Big 5 Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Good for part time employment but not beyond that

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

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

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

    Pros

    Part-Time: Flexibility with scheduling. Opportunity for more hours each week. FullTime: Overtime pay. Good benefits. Get the opportunity to meet wonderful potential friends.

    Cons

    Part-Time: Get hours cut during slow weeks. Managers will take advantage of you if you are a good employee and have you work most weekends. Have to do tedious time consuming pointless tasks. Will hire new people and give them the best shifts while you bust your butt to work weekends and never get told "good job". Managers never hold people accountable and reward the ones who are not good workers with more hours. Fulltime: Schedule always changes and is never the same. Holiday hours suck and working 12 hour days is NOT worth the overtime pay. Have to deal with unnecessary drama with other management and part time staff. District Supervisors will tell you what to do with the store one day and then the next time they are there tell you to do something else. District Supervisors will not listen to your opinion of who to hire, even though you will be working with them more than they will. District Supervisors will not move you to a store that is closer to you and instead promote someone who is not ready to be a manager. District Supervisors will try to start drama with other managers at other stores who you may have worked at one point and will ask you about something that you have no idea what happened. They will also ask other managers from others stores why you are leaving instead of going to you. People at corporate will send out a million emails about one task that needs to be done, because NO ONE at corporate knows what they are doing. They will also call and yell at you when you didn't do something right, but don't tell you how to fix it.

    Advice to Management

    Look to always hire people, to ease the workload of top part time employees. Have a zero tolerance no drama policy as well as smack talking policy. Sit down with each employee and ask how things are going instead of a review once every few months. Focus on new employee training, and instead of throwing them on the sales floor after one shift introduce them to certain tasks each week instead of all at once. No one is going to understand what ad set is and the shoe wall planner is after one shift, or even a month of working there. Create a one on one training program. Tell employees when they are doing a good job and when they are not, management and part time employees. Be more strict with availability. Its retail and you are never closed, not be available on weekends is unacceptable. Work a plan out where they work one weekend day of each month or something. Senior part time staff gets tired of working every single weekend.


  2. Minimum from management

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

    I have been working at Big 5

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

    Pros

    Easy work , no stress to bring home

    Cons

    Too many days at work with not enough hours


  3. Sales

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    It is a very laid back setting that is filled with people who are easy to be around. Very flexible with schedules if you have another job or school.

    Cons

    There is some very lazy people who work in the company. Dealing with these people gets annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Training new hires and maintaining employees performance should be more important than it currently is. These 2 things alone would help reduce the amount of hours needed to run every store smoothly.


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  5. Management Trainee

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Thousand Oaks, CA

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    False sense of responsibility You learn a lot about shoes Employee discounts

    Cons

    I would suggest those that are considering a Management Trainee role for experience choose Enterprise Rent A Car! In summary, you do more work than anyone in the store and are responsible for the work habits and production of other employees in the store. Sounds like your average managerial role right? The answer is a resounding NO! The serious problem with this role is that the managers aren't going anywhere and have been there for upwards of 10 years. Secondly, all of the assistant managers will try to stab you in the back because they view you as their competition. Further more, the general manager holds you accountable for everyone's production but doesn't give you any authority. 80% of the employees would slack off and spend most of their time in the warehouse. I kid you not, when I was doing all the work I found 2 employees hiding behind the refrigerator. Long hours, dangerous role of organizing shoes, and otherwise a backbreaker of a job.

    Advice to Management

    Allow Management Trainees the ability to assert authority and not just do all the work.


  6. It's ok

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

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time

    Pros

    Flexible with your schedule.

    Cons

    Sink or swim, you don't get much help. They just throw you in, but the job is fairly easy. There's just a lot of things they expect you to know, rather than teach you.


  7. Cashier

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, chill work Environment and decent in store management. No pressure, simple job. Good customers. Paid travel to other store locations.

    Cons

    Low pay, employee discount and upper management. Also, no hours available no Benefits for p/t. No advancement oppertunities unless you plan to make a lifetime career with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more hours if possible. Pay more attention to p/t employees. Motivate your employees. Provide more advancement opportunities. Have a zero tolerance for gossip and drama.


  8. BIg 5

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

    I have been working at Big 5

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great customers. Great starter job. Great work opportunity. The work is not hard, but it requires a lot of time.

    Cons

    no growth, no security, Hours never secure. No benefits, the work place. do not expect to get promoted unless you're willing to stay with the company for multiple years.

    Advice to Management

    if you work as a team you'd probably find a lot more success in the company.


  9. Cashier/sales

    Former Employee - Cashier in Payson, AZ
    Former Employee - Cashier in Payson, AZ

    I worked at Big 5 (More than a year)

    Pros

    They give an employee discount.

    Cons

    Only minimum wage with very low hours no one could survive on. Oh no benefit's of course.


  10. overall experience was okay.

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

    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

    -very flexible scheduling. i got every day i wanted off -staff was very laid back for the most part

    Cons

    -terrible pay -corporate could care less for part timers -no commision -have to be 21yrs to receive full time or any type of promotion

    Advice to Management

    up the pay for part timers.


  11. Bleh. not too great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Big 5

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

    Pros

    It's like big wants to be a good company but they arent.

    Cons

    Everything everything everything every thing.

    Advice to Management

    I am a manager



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