Sport Chalet Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
98 Reviews
2.4
98 Reviews
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Sport Chalet Chairman, President, and CEO Craig L. Levra
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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.  

    Fun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  2.  

    Good people, but understaffed and underpaid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Sales Associate - Winter/Water Sports

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5.  

    Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Fun atmosphere

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

    I worked at Sport Chalet

    Pros

    fun environment
    good for sports minded individuals

    Cons

    poor compensation unless you work your way up to the top

  7.  

    Management sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Footwear Sales Associate in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Pro deals, Pro deals, Pro Deals

    Cons

    Management, score cards, pay, poor store level leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees that they can sell without stupid scorecards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    not what it once was

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

    I worked at Sport Chalet full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great environment, tons of equipment, good apparel and shoes, good rental program

    Cons

    have wrong focus towards customer service. all about the numbers and not what the company was built on which is taking care of the customer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    manager

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

    I worked at Sport Chalet

    Pros

    good times and good riches

    Cons

    bad times happen when people are crazy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good times

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sales Expert

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    Good job, bad management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Apparel Department Head in Mission Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Apparel Department Head in Mission Viejo, CA

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

    Pros

    Good leadership opportunities and perks. Free ski rentals and a decent discount.

    Cons

    Compensation is low and you don't receive training in other departments even as a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful to receive training about other departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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