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Devil you know vs. Devil you don't.

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Former Employee - Group Manager  in  Denver, CO
Former Employee - Group Manager in Denver, CO

I worked at Sports Authority full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

-Casual work environment
-In Denver
-Some great, interesting, smart people, but most keep quiet because if they rock the boat they are asked to leave... and for a lot of people they don't want to leave because they appreciate knowing what sucks about SA versus having to worry about what might be bad at a future company.

Cons

-No strategy or vision -- very short-sighted on sales for a particular weekend because Comps are King not Brand. A "campaign" ends up being a 20% off coupon.
-Many people have been there for AGES so they have become complacent and just let stuff happen around them even if they don't think it's right or best for the company.
-Strategy is just "did last time this not suck?"... good, let's repeat it.
-The office is in a boring & isolated part of town.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-Bring back leadership who have a real focus on making the company better.
-Don't just pretend like you read the engagement survey -- actually understand why people are leaving and what they need to be more satisfied.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Sports Authority

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Behind the times and their competitors.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst I  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst I in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome environment, great employee discount, and fun people.

    Cons

    Lacking competitive pay and benefits. Minimal training & development program. In desperate need of updated computers and facilities. Terrible internal job posting, availability, and application process. Very little room for advancement and/or mobility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It's a job at least.

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    Current Employee - Visual/Merchandising Associate
    Current Employee - Visual/Merchandising Associate

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good discount (cost +15%), Flexible scheduling, Willing to give most people at least a chance.

    Cons

    Sports Authority is consistently inconsistent. The important metric that we are tracking never seems to be the same from week to week. Communication to outlying stores is as minimal as possible. Training is generally laughable at best. The district manager and higher up in the company have no idea what actually happens at the store level. Full time apparently means 32 hours a week because we can't get any more payroll then that. Small stores are treated just like large stores in regards to tracked metrics and rarely do they work based off a percentage to make the playing field level. Cash leads act like they are better than every other associate and management allows it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your ability to communicate is essential and it seems like often, you forget how to at all levels of management. You need to get a hold of and improve employee morale. Also, when a management spot finally opens, it's a slap to the face to not even talk to the associates with years of experience and instead hire from outside the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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