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Sporting Life Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Product knowledge sessions are also a great way to learn about some of the store's products (in 14 reviews)

  • Lots of great people to work with and friendly work environment (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Minimum wage with a lackluster "recognition program" ex: (in 8 reviews)

  • constantly standing for long hours on the floor with only a 1 hour or half hour break depending on how long your shift is (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sporting Life part-time

    Pros

    Good environment, location, and employee training

    Cons

    Management can be disorganized at times


  2. "eCommerce Associate"

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

    I worked at Sporting Life full-time

    Pros

    Nothing is a pro at this company.

    Cons

    Everything is a con at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new management.

  3. "good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Big Creek, Fulton, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Big Creek, Fulton, GA

    Pros

    awesome great place to work

    Cons

    awesome no complaints at all

    Advice to Management

    awesome


  4. "Cashier"

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

    I worked at Sporting Life part-time

    Pros

    A friendly and inviting environment where everyone felt happy and welcomed to work in!

    Cons

    Some managers can be quite strict which would skew the "friendly" environment.


  5. "poor management and high turnover rate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sporting Life part-time

    Pros

    OK Discount (25% regular, 40% twice a year)
    Product knowledge sessions where vendors will come in and you learn about their product
    Good for those with no experience wanting some

    Cons

    Getting paid very little for the amount of work they expect you to do
    Managers are rude and think that they are better than everyone
    Terrible STAR program
    Associates stealing sales even though the STAR program does not compensate much

    Advice to Management

    Maybe if the management was nicer and believed in their staff, they would not have a high turnover rate. It is very inconsistent between managers and they take the longest time during closing. Also, don't be hypocritical. Associates will get yelled at for talking during shifts even though there are no customers and they are cleaning, but managers will stand in the middle of the store, gossiping with other managers. Managers should be helping out as well. Store manager will hand off customers to other associates even though they are busy with multiple other customers and then walk back to gossip.


  6. "warehouse employee"

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

    I worked at Sporting Life full-time

    Pros

    freedom on the job and friendly work environment

    Cons

    warehouse manager did a poor job managing


  7. "Do the right thing and get fired."

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

    Pros

    Employee discount isn't that bad, 25% off.

    Cons

    Most likely to be fired off during probation without any good reason.

  8. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    super flexible scheduling, good product knowledge sessions, easy application process, good products

    Cons

    not enough leadership from management, favouritism

    Advice to Management

    should treat each employee equally


  9. "Great Starting Job"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

    I worked at Sporting Life part-time

    Pros

    - Will hire even if you don't have any retail experience
    - Great place to learn all about customer service
    - Product knowledge sessions are also a great way to learn about some of the store's products
    - Lots of great people to work with and friendly work environment
    - Lenient on scheduling and time off ( if told in advance ), great for students
    - Employee discount, 40% off twice a year and regular 25% off

    Cons

    - Unrealistic sales targets
    - Minimum wage for a lot of work being done
    - Very low commission rate ( 0.01% )
    - Some managers are very disorganized
    - "John Smith" probably the worst person you'll meet there

    Advice to Management

    - Scheduling system should be updated
    - Can be a little more organized


  10. "Great place to people but horrible management"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Markham, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sporting Life part-time

    Pros

    • You get to meet a lot of cool people since it's such a big store
    • Star program (Kind of like commision) Ex. Reach $100,000K in sales and get $100 back on your next paycheque
    • Employee discount is 25% off and twice a year you receive 40% off
    • Managers are pretty flexible when it comes to your scheduling needs

    Cons

    • Poor management
    • Managers are often grilling you for chatting...when the store is completely empty with no customers and nothing to clean
    • Lots of gossip amongst sales associates since everyone is always trying to steal sales from each other
    • Went through at least three new managers within 6 months
    • Dress code (Can't wear sneakers?! But it's a sporting goods store....? But you can wear all black vans or converse..??? And no jeans, yoga pants, leggings, shorts during summer)


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