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Updated July 21, 2017
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  • Irregular hours, low pay, small chance for advancement (in 31 reviews)

  • Nothing to bad about a part time cahier job (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "It was decent job that paid."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hours are flexible to your schedule especially great for college student.
    Not a bad environment with good coworkers and manager.
    Discounts on sporting goods.

    Cons

    Not many cons if this a part time job for college student. But hours were limited due to quite a few full time workers and many part timers.


  2. "Assistant Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in La Quinta, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in La Quinta, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere and the ability to talk about sports is always a plus.

    Cons

    People who work hard are not recognized. District and Regional Managers have a vague idea of what happens in their stores

  3. "Summer Job"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Carson, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I wanted a local summer job. The process of actually starting to work took forever, but once I started working and they got to know my work ethic, I got more hours.

    Cons

    Some managers were nice other were so/so. There are some interesting people who worked there, but it was always entertaining.

    Advice to Management

    just keep on keeping on


  4. "Entry Level Jump Start"

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learning Environment
    Expects individuals to think for themselves

    Cons

    Limited Growth Potential
    Lacks Investment in Employees
    Poor Compensation Packages


  5. "Better then most retailers."

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    Current Employee - Relief Manager in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Relief Manager in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Upwards mobility if you ask for it.

    Great medical/dental for full timers.

    Great way to get manager experience for people that don't know what they want to do yet. Or some one who feels college isn't right for them.

    Cons

    Politics, lots and lots of politics. Depending on what District, store, and such depends a lot how much you will like it. Some Managers lead from the front, others will sit in the office most of the day and do nothing.

    Poor outdated dress coded, very strict on men, but very relaxed on women. Expect to dress up like your going to a interview only to lift dusty boxes out of the back.

    Advice to Management

    Realize this isn't a dictatorship, and you being at the company for 12 years doesn't make all your decisions perfect and flawless. A poor example of a manager really makes your life miserable at these kinds of places.


  6. "Good first job"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -great team
    -understanding managers who will work with you
    -best coworkers

    Cons

    -minimum wage
    -e team sign ups


  7. "Harsh Brutal to truckers"

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    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in Riverside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay due to Teamster contract. Decent trucks, lots of exercise unloading floor-loads. Your break is to the second, but it's in a decent cafeteria.

    Cons

    Company seems to hate the Union and takes it out on the employees. Managers treat workers like property of the company. Top management doesn't care about what happens in the name of sales. Drivers get fired for 3 minor paperwork errors within 6 months despite years of safe timely deliveries.

    Advice to Management

    Stop beating up the work force because they are hard working humans and not parts of a computer.

  8. "Manager Trainee"

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    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Newport, OR
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Newport, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on the attention and care of your supervising manager, the position is a great first entry into retail managment.

    Cons

    Often, you are tasked with action items and over seeing group activities requiring authority. In your current position the reality is that you have none. And over stepping your position is likely if you decide to go above and beyond.

    Advice to Management

    Create a workplace culture between "Family" and "Completely Professional".


  9. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 part-time

    Pros

    Great Staff, Good Management, and Fair hours

    Cons

    Uniform Is a little too much for the job


  10. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Bullhead City, AZ
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Bullhead City, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Full benefits, they treat you like family. It's an awesome place to work for and work with. Great corporation to be a part of.

    Cons

    It's retail so the schedule is not fun. That would be the biggest issue for me. Also wouldn't mind being paid a little more

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice for more money.


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