Olympia Sports Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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Pros
  • Great co-workers and work environment (in 7 reviews)

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

Cons
  • When you finally do get a raise they give you a whole back story about how upper management did not take a raise all so we can get a pathetic 1% raise (in 12 reviews)

  • Low pay for a substantial amount of responsibility (in 11 reviews)

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  1. It is what you make of it

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Manchester, NH
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Manchester, NH

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits for full-time employees, flexible scheduling, low stress. No personal sales goals, but you're expected to uphold certain selling standards. The harder you work, the better you do with this company. Excellent promote-from-within policy. Upper management makes an effort to get to know you if you're a hard worker. No experience necessary, just a willingness to buckle down and work retail hours and have a flexible schedule. Very good opportunity to build lasting working relationships with managers of other locations. Very down-to-earth upper management.

    Cons

    The customers are often rude, so if you're easily offended this is not the job for you. There is no set schedule and you may be working long hours. You're expected to do your own hiring and all of the training. Turn-over is often pretty high due to the below average pay, but if you have no experience it's a great first job to get your feet wet. Not much support from district sales managers as they are stretched pretty thin. Pretty low bonuses, very low pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    Stop patting each other on the back if the store is doing well and start thanking those working in the store every single day to get it to that point. Believe it or not, your micromanagement is not the reason we make sales, it's our hard work and dedication making it happen... start realizing that and your job will be easier.


  2. Good first job

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

    I have been working at Olympia Sports

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Scheduling Culture Discounts Good apparel Work multiple locations

    Cons

    Hard to afford living as full time Long hours


  3. Good starter job

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

    I have been working at Olympia Sports (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and room to advance fairly quickly depending on if you are willing to relocate to another store or not.

    Cons

    Very low rate of pay for any position besides Store Manager. DSM's tend to play favoritism towards certain managers.


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  5. Expect to work two jobs and have no life outside your store if you are trying to make a living.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Portland, ME

    I have been working at Olympia Sports (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work with sporting goods, co-workers are like family.

    Cons

    Terrible pay for amount of work put in. No advancement after reaching store manager. Hours are bad. Company is incredibly top heavy ; "Once you get to the office this company is great to work for." is a common theme in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace managers in a job well done and praise high points. Don't micromanage with corporate people who managed stores in the 80's/90's who think they know how a store works now. Sales fail when you don't let your managers set up stores to the way their customers like it; corporate isn't there everyday to see what kind of customers come in. Managers who break the rules of merchandising are the ones making sales quota, so take a good look at how you update your stores during "The Look". Update your pay, which would have been barely liveable in the 80's. Times have changed, so should you!


  6. Nice

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

    I have been working at Olympia Sports

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Discounts, Good Breaks, Reasonable scheduling,

    Cons

    A lot of new managers


  7. Thanks for little to nothing.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Lakewood, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Lakewood, OH

    I worked at Olympia Sports full-time

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

    Pros

    Training , good experience for first job out of college, fast advancement , good discount

    Cons

    Very low pay, overworked, under appreciated, open door policy= tell upper management a problem and get yelled at, poor benefits, expects you to manage a store but you have no authority

    Advice to Management

    Kill the open door policy if you don't mean it, pay employees better, give a crap, don't just expect stuff to happen when you give store managers no support


  8. Keyholder

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Keyhoder in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Keyhoder in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Olympia Sports part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunity for those who love retail.

    Cons

    It's unfortunate that stores have to get closed for new ones to open. Rate of pay compared to other retail companies

    Advice to Management

    Listen to sales associates


  9. Not the greatest job in the world

    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Cortland, NY
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Cortland, NY

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

    Pros

    Very flexible in terms of taking time off and fun if with the right kind of coworkers. Sometimes you literally get paid to do nothing when the store is dead. You can be promoted within company relatively quickly if you exceed expectations.

    Cons

    Pay for a position in management is a absolute joke. Rude customers. Higher ups are numbers based which is counterproductive to our Satisfaction Guaranteed motto.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that we can't make people come to our store to buy products. That's just the way things are in retail, you have to expect a few dead days. Just be a little more rational


  10. Helpful (1)

    Eh, lots of work for little pay.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Buckhorn, Columbia, PA
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Buckhorn, Columbia, PA

    I worked at Olympia Sports part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great! Cool, understanding people who ended up being friends. Promote from within.

    Cons

    Management at the higher levels is ridiculous. The goals they set are near impossible, they don't treat you with respect and thrive on being feared, not respected. Threaten to lay people off if they don't meet very ambitious quotas. Awful pay for amount of work and stress.

    Advice to Management

    Realize the ideas are outdated and sometimes the best way to get the best out of employees is to pay them WHAT THEY DESERVE.


  11. Keyholder

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

    I worked at Olympia Sports part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule Great first job Get to work with the public If you love sports, it is great for you

    Cons

    Corporate does not value their part-time employees and does not pay them enough at all. I worked there for 5 years and ended making $8.00/hr. I started at $7.25/hr.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees. Actually be a manager. If you do not lead the team then there will be no function in the store. Make sure everything is neat and people know the rules.



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