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Challenger Sports Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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  1. "Very Good Summer Placement"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Football Coach in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Football Coach in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Sports (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This was a Summer placement whilst I was still at university. Great cultural experience overall.
    Good teamwork.
    Good support regarding communication and coaching material.

    Cons

    Money wasn't brilliant
    Travelling in between camps was sometimes too long.
    When there was a shortage of staff in neighbouring states would would have to be drafted in. Some journeys were over 8 hours long!

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more communication and organisation from neighbouring states. The experience would have been better if all of the camps were more local to where our 'base' hotel was located.


  2. "Awesome"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Challenger Sports full-time

    Pros

    Great Staff. Very friendly and easy to work with

    Cons

    Low average pay compared to other local business


  3. "Catcher (inspector)"

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    Former Employee - Catcher in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Catcher in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Sports full-time

    Pros

    Very laid back environment as long as you understand your job and can do it well.

    Cons

    The problem is that there is zero to little training, you're expected to learn from people who also have been hired relatively recently. The turn over rate is ridiculous. They hire people on and then lay them off again before they even fully understand all of their jobs responsibilities. It's almost impossible to feel appreciated at this place. The raise you may or may not receive each year basically keeps you right at what they end up hiring on the new seasonal people at later in the year.


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  5. "Great way into America, get out quick"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Director
    Former Employee - Regional Director
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to have superb people to work with, great benefits, flex hours, great way to get into the states full time (use the visa and get out quickly)

    Cons

    Very low pay (finds ways to underpay staff despite visa stipulations on min pay), unreasonable requests to 'get the job done', some regional managers have a very easy life while others are worked like dogs for little pay, staff need to coach part time to afford to live (this is then frowned upon), staff who leave for better opportunities frowned upon, asked staff to pay for visa costs (illegal), high level of weekend work while some regional managers barely work at all, some higher level rds treat staff and coaches with complete contempt, VERY tight with money

    Advice to Management

    Consistency with all staff, some staff have the easiest life ever yet get all the praise, pay staff properly or at least to a level they can live at, don't complain when people coach part time for 10k per year to live, have a realistic expectation as to where the market is right now, have an evolving game plan for future sales and cut the BS from various RD's


  6. "Administrative Assistant. Director of Host Family Communications"

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    Former Employee - Director of Host Family Commun in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Director of Host Family Commun in Lenexa, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Sports (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, awesome people. It was a joy to meet the crew in the Cincinnati office. Great experience in customer relations/service.

    Cons

    Minimum wage, long drive if you live in Kentucky. A lot of cold calling.


  7. "Great for international students."

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    Former Employee - Camp Director in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Camp Director in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Sports full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some great people work at Challenger, you have a great time on most camps. Rental car, gas paid, big plus.

    Cons

    Pay is low and you have no say on where you work or who you work with. Management tend to see you as a tool. Some staff rude and unwilling to talk things over.

    Advice to Management

    Try and be more flexible.


  8. "Camp Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant to the Director in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Assistant to the Director in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Sports (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, employees were awesome

    Cons

    Minimum pay, not long hours

    Advice to Management

    I have none.


  9. "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Challenger Sports full-time

    Pros

    Great people all around.
    Time is yours to manage, generally.

    Cons

    Lack of training infrastructure. You're given some pointers and a system to use, as well as some goals, but that's the highest level of training you get, really.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professional sales managers.


  10. "Decent company overall"

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    Former Employee - Regional Director
    Former Employee - Regional Director
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Sports full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment. Great people and good work life balance. Company does care about employees

    Cons

    Pay isnt great but very flexible schedule. Time off at christmas is a plus. Not too much room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Structure for advancement needs to be looked at


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    "An awful company to work for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Soccer Coach in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Soccer Coach in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Challenger Sports full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The kids you get to coach, usually most kids in the States are nice and friendly.

    Cons

    The people you deal with who work for the company, you are treated like dirt by the directors and the people on your camp. It's a demoralising experience. The job itself is mainly babysitting rather then actually getting any real soccer coaching in.

    Advice to Management

    Consider how you treat your staff, it's a disgrace. No help from anyone. Alot of the coaches who work for the company are horrible people too. I would advise anyone strongly to stay away from this company



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