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Bass Pro Shops-a chaotic attempt at a wonderful idea.

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Former Employee - Assistant Merchant/Buyer in Springfield, MO
Former Employee - Assistant Merchant/Buyer in Springfield, MO

I worked at Bass Pro Shops

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

If you are an avid outdoorsman/outdoorswoman then you will be able to make connections throughout the industry that will land you in some of the most impressive hunting and fishing adventures that you can think of. The discounts at retail are also very impressive at 40% off of proprietary brands and 15% off of Major brands(exceptions do apply). The Corporate office also houses a great cafeteria and a gym.

Cons

Corporate Office---Being a private company, there are no true "retirement" options other than your 401k. Also, the Upper/Senior management does not communicate with their employees effectively. Upper management does not have a concept of deadlines. It is typical that projects are not started until upper management finalizes details two to three months past the initial deadline which creates havoc in the merchandising, marketing, and creative departments. This also creates days in which you will not be able to finish said projects within the expected deadline and therefore will find yourself working from home, going in early, staying late, and canceling vacation days due to nothing more than upper managements lack of planning. The "Political Game" is a total nightmare. If you are not in the "click" then divide the communication that you expect to receive in half. You will also see people abusing privileges simply because they are personally close to upper management. Training is non-existent. You will be thrown into the deep end and expected to keep your head above water. Last but not least, if you want bonus potential, it is virtually non-existent.

Advice to Management

If a deadline is set by a department, it should be upheld at all costs. If Senior management would look at the added expenses created by not meeting deadlines, payroll would not be as much of an issue in the current economy. Also, Senior management should not allow themselves to be in a situation where friendships affect job performances. I'm not saying they cannot be friends, but at work, it should strictly be business. Training should be a major focus, but I cannot stress the importance of communication enough.

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  1. Bass Pro LP

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    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Agent in Grapevine, TX
    Current Employee - Loss Prevention Agent in Grapevine, TX

    I have been working at Bass Pro Shops

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The average employees are good people.

    Cons

    Senior management is detached from the stores. In two years at Bass Pro I rarely ever saw some one from the corperate office come into the store. When they did it was most often to fire a store level manager, and never to see if the store was running smothly.

    Advice to Management

    I would take a much closer look at how you are running your company. Maybe yall should stop taking fishing trips and come see how your ineffective and often costly policys are acually working out.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Fun place to work at the sacrifice of pay and benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Service Manager in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - General Service Manager in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at Bass Pro Shops

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bass Pro offers an excellent work environment. Coming to work is great fun and the store promotes outdoor adventures not just for the customers but the employees to. Bass Pro offers an excellent discount on merchandise allowing to employees to particiapte in the recreational activites promoted by the corporation.

    Cons

    Bass Pro offers a low starting salary as compared to other "big box" retail outlets. Hiring procedures do not give credit for education. The upper management would prefer someone with experience, even if it is old or unuseful experience, versus someone who may be highly educated and otherwise qualified for the position.

    Advice to Management

    Better subordinate counseling and more feedback to improve associate performance.

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