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Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
15 Reviews

2.7
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Company on the cusp of success

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    Pros

    Great upper management, good work to life balance. Processes in place for future growth. Genuine shared passion for the business across all levels.

    Cons

    Buying operations poor at times, communication struggles between corporate staff and store-level management. Product in-stock levels inconsistent. Many growing pains.

  2.  

    Great atmosphere, great people, corporate issues.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR

    Pros

    In-store management is very supportive, fun atmosphere. If it were not for the upper management and in store staff, I probably would have left a long time ago.

    Cons

    Corporate has a definite superiority complex and does not always communicate well. Sales staff is underpaid for the job they perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring wage should be raised and supply chain problems need to be addressed for the corperation to move forward and compete.

    Recommends
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    disparaging experiences

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    draws group of outdoor enthusiasts

    Cons

    wants non thinkers, lack of supervision, poor management at store level, low wages, long commitments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    monitor store level management more closely, take a closer look at culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Interesting work, poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employee discount, fun, room for growth

    Cons

    Clueless store manager, no support from HR regarding inter store conflicts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great in the beginning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Manager  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Lots of great products and people

    Cons

    Last management did not understand the business

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Frustrating and Pathetic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Mainly good group of people on staff side. Customers are on the whole are pretty good and understanding considering the fact of drastic lack of stock.

    Cons

    No support from Head Office, unprofessional senior management, lack of distribution center, lack of stock, poor seasonal buy in and exits plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UFA should investigate WSS senior" leadership" team, and pay attention to what the stores are concerned about.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    at first it was great, but since ufa took over it went down very quickly

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    Former Employee - Archery Department Manager  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Archery Department Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    most of the front line staff were awesome, and the discounts were ok

    Cons

    the management, both at the store level, and at corporate level couldn't find the ground in the dark with both hands, low pay rate for highly trained staff, management playing favorites with staff, not enough stock to satisfy customer demands, corporate management always wanted higher profits, but wouldn't let us have the stock we needed to do it, can't give any critisim to management or you will be fired or in my case "terminated without cause"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a clue as to how to run a business. The only way you're running a business is into the ground, not my concern anymore anyway, so go hard or go home...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good culture, confusing direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company culture. Everyone gives 100% on the corporate side. Loves to promote from within. Great opportunities if you live in Langley.

    Cons

    Volatile directorship. Lack of clarifications and constantly changing goals and expectations. Pay is below industry standards while expectations are above industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some purchasers with purchasing experience, not just wholesale sports experience. The existing team needs constructive coaching from professionals. They want to do well but it seems the bar is constantly moved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good place to work! Good pay and atmosphere

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun team
    Very good at scheduling work hours
    Convenient locations
    Opportunities to move up the metaphorical ladder
    It's just an overall good place to work

    Cons

    Tiring standing on the concrete floors all day
    Not much pick in which department you get to work in
    Large place so walking is heavy; if you don't like being on your feet, this probably isn't for you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  11.  

    It has its ups and downs, but been a good company overall

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    Pros

    Staff have fun together, great work ethics, fun customers, pays well for retail wage, very flexible, family oriented company,

    Cons

    Stock issues, hire as part time only, inexperienced management in some departments, some rebuilding required in departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your long term staff members as tools to train your new employees and enhance the store sales. You`d be amazed on the knowledge that is there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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