Sports Authority Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Sports Authority Chief Executive Officer Michael E. Foss
Michael E. Foss
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Pros
  • Employee discount is really good (in 59 reviews)

  • Cost plus 10% days (which brings the price down to what you would pay at Walmart but hey, we appreciate your hard work (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • The goals they set for sales, loyalty cards, extended coverage plans, selling stuff online (AOS) are so unrealistic and out of the employees control (in 17 reviews)

  • Upper Management changes happen often (in 34 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    Outdoor Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time

    Pros

    Amazing training during my first few days on the job, very trustworthy co-workers and supervisors. Great pay for a retail store.

    Cons

    Hours during the holiday can be long and and fluctuates throughout November and December, but I knew that i would expect that due to the busiest time of the year for Sports Authority.

    Advice to Management

    Great staff, very knowledgeable, willing to help with work no matter the size of job or the department. Fun and somewhat stress free environment!


  2. Sports Authority Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly and relaxed work environment. Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Scheduling is not always consistent, and pay could be better after a year of work.


  3. Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good in-store discount Great co-workers made some good friends here Fun environment with a lot of sales challenges with prizes to be won

    Cons

    Management Promote the wrong people. Literally 4 people in my department quit the same month. Expect so much out of you for how much they pay.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees before you throw them out on a busy weekend especially it was my first retail job but luckily I'm a sneaker head and could sell shoes easily.


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  5. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time

    Pros

    Benefits such as employee discount; volunteer activities; sporting activities beyond the office; the people here are amazing

    Cons

    Company is more than 15 years behind in its systems, making it difficult to do a job efficiently. Too many chiefs assigned to single projects, few workers to get the actual job done, but little understanding from the chiefs as how to accomplish the task so unreasonable deadlines are set. This forces team to create new inefficient processes just so they are able to meet a deadline. This is unsustainable long-term, but it keeps happening over and over again.

    Advice to Management

    Build the I.S. function with quality experience and increase the team size. Programmers with knowledge of our business need to be given more autonomy to work closely with the end users to research issues and build long-term solutions rather than patches that will cause future issues.


  6. Fun environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Eureka, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Eureka, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment, good people, all in all not a bad job at all. Exciting to get new products and the very generous discount is also a nice perk.

    Cons

    Low pay, minimal advancement, no true commissions just small spiffs, constantly changing work hours, folding clothes can get a bit boring

    Advice to Management

    Pay sales on commisson, provide more opportunity, but all in all keep up the great work. Great training both in person and on the computer


  7. Great times

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority (More than a year)

    Pros

    The People are really fun to work with.

    Cons

    The lack of direction as far as where the sporting good industry is headed... 32 hours max for full time associates and no overtime is not good .

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics , rid yourselves of metrics, they only make store leadership stressed out.


  8. Sales Associate

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people and atmosphere were the best for me as it made it easy to become more invested in the job. You were more willing to go above and beyond when your employees are friends as well I found. Management team was very open, friendly but realistic which I found refreshing. Discounts are really good especially for the big one's that come across a few times a year.

    Cons

    There never seemed to be career advancement opportunities presented to long-standing employees whether it be the consistency in which they brought it up to employees they were initially interested in or following through with starting the training process to get employees ready for positions once they opened up. Pay is adequate, though could've been a little bit more to make it worth more. Lots of people I knew just did the bare minimum to get their paycheck. Incentives/spiffs not as good as they used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Allow associates to shadow you while you're handling a specific case this way they can get different viewpoints for how to approach certain customers in certain situations to develop them faster. Start employees through the process of advancement so that way the one's that are interested feel as though they are moving up in some way even if they are waiting for an opening so that way they don't stagnate and then fall-off to doing the bare minimum. Pay could be a little bit higher.


  9. What to say?

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time

    Pros

    Fun place to work if you like sports. Nice discount.

    Cons

    Depending on the store you could have a great time or a horrible one. Company is not consistent in running stores.

    Advice to Management

    Take more care of your associates.


  10. Senior Sales Authority

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice to earn money by selling items.

    Cons

    sometimes unrealistic goals, management can be tight knit and play favorites

    Advice to Management

    respect all employees.


  11. An easy-going retail experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Authority in Boynton Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Authority in Boynton Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The friends you make there will make up for the godly slow hours that have yet to come on boring days. Managers are fantastic and good spirited. Store managers always pushing confidence and employing new tactics for employees to use. Very helpful.

    Cons

    The hours for part-time are quite minimalistic. I wish they'd supply more part-timer employees with a substantial amount of hours; somewhere around 30? Currently receiving around 20 a week.

    Advice to Management

    Wish the store manager would be more approachable.



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