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Decathlon Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Store leader"

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

    I worked at Decathlon full-time

    Pros

    Company culture
    Management based on human
    Future perspective
    Diversity of jobs

    Cons

    Salary
    Necessity to have the capacity to make the difference between personnal and professional life

    Advice to Management

    High level of quality: feed back, monitoring to succeed, consideration, regular developing interviews...


  2. "IT support engineer"

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

    I worked at Decathlon full-time

    Pros

    Colleague are nice to work with, young, energetic, willing to help others. You have big opportunity to lead something

    Cons

    The process is not very clear sometimes

    Advice to Management

    To be more experienced would be better. Mgrs are too young

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unconcerned with realities of customer expectations, retail, and employment norms in the US."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some limited flexibility in setting own schedule. Employee discount makes the already great deals incredible.

    Cons

    Upper management is more concerned with self advancement than performing their roles adequately or even competently. Complete lack of team spirit among management with several of the members hustling to simply make themselves look good.

    English skills among upper management are middling to poor for a team spearheading a retail expansion to the US. This led to significant lost time due to inability to communicate clearly, and a feeling of inferiority American employees, as conversations among non native English speakers invariably defaulted to French or Spanish.

    Constant introduction of new top priorities created lack of focus and progress for the entire organization.

    All decision making is at the whim of the CEO who provides no context to his outlandish demands, nor will he speak with anyone but a handful of the expatriate management team. This is completely at odds with their often stated ideal of a "flat" organization, where everyone is supposed to feel empowered to take the actions they feel will make a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Immediately stop pouring all resources into garnering social media engagement, and focus instead on fixing the systemic problems at the core of the business.

    Specifically:
    Insist all upper management is trained in effective people management skills.

    Demand all tech and web integrations meet some standard of justification before implementing. Simply thinking a feature is cool is not reason enough.

    Hire experts in inventory & warehouse management, and pick/pack operations to ensure you are able to actually ship the items you take orders for.

    Trust your American employees judgement, and allow them to do the jobs they were hired for as they see fit. Constant micromanagement of them smacks of arrogance and ignorance.


  4. "Great Idea, Lots of potential, Tough Start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Marketing, lots of community involvement, fun sports events, diverse international Network, Low prices, good products, opportunity for travel. Great opportunity to tackle start-up business problems, market entry challenges, and communication problems.

    Cons

    Several key management figures in USA lacking important interdisciplinary background (business & engineering) and consequently insight into important technical issues, below market salary, not a data driven culture, lower management often substitutes ambiguity for candor, Low data and performance visibility, no database or ERP implemented, over-reliability on excel, disconnected data sources, high data inaccuracy resulting in cascade of issues, and not decided on solution stack resulting in constant issues to data integrity. Some part of start-up experience, some part of management selection.

    Advice to Management

    Need more management with both engineering and business backgrounds. Company experience alone doesn't compensate for theoretical training.


  5. "Product Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Decathlon part-time

    Pros

    1. Flexible schedule
    2. large room to develop
    3. Lots of opportunities

    Cons

    1. Low wages
    2. The manager is not sympathetic
    3. Sometimes, have to work to 12 am


  6. "Perfect place for students"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Decathlon full-time

    Pros

    -flexible schedule
    -possibility to promote
    - good pay for sales associates

    Cons

    - if they promote you, they will send you to another store


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Hostile Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Decathlon full-time

    Pros

    There are no deadlines to reach, as the operations of company is extremely slow in growth. Lacks overall organization, therefore you don't have to really do any work most of the days.

    Cons

    Uptight, incompetent and narcissistic people are sent from HQ to open in new countries. With zero knowledge of the local market, while conducts zero marketing research. Controls heavily local talent, so they can remain in executive positions while being incompetent.

  8. "Good company for young people to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Decathlon full-time

    Pros

    life & work balance, a lot to learn, being encouraged to take initiative

    Cons

    below average salary

    Advice to Management

    too frequently human change in the upper level management


  9. "Sales consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Decathlon part-time

    Pros

    Well paid, Good environment, good formation

    Cons

    Mangement, product, logistic, cash and guards


  10. "Dept Manager"

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

    I worked at Decathlon full-time

    Pros

    Young team, good communication atmosphere, basic retail knowledge

    Cons

    Low salary, intense working work, customer complaint

    Advice to Management

    None


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