Big 5

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Big 5 Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
176 Reviews
3.3
176 Reviews
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Steven G. Miller
73 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, and plenty of them if you have the availability (in 11 reviews)

  • Friendly co-workers, very flexible scheduling, work is easy (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Having to wear a shirt and tie seems like overkill for a job like this (in 10 reviews)

  • Little opportunity for advancement and Raises are NOT given to part time employees (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great for College

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Flexible; Great deals on clearance; Mostly friendly staff

    Cons

    Odd truck hours; Button down shirts to sell sporting goods?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Big 5 Pros and Cons

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rohnert Park, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rohnert Park, CA

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great management, willing to work with any type of schedule. As long as you work hard you will get hours. Friendly environment at most stores.

    Cons

    No commission, low hours during slow parts of the season, dress shoes...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on making the work environment a comfortable place. When your sales team is comfortable the consumer will be as well and will be more likely to purchase an "up-sell".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Authoritarian culture; but better than nothing if you graduate in the recession

    Former Employee - Relief Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Relief Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Big 5 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I took a job there right out of college in 2009 when jobs were non-existent. It was not ideal, but I got some supervisory experience which got me into an entry-level office position in about a year.

    Cons

    Highly authoritarian and top-down. They don't seem to have evolved their thinking since the 1980s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get digital.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Chill First Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very relaxed laid back environment, very friendly co-workers, all part timers are pretty much a chill group of kids.

    Cons

    Repetitive work, leadership can be questionable sometimes like, a manager can tell you to do one thing then a minute later another manager tells you to do another thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest a little more in products, the store I worked was never fully stocked and was always trying to sell things that we didn't have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    retail hours take some getting used to

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

    I have been working at Big 5

    Pros

    great benefits that are second to none

    Cons

    its retail and the hours are hard to deal with

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Advertising Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ADVERTISING ADMINISTRATOR in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - ADVERTISING ADMINISTRATOR in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great. You work Mon-Fri, no weekends and some paid holidays.

    Cons

    No opportunities for personal growth, get treated as if you are in high school i.e. no internet access, no phones out, its advertising why wouldn't you be able to have access to the online website?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider personal growth opportunities to employees in stead of specializing us to one simple task; ITS BORING! Be open to feedback from employees. Treat us like adults.

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

    Sales Associate Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time

    Pros

    It was a very entertaining job, especially while attending college.

    Cons

    They never gave people raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Friendly service and customer care

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

    I have been working at Big 5

    Pros

    Love the expectations this company has for its employees.

    Cons

    I can't find any cons for this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I so far have really enjoyed my time here.

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

    I have been working at Big 5

    Pros

    There's a lot of things to keep you busy that the manager could assign you if you're bored.
    Really flexible.
    They'll go over things with you that you don't understand.
    Great customers 98% of the time.

    Cons

    Low hours because of so many people working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Fun part time job, perfect for while still going to school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Surprise, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Surprise, AZ

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fun environment.

    Cons

    Hours are very limited, salary is not very high, and dress code is unnecessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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