Sport Chalet

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Sport Chalet Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
103 Reviews
2.4
103 Reviews
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Sport Chalet Chairman, President, and CEO Craig L. Levra
Craig L. Levra
58 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    2 years at this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sport Chalet

    Pros

    easy job, free rentals, 25% discount. good place to work.

    Cons

    no raises unless you switch to full time or become a dh

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be cool to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    This was a slightly above-average sporting goods store job.

    Former Employee - Bike Tech in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Bike Tech in Burbank, CA

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

    Pros

    SC does a good job within separate departments of finding people who know what they're talking about. They offer quality products and have a good return policy. They offer good benefits and discounts to employees, and there is a good team-oriented feel within each department, so that you can grow as a member and learn from others. SC also offers job training to employees specific to their department.

    Cons

    This is basically a department store job and you're often in a mall, so the atmosphere can feel a bit stale. The communication between managers and lower-level employees is not always very solid, and as an entry-level hire you can feel in the dark, like you have to earn your stripes to be heard, depending on your manager. Between employees, as many of them are young, it can get kind of clique-y.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suggest improving communication across-the-board, and training managers on their people skills, especially around stressful times of the year.

    Recommends
  3.  

    only ok as a part time job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sport Chalet full-time

    Pros

    discounts, pretty much the only benefit. half of lift tickets at mountain resorts. generally 20% off wholesale on most sports gear. so if you want to maintain this job as part time for the discounts and side income it's cool.

    Cons

    no raises. no incentive to excel at your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mission Viejo, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mission Viejo, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of fun, great people, great benefits. Working in a fast paced enviorment, Get to learn about and try any sport or activity you could want. Great college job.

    Cons

    More likely than not you will be smarter than your boss. Pushy about sales, and pushy about the wrong sales. They are more focused on the 5 dollar add on than the 1000 ski package.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more sales-based training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good people, but understaffed and underpaid

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    • 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
  7.  

    Sales Associate - Winter/Water Sports

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Arcadia, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Arcadia, CA

    I have been working at Sport Chalet part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great deals on products through prodeals, free equipment rental, free wax.

    Cons

    Department segregation, poor training, not much room to grow especially when hired as seasonal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training programs are outdated and videos need to be re-done or changed to actual on the floor training in detail. Don't just throw them in it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Most inconsistent company I've ever worked for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It was close to my home.

    Cons

    I suffered wage discrimination, and observed unfair treatment to associates on a daily basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you receive a complaint, investigate the situation and correct the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Line Winder in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Line Winder in Orange, CA

    I worked at Sport Chalet full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic, the manager really care about the employee s

    Cons

    No cons great place to work i would recomomen everybody get a job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Worst Company to work for ever.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sport Chalet

    Pros

    Discount on product is pretty healthy 25% to much more. Lots of fun customers and activities to take place in.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Zero training, Zero feed back, Zero support system. The system that is in place is so inbred that everyone is connected to each other (Several cases illicitly) and there is no where to go when issues arise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the new owners? Clean house the rats now run the ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Sales Expert

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Torrance, CA

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    Great Products
    Great Discount

    Cons

    Poor management
    Low pay
    No raises
    Random Shift hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees better and you'll have a better rate of employees who stay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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