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Big 5 Sporting Goods Reviews

Updated January 20, 2018
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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. "Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 Sporting Goods part-time

    Pros

    Work with great people. Manager is excellent in Eugene.

    Cons

    There really aren't many cons

    Advice to Management

    They are doing an excellent job I don't have any advice.


  2. "Manger trainee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 Sporting Goods full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working closely with coworkers and employees ensures the most convenient scheduling.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move up in the store unless you move as well.

    Advice to Management

    Use less paper.

  3. "Assistant Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in La Grande, OR
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in La Grande, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the chance to learn everything you need. There is vast upward mobility if you are willing to relocate. I have yet to encounter an unrealistic expectation.

    Cons

    Demanding work/life balance. Semi-outdated dress code policy. (Lots of movement in business casual clothing.)

    Advice to Management

    Foster a culture of personal growth. The reward is who you become, not what you recieve.


  4. "Cashier/Part Time"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Cashier/salesperson"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hours are flexible and job is easy

    Cons

    Working on holidays is a drag


  6. "Easy"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big 5 Sporting Goods part-time

    Pros

    The work is pretty easy.

    Cons

    Some managers are rude and get annoyed when you ask for help.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "No life at this place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, simple job, decent benefits, always got along well with people I supervised, paid time off for managers and vacation time accrues nicely, discounts are good to you and your family, will pay to relocate you if interested, do get some face to face time with district/corporate managers.

    Cons

    Different stores operate differently so that can get confusing if transferred or covering
    Hours SUCK as management, you are married to this place and there is absolutely no set schedule and it changes every week, holidays schedule is even worse as it's all set by corporate suits.
    Dress code is old and dated, they have no uniforms either and you're up on your feet 4 to 8 hours a day in dress shoes
    There is very little room for advancement as you get higher in the chain, most store managers have been in their position for a long time (sometimes 10+ years) and corporate rarely budges on vacancy, but beginning of management career is a bit more fluid.
    There is little to no incentive from higher ups to do well at your job as a manager or a part time sales/cashier, just some nice words and pats on the back only go so far.
    Store assistant management is a revolving door people always in and out getting a better opportunity
    Part time staff get hosed on hours in lower volume stores
    Store manager attitudes are a toss up, they're either good or bad and I've worked for some serious bad ones
    Favoritism is also a serious issue in this company
    Because of the lack of staff at times, the bad eggs stay around for a long time

    Advice to Management

    Fix your revolving door issues, change your dress code, get rid off this good old boys club you have going on, start fostering a big 5 family setting, make people's jobs worth their time, and start understanding that too most people this is just a job nothing more nothing less

  8. "Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Big 5 Sporting Goods part-time

    Pros

    -Friendly managers
    -laid back job environment
    -Good store to work at if you are familiar with sporting goods

    Cons

    -Not a lot of hours given, although for part time work it is pretty good
    -Pay is not all that great

    Advice to Management

    More incentives


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Elk Grove, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Elk Grove, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Team Environment, Customer Service, and Experience.

    Cons

    Pay/Hour distribution. Loss prevention.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Retail"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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