Dick's Sporting Goods

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Dick's Sporting Goods Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
769 Reviews

3.0
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Dick's Sporting Goods Chairman and CEO Edward W. Stack
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee discount available for overpriced, regular priced merchandise only (in 47 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, you can attend school or a second job (in 34 reviews)


Cons
  • Dick's whole Customer service or "Wow factor" is not supported by their actions (in 27 reviews)

  • Extremely difficult to maintain any type of work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate Office

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandising  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Merchandising in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -work/life balance is good, for the most part. most people work 8-5, the parking lot is cleared out by 6.
    -on-site gym is good, though not spectacular (would have expected a little more from a sporting goods company ). towel service is included!!!
    -friendly employees, great culture
    -facilities are very new, cubicles are spacious
    -yearly sample sale is terrific.
    -growing store base rapidly, unlike most retailers
    -Pittsburgh is actually a great city to live in
    -non-competitive and relaxed culture
    -cool marketing campaigns and partnership with ESPN

    Cons

    -work/life balance is dependent on position. you could have the same title as someone else and be working 50% more.
    -remote location by the airport is not the best. long commute from the city and still 15 minutes away from food/shops.
    -very few minorities (black, hispanic, asian). the corporate office is probably 95% white.
    -low salaries and limited vacation days
    -college hires are a mixed bag in terms of talent. 80% is composed of fashion merchandising majors who couldn't get jobs at real fashion companies (Gap, Macy's, JCrew, etc.) and can't do math, marketing majors who can't do math, and finance majors who can't do math (because if you were a finance major who could do math, you probably would have had a real finance job offer and be making a lot more money), or in a few cases, unabashed nepotism. 20% are actually talented and move up quickly or leave.
    -corporate office looks down with contempt at the store organization. there have been many attempts to fix this, but the holier-than-thou attitude is still pervasive (I once heard someone repeatedly refer to store employees as "monkeys")
    -some outdated technologies
    -just FYI, you are not working in "sports", you are working in retail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -increase salaries to obtain better talent. the attraction of working in "sports" only goes so far.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    DSG-store support office

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    Former Employee - Merchandise Intern  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Merchandise Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Working out of the HQ office was a wonderful experience and a great work environment. People are generally very positive and fun to work with. They love to live the brand and working out during lunch hour is totally normal and encouraged.

    Cons

    Compensation was low starting out. The only room for advancement is within the Pittsburgh office. Few opportunities elsewhere. Poor graduate program sponsorship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation and rewards for employees. You have a great office mentality set up but you lose talent on the fundamentals of how much money employees bring home at the end of the day. Was the lowest paid salary when looking at offers out of college.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Merchandise Analyst

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    Current Employee - Merchandise Analyst  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Merchandise Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with intelligent individuals in a sports minded environment. DSG has a wonderful work life balance. Also, the corporate office is a lively place to work!

    Cons

    Other companies in the industry are known to pay more than DSG

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Store life, what life?

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    Current Employee - Sales Support Manager  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Support Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great to be around sports.

    Cons

    Salaried managers required to work 5-10 hour shifts a week, while also expected to work additional hours during the holidays and inventory time. Extremely difficult to maintain any type of work/life balance. A lot of disconnect from the corporate office to the stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set Mon-Thurs schedules can be done while rotating weekends so that your management teams have an opportunity to live normal lives.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Descent job

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    Current Employee - Footwear Sales Associate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Descent pay, easy work. Basically just help customers shop

    Cons

    Some rude customers, and hard to get promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize employees work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bicycle Technician/Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Bicycle Technician  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Bicycle Technician in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked in the Mall at Robinson, and it was pretty good. Obviously it's a part-time high school student job, but the atmosphere was fun. The management was easy to work with. As long as you're not unwilling to learn and you're responsible, they like you. All the departments are specialized, so there is a learning curve if you're jumping in. Advice: learn quickly and ask lots of questions.

    Cons

    If the management doesn't like you, they'll stop scheduling you. Just do your best, though, and you'll have no problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just be aware that most of your employees are kids in high school or college. No real-world experience, and just need some money. Find a way to motivate them and keep them interested. AKA, don't just yell at everyone for doing something wrong...

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very unorganized company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The discount is good considering it's stuff I would normally buy anyway.
    Working with people that are passionate about sports too.
    TV on sports all the time.

    Cons

    Management unorganized pretty much all the time. Nothing is ever run smoothly.
    Scheduling is terrible. If one person calls in sick it can ruin the day.
    Chances are slim that management pays attention to your requests off, although this was better after it went to a computer system.
    New employees thrown into the fire in spots they're not qualified for.
    Good employees have to carry all the load while the poor employees just get away with not working.
    No benefits unless you're in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    road to nowhere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great headquarters, huge gym, bank and Starbucks in building

    Cons

    HUGE disconnect between upper management and the people actually doing the work. Lots and lots of VP and Director levels delegating work to a minimal staff. Company would prefer to bring in outside talent rather than promote their own. Happens in many departments. Keep in mind that I've been with the company for over 8 years! I've given it a fair shot with many management changes, but sadly, I feel its my time to leave. I would like to advance in my career and Dicks is not the place to do it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a better look at your staff and reward the hard workers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fast paced environment in a growing company.

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    Former Employee - Accountant  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Dick's Sporting Goods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are some of the best in Pittsburgh. Great building (full gym, Starbucks, outdoor sports courts and fields), competitive pay, stock bonuses, cash bonuses (certain level), and summer hours. The people are friendly and nice to work with.

    Cons

    Proved difficult to progress due to the culture. There is a significant gap between management and their workers. Not a lot of opportunities to work with different teams. Face time is more important than quality of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that not everyone works in the same way or on the same schedule. Work life balance is not a priority and is looked down upon if your view of work life balance is not the same as management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Optimal Culture, Environment at a Fortune 500 Brand

    Current Employee - ----  in  Coraopolis, PA
    Current Employee - ---- in Coraopolis, PA

    I have been working at Dick's Sporting Goods full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Positive company culture. High growth in certain areas of the company. Management allows for a lot of autonomy. Some interesting projects to be involved with. Beautiful facilities. Some flexibility available--you can sometimes work from home, use the gym on lunch breaks, no limit on sick days.

    Cons

    Work can sometimes be monotonous (probably true anywhere). Some areas of the company can be territorial about work/projects, which isn't conducive to quality work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure highers have proper skill set.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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