Sports Authority

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Sports Authority Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
611 Reviews
2.7
611 Reviews
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Michael E. Foss
59 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is acceptable, but basically in line with other retailers (in 50 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 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Customer service is supposed to be primary focus but company gives you no tools to do so (in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management sets ridiculous sales goals that are very very tough to reach (in 31 reviews)

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  1.  

    Unimpressed

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Analyst in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent people to work with. The company tries to incorporate an active lifestyle into the everyday grind of this place.

    Cons

    The headquarters are a joke. It is 2 building built out of a warehouse with dingy meeting rooms, dust on the pictures and walls and awful paint jobs. The management is mediocre at best. It's like being back in high school. This place is incredibly clickish and the pay is underwhelming. Overall, you are best to not work here. There are layoffs all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage by adapting to your employees instead of forcing them to adapt to your style. Find directors that are approachable and not complete and utter "yes men/women". Find a way to implement training in a way that works and is successful and get rid of lazy inept managers. Just because someone is bright or good at what they do does not mean they are good managers. Recognize this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sports Authority

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    Former Employee - Receiving Associate  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Receiving Associate in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers that I worked with were awesome.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities. Management had been management for over 15 years and the only way someone would've gotten promoted was if a current manager would have passed away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Co-store manager

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    Former Employee - Co-Manager  in  Brick, NJ
    Former Employee - Co-Manager in Brick, NJ

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fun products to work with

    Cons

    Senior Management have different expectations from store level managers. Some only want you to micromanage some want you to macro manage. No set standards with management across different levels. Favoritism runs strong in this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a set standards for managers across different levels. District Managers should expect the same things from managers as all other District Managers. DM's should not decide on management styles differently from others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    If you like sports, it's a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Sales Authority  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Authority in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get a great employee discount on everything. This is great especially for christmas and birthday presents, beach trips, and camping trips.

    Cons

    90% of the people you work with are idiots, ex-cons, or ex-drug dealers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't hire idiots

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not a fun place to work at all.

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    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 for less than a 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
  7.  

    Sports Authority.

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Cashier in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Sports Authority as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Empolyees are amazing to work with.

    Cons

    Number and goals that you have to meet are kind of ridiculous. Had to have more than 40% of customers sign up for store discount card or you would get yelled at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to Work For! Just need to work all the time.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Gainesville, VA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Gainesville, VA

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits, discounts, internal development, training, and many advancements from within. With new CEO in place we are beginning to see a good future. Highly supportive of him. People person and speaks to everyone. He is just not all talk. Does what he says. Foss is the right guy.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance. Changing of 3 CEO in the last 6 years. No hunt and fishing in stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance. People need to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving and Easter Sunday. Corporate office receive many perks but stores are left with pictures from how much fun they have in Denver.
    Benefit perks are for Denver based. There needs to be funds for team building. We see pictures all the time of Denver having fun doing, races, runs and events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for those content on not growing with an organization

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    Current Employee - Operations Team Leader
    Current Employee - Operations Team Leader

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere is great. The employee discount is amazing.

    Cons

    Customers can scream and spit at you and the company will always take their side. Store Management is not always on the same page and some managers shouldn't be "managers" they lack the skill set to be an effective leader. Advancement is almost nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. Retail is not easy and finding great employees is hard. Find ways to motivate your employees. Define your return policy. There have been too many occasions when we follow the return policy but a customer gets upset and upper management takes back a non-returnable item. It makes the store level employees look like idiots.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Been thru a lot with this company....some very good, some very bad.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time

    Pros

    Company is currently focused on developing a very positive work culture and seems to be working. Great coworkers and management. Advancement opportunities for the young, innovative mindset. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Serious systems issues. Stuck in the 80's and getting new processes/systems implemented is almost impossible with such high turnover on a very small I.S. staff. Often, company brings in "off-shore" help to handle maintenance issues, but the language barrier makes the process even more difficult and frustrating. Due to these problems, many teams find new ways to work around the current issues rather than fixing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in new systems and the support needed to properly maintain them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Company only cares about loyalty program, sa promoter,eclipse, aos and cares not about employees or customers.

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    Current Employee - Co-Manager
    Current Employee - Co-Manager

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits aren't bad pay ok

    Cons

    Loyalty program is causing good employees to make up emails in order to have a good percentage so they get hours. No hours for payroll but they expect you to run projects, do moves, get numbers, help customers, run sales floor, and manage store with 3 ppl every day. 3 in am 3 in pm. No hours to help customers cause they expect unacheivable goals to be met. No training for associates no product to sell in store, they want us to sell items online more then in store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give stores payroll to have cashier at all times and 3 sales ppl plus manager. Even hiring an $8 hr cashier for 20 hours a week would be a start. Stop paying bonuses to dms and vps who don't co tribute to sales. Pay ppl who are actually working and dont get weekends off and Thanksgiving. Yea sending Happy Holidays emails and telling us to enjoy time with family is impossible when we are working late nights, early mornings, weekends, and yea HOLIDAYS... as your all being with family we are working. Get a Clue

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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