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Big 5 Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated July 15, 2014
Updated July 15, 2014
158 Reviews

3.1
158 Reviews
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Steven G. Miller
67 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

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


Cons
  • Required to where a shirt and tie when doing manual labor (in 8 reviews)

  • Low pay and high work load depending on how busy the store is (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Always learning something new.

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

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    a really bad job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    always moving around and learning new things

    Cons

    have to learn everything on your own, pay is low, no actual break room at this store

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    actually giving people reviews every year instead of waiving it year after year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    summer job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales  in  Concord, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales in Concord, CA

    Pros

    The work was very easy for a summer job

    Cons

    It was a slow pace job

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  5.  

    Unorganized

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Concord, CA

    Pros

    At the time, they paid a little bit more than minimum wage for a simple cashier position. There was room for advancement.

    Cons

    Poor management, sexist, unorganized sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your store is prepped and ready for the next day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A Great Learning Experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    -Management Training
    -Fun atmosphere
    -Location Transfers
    -Discounts
    -Corporate hires from the ranks
    -Seminars

    Cons

    -Retail Hours
    -Over 40 hours/ week
    -No Bonuses
    -No Commission
    -Very small bonuses for Store Managers
    -Tight payroll
    -Not enough employees
    -Many part time employees that are young and there for a little spending money and nothing more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Spell Check is your friend
    -Better technology is available than what is being used
    -Buyers are getting better, but really a handset for a cell phone is going to sit on the shelf...forever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Minumum wage drives minimum performance.

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

    Pros

    They'll hire anyone who seems to have their stuff together. You can get a job there if your really hurting to find a job.

    Cons

    ...They'll hire anyone who seems to have their stuff together. They pay so little that no one stays there for a long time, their employees are a revolving glass door. They expect you to do all this work even though they start you off at a low pay and give little to no raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees a littler more and you might have to hire every person who applies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Salesperson

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    The environment of the store was comfortable and the staff worked well together. I had a good guidline to work by as a salesperson there with sufficint information to help customers.

    Cons

    There was little communication from upper management about any evaluation of our work or outside business operations of the particular franchise where i was working.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Not a bad place to start!

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    Former Employee - Manager Trainee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The pay is good
    Benefit package is something to look into.
    The work isn't too demanding

    Cons

    Employees
    The customers
    The products too old

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more feedback on the good things done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    My experience at Big 5 was very rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in San Mateo, CA

    Pros

    Great management
    Good Pay for starting sales associate

    Cons

    The back room is constantly dirty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good management

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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