Sports Authority Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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Sports Authority Chief Executive Officer Michael E. Foss
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  1. Ok job, too much corp. micromanging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    got a discount on sports supplies at cost prices plus a percentage
    Not too much else positive than that sadly

    Cons

    too much corporate micromanaging
    corp. always changing rules, ways things were done
    corp. always looks at employees like they are the ones underperforming
    Stupid quotas you have to fill even if you work in the back (unloading trucks, breaking down pallets)
    impossible sales goals

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to get it together, sports authority is behind all the other stores and they need to fix themselves first before trying to blame employees

  2. Cashier

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Sports Authority

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

    Pros

    Good employee discount. You get to meet interesting people because it is at the mall.

    Cons

    I have been working there for two years now and I started out making $8.50 an hour. Within the two years I received a $0.20 increase in pay. Employees are now being hired in at $9 an hour. I have never called off I feel like the least they could do is pay me the same as the people are being hired in at.

    Advice to Management

    When the team members are consistently complaining about the same manager something needs to be done. We feel helpless being bullied by the same guy all the time. We complain to the manager above him and still nothing happens.

  3. Helpful (1)

    A day in the life

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    Current Employee - Desktop Engineer in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Desktop Engineer in Englewood, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Great discount
    Strong and engaged Executive group
    Discounts on local sport event tickets

    Cons

    Disconnected department
    Weak leadership within department
    Business values aren't core throughout departments
    Salaried employees are expected to work much over 40 years
    Minimal room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Everything doesn't need to be treated as an emergency
    Assist your quality employees in getting to where they want to go as opposed to dumping more work on them and making it a place that they don't want to come back to
    There is a lot of potential to make this a fun place to work, at the end of the day we sell shoes

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  5. Helpful (1)

    General Manager

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - General Manager in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Excellent Discount Policy. You always get a good look at the numbers so no surprises. Bonus structure is in line with other companies and it gets paid out monthly.
    Reward program for customers is pretty good.

    Cons

    Stingy with payroll. Always got to do more and more with less and less. Extremely difficult to retain talent. The most support you will get is the worn down lines of "it is what it is," and "call another store that is getting it done."
    POS system is pre-historic; therefore, return transactions take forever.
    There is a huge disconnect between corporate directors and the reality on the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in associates. One can not retain good associates when you can only schedule people three times a week.
    Training is inadequate. Why push for a short computer training and expect associates to be "certified" in technical stuff???
    You can not be running stores with a 4% payroll to sales and expect high customer satisfaction. There is no body in the stores to assist.

  6. Cashier

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Cashier in Frederick, MD

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers, flexible scheduling, opportunities for promotions

    Cons

    Regional manager created a hostile, stressed environment. He treated store manager poorly, and that style of management leaked down through management.

    Advice to Management

    Get better regional managers. Store managers need to be more competent and trained in effective management styles.

  7. A manager told me I'm going to hate my job

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    Current Employee - Cashier
    Current Employee - Cashier

    I have been working at Sports Authority

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

    Pros

    The discount is lovely, however be very careful they watch you like a hawk.

    Cons

    No one is safe, trust literally no one. Corporate is always on the watch for you to do something wrong and they harp on your wrong doings. The schedule gets set yet if someone calls out they practically obligate you to come it. They've messed up my availability more than once when I have told them multiple times it's for SCHOOL. ECP's and rewards are a HUGE deal they will write you up for it and unless you have a lot of tenure they treat you as if you're easily replace able.

    Advice to Management

    You buy and ECP when you're spend $300 of your check and tell me if $11 isn't going to break the bank.

  8. Helpful (1)

    too many changes at the top has killed the fun

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Sports Authority

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

    Pros

    work is challenging if you are technical

    Cons

    Their IT is pretty crazy. There are some nice people but no one trusts anyone and everyone just work for themselves....leadership never really understands the real problem, They live in a perceptional world and think it is either middle management or people problem

    Advice to Management

    Look at the engagement of employees. Take a hard look at processes that makes absolutely no sense and add no value. People do things for the sake of it.

  9. Helpful (2)

    very busy store working under pressure all the time

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    Former Freelancer - Shipping/Receiving/Merchandiser in Woburn, MA
    Former Freelancer - Shipping/Receiving/Merchandiser in Woburn, MA

    I worked at Sports Authority (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    can earn plenty of spiff's selling extra cover plan warrentie's and on sales with certain items example sock's, sneakers.and friendly associates

    Cons

    under deadline pressure all the time setting planograms,and price changes, especially mark downs first week in every month .and always working under staffed.

    Advice to Management

    need more staff to help with this store and might be a good idea for managers to lend a helping hand instead of pointing fingers and saying deal with it.

  10. Eh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority

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

    Pros

    Always meeting new people. Easy.

    Cons

    Payroll. They expect all your time and don't get enough in return

    Advice to Management

    Payroll. Not enough employees working at a time. Management

  11. Great taste, less fulfilling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Manager in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - IS Manager in Englewood, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation relative to market; Incredible retail discount; Professional and competent business leadership

    Cons

    Inexperienced and immature leadership in IS; Micromanagement is the practice. Don't expect to do anything creative or innovative while you spend time jumping from crisis to crisis. IS is the tail wagging the dog at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire your people for their professional experience and then actually rely on them to get the job done.

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