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Paragon Sporting Goods Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Great discount and great work environment and many opportunities to advance (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people with lots of knowledge (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Can be a bit demanding and has high turnover (in 5 reviews)

  • No room to grow and the management is pretty terrible to deal with in my opinion, they play favoritism which is pretty crappy if you ask me (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Paragon"

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    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Paragon Sporting Goods part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Customers are relatively nice and easy to assist.

    Cons

    High turnover. Paragon doesn't just dole out full time positions.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest higher wages for sales staff


  2. "Old-fashioned strategies, cheap with employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People here care about fitness and sports and are generally quite knowledgeable in this field.

    Cons

    Management isn't interested in new technology and its members frequently say "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." They also have no problem raking in tons of money while letting employees work just above poverty to do meaningful marketing, advertising, communications, customer service and other "corporate" responsibilities.

    They tend to want all the ideas without paying you. Best part is they don't give you the resources to follow-through on those ideas. They also micromanage so much that the new (and much more financially logical and successful) strategies are dumbed down to the same old way of doing marketing and advertising.

    Follow-through on promised promotions and raises is slim to none. Out of the few I saw, less than half received. Those who did receive a promotion were brown-nosers who were decent workers but not qualified and took credit for others' work.

    The "office facilities" and store are absolutely disgusting, with mice and cockroaches coming from under desks, keyboards and shelving. Office workers work hourly and are monitored closely like delinquents, including putting bags in a shared space where basically any employee can steel from another. At the very least your bag will smell heavily of weed.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to expect perfection, reward your employees as such. That doesn't mean with a gift card to your own store. That means a substantial raise to pay for rent and food.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Paragon Sporting Goods part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people with lots of knowledge. Really fun environment to work in, especially if you are truly passionate about the department you are working in.

    Cons

    Managers often micromanage in an area of the store that they don't understand to the point that they actually waste the time of associates. They often get carried away with the idea of "running a tight ship" and implement policies that don't help the store or their employees. That being said, there are some fantastic managers who do an excellent job of managing the parts of the store they are supposed to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Less micromanagement of sales associates, especially on the second floor where people generally do an excellent job and have fantastic product knowledge.


  4. "Warehouse head receiver"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    Could pay more for desire position


  5. "Better than the average retail experience"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Paragon Sporting Goods part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small commissions called PM's entice competition. Some of the managers are great. The owner is frequently at the store. My coworkers were great.

    Cons

    Inconsistency between managers. PM's don't even pay 1% on the item.

    Advice to Management

    Stay consistent. If you're going to play the good manager, bad manager roles, do it wholeheartedly or not at all.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    met some good friends here, laid back atmosphere, nice job for part-time students

    Cons

    SO MANY CONS. ONLY WORK HERE IF YOU ARE PART-TIME STUDENT. (see advice to management). Management does absolutely nothing but stare at their phones and send emails out to have things fixed that just gets looped around and nothing gets done.

    Advice to Management

    stop talking down to employees, stop messing schedules up, stop delegating YOUR management tasks to supervisors and associates, take constructive criticism seriously, PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES MORE, dont expect to have someone who works in "fitness" to cross train on every other damn department and pay them the same. you pride yourself on "bespoke" services but you have people selling ski products who have never set foot on a mountain. raise commission percentage. you need to have a more concrete store layout for the LIFE of the store- you seriously need to stop moving departments all the time; loss prevention and staff/customer aggravation will improve. i can go on and on- but basically- you guys are a joke. your turnover ratio is huge for a reason.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A super stressful environment."

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    Former Employee - Store Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Store Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products and nice customers. Great location easy to commute to.

    Cons

    Extremely stressful environment. The store is awkwardly set up so extremely hard to manage with so few managers.

  8. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    30% Discount and coworkers were similar in age. There are also running groups to be a part of and the store is involved in many community events.

    Cons

    Too many managers and supervisors telling you what to do and they all have different opinions. They don't believe in pay increase, I was there for nearly two years and all I got was a $0.25 raise per hour.


  9. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People, fun environment. Good part-time gig

    Cons

    None really, had fun great for part-time

    Advice to Management

    keep hiring good people, to excel business


  10. "stock associate"

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    Former Employee - Stock Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty outgoing environment. The customers were great and friendly. They also have a great team work environment inside paragon, which I enjoyed a lot.

    Cons

    No room to grow and the management is pretty terrible to deal with in my opinion, they play favoritism which is pretty crappy if you ask me.

    Advice to Management

    One of the things management could do to better themselves is stop picking favorites and treat everyone equally.


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