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Big 5 Reviews

Updated June 14, 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 29 reviews)

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  1. "Depends on Location"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Employee Discount (20% regular 10% sale)

    Cons

    Strict Dress Code
    -A store that sells workout clothing should be able to wear the products they sell
    Crazy Management
    Strict Rules
    Wastes a lot of paper (Doesn't recycle)
    No military discount


  2. "Sales Asscoiate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 It is outdated and annoying having to wear dress pants, buttoned-up collared shirt, and tie.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!

  3. "Eh."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Big 5 part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are flexible with hours if you're a student.

    Cons

    They don't care about their employees. They do something called "evaluations" that is a ranking system on how you've done the past year. If you get a good evaluation you get a 10 cent raise. I worked for the company as a part-time employee while I attended university full-time and I only ever got one 10 cent raise. I was making barely over minimum wage. They forced me to quit because I needed a month off for study abroad. I came back and got another part-time job that was also flexible with my school schedule and they paid starting (before the minimum wage went up) $10 an hour.


  4. "Job Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Cashier in Lubbock, TX

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

    Pros

    Great staff, pay is fair, customers entertaining.

    Cons

    Hours, small store with confusing set up for customers.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Almost a perfect experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Temecula, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Temecula, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good experience
    Fun environment

    Cons

    Assistant manager at my store was very unprofessional she was constantly talking about employees behind their backs to other employees. Felt like high school.

    Advice to Management

    Weed out the bad seeds.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  7. "Assistant Manager"

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    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Representative"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chico, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Chico, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fun work environment
    - Flexible Schedule
    - Friendly management

    Cons

    - Low hours
    - Little room for growth
    - No pay increases
    - Little incentive to work hard
    - Dress code is outdated and makes working uncomfortable in the environment we work in

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to incentivise employees to work harder.


  9. "MIT"

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    • 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.


  10. "Salesman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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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