Big 5 Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Steven G. Miller
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Pros
  • flexible hours, that's about it (in 11 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Requirement of wearing a shirt and tie (in 10 reviews)

  • Low hours for part time employees (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Big 5

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big 5

    Pros

    They're extremely flexible with your work schedule. Extremely friendly managers depending on where you work. I love the Encino mangers.

    Cons

    It's extremely repetitive and slow at times. If you're looking for a really laid back job, Big 5 is perfect.

    Advice to Management

    I really like the managers there I don't really have anything to complain about. The mangers don't do any of the work such as ad set but that's not really their job anyway.


  2. Cashier

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big 5

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Training
    Great management
    Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    No health benefits, but I was part time.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much since I was part time


  3. Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in La Verne, CA
    Current Employee - Management in La Verne, CA

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, decent pay, good benefits but cost is increasing. It is what you make it. Work hard and be rewarded, or, slack off and get pushed out.

    Cons

    Retail hours, constant turnover, increasing costs for benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Supervision must weed out bad Managers early on.


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  5. Pretty good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Manager in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Big 5

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    fun environment to work in

    Cons

    hours and schedule flexibility for holiday, nights and weekends


  6. Big 5

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Part Time Cashier in La Quinta, CA
    Current Employee - Part Time Cashier in La Quinta, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are no pros about this company. Especially if your a part timer.

    Cons

    Being a part timer you are expected to a lot with very litte pay. Don't ever expect a raise anually cause it will never happen. Been there for just about 3 years almost and still haven't seen a raise.


  7. Manager Trainee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big 5

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

    Pros

    Its a job, locations are okay.

    Cons

    Advancement is slow, pay is horrible.


  8. Would never recommend someone apply

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Twin Falls, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Twin Falls, ID

    I worked at Big 5 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive pay. That is it

    Cons

    You will never be allowed to have a set schedule with this company, extreme rotating shifts. Worked for this company for a few years and regretted every second of it. They expected you to live for the store, be at their beck and call, and never take a day off. They promise benefits, time off, and vacation time, but never let you use it.

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees with respect and as individuals.


  9. First assistant manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager

    I worked at Big 5 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some employees are fine to work with, you learn things about firearms you never knew

    Cons

    Low pay scale, doesn't compensate for education or experience so someone with no education or experience will make the same as you. Will have to lift 30lbs plus with a team member


  10. Low pay for the work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Big 5

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management is usually pretty flexible with hours. Coworkers are nice and there is always a positive atmosphere.

    Cons

    The pay isn't worth the job you are expected to do. Big 5 is like an old school company in that it requires its sales people to wear slacks and dress shirts (and ties up until recently) and relies heavily on the customer service and sales skills of its employees to make money. However it's also new school in that it doesn't pay it's employees more than minimum. The result is often that employees lose motivation to put in effort after realizing they won't be making any more money in the form of commission, raise, or increased hours.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the professional attire for part time employees and pay employees more if you want them to care about making sales.


  11. Asking a lot for a little

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Personally, the store I work at has nice people, and I am treated fairly as an employee there.

    For Big 5 as a company, they seem to have all the standard retail systems in place to protect their employees from mistreatment and over working.

    Cons

    Minimum Wage, no rewards or incentives to work any harder than bare minimum to complete your tasks. From talking to co-workers who have been there longer than me, raises are an absolute joke. 5-10 cent raises per year from what I've heard.

    Raises don't carry over with minimum wage increase. If you started at 9/hour, got a 20 cent raise, and minimum wage gets increased to 10/hour, you will get 10/hour and not 10.20/hour.

    If you are not a manager, or a manager in training, you are classified as part time. Meaning no benefits of any kind or access to things like healthcare options through Big 5. Unless your store is incredibly shorthanded you will never get 40 hours a week, and even then I doubt you would (conjecture).

    Ridiculous dress code for the job. Low-mid end retail requiring you to wear dress clothes. Clean, wrinkle free, button up collared shirt, wrinkle free dress slacks, black or brown dress shoes.

    Zero opportunity for career advancement, unless you decide to go through their manager trainee program. Manager positions are filled from outside your store. If there is an opening, they will call in someone else instead of promoting a qualified trainee already working at said store.

    Advice to Management

    We aren't selling stocks or serving hundred dollar entrees. For minimum wage, lose the dress clothes and attire, especially for non-management employees and let us wear comfortable shoes.



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