Sun & Ski Sports

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Sun & Ski Sports Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
25 Reviews
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    Sales Representative

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Sun & Ski Sports part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you're an outdoor sports enthusiast, then the job come pretty natural. I can only speak for the Cincinnati location, but due to its size there was a Ski shop like feel with a sense of family. Ski passes, industry promos and contests make the pay somewhat tolerable. I would consider this a college job.

    Cons

    Management had little clue what they were doing. Long hours for little pay. Recognition of staff was almost nonexistent. In store promotions make the place feel cheap and gimmicky. The brands and inventory is bleak at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has to find better staffing techniques to bring on a more informed staff. The turn over of in store promotions killed the ski shop feel and left you feeling more like a used car salesmen. The pressure to make any sale is too high. I have seen too many people being sold things that were too advanced for them just to push product.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Incredible company with great vision and leadership!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun & Ski Sports full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brands, culture and opportunity! The company tries to do the "right thing" with the business and employees.

    Cons

    Continue to improve by listening to employees and implementing "best practices" that improve customer and employee experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If you have a passion for sports and want to feel under appreciated as an employee come work here!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun & Ski Sports full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed showing up to work and sharing my passion for the outdoors and fitness with the customers and there is a lot of neat camps you can go to if you are lucky

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics in the upper management and they really don't care about the sales people or the ones that interact with the customers on a daily bases. They like to cut hours and run the store with the bare minimum and its hard for you to "CARE" for the customers when you have to be a jack of all trades.

    This company is very wasteful and loves to cut down trees and wast paper. The pay isn't the greatest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and do what you can to keep the experts you have and pay your employees more

    No opinion of CEO
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    Avoid like the plague

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun & Ski Sports full-time

    Pros

    the selection of product is good if you are into outdoor activities
    the stores are visually appealing

    Cons

    poor business model
    will be out-competed by Internet sales in the near future
    horrible treatment of employees - pay, policies, etc.
    lack of alignment between company values and the practice of those values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at your company values and consider if they really are being practiced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Too much middle management and does not listen to employee feedback.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun & Ski Sports full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    As with any job in the outdoor industry the discounts are the best part. That's about all I can about this company.

    Cons

    There is a lot of middle management. If I need a particular thing I have to ask the store manager who then has to get approval of several other people. I have been asking for tools not that we need, but tools that we /have/ to have as a ski shop. Even after explaining its for customer safety, they tell me I'm not a professional and that I don't need these tools. I have been trying for months to get tools that I need. When they finally listened to me and ordered some, they only ordered a portion of what I needed. I have to have the others for these tools to work. So I now have a box of tools I can't use.

    They did a lot of pay cuts last year. A lot of employees are below minimum wage and are expected to make that up in commission. I had to fight for what I am getting paid now, and it took over a month of explaining that other people in my position make more than minimum wage. Way more than minimum wage. They like to fly some of their people from corporate office around to check up on each of their stores very often. Instead of flying them around they should trust their GMs, save a little money there and pay their employees more.

    They also do not pay their bills to some of our suppliers. I've tried to log in to order parts for customers and get a prompt saying I was unable to log in. When I call the supplier to see whats going and to order from there, they say the bills haven't been paid and that I wont be able to get the parts at cost.

    They do not recognize that some of the employees that they do have are experts in their areas. When we make suggestions they treat us like we are morons and go about and do things their own way.

    At our store in particular, we've lost 5 extremely good bike mechanics (2 went to competing shops and 1 went on to start his on bike business), 2 ski techs/boot fitters and multiple good sales associates. The company did not care and are not trying to replace them. Instead they say we don't need them. Which, in fact, we do need them. These people were very knowledgable about the things we sale and how to work on them. Now we have a handful of people that sorta kinda maybe know a little bit about something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, some of us are knowledgable. Do what you can to keep the experts you have. Stop flying in to every store to check up. Pay your employees more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Easiest Job in the world...but idiots run the company!!

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Webster, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Webster, TX

    I worked at Sun & Ski Sports full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Laid-back, easy-going environment where every one is having a great time!! Feels like a family because you actually become friends with everyone!!

    Cons

    No over-time after working over 40 hrs. During the holiday season (Nov-Jan) you work 60+ hrs a week with only 1 day off a week...the reward is 1 extra week of vacation. Not worth it!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Nonrecognition of hard work and horrible hours to the best sellers.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Sun & Ski Sports part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The employees are very nice and you get a decent employee discount. Also, there is a major selection of great brands.

    Cons

    Where to begin: first of all you're working on below minimum wage because you get 2% commission on whatever you sell - however you have to sell at least $2,000/day of merchandise to make around $9/hour. The managers constantly push you to "connect" with the customers, however it gets to a point where it's borderline harassment. Furthermore, you are not recognized for your hard work or your selling abilities as is evidenced by the horrible amount of hours they give you. Nobody gets more than 30 hours/week and the average is about 20 hours/week. Each day I met my projected goal (which is nearly impossible) and I was never rewarded with more hours. Typical hegemonic corporate policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your best sellers and give them more hours. It's a pretty simple philosophy. If one of your employees is constantly selling way below their goal, then fire them. Don't punish those who work hard and sell a lot by shortening their hours. This provides no incentive to truly work your hardest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    just fine till up management change!! Barry Goldware left

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Sun & Ski Sports full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    last couple of years none!

    Cons

    upper management.. lack of product.. they think they better at customer service than they are!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you are a kiss ass!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Learn a lot about the sports you love

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun & Ski Sports full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great training, Good people, excellent perks

    Cons

    Not very good pay, little to no advancement oppertunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your staff, they keep the lights on

    Recommends
  11.  

    Micromanaged, disorganized, un-trusting policies that waste time and money when they could just install cameras.

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    Former Employee - Bike Mechanic in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Bike Mechanic in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Sun & Ski Sports part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you live for sports that they sell, then the discounts and free swag that reps give out are amazing.

    Cons

    Not good if you don't live for sports. 1% commission... with most days less than 20 potential customers in the store and 4 sales people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, have schedules ready at least the day before, not the day after a shift. Don't change schedules last minute and not tell your employees. If they request off a month in advance, or have school, honor it. Trust your staff. Don't yell at them. Talk to higher ups about stupid policies that cost more money than the 'solutions' they solve. If you want people to want to move up, be a person they want to be. Not stressed out, cranky, annoyed, aloof, or angry at everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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