Sports Authority

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Sports Authority Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
650 Reviews
2.8
650 Reviews
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Michael E. Foss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is really good here definitely cant complain about that (in 55 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 33 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are a replaceable robot sales machine no matter your department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Learned a lot about retail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    They don't promote the encouragement of sales associates to reach out for corporate jobs

    • 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

    The discounts on the products are great!

    Cons

    Don't encourage growth within the associates. As an internal candidate for corporate or any other positions, it is a very antiquated system when applying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask your associates and value their opinions more as they are the ones on the floor with the customers

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

    Everything is about keeping the stores numbers up.

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

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

    Pros

    The employee discount is really good here definitely cant complain about that. The pay is decent for a retail store. The coworkers are pretty cool and that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    The goals they set for sales, loyalty cards, extended coverage plans, selling stuff online (AOS) are so unrealistic and out of the employees control. Not everyone wants to buy things online in store when they can just do so in the comfort of their own home. No one wants to give out their email and phone number to get a loyalty card. Which is understandable because thats their private information. The return policy sucks if you dont have a receipt the customer gets the lowest selling cost then on store credit then the customer goes crazy on you. And if you want the full price you have to call an 800 number to get your receipt. Also management sucks they always have their favorites and let them slide with everything. Some managers dont know anything!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the favoritism. Treat everyone equally.

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

    Too Little Too Late

    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Health Insurance

    If you have a friendly store manager they will work along with you vacation and days off. But only if your full time part timers get the shaft

    Of course that is just at my location

    Cons

    If you are familiar with coverage plans and loyalty that companies offer now. Sports Authority takes selling these to customers to a whole new level. They place a lot of stress on Store Manager and below to obtain unexpected to goals that has caused many store managers to be fired because they frauduaulently try to replicate these goals for the corporation. They pride themselves on being a customer friendly store but dont take care of their employees. It is literally a revolving door and no growth within the company. They change the CEO once every two years who then comes in with their own agenda.

    With my four years with the company I have been through 3 District Managers and 3 CEOS and 2 Store managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    hmm..

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Gets you acclimated to sales with real work experience

    Cons

    Sales driven with no compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Commission would be nice.

    Doesn't Recommend

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