Big 5
3.0 of 5 147 reviews
www.big5sportinggoods.com El Segundo, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 30, 2014

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Steven G. Miller

(59 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Friendly co-workers, very flexible scheduling, work is easy"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Flexible hours, and plenty of them if you have the availability"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Required to where a shirt and tie when doing manual labor"
    in 8 reviews
  • "typical starting wage is minimum wage"
    in 12 reviews
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    Sales Associate (Former Employee)
    Modesto, CA

    Prosflexible hours, great coworkers, busy location

    Consunderstaffing, nothing else other than that

    Advice to Senior Managementensure proper staffing during peak sales seasons

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsComfortable and friendly environment. Managers and employees have a good working relationship.

    ConsMost of the communication made between management and employees go unnoticed. Low hours for part time employees. Low pay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Had a very good out come overall work experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLearned a lot in a short time.

    ConsKeeping up on net.

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    Cashier/Sales Associate (Former Employee)
    Golden, CO

    ProsFriendly company that definitely cares about the surrounding community, offered decent and flexible hours, cared about customers and customers would frequently return

    ConsQuestionable staff & management, inferior products (compared to other sporting goods stores), have to wear slacks and a tie every day to work, routine job functions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Laid back job, dis functional management, no room for growth

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSuper laid back, very simple tasks

    ConsHorrible communication among managers, managers play favorites, don't show much respect for part time employees, very old ways of doing things

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate better, give more respect to part timers, stop using current ad system. Change the dress code

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    Mind numbingly boring and repetitive job while having worthless people as managers.

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people who work there are very nice and fun to hang out with. Also, the scheduling is very flexible and you can get any time off when needed. This is a good place to work while in college because of the flexible scheduling.

    ConsIf you have any amount of a strong work ethic you will not like it at Big 5. There is practically no product training, the pay is crap, and the managers and other part timers are almost all morons. The district managers are very political and view part timers as piles dispensable fecal matter.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more competent people, pay at least $1.50 more per hour, and develop product training so your sales associates can answer customer questions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Summer Job for College Student

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)
    Coeur d'Alene, ID

    ProsDiscount on merchandise, and hours based on performance

    ConsStale work environment. Stuck in their ways as far as marketing and store was inefficient.

    Advice to Senior Management"That is the way we have always done it. Why fix what is not broken?" If everyone thought like this there would be zero innovation. Thus, why Big 5 is stuck in 1997

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    chill job for cashier

    Cashier (Former Employee)

    Prosbasic cashier job, talking to people,

    Consstanding all day in one spot, short break time, having to tag everything

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    Fine place to work

    Sales Associate (Former Employee)
    Corona, CA

    ProsI enjoyed my coworkers and the work was easy. I worked as a retail salesperson. I had no problem getting time off work if I needed it, although I did my fair share of double shifts when someone else would call out sick. I never felt pressured to do it, but I didn't mind the extra money. The wage was above minimum and felt fair. The assistant manager was one of my favorite managers, ever.

    ConsTypical cons of retail work - strange customers, the confusing sales. But honestly not too many. I no longer work in retail but I'd work at Big 5 again, if needed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales Associate

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)
    Costa Mesa, CA

    Prosflexible hours, cool coworkers management

    Conspoor hours constantly cutting of hours

    Advice to Senior Managementhire less people reward hardworking employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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