Sports Authority

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Sports Authority Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
676 Reviews
2.8
676 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Made some friends working there but that's about it aside from the employee discount (in 59 reviews)

  • The discount is good at cost plus 10% (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Management would often pressure associates to sell extended coverage plans, insoles and rewards and if goals were not met, associates take the blame (in 17 reviews)

  • The compensation is not good unless you are upper management (in 34 reviews)

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  1.  

    it's alright

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wilmette, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wilmette, IL

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    the discount is freaking awesome

    Cons

    low pay, pressure on sales

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ok place to work

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

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The discount here is really good. Flexible schedule and good job to earn extra cash.

    Cons

    Disorganized from top to bottom. Company culture is typical of retail with lots of turnover. Corporate pushes reward program more than sales. I constantly had great sales numbers but was always in trouble for not signing customers up for rewards program and "warranty" add ons for products sold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customers and lay off the complete focus on rewards sign ups. Practice what you preach.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Warehouse

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead in Joliet, IL

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Most of the hourly employees are nice.

    Cons

    Everyone is grossly underpaid and abused. Management is only concerned for themselves. They don't care about safety or treating employees with dignity and respect. Mgmt. repeatedly lies to employees and their superiors, so corporate never really knows what is going on. Corp. needs to look at who they've put in charge of their facilities and clean house. There are few worker bees and then those who sit at the top and do nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house starting with management - open your eyes!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    With company for 2 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader in Willowbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Team Leader in Willowbrook, IL

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always busy. Would work in footwear, apparel and at cash register all within one shift. Great staff. Long hours on feet. "Spiffs" or commission earned from selling insoles and other monthly specials. Some included were specific socks, treadmills, or sporting equipment.

    Cons

    Minimal room for growth. Poorly staffed at some times. Required to obtain customer emails and to sign them up for loyalty programs, which many people would turn down. Reviews and sales count on obtaining this information

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimize gossip and favoritism. Add other sales tactics opposed to loyalty program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst company I have ever worked for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Glendale Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Glendale Heights, IL

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Made some friends working there but that's about it aside from the employee discount

    Cons

    The pay is terrible, the hours suck, the managers are completely clueless and are terrible at their jobs for the most part with a few exceptions. Corporate always is changing the way you do things and they make store policies that you have to follow but yet if a customer calls them and complains about the policy you have to make an exception for them so corporate makes you look like the bad guy for following their own policy. I would never recommend working for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fun

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier in Wheaton, IL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Wheaton, IL

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Pay was decent
    - Managers all cool
    - Co-Workers are amazing

    Cons

    - The actual work
    - Hours
    - Drama

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay some people who deserve it, more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not a fun place to work at all.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orland Park, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orland Park, IL

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employee Discount
    The regular employees are pretty cool

    Cons

    Little to no training
    Consistent hours
    Terrible managers

    All they care about is AOS and the Sports Authority cards. Even if you get alot of sales its seldom you will get credit for it. There's never enough employees in the store so you're always doing more what you were assigned to pick up the slack. They hire a bunch of people so everyone gets little hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to actually manage a store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Asset Protection Dept promises a lot but do not come through with promises.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Asset Protection Area Agent in Calumet City, IL
    Current Employee - Asset Protection Area Agent in Calumet City, IL

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The discount, benefits are great

    Cons

    Upper management is inconsisant and there is no training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Tedious work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Footwear Associate in Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Footwear Associate in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was relatively fun environment

    Cons

    Had to stay late to close and it was very tedious, annoying work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so uptight about appearance, focus more on sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sports Authority Elite!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Enthusiast in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Enthusiast in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers, Training, Managers, Discount, Great atmosphere

    Cons

    Roller-coaster periods of sales. Its not every day or week you are able to perform your best due to time when the store is dead empty. Other than that, I can't think of any cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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