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Sports Authority Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
666 Reviews
2.7
666 Reviews
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Michael E. Foss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Made some friends working there but that's about it aside from the employee discount (in 59 reviews)

  • The discount is good at cost plus 10% (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Management would often pressure associates to sell extended coverage plans, insoles and rewards and if goals were not met, associates take the blame (in 17 reviews)

  • The compensation is not good unless you are upper management (in 34 reviews)

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  1.  

    cliques

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Softlines Manager in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Softlines Manager in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Discounts are the only positive aspect of this company and that will likely change again. There really isn't much else that is positive.

    Cons

    This job is all about kissing up and getting sales at any cost. Management will lie and cheat to get what they want at employee's expense. Play the favorites game especially when it comes to promotions and raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house, starting with anyone who has questionable trends and performances, especially the managers. Most managers are protecting and promoting their friends instead of caring about the company. Put cameras in the lower office/edp that can be checked to see how often people sit in there instead of working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Warehouse

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Most of the hourly employees are nice.

    Cons

    Everyone is grossly underpaid and abused. Management is only concerned for themselves. They don't care about safety or treating employees with dignity and respect. Mgmt. repeatedly lies to employees and their superiors, so corporate never really knows what is going on. Corp. needs to look at who they've put in charge of their facilities and clean house. There are few worker bees and then those who sit at the top and do nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house starting with management - open your eyes!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Are you kidding..In reply to brick.nj review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Excellent Employee discount.thats about all they have going for employees

    Cons

    There is no positive outlook..it's not how good you are doing..it's how much more can you do . That's their motto.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop cheating on SCALES report.cashiers are told to give sales to specific employees, even if said employee had not helped customer and even if said employee is not even working that day....Also stick to return policy of store. Do not show favoritism with certain customers..A rule is rule..you make the customer service employees look like idiots with the overrides...and when so called anonymous surveys are to be taken by the employees about store and management, why are the out comes known and by whom made them..that's sneaky..come on sports authority management and corporate, show a little kindness, fairness..respect to the people who work for you..u just like to dangle the candy. ( employee discount) in our faces.. and by the way, why did you take away 3 of our PRO days? We were to get all of them in lieu of holiday pay differential. .since we work everyday and holiday except Christmas day..another sneaky attack..

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    Brutal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Operations Analyst in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Active lifestyle encouraged, Decent people to work with depending on your department

    Cons

    Pay is terrible if you're educated, Management is a joke (especially in ecommerce), no direction/training, no chance to move up unless you're lucky, and the list goes on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide adequate training and find the managers that over expect and under deliver to their own reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Blah

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The employee discount was great

    Cons

    Loyalty sign ups was a killer
    Favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Okay management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Worst company I have ever worked for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Glendale Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Glendale Heights, IL

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Made some friends working there but that's about it aside from the employee discount

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, the hours suck, the managers are completely clueless and are terrible at their jobs for the most part with a few exceptions. Corporate always is changing the way you do things and they make store policies that you have to follow but yet if a customer calls them and complains about the policy you have to make an exception for them so corporate makes you look like the bad guy for following their own policy. I would never recommend working for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Waste of time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    You can meet some nice people

    Cons

    Not a high volume of customers, little benefits, very repetitive, emphasis on terrible loyalty program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the loyalty program needs better incentive

  9.  

    Co-store manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Brick, NJ
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Brick, NJ

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun products to work with

    Cons

    Senior Management have different expectations from store level managers. Some only want you to micromanage some want you to macro manage. No set standards with management across different levels. Favoritism runs strong in this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a set standards for managers across different levels. District Managers should expect the same things from managers as all other District Managers. DM's should not decide on management styles differently from others.

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

    Not a fun place to work at all.

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

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employee Discount
    The regular employees are pretty cool

    Cons

    Little to no training
    Consistent hours
    Terrible managers

    All they care about is AOS and the Sports Authority cards. Even if you get alot of sales its seldom you will get credit for it. There's never enough employees in the store so you're always doing more what you were assigned to pick up the slack. They hire a bunch of people so everyone gets little hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to actually manage a store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company only cares about loyalty program, sa promoter,eclipse, aos and cares not about employees or customers.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Manager
    Current Employee - Co-Manager

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits aren't bad pay ok

    Cons

    Loyalty program is causing good employees to make up emails in order to have a good percentage so they get hours. No hours for payroll but they expect you to run projects, do moves, get numbers, help customers, run sales floor, and manage store with 3 ppl every day. 3 in am 3 in pm. No hours to help customers cause they expect unacheivable goals to be met. No training for associates no product to sell in store, they want us to sell items online more then in store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give stores payroll to have cashier at all times and 3 sales ppl plus manager. Even hiring an $8 hr cashier for 20 hours a week would be a start. Stop paying bonuses to dms and vps who don't co tribute to sales. Pay ppl who are actually working and dont get weekends off and Thanksgiving. Yea sending Happy Holidays emails and telling us to enjoy time with family is impossible when we are working late nights, early mornings, weekends, and yea HOLIDAYS... as your all being with family we are working. Get a Clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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