Business Manager in Conshohocken, PA

    I worked at Football Fanatics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's sports, something most people would kill to work in. Casual dress in jeans and tshirts is a nice perk as well. Discounts are OK depending on what you're looking to save on, but the company hates discounting so it often doesn't add up to much.

    Cons

    The company does not value its employees. At all. others have said it, too, but the potential for advancement is non-existent. This is largely due to a culture of paranoia where the top decisions makers call the shots and, aside from them, most employees are relegated to menial tasks involving little-to-no critical thinking, which just furthers the cycle because now you are entirely replaceable. The reason for the paranoia is in the fact that they don't want employees to know anything remotely vital for fear they will take it to another company. Wish i was kidding. Then there is the business itself. The pay would be OK for retail if you worked your shift in a store and went home, but online the store never closes and any events (Championships, etc.) need to have your attention and the pay just doesn't account for it. One side of sports people rarely mention. Benefits are bad to say the least and the vacation policy is almost non-existent. When you combine all of this with the fact that the company is in the process of merging three companies and their technology, it's a train wreck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees and really listen. People openly discuss wanting to leave because they're constantly marginalized and treated like they have the education of 7th graders. If they weren't so poorly regarded by their own company, you wouldn't need to worry about them "taking secrets to the enemy" because they'd never leave. Open up communication to the point that it actually exists. Stop operating like the local mom-and-pop sports store and instead like the largest sports retailer you brag that you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    poor communication & poor management. Do not waste your time.

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    Current Employee - Data Service in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Data Service in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Football Fanatics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Dress casual. CIO is very nice.

    Cons

    IT level is low. Has lots of problems. Benefits are poor. Not much time off for vacations or sickness. Management has poor communication with employees. No advancement potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about why people quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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