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Sport Chalet Reviews in La Canada Flintridge, CA

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
98 Reviews
2.4
98 Reviews
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Sport Chalet Chairman, President, and CEO Craig L. Levra
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55 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good reputation in the consumer world, pro-deals from major brands (in 22 reviews)

  • Fun if you love being surrounded by sports stuff-great discount (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • no raises, sell visas and warranties (in 9 reviews)

  • If you are full time you are required to work 2 of the 3 days Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good people, but understaffed and underpaid

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Canada Flintridge, CA

    I have been working at Sport Chalet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Sport Chalet is a fun place to work. The overall quality of the employees is great and everyone seems to like what they do. Sport Chalet is a great place to 'learn the ropes' and gain experience managing a multifaceted business. Every person makes a huge impact and everyone is dedicated.

    Cons

    The departments are understaffed and every person is expected to carry a very heavy workload. Overtime is often required. The general consensus is that Sport Chalet pays below industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is to provide better training to new employees and set more realistic expectations of what the staff can accomplish given the limited resources. Staff retention in general would be improved by doing more 'little things' that improve morale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Very traditional company that is not open to change.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Canada Flintridge, CA

    I have been working at Sport Chalet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most employees have been there many years and really care about what they do.

    Cons

    Very few options for growth. It's very difficult to get approval on new non traditional ideas. The salaries are not competitive and it's difficult to get a raise or promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a more open mind to trying new things. Make sure to promote those who deserve it. Try to create a less traditional old school work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome coworkers can't compensate poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in La Canada Flintridge, CA

    I worked at Sport Chalet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are what make you want to work there. Everyone is amazing, there is also good room for upwards moment...

    Cons

    ...because everyone is turning over SO fast. Poor work/life balance, low pay, inept leadership, poor review system, no raises, systems are outdated, and just an overall lack of devotion to a goal or strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People at the top need to restructure. Until that happens the same hole will keep being dug.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in La Canada Flintridge, CA

    I worked at Sport Chalet part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get a good sense of camaraderie with your fellow crew. The store is beautiful. The HR department was nice. Starting pay was $8.75 for cashiers.

    Cons

    The stress is palpable, since the store's sales constantly didn't do well. Also, being so close to headquarters made the manager always operate on a constant high stress level. Having multiple store managers allowed for miscommunication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure all new hires get properly trained. My training day was cut short because my hours were cut. I was never given the opportunity to get another day, so I was expected to learn on the job, during peak outdoor sport season: summertime.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not enough employees to spread the workload

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Buyer in La Canada Flintridge, CA

    I worked at Sport Chalet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great access to product discounts, overall company enthusiasm for high-end products, strong culture of getting outside and being sports and outdoor enthusiasts.

    Cons

    Whether in the stores or corporate office, tough times forced Sport Chalet to survive by spending a minimal amount on labor. Stores were often run on skeleton crews and corporate buying duties were spread thin. Pay was subpar to industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The corporate office needs some help. I would recommend a strategy that includes training employees to move to the next level. Lack of layers currently makes the opportunities available at the corporate office slim and advancement and reason to stick around have no appeal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a place to stay long term

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Canada Flintridge, CA

    I have been working at Sport Chalet

    Pros

    Pro Deals are the main reason anybody works at Sport Chalet. Another reason people work here is to stay "in touch" with a sport that they love.

    Cons

    You are treated like a slave, the managers have no management training and panic at everything. The company has no desire to train anybody and they expect you to dedicate your life to the company. Do not expect to be given a pay raise after 2 years there. It is cheaper for them to hire a new person and just cut your hours to nothing. They claim to be a sporting goods store but do not support their employees if they are in leagues, or even going to school. They will not work around your school schedule or league schedule. Most universities have finals the second week of March. That is when they schedule inventory and you have to go or you will be fired. The management constantly belittles the employees and are taught not to think independently. The management will take returns on anything in fear of being yelled at by corporate. The store is so packed with clothing you cannot walk through clothing pad, which means as an employee you are constantly picking up and reorganizing the clothing due to frustrated customers just shoving product anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get training for the management, figure out what type of store you want to be. Are you a clothing store or a sporting goods store?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A fun place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in La Canada Flintridge, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in La Canada Flintridge, CA

    I have been working at Sport Chalet

    Pros

    I enjoy selling the equipment for the sports I love.

    Cons

    I dislike the retail hours as they tend to be very long; dealing with customers who are difficult can be irritating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The advice I would give senior management would be to keep your head positive in this difficult time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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