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Employees viewed as a 'necessary evil'

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Former Employee - First Assistant Manager in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - First Assistant Manager in Seattle, WA

I worked at Big 5 full-time (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Very flexible scheduling, if not in management. No knowledge or experience necessary for hire. Very affordable and very good health benefits.

Cons

No wage or salary negotiation. No employee initiative, creativity, or empowerment. Very little Employee input is not considered when making decisions. Poor quality products. Poor employee discount. Anti technology. Poor training programs for both employees and managers. Very little opportunity for advancement and/or raises and promotions. Little employee and customer trust (bag checks, video review of policy, large bills (over $20) must be checked by manager or very experienced cashier). Out of date grooming standards (only facial hair allowed is mustache) and dress code (tie required). The company believes a shirt and tie give more credibility to the salespeople, but they are not willing to invest time into actually training the employees in customer service and product knowledge, it is very much an after thought.

Advice to Management

Even part-time employees have fantastic ideas, be open to those ideas. Let employees make mistakes. Allow employees to have their own style when it comes to selling product. Empower employees to make decisions involving customer experience, not just managers. Auditing every action should really be limited to activities that could result in legal problems (such as firearms sales, not bag and bill checks). High employee turnover, especially of the best candidates, should be an indicator of poor management choices. This was the biggest problem I observed during my time at Big 5. I worked with over 50 members of management, I honestly believe that only 2 of those managers were worthy of their positions.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fun job for part-time work, not great for advancing

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Farmington, NM
    Former Employee - Cashier in Farmington, NM

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, discounts on sporting equipment

    Cons

    Minimum wage, not many opportunities, high employee turnover


  2. Extremely lay back...

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Wichita Falls, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Wichita Falls, TX

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    reasonable salary, great time and benefits for your whole family in management level. Mostly a professional environment.

    Cons

    long hours, extremely busy all year round, time off is almost impossible, very tiring and only management gets good benefits. Part time is horrid

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better with better benefits !


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