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Updated June 14, 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. "Cashier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time

    Pros

    Friendly management
    Works around school schedule

    Cons

    Not many hours
    Lots of theft

    Advice to Management

    Change the dress code. Have us wear what we sell. Slacks and button ups do not reflect our merchandise!


  2. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 part-time

    Pros

    Great college job
    Flexible scheduling
    Great employees

    Cons

    Inefficient and old fashioned way of operating


  3. "Harsh Brutal to truckers"

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


  4. "Sales Associate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a 20% discount on everything and 10% on anything that is on sale

    Cons

    The job itself is not too demanding but tedious, and the uniform is basically a suit which you have to use to carry heavy machines around and that makes it very uncomfortable

    Advice to Management

    Need more comfortable uniforms


  5. "Summer Job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Entry Level Jump Start"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. "Great Opportunity to Learn"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Managers cared for their employees
    They are more like leaders instead of bosses and teach
    Patient and easy to work with
    Employees care for their store very much

    Cons

    Training for sales came very late for me, so I lacked knowledge about products that were in the store or whether of not we carried a certain product off the top of my head like my coworkers

    Advice to Management

    The managers at Big 5 were great and I definitely learned a lot from them while I was employed at the company. I wouldn't change anything significant.


  8. "Better then most retailers."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Good first job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  10. "se"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice people n company
    nice people n company
    nice people n company

    Cons

    nothing
    nice people n company
    nice people n company


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