Olympia Sports Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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Pros
  • A nice work environment for someone who enjoys sports and working with people (in 7 reviews)

  • Decent discount, depending on what position you are in (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • No one from upper management wants to listen to concerns yet there is an open door policy posted out back (in 12 reviews)

  • Low pay no matter what position you are in for as long as you work there (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Good Company, Good Ideas

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee

    I have been working at Olympia Sports full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Interacting with customers, decent benefits, company is based on good morals, backed with going above and beyond for customers making it easier to de-escalate customer complaint issues. Very easy to move up if you establish a good relationship with district manager and work hard. Great Employee discounts and friends and family sales. It's a tight knit company with good communication to the point where you could call up to the director of stores or possibly even the CEO if you had any type of customer issue or questions

    Cons

    Compensation is below the national average for most in the retail industry, be prepared to work long hours... like most retail jobs. A lot of housekeeping and busy work expected even during peak hours or seasons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider compensation to at least national averages as a means to motivate and drive staff a little better. Managers and associates outside of the corporate office believe in the company and all that they do with generous bonuses but consider the store staff as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fun people, not so good organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Olympia Sports

    Pros

    Great people to be around, small store so it was easy to navigate, good music, 20% discount on merchandise, great for people who are athletically inclined and have great knowledge of sports, usually flexible with hours

    Cons

    Terrible pay (worked there for two years and never got a raise), not many hours, cranky managers, competitors always seemed to have better product

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Very fun with plenty of room to grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Middletown, RI
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Middletown, RI

    I worked at Olympia Sports full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Progress fast in the business and have opportunity to quickly move into management.

    Cons

    Too many managers working one shift. With a shift full of managers, not much gets done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread out the managers to different shifts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. ehh

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Olympia Sports

    Pros

    the job is easy. it does not require a bachelors degree. its a great job for people who did not go to college

    Cons

    the pay is not very good. long hours for people who eventually become store managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay your employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Good first time job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Olympia Sports part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My coworkers made working at Olympia enjoyable. They also offered flexible hours and a store discount. My manager was reasonable when I needed time off.

    Cons

    My main negative is the pay. For entry level the pay is pretty low. Also at times when the store was slow things were pretty boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more reliable employees who can cover for others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Olympia Sports part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back and enjoyable workplace. Worked there for a few summer and winter breaks and found it to be a good place to work.

    Cons

    Even though it wasn't the most difficult of jobs, I do with the pay was a little bit higher. The assistant managers were barely making over minimum wage.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Great Job if your young and are happy with mediocre.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Olympia Sports full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Discount for management.
    Co-workers become like family.
    Great bonuses (if you work in a store that you can or have the motivation to make sales and other goals.)
    Occasional free product for store managers (yearly meeting.)

    Cons

    COMPENSATION. Break your back to make things work and you get nothing for it. Oh, excuse me you'll get a "thank you" if your lucky.
    COMPENSATION. Motivate, train and achieve goals, standards and customer service satisfaction and you'll possibly receive a yearly bonus.
    COMPENSATION.
    If Olympia focused on the people who were actually trying to help their company and paid them for what they were worth then they'd be making a lot more. The problem is that the people who are putting the hours in aren't getting paid what they deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A pat on the back won't pay the bills.
    Instead of letting the RSM's and DSM's get away with spending so much why don't you start paying the managers that make the money for the company.
    The "bread and butter" of this company is by sold of your "lower" employees, not your upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. work smarter, not harder

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Olympia Sports full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    i started as a part timer and worked my way up to store manager and the amount of pros are too many to count! monthly bonus incentives, along with company wide challenges often resulting in another bonus, pto and full benefits. that is just the pay they also continulously are training so weather you stay or leave you have been built up as a better employee for future employment. they also trust in the store manager to build the staff which makes for an enjoyable work enviroment.

    Cons

    you get what you put in! if you dont want to work 10 to 15 unpaid hours (store managers are salary and have to work 44) you have to make sure you are actually training your staff so they can help when you are not there. the weight load of the job rests on your shoulders. also if your first priority isnt customer service this job is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rsm's watch the turn over of management i know way to many people who loved and would have done almost anything for olympia but felt like they couldnt talk to, get help from or go to their dsm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Fun job, but not a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Assistant Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Assistant Manager

    I worked at Olympia Sports part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great job for a young kid who enjoys sports to get an introduction into the way businesses work. Good discounts and easy going scheduling.

    Cons

    Pay was very low and raises were minuscule. No real incentive to move upward. From what I saw in the 4+
     years there, lack of monetary appreciation leads to overall careless attitude of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Would never want to work here again!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Olympia Sports

    Pros

    People are great make work fun and enjoyable!!

    Cons

    Olympia doesn't appreciate employees
    Pays them next to nothing!!! Expects them to do a thousand things at once and help customers. It's 2014 and you still don't have an online store that is your own and not a fake third party crap!!! Not a career job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some brains and look at the people on the front lines making your salary! work hard for your employees and we will work hard for you!

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