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    Flexible scheduling. Great co workers. It was definitely an inviting incitement. If you get a good management team it can be a really fun place!


    It's retail and there is no way around that. Customers can be the worst. You definitely need a strong personality to work in retail as customers will consistently bring you down.

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    Team building events!

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    Manager Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Big 5 (Walnut Creek, CA) in August 2015.


    I applied online for manager trainee positions in both Washington and California, while living in Washington (I needed a job in WA, but wanted to relocate back to CA). I got a call a couple weeks later from a manager in Walnut Creek, CA. She said she really liked my resume and the phone conversation went well, so I felt it was fine to take a leap and drive 760 miles for this interview. I had a good feeling about it so I went for it. After the interview the manager said she would get back to me 3-4 days later. Instead I got a call a few hours after the interview to let me know I got the position. After that I had to pick up an I-9 and employee handbook from the store I'd be working at, fill out some other forms online, and wait another week or so after the background check was finished so I could get notified of my start date.

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    • What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Why do you want to work for Big 5? How would you handle tough situations? If there was multiple tasks to complete and you were under pressure, how would you handle it? What would you do differently than other candidates if you got hired? What does customer service mean to you?   Answer Question

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Headquarters El Segundo, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1955
Type Company - Public (BGFV)
Industry Retail
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Big 5 Sporting Goods has outgrown its name. The company, which started out with five army surplus shops in California in 1955, is a leading sporting goods retailer with about 400 stores in a dozen mostly western states, including California, Washington, and Arizona. The company sells brand-name (adidas, Coleman, Easton) and private-label equipment, apparel, and footwear for indoor and outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, tennis, golf, and snowboarding. Big 5 has stuck with a neighborhood-store format (averaging approximately 11,000 sq. ft.) instead of ... More

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