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Big 5 Reviews

Updated May 25, 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. "Store Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  2. "Toxic Company Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    local commute, not challenge.

    Cons

    No mgmt support, segragated teams, mgmt use staff as chess pons for self politic gains. Discrimination and preferential treatment to tjose brown-nose.


  3. "Big 5 Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chula Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with school
    Fairly easy work
    Co-worker friendly
    Management is good

    Cons

    Stockroom has shoes stacked very high, sometimes seems dangerous. Honestly it would be fine if the store had a little bit more space.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job, working around the schedule of the employees and creating a friendly working environment.


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  5. "Good Job Flexible Hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Watsonville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and fun working teams, being able to get a month of time off as a part timer

    Cons

    Big 5 does not give commission so there is no initiative to sell. Also we are underpaid for the amount of work done.

    Advice to Management

    Teamwork makes the dream work


  6. "Store manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair benefits, no college degree required, promotes from within

    Cons

    Retail schedule, lots of weekends required, works every holiday weekend.

    Advice to Management

    As long as you don't mind working almost every weekend and holiday you are fine


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Developing Customer Service Skills through Sporting Goods"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Alamogordo, NM
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Alamogordo, NM
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working at Big 5 is a great opportunity to develop customer service skills, engage with people from different walks of life and learn logistical and merchandise organization skills. Depending on your situation and your available time, you can move up quickly to a Manager Trainee position and from there to Assistant Manager or higher. Each advancement is an opportunity to learn more skills to better serve you in your career. It is a low stress job with little urgency, and a great "first job" for any younger person.

    Cons

    At times, belligerent or angry customers can be a nuisance. For the inexperienced, these interactions can make or break employment. I have known newly hired quit prematurely because they are inexperienced in dealing with these clients. These are opportunities, but they're often difficult to see. Additionally, inconsistent hours seem to be a company wide policy, which can make planning for events difficult and tricky. Maintain a positive relationship with your management.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees, and do everything you can to accommodate their needs. It's difficult, but as a Manager you have to balance their schedules. If an employee has been with you for a while and shows promise, ask them if they would be interested in moving up. Often times, the inexperienced are unaware that their next opportunity is simply a question away. Help them initiate.


  8. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, management flexible with hours, easy assignments

    Cons

    Can get busy at times, short staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more associates


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Better than alternative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  10. "Big 5 Sporting Goods Part-time Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Studio City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Studio City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Two ten minute breaks, fun co-workers and a chill backroom area to relax.

    Cons

    Strict and unforgiving boss, no commission or tips and overall too low pay for the effort put into the work.

    Advice to Management

    Organize the the store better with categories and give you r employees better incentives.


  11. "Big 5 Sporting Goods"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in San Leandro, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier/Sales Associate in San Leandro, CA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Big 5 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous employee discounts.
    Occasional sales contests were winning stores are treated to lunch/dinner.

    Cons

    While no experience is required for part-time non management positions, the amount of work is not consistent with the low wages.


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