Sports Direct Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Easy work, 15% discount, holiday pay every 3 months (depending on your hours) (in 7 reviews)

  • As it was my first job, and i was still at school, I was given flexible working hours around my school work (in 4 reviews)

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  • zero hour contract staff will be selected based on the managers favourites (in 19 reviews)

  • Everybody is on a 0 hour contract so they can take advantage of staff desperate for hours (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Maybe suits a select few

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    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good for your CV if you are a student, can make a reasonable amount of money with commission which almost makes up for the low pay. If your store is struggling to hire staff then you will be given more hours.

    Cons

    You will lose hours if you can't sell enough of the special commission items. Management encourage you to deceive customers in order to meet sales targets. If you were asked to do a shift last minute which you didn't want to do, you would be told you have to have a valid reason why you can't otherwise you have to do it. They change shifts regularly, I had to travel an hour to work everyday and I once got a phone call just as I walking from the car park to the store saying I wasn't needed. I only called up once to say I couldn't come in, this was when I broke my hand at work when a closed a ladder on it by accident, they refused to put it in the accident book because they thought I was faking it. When I called up to say I was going to get checked out at A and E because it hurt so much they said it was too busy and I have to give them more notice despite calling them at 6 in the morning. Many times we were forced to clock out early and carry on working because the store still needed cleaning but the store didn't have enough money to pay us, if anybody refused then the managers would accuse them of not being team players, they would then start getting less hours. I eventually left when I requested to reduce my hours for my college exams which were coming up, the managers insisted I would have to revise after work. Eventually they said they would cut my hours down in July even though they knew fully well that my exams were all in May and June. Not only this but they put my down for additional hours instead, I am aware some people would appreciate being given extra hours but when you are at college 5 days a week and then you are being told that Saturday and Sunday you have to work 6am to 6pm. In the year and a half I was at Sports Direct I only ever had one Saturday off, which I was told I needed to cover one lad who was doing a four hour shift at 6 to 10. Afterwards I have to cover another colleague from 11 to 6 so I ended up doing a 12 hour shift on my only Saturday off. If you weren't able to do a shift then management told us we have to arrange our own cover if we want the time off however some times there would be nobody available and management would tell you that you have to work therefore. The full time staff spend more time in the staff room then on the shop floor, I was once told off for not putting a t shirt back out on the shop floor because my queue was too long, the full time colleague claimed she was watching me for 10 minutes to see how long it took me to put it out, this was all time she could have put it out or she could have at least served on the till to try and kill the queues. In short this job will provide you with some money and something to put on your cv but everybody I know who has worked there has said "I always that how you get treated there (Sports Direct) is how you get treated at all work places, but once you get out of there that will be the best decision you ever make"

    Advice to Management

    You're in charge. You should be doing the most work, not: having a coffee, cigarette breaks and lengthy phone calls I


  2. warehouse operative

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Mansfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Mansfield, England (UK)

    I worked at Sports Direct (Less than a year)

    Pros

    When work was available the environment was happy and busy

    Cons

    Uncertain of hours of work


  3. Assistant store manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sports Direct full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Commision as cast is great,

    Cons

    where do i start, 45 hour contract yet if you work under 50 you will be frowned upon, pay is poor for the hours you work. share bonus is a big carrot yet they will take percentage off where ever they can

    Advice to Management

    respect your employees more, dont treat them school children


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  5. Customer assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time

    Pros

    Flexible shifts Easy interview

    Cons

    Bad wage pay Ignorant staff Bad organisation Repetitive work Treat like a slave to others


  6. Sales Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct full-time

    Pros

    No best reasons honestly. Just another source of income.

    Cons

    1. Take advantage of hours worked by employees as it is a zero hour contract 2. No respect for employees/care 3. Basic pay 4. Calling in sick is not an option, you will still be FORCED to come into work

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate to employees & take a step in here shoes for once, being a sales assistant is not a fairy job. Take pride in employees!


  7. Poor salary and stressful environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can only think of discount

    Cons

    stressful work environment , long hours

    Advice to Management

    Frequent changes in rota - extremly difficult to plan anything


  8. Not brilliant but alright for students

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in Barnstaple, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in Barnstaple, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for students just looking for a weekend job for abit of extra money Flexabile hours Some staff are really lovlely.. Management are normally nicer to you after youve been there a while

    Cons

    Minimum wage Horrible uniform Way too much stock making the store very untidy and unclean Unsafe equitment e.g- being forced to climb up un-safe ladders You have to sell bags for life and magazines if you don't, the managers usually cut your hours and speak to you like sh*t Favouritism between some staff and management

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to employee's


  9. Bad experience

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    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in West Thurrock, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in West Thurrock, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Met some nice people. Not many other pros.

    Cons

    Rude managers, unhelpful most of the time looking down on you and piling you down with tasks. Too much stock in store so it's always over crowded and too hot because the air con was always 'broken'. Not enjoyable at all in the heat i worked there. I love sports so thought I would love the job but over time hated going to work. 0hour contract so replacing/adding shifts happened all of the time without being told.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time making sure your employees are happy rather than whether your getting your bonus.


  10. Not Great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working there was like joining a family, the staff are all really friendly and we all had a laugh together, the manager also recognised that we weren't getting enough hours etc. and was always really apologetic about it. The incentive scheme is good, although not so much if you are only working the tills.

    Cons

    As some other reviews have said, the company doesn't offer much pay and the 0 hour contracts are a nightmare, especially if you're trying to live off the money you make there. The incentive scheme only gets paid out every three months and when I resigned I lost the money I should've had. I also was never trained to sell shoes which is where most of the incentive money is paid out.

    Advice to Management

    I hear the 0 hour contracts will be changed soon, and I recommend at least 4 hour contracts to staff (like students etc.) but I think the majority of staff members want to see 8+ hour contracts.


  11. basic competency interview

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sports Direct full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    not much to be honest

    Cons

    long hours, do not speak to anyone in a professional manner

    Advice to Management

    There should be no swearing when talking to others managers or staff members.



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