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Updated August 23, 2017
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  1. "Limitations at this work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Saint Paul, MN
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sportsman's Guide full-time

    Pros

    Great vacation plan, great employees and wonderful discounts in store.

    Cons

    When business started to slow down, instead of letting the least experienced go, basically most of the persons that lost their jobs were long working associates with seniority and experience.

    Advice to Management

    It is sad that loyalty seems to be something in the past.


  2. "From Great company to ungrateful tyrants"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sportsman's Guide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company was the best of 3 worlds, Internet sales, Catalog / phone sales and they had a brick and mortar store. Had been a family run business for over 40 years very well established growing company.,

    Cons

    Company sold to another and later completely changed out all management and supervisors, New management drastically changed the way things were done including dropping catalogs and are having disastrous results. Sales failing, big layoffs and more.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes how you were doing things was still a better way and being in-flexible
    is your road to ruin.

  3. "Such promise"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sportsman's Guide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual dress and great co-workers

    Cons

    poor leadership, afraid of change, don't trust or listen to employees


  4. "Sales accossiate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Accossiate in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Accossiate in South Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sportsman's Guide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Close to home, traffic was horrible.

    Cons

    Management is always getting replaced with new management. Unreliable business practices.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Consider yourself expendable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sportsman's Guide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    SG used to be a great place to work. The people in my department and around the company were a genuine pleasure to work with. Now, there's only a handful of people with tenure left.

    Cons

    Loyalty and dedication won't get you anywhere here. There is zero job security. I'd rate Jay Berlin, the CEO, but he was let go as well.

    Advice to Management

    To give advice at this point is futile. I will say that Northern Tool should reconsider their advertising about how they help the community. Letting several long time employees go does not bode well for the surrounding area.


  6. "Creative Department experience"

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    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior CopyWriter in South Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Over about 15 years there (2008-2013), most of it as a Copywriter, I found the Creative Department to be well-organized, efficient and generally pleasant. Fast-paced, so not a place for "slacking." Quite a bit of variety in work, since we did catalog and web writing, video scripting, emails, promotional elements.

    Cons

    The company has since (2014?) been acquired and run by a different ownership, Northern Tool and Equipment. It sounds like they have gotten a bit "tighter" and not as "family-oriented" (meaning, letting people go rather roughly, versus the old "family feel.") But I know people still there who don't have any distinct complaints.

    Advice to Management

    As suggested in "Cons", I think one has to be mindful of offering a stable, good feeling, as the Guide at least used to have. I think a company gets stronger performance, loyalty, etc. when the employees feel "a part of things." Don't know how true that is/isn't now.


  7. "Senior Sales Rep"

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

    Pros

    The schedule is very flexible for representatives within the call center. Once you begin entering the management levels you are required to work 40 hours and if you're salary more. It's a carefree environment but the company has undergone some changes.

    Cons

    In order to move up you must network and stick with upper management to gain their favor. The company is privately owned and does things on their own accord no matter if it's morally wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and treat them better. Management needs to get more training and open their eyes to the employees who work hard for the company to succeed.

  8. "CSR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people, Convenience to home, Great discount

    Cons

    Poor Salary, horrible management


  9. "Call Center Representative"

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    Former Employee - Call Center Sales Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Call Center Sales Representative in Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends

    I worked at Sportsman's Guide (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I was seasonal, it was a good part time job for a college student and it was a cool way of learning your way around a call center and to practice sales. great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    a lot of pressure to sale and had to work weekends, only seasonal.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Can you give negative stars?"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in South Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in South Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sportsman's Guide full-time

    Pros

    There must be some good things about working at the Sportsman's Guide. I just can't remember any. So I talked to some friends and I guess the food trucks were nice.

    Cons

    If you're looking for a place to work where leadership is asleep at the wheel, and where fear and intimidation are the most-loved management tools, then look no further!

    Advice to Management

    Clean house from top to bottom.


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