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Sports Direct Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, easy to work in (in 23 reviews)

  • Flexibility from part time staff is brilliant (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Yes it's a zero hour contract but that's never bothered me (in 71 reviews)

  • 0 hour contract can mean next to no hours work leading to small pay, sometimes looked down upon by customers and higher positioned staff (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Good for students"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Direct part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The working hours are so flexible. Because I'm a student, I can work 5 hours a week and not worry about being called in for extra shifts. I don't have time for long hours and it's just the right amount of spare cash every month.

    Cons

    The work is tedious and the busy stores are less happy with part time staff. They'd prefer everyone working 45 hour weeks! I've worked in a large store and a small store. The large store definitely had me working hard and feeling guilty for leaving on time! But the small store made me love working for sports direct.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the lives of your employees. If we come at 7am and leave at 6:30pm, shattered, everyday... That's the entire week gone. We need to be allowed to leave on time, work decent hours without being begged to do more and be seen as a human being and not a worker. There's only so much one person can do.


  2. "company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time

    Pros

    it is a big company

    Cons

    sometimes there were long hours


  3. "IT Support"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Support in Shirebrook, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Support in Shirebrook, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Direct full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good range of IT experience to be learnt.
    Some room for progression
    Pay for certifications

    Cons

    Shift patterns
    Weekend work
    Staff Christmas party at local hotel owned by company owners brother, charging £50 per night to stay!
    Low pay compared to similar roles
    No more bonus

    Advice to Management

    Better pay for helpdesk
    Fairer bonus for all employees


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  5. "Poor working environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Okay if you are friendly with managers
    Holiday usually when you want with two-weeks notice
    Previously flexible for students

    Cons

    Unprofessional management
    Long hours
    Poor work/life balance
    High staff turnover
    Poor pay
    Unreasonable expectations from management

    Advice to Management

    Treat hardworking staff with the respect they deserve, treat your employees like human beings, respect that your employees have lives outside of work


  6. "Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company offers a good 5 star incentives/commission scheme for employees to earn extra money on top of their salary.

    Cons

    Lack of help in induction. When i started i was thrown into to the deep end and straight onto tills when i had made it clear i had never worked a till. All i got told was how to scan items and take money but several other problems arose for which there was a lack of help and management just wanted me to know even though the system was completely new to me. Plus i was left on my own for 90% of my shift with no one in sight no other employee or management.

    Advice to Management

    Give more training in the first few shifts to staff and get their feedback on what they g=have learnt or feel they need more improvement on to help staff work better.


  7. "Casual Sales Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Direct part-time

    Pros

    Management are really nice, other staff are friendly and we all get along well. The work is pretty easy and the shifts aren't long.

    Cons

    Pressure to sell promotional items and upsell on goods to meet store KPI targets.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training on how to sell and meet targets.


  8. "update on sports direct"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operative in Wigan, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Warehouse Operative in Wigan, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Monday to Friday work ..no weekends only o/t if needed

    Cons

    worked wi a couple of clowns/ no idea how to do the job /

    Advice to Management

    had 3 to answer to ..2 out of 3 aint bad as the song go,s ..


  9. "sales assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sheffield, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pros where short hours so you dont have to wait to long to go home if your having bad day

    Cons

    the overall culture an values was negative and management not profesional


  10. "good job with good people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Direct part-time

    Pros

    the job itself isn't that bad you get 25% staff discount and the people there are really nice.

    Cons

    the discount can only be used on a Thursday
    management need to know how to do their job


  11. "Sales Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in Castleford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in Castleford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Direct part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good commission scheme which earns me a lot more money, also the hours are very flexible

    Cons

    Low basic pay and unprofessional managers which makes it quite hard to work there

    Advice to Management

    Act more mature and more like team leaders



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