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Steven G. Miller
67 Ratings

    Easy job, but low pay

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time for more than 3 years


    The people at my particular store, from management down, are really fun to work with and have a really laid back style. Customer interactions make up the vast majority of the job, which can make it fun and interesting.
    Great experience in sales.


    The dress code doesn't match the style and theme of the company, and can be a pain to comply with.
    Pay is very low, with less than acceptable raises despite employee performance.
    Hours vary greatly throughout the year and are by no means guaranteed for sales associates.
    Corporate structure is incredibly inefficient, and often the stores are not provided with the materials (replacing broken equipment, getting simple repairs done, etc) needed to keep the store running as efficiently as possible.
    Nearly all product knowledge is expected to be attained by the sales associate without any sort of training. Many associates are completely illiterate in terms of basic knowledge of shoes, equipment, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay raises for outstanding employees.
    Implement product knowledge training for high demand goods like shoes, baseball equipment, etc.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Big 5 Interviews

Updated Aug 1, 2014
Updated Aug 1, 2014

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Interview Details

    I applied online and had a friend who worked there put in a good word for me. I got a call in 2 days, and was scheduled for an interview later that day. The environment was relaxed, but still professional.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to solve a list of simple math problems in a time limit.   Answer Question
    • Have you been convicted of any felonies or firearm-related crimes? (We sell guns.)   Answer Question
    • Describe your past experience and why you would be good at this job.   Answer Question
    • What sports are you familiar with, enough to sell people correct products for their needs?   View Answer
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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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