Big 5

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Big 5 Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
201 Reviews
3.0
201 Reviews
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Steven G. Miller
84 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • The work is easy to get used to, the majority of customers are not rude, the management is good, and all of my co-workers are really nice and friendly (in 6 reviews)


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

  • All non-management employees are part-time, so we don't get benefits or lots of hours (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fun Work Enviroment

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

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is very low stress since all you do is sell sporting goods. They usually promote from within and the employee discounts are amazing! As long as you are a friendly and outgoing person then you will fit right in with this company.

    Cons

    The pay is very little. Too many projects and the trucks are usually filled with inventory that must be stocked that day. Must be willing to stand on your feet the entire shift other than breaks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Boring

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

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -nice co workers
    -super flexible scheduling

    Cons

    -boring
    -minimum wage
    -no consistency in mangers' instructions/policies or rules/expectations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Working at Big 5 Sporting Goods

    • 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

    fun industry, product discounts, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    constant turnover, long hours and weekends, not much opportunity for growth

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  5.  

    It is a retail store where their manager trainees are a dime a dozen.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Big 5 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Paid 13 an hour. with health benefits and 401k. You get to learn about shoes and sports if that is your thing.

    Cons

    There is no room for advancement. Most stores have store manager, 1st, 2nd, and a Manager trainee. There is a lot of turn over at the 2nd manager position but going from a 2nd to a first, or to a store manager can take years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more than just a retail experience for the manager program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Flexibility is good, but thats about it.

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

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Usually are pretty flexible with hours, but depends on the store. Job is very easy, with most work just moving things around. Fellow employees are usually young, college students, so the environment can be fun.

    Cons

    The pay is most likely going to be minimum wage to start. At 6 months you are eligible for a a joke of a raise of about 10 cents more per hour. Corporate is very close minded, and projects they send out is mostly busy work. Their philosophies are stuck in the 20th century. Only promote from within, so people in management are all the same and have been with big 5 their whole lives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees incentive to sell with commision. Don't expect us to act like salesmen when we aren't treated like one.
    Big 5 also has to be one of the most wasteful companies. Get rid of ad set and ad down and save a lot of paper, and money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Big Five sales/cashier

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Elko, NV
    Current Employee - Sales in Elko, NV

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

    Pros

    good work environment very flexible hours

    Cons

    minimum pay, get raises every six months

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    I had a relatively successful experience working for this company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Bellingham, WA

    I worked at Big 5

    Pros

    The company has a very loose and carefree attitude. Also, I always felt very confident in approaching my supervisor with an issue.

    Cons

    After interviewing, it took Big 5 a month to hire me. They are very slow with background checks and calling people back to accept them into a position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more time-off and try to be quicker with hiring new people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Will not pay you for having any degree or bilingual, very small raises!!!

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

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

    Pros

    Being around sports equipment all day and seeing what's new in that aspect.

    Cons

    The raises are almost a joke! As a first assistant I have made litle more than 50 cents raise in three years working for company even with a bachelors degree. They make you stand on hard concrete floors all day which hurts your back and feet and caused me long term pain. They expect you to do manual labor, such as unload trucks with heavy 300+lb treadmills and such. If you only have females working during a shift... It is up to you all to still load heavy machines on customers vehicles. Also, no requirement for how many times you or other managers close a week so you often get stuck with closing shifts while store managers do not close at all! Definitely not worth the lousey pay!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Guidelines to making fair workload for management team, casual sports attire bs BUSINESS, better raises or incentives for great performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sales/cashier

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, and easy to request days for time off.

    Cons

    Low pay, have to wear dress clothes, and cannot make more than $ 8.00

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Solid retail company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Salesperson in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Retail Salesperson in Henderson, NV

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the sports atmosphere and the normal department store retail style of business it was. The business was very flexible with college student hours and the pay was good for a student as well.

    Cons

    There was no real room for growth with the company. For being a larger business, the growth opportunities from retail associate to higher levels is very hard to attain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for associate manager positions at your retail stores to be primarily open to that store's retail associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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