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Big 5 Sporting Goods Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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  • Nothing to bad about a part time cahier job (in 34 reviews)

  • Irregular hours, low pay, small chance for advancement (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Cashier/Part Time"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Cashier in Livermore, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some employees were great to work with. Flexible hours. I felt comfortable speaking to management if there was a problem. I was even offered a manager trainee position while employed.

    Cons

    Some employees acted like they were better than everyone else. Working the later/evening shifts wasn't ideal as everyone who worked the morning/afternoon shifts would leave all the cleaning until the end of the day for the closing shift to handle.

    Advice to Management

    The managers I had were excellent. The only thing I would say to improve on is to stick up for your employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Retail"

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

    I worked at Big 5 Sporting Goods (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management is flexible with work hours.

    Cons

    Lack of hours, no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Sporting goods store doesn't need 5 managers to operate.

  3. "assistant manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Manager Trainee/Assistant Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Manager Trainee/Assistant Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 Sporting Goods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    had good health coverage and benefits.

    Cons

    worked in the farthest east region and was often forgotten about by the heads in California. old and outdated in some areas of business.


  4. "It's been a fun but long journey"

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    Current Employee - Second Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Second Assistant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 Sporting Goods full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You meet a lot of fun people and great management! They are great at working around your schedule. It's a fun environment!

    Cons

    Don't pay you enough and don't reward you for what you've done with the company! Also they updated there system and is harder to work with. They also have a crappy dress code especially if you're doing projects. Also hiring and applying is a pain.

    Advice to Management

    Reward us, change your dress code, change your music, make the system easier you look up things, make hiring easier and pay us more!


  5. "Good College Job, Could be Re-structured"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Managers and team very friendly. Expectations were perfect for what experience I had. I learned pretty much everything very quickly! Was able to incorporate a imaginative mind.

    Cons

    Minimum pay, and difficult to move up. There were times I wasn't doing anything at all. It was good for a first job / college job but I found scheduling to be difficult around a young person's schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Provide incentive to move up the ladder and maybe a program of doing so!


  6. "Fun work, but low pay"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Glendora, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Glendora, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 Sporting Goods full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Loved the employees and the merchandise.

    Cons

    Expected to do more than you had time for.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees with more respect instead of "just a part-timer"


  7. "Never a simple day"

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

    I worked at Big 5 Sporting Goods full-time

    Pros

    Company pays part of benefits, ability to make your own schedule except for holidays, meet different types of people

    Cons

    Not enough help given by supervisors, large inventory but small stores, constant maintenance, always adding more responsibilities in order to cut down on payroll expenses

    Advice to Management

    Need to value employees and give proper incentives , better training needed for management, evaluate stores on a individual basis for specific needs.

  8. "Good place to have a first job"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot of customer service basics, learn a lot about sports/fitness, flexible with scheduling, learn sales/cash register skills

    Cons

    Training is not the best, poor communication between management and employees at times, no reviews/pay raises unless you change positions entirely

    Advice to Management

    Train your employees thoroughly and they will provide better work


  9. "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Managers work around employees schedules

    Cons

    Return policy needs to be either enforced or changed


  10. "1st Assistant Manger"

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    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Encino, CA
    Current Employee - First Assistant Manager in Encino, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good Environment.
    -Taught me the importance of good customer service.
    - Friendly and hardworking staff working under me.
    -Good benefits.
    -Many locations.

    Cons

    -Having to work most nights, weekends and holidays.
    -Better training for some members of management sent in from outside stores.
    -Corporate "trusts" our judgement to make decisions on the store level yet always give the unruly customer exactly what they want.
    -Raises at my current position are minimal until I become the store manager.
    -Store manager positions rarely available.
    -Promotions lean more toward seniority then job production.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to pay closer attention to the training of some of the management at the store level. Too many outside mangers coming to our store that don't have the knowledge for even daily operations.


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