Sporting Life
3.5 of 5 8 reviews
www.sportinglife.ca Toronto, Canada 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 9, 2014

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Merchandiser (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsYou get tons of hours.

    ConsWork associates are not the friendliest.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    super friendly staff

    Merchandiser (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Consnothing i loved going to work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfun times and good people to work with

    Consretail it is what it is

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

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Conshealth 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 Senior ManagementPay 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Only if you really need a job...

    Cashier (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsMeet nice people... which you can do elsewhere.

    Consbad pay
    terrible customers
    employee discount is not good

    Advice to Senior Managementmake policies that even you can follow.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a bad part-time job

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsLots of great people to work with, many life long friends. Prodeals are great, allows you to get certain merchandise at below wholesale price. Hours were not too bad, pay was average.

    ConsIf management did not like you, you had a hard time. Hated folding until 11pm during Christmas when the store closed at 9pm. The should have hired overnight staff to clean the store during Christmas time. Pay raises, if they remember to give you one is menial, so low that it doesn't make a difference.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeems like the buyers are jumping in on every ugly trend. Owners need to decide what type of store they want to be, SL has a "jack of all trades, master of none" feel. No actual sporting equipment, with the exception of skis, snowboards, tennis racquets, and running gear, other than that, they are trying too hard to be Holt Renfrew and failing at it.

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    Not Bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Etobicoke, ON (Canada)

    ProsSporting Life is a small company, but is growing quickly. The senior management staff have all been at each store for years, so they are all competent and invested in the store's success. The company offers good benefits and solid training. You get continued training on a weekly basis through in-store product knowledge classes. The staff is friendly and there is no pressure to make sales quotas. The hourly associates are not on commission. They reward the highest sellers, but don't fire people for lack of sales.

    ConsThey employ mostly teenagers. The product being sold is high-end designer apparel. The disconnect is pretty obvious. Also, there are almost no opportunities for advancement beyond department manager. Since the key-holding assistant managers have all been there for years and it's a small company, advancement opportunities rarely present themselves. As the company grows, I'm sure there will be more opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAttempt to hire a few more mature sales associates in each department, to bridge the gap between the sales staff and the clientele.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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