Sports Authority

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Sports Authority Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
668 Reviews
2.8
668 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Part Time Sales

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

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Close to home and employee discounts are good.

    Cons

    Regular pay for working Holidays. Breaks are short and not well scheduled. I go to work and an hour later they put me on break, then I have to work another 6 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While I appreciate that I have a job, I work really long hours on holidays and only receive regular pay. If I am taken away from my family during the holidays it would be nice to at least have time and a half. I barely get a break on holiday Eve days such as the day before Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Christmas Eve. It's very clear employees are not very appreciated. I worked a 12 hour shift on Black Friday and got half hour break, do you think that is good?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Meh

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Retail is retail. Decent discounts, friendly coworkers. Selling interesting products, customers usually easy.

    Cons

    Management is troubling. Top down yelling, fuels managers taking out frustrationa on employees. Poor motivation tactics. Limited training or chance to grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was "all right"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Cashier in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Sports Authority

    Pros

    easy work, good co-workers, aside from that not much else

    Cons

    they only hire part-time employees and the number of hours you get is based on how many people you sign up for their loyalty program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop micro-managing, stop allowing customers to return anything regardless of the condition of the item or if they do not have a receipt, it is hurting your bottom line .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good executive management, but poor morale

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst II in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Analyst II in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    The people here are great. They are smart, talented, and motivated to elevate Sports Authority to being the premiere sporting goods chain in the US. Executive management has undergone some changes, but I feel we have a great team in place now to propel us forward.

    Cons

    Very little room for growth and extremely poor morale. Most of us are overworked and underpaid. Favoritism and sexism (IMO) are high, leaving little room for career improvement. There is somewhat of a culture of fear as layoffs happen often, but there are mostly in VP-level and above positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees and promote the ones who are dedicated to working for you. It's ridiculous that you would rather hire externally than promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nothing great besides the discount...if you can afford it!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual/Merchandising Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Visual/Merchandising Associate in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Employee discount is about it

    Cons

    No opportunity to advance, and forget about full time employment. Full timers beg to get their 32 a week, while part timers barely get 10 hours a week. Money, yeah the discount is great but when you make barely minimum wage what money is left to even shop?!?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees need hours to get the job done. Cool with SA promoter and start caring about you staff!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are a replaceable robot sales machine no matter your department

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Authority in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Authority in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    My favorite things about the job were the discount and the benefits after becoming full time. It was fun at times.

    Cons

    The sales goals are set too high and if you don't meet quota you aren't "persuasive enough". Regardless of how happy your customers were when they left the store if they didn't have a certain Add ons or a loyalty you needed to try harder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like human beings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Learned a lot about retail

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brentwood, MO

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

    Pros

    Have met and worked with some great people. Insurance and time off polices are decent. Can learn a lot if you are curious and ask questions.

    Cons

    Pay not equal for work load, training is non existent. Managers expect you to put company above family and schooling. Schedule put up at last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become Leaders rather than micro managing. Be more concerned about workers and their safety during bad weather!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Discount is better than before now.

    Cons

    Management does not always do work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was a good place to work as an hourly employee, but a horrible place to work as a salaried employee.

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

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

    Pros

    I was offered many promotions and different jobs during the 10 years I worked there.

    Cons

    They make promises they don't keep. I was promised days off for all the long hours I put in opening stores, and traveling to help store re-models. I was never actually given a single one.
    They put managers in a position where they can't possibly succeed unless they are good at lying or covering up problems.
    The communication between corp, DMs and the store level is horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that when you work salaried employees 60-80 hours a week, they are no longer effective. Don't make promises you can't keep. Learn to communicate. Unhappy employees = unhappy customers.

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

    Great first job, but unsatisfying.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Flexible shifts
    Some Co-workers are great

    Cons

    No training
    Managers are at times unprofessional

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