Football Fanatics Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. .NET Developer

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    Former Employee - Computer Programmer/.NET Developer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer/.NET Developer in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Football Fanatics full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Starting to move things in the right direction, in time. Nice office location

    Cons

    Management clashes with staff. Constant crisis mode. Tech support at all hours not factored into work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Give direction of technical plan an allow decent input. Follow through with plans and promises


  2. Helpful (3)

    Don't Trust A Word They Say

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    Former Employee - Computer Programmer/.NET Developer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Computer Programmer/.NET Developer in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at Football Fanatics full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The work was interesting at times.

    Cons

    Compensation, bonus, vacation, and benefits policies were some of the worst I've ever had in the IT industry. Employees were expected to be on-call for every single holiday. It wasn't uncommon to have to be up at 4 or 5am for a release, and when it failed, come into the office for a full day of work. Management lied to me on numerous occasions about pay raises, titles, bonuses, and money in general.

    Advice to Management

    Axe the entire IT management team and start from scratch. They are corrupt liars that know less about managing IT then I do - and I don't know very much. Get IT and the business on the same page. Stop doing monolithic 6 week releases.


  3. If I Knew Then What I Know Now...

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Football Fanatics full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You will work with people who are talented, dedicated and mature. The sports apparel business is great! There aren't many other Pros.

    Cons

    Perhaps the most poorly led company I have ever encountered. Senior leadership is childish and manages by whim. The recent merger(s) have broken every single process in the business. Instead of re-designing the business processes, leadership acknowledges there are problems and then blame employees. Honestly, you wouldn't believe the leadership style.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategy and stick to it. Use that strategy to establish a set of priorities and then stick to those.


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  5. Get it together fanatics

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    Former Employee - Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Football Fanatics full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Customer service employees were great to work with

    Cons

    Management, communication, and lack of consistency. Supervisors are not professional. Company changes rules all the time. No appreciation for employees. Company is ran very poorly.

    Advice to Management

    I am a former employee of the Fanatics based in Northbrook IL. Let me start off by saying that the management in the Northbrook office needs to be a little more professional. At this office you could find a supervisor that is rude and uses language that is offensive and has no people skills, a supervisor that laughs obnoxiously but expects everyone else to be quite, a supervisor that acts too young for their age, and a quitter supervisor that was not as bad as the other three. There is also favoritism at this office.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Was part of the merger and things were never the same.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Football Fanatics

    Pros

    Wear sports apparel and the people in the Chicago office were great to work with. Talking and dealing with sports.

    Cons

    Poorly run, no communication, no training and no chance of advancing. Company could be great but needs new leadership. Instead of improving systems or procedures, they just apply band aids or hire more CSR's.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees on the front line and treat then better! Improve technology and systems. You had great employees in Chicago but you chased them all away!


  7. Interesting company but poor communication

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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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you want to work in a fun environment and receive product discounts, this is a good company. Pay is ok for retail.

    Cons

    Benefits are lacking. Not much time off for vacations or sickness. Management has poor communication with employees. No advancement potential.

    Advice to Management

    Think about how your actions affect the employees. Stop concentrating so much money into a few employees way above market rates.



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