Big 5

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Big 5 Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
191 Reviews
3.1
191 Reviews
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Steven G. Miller
80 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible hours, and plenty of them if you have the availability (in 11 reviews)

  • The work is easy to get used to, the majority of customers are not rude, the management is good, and all of my co-workers are really nice and friendly (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Having to wear a shirt and tie seems like overkill for a job like this (in 10 reviews)

  • All non-management employees are part-time, so we don't get benefits or lots of hours (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not loyal it its employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - First Assistant Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - First Assistant Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Big 5 offers great benefits and decent pay. And multiple locations for relocation if that's would be something your looking for.

    Cons

    The hours suck, they are not willing to allow their full time employees any flexibility on scheduling to allow them to further their education. It is a sporting goods store that is stuck in the 50's having their employees wear shirts and ties to sell sporting good is ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Always learning something new.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Daly City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Daly City, CA

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big 5 is one of those companies that gives people that chance that they need to earn some work experience and they are the definition of an energetic work environment that. Not to mention managers are very understanding when an employee needs to take a day off and will rarely ever say no unless need help badly for the day you asked off for.

    Cons

    Sometimes can cut hours for odd reasons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    things can be better change dress code

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Culver City, CA

    I worked at Big 5 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    you do make some freinds the workers as i see do not wear name tags some stores as in store 18 has too much added stuff a wheelchair can not get in

    Cons

    truck days things are stack up too high as in 2 story stores no workers up in the 2nd floor at all time things are not neat fishing gear and camping have been swipe

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    skus are not right on small itams like knives show cases are too full stores must hire 2 full time workers i down stairs 1 up stairs have a worker with fishing and camping exp. 7 hours a day 5 days a week as someone who work at big 5 and got inured i had hours swipe from me after i got back from the doctor i am welling to work at big 5 but we need to cear up the dress code tee shirts with logo no ties pay needs to be 9.75 per hour

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Big 5

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Modesto, CA

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible hours, great coworkers, busy location

    Cons

    understaffing, nothing else other than that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ensure proper staffing during peak sales seasons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good for College Students, bad for a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health insurance is wonderful, a few hours of overtime each week is pretty good. Overall job is pretty easy except dealing with terrible customers.

    Cons

    Getting yelled at everyday by customers, not being able to tell them no when taking back returns, working with employees who hate it and have no work ethic. The hours of operation. No consistent schedule. Not getting days off that you would like for important family events. Not getting to have Thanksgiving or Christmas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees and stop being fake

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Had a very good out come overall work experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big 5

    Pros

    Learned a lot in a short time.

    Cons

    Keeping up on net.

  9.  

    Cheap Name

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in Golden, CO

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    chill job for cashier

    Former Employee - Cashier
    Former Employee - Cashier

    I worked at Big 5 part-time

    Pros

    basic cashier job, talking to people,

    Cons

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

  11.  

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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big 5

    Pros

    Super laid back, very simple tasks

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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