Big 5 Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  2. 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  3. Easy job

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a very easy job. The one I worked at was fast-paced.

    Cons

    Not enough hours, store manager was pretty rude

    Advice to Management

    I would try to treat all co-workers with respect. We are all people here.

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  5. Enjoyable, but low pay

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Flexible
    -Fun
    -Coworkers are nice
    -Good management

    Cons

    -Low pay for a lot of work
    -People always call out

    Advice to Management

    None

  6. 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)

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

    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

  7. All work, no pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Pomona, CA
    Former Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Pomona, CA

    I worked at Big 5

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

    Pros

    Relatively easy to advance in to management with the MIT program.

    Cons

    Low pay and high expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites and have employee friends. It never works.

  8. Good job during college.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible for working around a changing schedule, or college classes.
    Management is friendly and easy to talk to.
    Sometimes is exciting, it's retail.
    Getting time off is rarely a problem.

    Cons

    Corporate makes decisions that make no sense at the store level.
    Management has no real hiring process, so poor employees are often hired.
    Incredibly boring when management doesn't assign projects.
    Pay is incredibly low, not a living wage.

  9. Worked my way up fast. Then they throw you away. Resume builder.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Longmont, CO
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Longmont, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers, health care, 6 PTO days a year, accrued vacation time based on time with the company. Paid transfer (with exceptions).

    Cons

    A large corporation does not see people as people. You are a number and everything is black and white with HR. After over 3 years, moving my way up to store manager and earned a company paid transfer. I was forced to resign for "gross misconduct" for taking a returned crossbow and testing it in the back room with a proper archery target to make sure it was safe to put back on the sales floor.

    Even as Store Manager who writes their own schedule, the varying hours and shifts make it difficult to have a good work/life balance. There are many guidelines to writing a schedule especially during any type of holiday. That pretty much ruins any plans you may have.

    Lack of product knowledge training. Learn how to bs your way through specific customer questions.

    Pay managers better. The amount of responsibility and expectation of the Store Manager is not reflected properly with the compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate managers better. My store did $1.4 million dollars and I only made $39k

  10. It's been a great experience with this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Duncan, OK
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Duncan, OK

    I have been working at Big 5

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, my boss is very good at answering all my questions. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay could be a little higher on the scales
    Dress code doesn't match the environment

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the cashiers and sales associates they do all the ground work

  11. Alright for a basic minimum wage job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Ramona, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Ramona, CA

    I worked 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

    People were nice, hours were reasonably steady week to week, you get a 20% off employee discount which is cool. Not much else

    Cons

    I had issues with the manager, it wasn't a very professional environment, hardly anything was private, even when speaking only one on one with a manager. Cashiers weren't allowed to check returns or hundred dollar bills, very little actual work to do.

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