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Sporting Life Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to work as a student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sporting Life part-time

    Pros

    Good relaxed work environment. Easy customers to deal with. Not much management or employee politics to deal with.

    Cons

    It's not something I could do as a career. Part-time job - yes.

  2.  

    Not a great place, unless you're in high school. Disappointing place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Markham, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sporting Life part-time

    Pros

    Not very many pros to working here, other than a larger discount provided twice a year. Company has potential to be a great place but does not live up to it.

    Cons

    Poor management and a lot of miscommunication. Hypocritical codes that do not put the customer first. Is more interested in write ups than resolving an issue and promoting growth. Poor pay for the amount of work that is asked.

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

    the worst job i've ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ecommerce Customer Service Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Ecommerce Customer Service Representative in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sporting Life full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    there is a bus stop literally across the street, so getting there via transit is easy.

    wow...i can't even think of 20 words to put in the PROS section.

    Cons

    -the pay: minimum wage, with next to no chance at raises more than 10 cents.
    -the work: relative to the pay, you'll be entirely under paid to process orders, verify credit cards (by calling banks and verifying over the phone. i thought this was the 21st century?), answer emails, phone calls
    -training: what training? i worked in the online store, and received NO training on any of the products. for the most part, when a customer called in with questions...i'd lie. if i wanted to gain knowledge, i'd have to go out of my way to do it, but who has time when the pay was so low, i had to get a second job.
    -office culture: the retail store and the online store do NOT get along. the people who work on the retail floor all have this sense of entitlement that is fairly toxic. they're all vapid, materialistic, and a few of the older employees are incredibly ignorant/racist/homophobic.
    -management: unsupportive of the staff. they're more concerned with moving units so they get their christmas bonus. and by moving units, i mean charging credit cards for items we may not have in stock, and then only performing the refund AFTER boxing day. they won't hesitate to throw their employees under the bus either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    my advice is this...if an employee asks a question regarding health and saftey, the correct response is NOT to tell them to hire their own third party investigator and pay out of pocket to find out what the uncovered insulation is made from. also, judging by online reviews, i would advise NOT selling online. clearly you're ill equipped to do so.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A brand that positions itself as being a premium brand, with a lack of care for employees.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sporting Life full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great product. Growing Business. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Minimum Wage starting pay.
    Terrible workplace environment in the warehouse.
    Payroll system is disoriented.
    Over promise, Under deliver.
    IT problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dear Management,

    You offer a premium brand and vow to provide a safe and enjoyable work environment. As your business grows, it is important to invest your time in building a strong team that will help you sustain your business. As it is important to maintain loyalty from your customers, it is imperative that you maintain the loyalty from your staff. If your front-line staff enjoy the job and are paid when they are suppose to be paid, they will perform for you. You have hired some great individuals who are eager to showcase their skillsets. I can almost guarantee that if the workplace environment is improved, the business will grow way beyond your expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    give yourself a favour, go work somewhere else

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sporting Life full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They are usually pretty decent to let you go on vacations, unless its Christmas. Good for gaining experience in sales.
    Vendor product knowledge to get to know the products

    Cons

    Worst owner ever! She would snap at people on the sales floor if coworker are talking to each other and everyone is affraid of her, including managerss (very old fashion way to be fear by your employee) .

    Very low salary compared to what you are ask to sale.

    Manager force to been super anal toward the sales staff.

    Very cold and pretentious upper management

    Treat employee like infants! ex: getting written up for not wearing socks.

    Force to not take any days off (not even one)for Christmas (november to january) If you need to see your family and they live outside Toronto, you will be ask to resign.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering a hole lot more respect for the sales staff.

    Give away a little more freedom (stop treating people like kids)

    Tell the owner to be cool (a liked owner is way healthier for the work environment than feared)

    Give your employee better salary, they might enjoy working there better

    Take the store policies out of the lunch room!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sporting Life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sporting Life full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You get tons of hours.

    Cons

    Work associates are not the friendliest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    super friendly staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Sporting Life part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    great working environment. good balance of school and work. amazing hours

    Cons

    nothing i loved going to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Sportinglife offers a good group of people to work with, but some of the management wasn't as helpful as they could be.

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

    I worked at Sporting Life part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Good mix of people to work with if you're on the sales floor
    -Good training program for new employees
    - The LP policies are fairly simple and effective

    Cons

    -Wages aren't great, and don't compensate for the stress associated with preforming
    -The turnover is very high and can affect the scheduling process
    -The discount given to the staff is very low in relation to the pricing of the products being sold
    - Old inventory systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The turnover is high and needs to be acknowledged, and the work environment can be stressful at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sporting Life

    Pros

    fun times and good people to work with

    Cons

    retail it is what it is

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    High service and great culture, but over-reliant on old/existing methods and technology.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Sporting Life part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great culture; some great people; excellent product assortment; flexible work environment; fun environment; employee discounts; well heeled clientele

    Cons

    health and safety issues in warehouse; underpays for store / management roles; entrenched culture frequently equates to "we've always done it that way" mentality; weak hiring process for screening good candidates; no succession planning; little meaningful coaching and development; high turnover; over-reliant on Canada Goose as revenue driver - if that brand tanks they're in trouble

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for quality management at store level. Competition is coming to the market. If you want to be the best, start paying better wages and attracting a much higher caliber of professional.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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