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Big 5 Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Nothing to bad about a part time cahier job (in 32 reviews)

  • Irregular hours, low pay, small chance for advancement (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Alright"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Cashier in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun Coworkers
    Flexible schedule
    Decent discount

    Cons

    HAVE to wear office attire
    Crappy hours
    No benefits

    Advice to Management

    It's a SPORTING store let employees wear sporty clothing


  2. "Its a job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time

    Pros

    40 hours every week. Can be fun at times. benefits, thats about it. I have to make it twenty words.Retail so not much different than any other retail.

    Cons

    Low pay, bad scheduling practices, very demanding for compensation, policies are not practical or fair to you on many occasions.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, listen to lower management, and show that you care about all employees even after the hiring process and basic corporate speak.

  3. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee discount, good co-workers, good management, great selection and great store

    Cons

    Gets hectic, rude customers, bad support, bad communication between managers and homeless customers


  4. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scheduling flexibility except for holidays

    Cons

    Compensation not current with competitors

    Advice to Management

    Corporate level jobs pay well, store level positions do not.


  5. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Big 5 part-time

    Pros

    sports, leniency, coworkers, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    freight shift, attire, short break times


  6. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Had decent discounts at times

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Management didn't really care about workers


  7. "Great company to work for (college job)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible shifts, worked around my busy course schedule. Great store manager!

    Cons

    Not much of a team atmosphere.

  8. "fiscally conservative company that plans to stick around"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This review concerns corporate only.
    1. They've always been a fiscally conservative company. This means when the great recession hit they were prepared to batten down the hatches and ride out the storm.
    Everyone kept their heads down and keep working...and guess what....almost everyone survived.
    2. Most of the managers and supervisors are great to work for and reasonable when it comes to vacation time and family emergencies.
    3.They are very patient with new employees trying to catch up to speed (if you didn't lie on your resume).
    4. There is a very strong "family" feeling and former employees often stop by to say 'Hi'.

    Cons

    It's strange but the "cons" relate to the "pros".
    1. Part of being fiscally conservative is keeping the pay low. Is my pay within the normal range for my title? Yup, at the LOWEST end of it. I've heard some recent college grads really excited at the prospect of working for corporate but ultimately not landing the job. Turns out they thought that since Big 5 is a well known company they might pay higher wages. Wrong! Their recruiters were laughed off the phone.
    2. A few of the managers/supervisors are "quirky" or micro-managing weirdos. Eventually you get used to it.
    3. Sometimes they're so desperate to fill a position that, in some cases, they'll let an obvious 'bad fit' stay on for quite some time....almost to the point of taking down a department.
    4. Along with the "family" feeling comes a lot of guilt. Guilt with vacation planning....some departments don't have designated backups. Someone that has 4 weeks of vacation saved might only take 2 weeks during the year because they don't want to come back to a pile of work that no one has touched. I've heard "It's more work to take a vacation." said around here multiple times. Instead of bringing up the idea of cross-training, people just take less vacation. The same goes with maternity leave. I've seen someone become visibly annoyed that a woman was pregnant with her second child......because then they were FORCED to find and train a backup. They made a disgusting show of how inconvenient it was.

    Advice to Management

    This is going to sound weird but you should take a look at Netflix's culture deck. Big 5 is the quintessential low-paying corporation they give in their examples....it's scary how exact it is...you might want to look at the top of market pay section.
    Also, I know there is a sort of whistle-blower hotline for anonymously reporting issues but it would be great if there were a suggestion hotline or e-mail where employees could send in suggestions that might add to the success of the company.


  9. "Store Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 full-time

    Pros

    Supervisors are very hands on and love training. They are patient and positive. Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Not very competitive with pay scales


  10. "okay company, Hometown Feel"

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    Former Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Bend, OR
    Former Employee - Second Assistant Manager in Bend, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great jump off point
    okay benefits

    Cons

    small company
    upper management
    slow to hire
    slow to fire

    Advice to Management

    stop skirting healthcare laws and give more employees benefits


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