Big 5
3.0 of 5 134 reviews
www.big5sportinggoods.com El Segundo, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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Steven G. Miller

(56 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

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 8 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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Great First Job

Customer Service (Former Employee)
El Monte, CA

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

ProsVery flexible with hours due to school schedule and other activities. Teaches you how to be responsible and prompt.

ConsDoing truck and getting paid just a little more than minimum was a buzz kill.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor those doing truck days, offer a higher base pay for their work to be compensated.

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

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Good First Job

Cashier (Current Employee)
Sequim, WA

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

ProsThe hours weren't very demanding and they worked well with my class schedules.

ConsDidn't seem to be much room for moving up through the company from what I saw

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A good place to work

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Salt Lake City, UT

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

ProsI liked the set up of the company, and the history of the company as an army surplus store. I like how they sell guns and all types of affordable sporting goods.

ConsPay is low and work can get boring.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Officer (Former Employee)
Hyderābād (India)

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

Prosgood at everything in teaching and providing projects

Consbad at nothing were all good

Advice to Senior Managementkeep it up no need of changing anything

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

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Great work environment

Cashier (Former Employee)
Palmdale, CA

I worked at Big 5 part-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery much a team environment and everyone gets along really well. Upper management is fantastic and always willing to help out their employees.

ConsRetail in itself is a hard job. Customers, for the most part, aren't that great.
Sometimes management takes a while to give reviews and raises.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work while going to college

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Pasadena, CA

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

ProsFlexible hours, management will work around you school schedule.
Employee discount
Reasonable price
Co-workers are easy to work with

Consyou can experience strange shift when they do floor cleaning or inventory audit.
Most of the time store wasn't very organized due to customers.
Minimum wage salary for sales/customer service.
You have to wear dress shirt and tie to workl and make dirt. lo

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Nice Job

Manager In Training (Current Employee)
Tracy, CA

I have been working at Big 5 full-time for less than a year

ProsWork is easy. There is always something to do or some customer to help. Training is there you just got to keep reminding them about it. Most of the time they are worried with getting the ad set up or some other project

ConsTraining is slow. They won't train you unless you are scheduled for it. Current manager's may see you as a threat so they slow your training down.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou will get promoted faster if you get your employee's promoted or at least turn them in to rock stars.

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

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Fun job!

Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Santa Barbara, CA

I worked at Big 5 part-time for less than a year

ProsEasy
Very cool managers
Fair amount of job freedom

ConsMust wear shirt and tie
No commission

Advice to Senior ManagementAdd commission

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Easiest job I've ever had

Second Assistant Manager (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Big 5

ProsGreat growth opportunity that you can see and look forward to, given your compitence and performance ability.

Consschedule is not set and changes weekly

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great work place,easily to get employment there and if u want to call every week to check you stasis of your employment

Cashier (Current Employee)

I have been working at Big 5

Prosyou don't have any one hounding your back while at work, as long as you do what your suppose to do.

Consthere are no down sides, but just be ready to stand you your feet till your shift is over, and bring head akee med, cause if u work in the shoes dept. you will get one its not easy, woking them shoes.

Advice to Senior Managementwork hard it will pay off as a stores in each area and if your store does good you will be rewarded.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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