Dick's Sporting Goods Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    No Advancement opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you ONLY care about buying the newest sports product, then this is the place for you.....However for those who are looking for a more "Grown Up" opportunity (i.e. advancement), this isn't the job for you.

    Cons

    For Sales Managers, this is simply a Job NOT a CAREER, there is no training program for advancement at any level, To advance you must simply "get in good" with a store manager or DM. There's no structure with regard to development. Your training is only 1-2 weeks if your lucky and that is simply sitting in front of a computer. Store Managers have no interest in advancing anyone and are extremely Self Serving and arrogant, having only their best interest at heart, yet will expect Sales Managers to miss time with their family in order to fit their whims. Sales managers are expected to work (now) 12 hour shifts daily, and come in on off days. Sales Managers do more Cashier and stock associate work that actually management work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a training program for those who are sacrificing their family and time. STOP using the cliche' "Well that's retail" and "You chose retail". As these represent an environment of POOR Upper MANAGEMENT, poor effort from upper management, and a passive attitude with regard to those who you employ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Avoid At All Costs

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    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Buford, GA
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Buford, GA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Employee discount and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Management at this location is horrible. They definitely have their own agenda and only care about trying to make their budget. Management blame the employees for everything and rarely do you hear a positive message from any of them. It is extremely negative, demotivating environment. It is hard to have a positive attitude while working there.
    The pay is well below average for the area. There is little to no advancement opportunity. The General Manager of this location should be an Assistant at most. As a management team (senior management included) they have no idea that the problem is actually the management and their lack of ability to treat people fairly, nicely and positively. As a whole they are completely clueless as to why they are losing good people regularly and can't seem to hit their "numbers" on a regular basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to listen to your employees, some of them have a clue. Don't be so stubborn and think you are better than everyone else, because truly you are not. They need to take a step back and humble themselves. Engage with your employees and actually have conversations with them and treat them more than a robot. Also, don't refute everything they say since some of us are actually well educated and experienced, and, on a typical day, could run circles around you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Horrible Management

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Buford, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Buford, GA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to wear gym shoes, that's about it.

    Cons

    Horrible management - they are only there to work you so they can make a bonus and move up in the company. They do not care if you have prior experience or a college degree, all they want is someone that can help make sales goals and work horrible hours. Hourly rate is poor, turnover rate is high, and hours are cut constantly, not guaranteeing the hours you were told at your interview.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the associates like drones, and more like people. And don't lie about hours when you interview people - Dick's will cut hours before they cut prices, leaving customers frustrated because there is no help on the floor and associates working multiple departments since there isn't enough coverage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company, bad interpersonal politics

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    Current Employee - Confidential in East Point, GA
    Current Employee - Confidential in East Point, GA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and programs for employees such as charity sales, blue call, pysch, etc

    Cons

    Management oversee the employees with the likeness of a controlled institution. The management have a regimen which consists of standing at the top of conveyors in shifts and surveilling the employees while they work, follow employees around the warehouse in an intimidating way even though the warehouse is completely wired with cameras, and favortism and corruption is so deeply embedded in the culture from management, that it makes working at a great company more than challenging. I am not ranting or venting, you are welcome to come and become apart of us and see firsthand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not so much the workers, but management's behavior needs to be reassessed by a third party. They have training classes so that is not working effectively. Therefore, I suggest a thorough dig and cut of the bad seeds to resolve these issues.

  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Not for the faint of heart

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    Former Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods

    Pros

    Not too many pros for the footwear department. I guess the best one would be the discount.

    Cons

    Footwear department is HARD on a person. Constantly running up and down stairs and climbing shelves. Saturdays are horrendous, there is no way to serve all the customers in a timely manner which means you are run ragged and the customers are still upset when they leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While I worked there, there were certain employees who were given preference over others as to their work week. Which left other employees working nights and weekends EVERY WEEK. Not very fair to those of us that have families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. As a salaried hardlines Mgr I worked 55+ hours per week with no overtime, would not recommend to anyone.

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    Former Employee - Hardlines Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Hardlines Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods

    Pros

    Discounts available through pro plan and 3point5.com were the benefits

    Cons

    No payroll to adequately cover departments. Inefficient programs that corporate implementsome that further strain payroll

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing. As long as Ed Stack and the rest of the board of directors are more concerned with keeping the stock price high enough for them to make millions with insider stock purchase and dispositionso than a full-time hourly associate being able to pay their bills because they are being cut to 30 hours a week, nothing will change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    As bad as retail gets

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Norcross, GA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I am an athlete, so I found the environment to be sufficiently entertaining, employee discount was quite good. The customers were enjoyable to deal with.

    Cons

    The hourly staff were considerably better educated and capable than the store management. Managers I worked with were poorly skilled for leadership and ill-equipped for management roles. Typical for a retail company where entry level employees get promoted to store management level - The Peter Principal. The regional management are no less incompetent. Interestingly, not once did management, at any level, solicit or accept input from the highly educated and intelligent hourly staff. Now why in the world would you hire all that talent then refuse to engage that potential. Everything is driven from a corporate office, by minions who have probably never worked at the store level or in a retail environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a disconnect between corporate and the stores. I am certain that Ed Stack thinks all is well in his kingdom; but he would be an excellent candidate for Undercover Boss. Ed, try stopping in unannounced, you might be quite surprised at what you find. Every corporate visit during my tenure was scheduled in advance - so the regional manager had time to cover his behind by bringing in staff from other stores to clean up and prepare the store; defeats the purpose of a corporate visit since the officers never see the store as the customer typically does, therefore they never understood the reason for the stores performance. This explains the idiotic sales plans, no to mention the merchandising planagrams - a complete waste of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Very friendly work place.

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    Current Employee - Freight Flow Lead in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Freight Flow Lead in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good systems that define work functions.

    Cons

    Management not receptive to hourly employee input.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. It's not that great

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    Current Employee - Freight Flow Lead in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Freight Flow Lead in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods

    Pros

    Discounts, the atmosphere is good and also the people that you work with are pretty good I guess it's an ok place overall.

    Cons

    Managers don't care for their employees, any complaints on management don't get any action from human rescources and don't let payroll get bad, you won't have any hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to take into consideration the employees, my store is run by a complete tyrant, and there is no room for advancement no matter how well you do your job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Retail is retail.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods

    Pros

    Decent discounts on "fun" sporting good products, some repeat customers that are enjoyable to interact with, bonuses are based on your particular store's sales so there's incentive to push the associates to do well.

    Cons

    The hours aren't good. The company sets expectations on metrics and when you achieve your goals they are never satisfied, so they simply up the goal or ask why you aren't doing as well as the top performer in your area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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