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Updated May 25, 2017
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Steven G. Miller
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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 29 reviews)

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  1. "Good first job"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Manager Trainee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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".


  3. "Sales Asscoiate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers
    Works around school schedule
    Easy job for the most part
    Good employee discount

    Cons

    Pay is terrible! I have been employed for nearly 5 years and I only make .15 more than the new guy hired last week.
    Dress code! It is outdated and annoying having to wear dress pants, buttoned-up collared shirt, and tie. It's a sports store, not a car dealership.

    Advice to Management

    Change the dress code!


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  5. "Coworkers are fun to be around, things they sell are outdated and don't get paid much."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cannot get fired as long as you show up to work and give minimal effort, 25% discount, not very busy.

    Cons

    Have to dress up nice, pay isn't good, basically only sell to old people and you get called in to work extra hours a couple times a month

    Advice to Management

    Change the dress code and sell items that actual athletes would buy. Not what former athletes would buy.


  6. "Assistant Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in San Bernardino, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in San Bernardino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Face to Face interaction

    Cons

    No work life balance always on toes due to scheduling


  7. "MIT"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MIT in Roswell, NM
    Former Employee - MIT in Roswell, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady work, Not hard.

    Cons

    Management can be power hungry, Was that way at two stores I worked at. They hired above from outside the company after saying "we love to promote from within" and then cut the Relief manager position at several stores. If you Kiss butt you move up.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat your employees like dirt, appreciate them and they'll work harder for you. Also don't bring your home life into work and treat your employees because of it.


  8. "Salesman"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and it's all very easy. It's a decent enough high school or college job if you don't mind the boredom.

    Cons

    It is an incredibly boring job, you're expected to have as open availability as possible but everyone ends up with low hours anyway. Retail is a dying business, I wouldn't advise working here. Bad employees are allowed to stick around while everyone else gets to suffer through them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good employees happy with high hours and get rid of the bad ones. Relax the dress code, it's sports not banking!


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    "Good management training ground, company needs to catch up with the times and provide incentive"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee to First Assistant Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee to First Assistant Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a good management training system to teach you multiple aspects of business and retail management. You will do everything from clean the bathrooms and unloading a truck shipment to managing the store's cash flow, ordering supplies, creating employees schedules and merchandising.

    Cons

    Their culture doesn't match the product. It's a discount sporting goods store, but they require their employees to wear a shirt and tie like it's a high end clothing retailer. ?? There isn't an incentive program in place, so pretty much everyone is just going through the motions and waiting their time for openings to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Inspire your managers, make them feel valued, create a system for them to want to work harder, hit higher revenue numbers and inspire their part-time workers to sell more and have the store looking better. This starts from the top down...Mr. Miller. I had multiple interactions with him and it seems like even he isn't excited about his own company.


  10. "Store Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits program both with time off and medical/dental. The company provides a variety of training programs for management. California based company provides protection for employees with strict guidelines for discipline. This results in no retaliation or unwarranted terminations.

    Cons

    Work life balance non existent the further up the ladder you go, especially during the holidays. Micro managing from District and Regional management. Lack of support from higher management concerning transfers or with employee situations.

    Advice to Management

    Allow managers at all levels to have a better work life balance. It is important to allow managers with family's to have time at home as well as at work during all holidays.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Better than alternative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brighton, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brighton, CO

    I worked at Big 5 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big 5 Sporting Goods is a solid company with a proven track record of growth despite competition going out of business. Used to offer great benefits, but times have changed.

    Cons

    Big 5 gets everything they can out of their people but salaries do not show it. You might pickup up $60 in a year same store sales, but because the company only made 30 million, no raises.

    Advice to Management

    Big 5 would hold on to a lot more of its good people if it took care of the team. If you are willing to move to CA, you might be able to grow with the company.


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