Academy Sports & Outdoors

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Easy Work

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Former Employee - Hunting/Fishing Associate in Tyler, TX
Former Employee - Hunting/Fishing Associate in Tyler, TX

I worked at Academy Sports & Outdoors part-time (less than a year)

Pros

Easy Work, flexible hours, work environment

Cons

Boring - lots of down time, frustrating customers, no sales incentives

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you want REAL career growth, look elsewhere!

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    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Katy, TX
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Katy, TX

    I have been working at Academy Sports & Outdoors full-time

    Pros

    - Growing company
    - Quick advancement (title change without pay increase) without being fully equipped or qualified for the position
    - Location is a pro if you live in or around the Katy area

    Cons

    - Pay is horrible unless management likes you; negotiate a higher salary at the beginning because your raise will not be more than 3% even if the company makes record sales
    - There's no true career growth structure to determine your performance and bonus
    - Minimal training provided if any
    - The company has a vision, but is unsure of how to actually get there
    - The retention rate is horrible because Academy does not know how to treat their employees
    - Heads turn the other way if an individual is doing something wrong and management likes you
    - There's no flexible work option schedule
    - Academy expects you to work overtime, but does not give you any incentives for doing so or is often forgotten during bonus/raise time
    - Ill prepared management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Corporate politics are everywhere, but it's time for the 'Good old boy' club to move along if the company wants to truly reach their full potential
    - Management should try to be HONEST and open with employees;
    - Too much hush hush and snooping around trying to figure out who is leaving or getting fired next makes employees uneasy
    - Management should quit playing the 'I value you as an employee game' with words and show it in bonuses, raises, flex schedules, other incentives, etc.
    - Management needs to realize that in order to sustain GOOD employees, they need to be able to offer something that other companies cannot; surely they can't compete with oil and gas companies head to head by salary, but figure out other ways to make people happy and want to stay
    - Management should listen when several people are saying the same things about specific individuals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Adequate Retail Position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Apparel Sales Associate in Auburn, AL
    Former Employee - Apparel Sales Associate in Auburn, AL

    I worked at Academy Sports & Outdoors part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Semi-flexible hours, slightly above minimum pay, clean environment, worked in the same store as my husband, polite managers, night shift usually didn't go much past closing time.

    Cons

    Horrible holiday hours, some managers would keep you well past closing time for no reason, some managers wouldn't work hard enough to listen to your concerns, hours cut with no explanation, team leaders didn't do any work, but expected much from associates, managers didn't know how to floor should be run, planograms didn't have enough space for all the product expected to be placed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to have a hard and fast rule about how long they can keep employees after closing time. I was an art student, and being kept in the store 2 hours after closing time was not acceptable. Also, team leaders and managers figure out who good workers are and then work them to the bone. This encourages less than perfect performance from normally hard working employees, so as to avoid too many hours during the school year, and too many chores during work hours. An understanding of how long it takes to do certain tasks should prevent too many chores from being assigned. A good leader leads by exmaple, not force, guilt, or shame.

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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