Sports Authority Reviews

Updated August 4, 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 (2)

    Outdoor Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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. Hit or Miss, feast or famine.

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    Former Employee - Senior Merchandise Lead in Danvers, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Merchandise Lead in Danvers, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Felt like I was doing a community service by selling footwear. Learned more about the human foot and plantar anatomy than I thought I would. Finally got a chance to lead. Autonomy over department.

    Cons

    No help because we weren't given any payroll, and even during the holiday season, I was not given backup. Promoted manager from outside the company a week before Black Friday, leading to disastrous holiday season.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to trends in sports and have a more comprehensive selection. Don't handicap store item selection based on sales performance.


  3. Sports authority

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I got my foot in the door and am on the management parties want to be on. So far so good

    Cons

    I have not seen any sort of down side yet. I know what I have to do to stay on the right path

    Advice to Management

    No advice I am one of the managers and I know the procedures to maintain a good work environment


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  5. Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits working in sporting goods

    Cons

    You cannot work from home


  6. Sales Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bronx, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and discount

    Cons

    Some managers can make your time hard when working here

    Advice to Management

    Don't act like you own the store and care more about your employees


  7. Store Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Winston-Salem, NC
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Winston-Salem, NC

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, with great discount. Great atmosphere with great people working with you. Best sporting goods store to work for.

    Cons

    Hard to run stores on resources given. Expected to accomplish to much with limited payroll. Lack input on ordering and what needed to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Stores need to be more involved in the ordering, assortment, and merchandising for stores. All stores are not the same.

    Sports Authority Response

    Jul 30, 2015 – Recruiting Specialist

    We appreciate your feedback! You are absolutely correct that carrying regionally specific product is key to success and customer satisfaction. We are very excited to continually improve our product ... More


  8. Basic sales associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to focus on your department rather than the entire store which is nice.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Lots of turn over as far as employees go. Not lots of interaction with management.


  9. busy work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing is that the hours given for this department are early in the morning and not working on the weekends.

    Cons

    Having limited associates in this department is very difficult because of the quantity of product that arrives and a limited time to finish the job on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Give recognition and praise to the receiving department for all the physical hard work it takes to achieve the company's goal.


  10. Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority

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

    Pros

    Great Experience working here real nice

    Cons

    Bad Management a little too passive and inderect

    Advice to Management

    Be less passive


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great goals, not so realistic expectations.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warrenville, IL

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great employee discount. Decent brand assortment. If you've got a great personality and don't mind a little hard work, you will go far!

    Cons

    Must be a self-trainer. Product needs to be more market focused. Based out of Denver and what works in Denver does not necessarily work everywhere else in the country.



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