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  • Some of upper management not easy to work with (in 66 reviews)

  • Work/life balance is a challenge, but this is common in most of retail (in 24 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Authority/Merch Manager in Gurnee, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Authority/Merch Manager in Gurnee, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, good pay, and good hours

    Cons

    Company went bankrupt and went out of business in July of 2016.


  2. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Crystal Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Crystal Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere to work in
    Management was very respectful and undertsanding

    Cons

    The store was often nearly empty

  3. "no wonder they went OOB"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Gurnee, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Gurnee, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the pro was clocking out and going home, that is if you can afford a home , most associates can only afford a place to stay.... store manager and corporate made bank + bonuses , go figure...

    Cons

    all that go along with a crappy paying retail job and more. the worst is the holiday season, when everyone else is celebrating you are in servant mode.

    Advice to Management

    store management: lighten up on the associates,
    corporate management: get over yourselves, you are not gods and you employees really hate to work here!


  4. "SR Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in North Riverside, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in North Riverside, IL

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time

    Pros

    The discount was really good.

    Cons

    Management was a bit unorganized, and the pay was not that great.


  5. "Distribution Center Loss Prevention Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Manager in Elmhurst, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Never Micro Managed
    Able to be creative
    Could call VP to talk business without fear

    Cons

    Failed to grasp online market, resulting in company demise....


  6. "Customer Service/Cashier"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Vacation and PTO time the longer you stay with the company. Good work/life balance. Friendly atmosphere, great employees

    Cons

    Short Lunch breaks for the amount of time put in per day. Some long days. Communication with upper management was lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be better organized and also communicate better with department managers as well as employees. More rewards and acknowledgement when employees and/or dept managers go above and beyond for the company.


  7. "Sad they're going away."

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    Current Employee - Retail Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Retail Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great products, everything you'd need to get out and be active.

    Cons

    Unfocused corporate office over the last few years w/ new programs coming and going every year and a complete move away from the true #1 factor in successful retail, top line sales...

  8. "+"

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay, flexible hours, and great opportunities for growth in the company. The management team helps to develop associates for the next level.

    Cons

    No challenges with this great company, only opportunities! If you're hard working and great with people then it's easy to overcome any challenges.


  9. "Fair job."

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Lawn, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Lawn, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Authority (Less than a year)

    Pros

    50% discount. Lenient on requested days off.

    Cons

    Management were very uptight.

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  10. "Team Leader Sales"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Crystal Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Crystal Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Authority (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good work environment and good pay

    Cons

    inconsistent schedule, and the store is closing in two months


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