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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Much hard work, not enough play."

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    Former Employee - Finance Director in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Finance Director in South Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many good people work there. Often, difficult goals are attained in a short amount of time. Departements work well within.

    Cons

    Systems need to be updated.
    Departments don't always work well with other departments, often just trying to assign blame.
    Too many vice presidents.
    Executive management does not always support and assist those below them, leaving them alone to resolve problems or complete projects. When mistakes are then made, fault is quickly pointed out by the executives.
    Communication is not always good.

    Advice to Management

    Many departments are too lean to function well. Get rid of a few VP's, hire more help and update systems.


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Call Center Representative in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Call Center Representative in South Saint Paul, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked for years during high school. they were very understanding and flexible with my schedule and hours.

    Cons

    It slows down a lot in off seasons, and they typically have to let a lot of people go. In addition, it was great when I was in high school but I wouldn't call it a career.

    Advice to Management

    Management was awesome


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Working in a unprofesional, competitive job that needs more professional Team Lead position."

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    Former Employee - Call Center Representative in South Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Call Center Representative in South Saint Paul, MN
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They aren't focused on any special age group. They offer seasonal positions, it's actually good for an extra job. Decent money in the call canter area. Very diverse in regards to hiring policies

    Cons

    Absolutely lacking in professionalism and feedback ,work ethics, and virtually not practicing confidentiality rights. Management does not have a policy if a lead agent yells, demeans or embarrassing employees daily. VVvvvvery poor habits when discaplineing employees in front of other employees.
     Highly operated on favoritism in most areas. Management does not offer an employee on how to improve at their job.

    Advice to Management

    Take a management class. Monitor Floor Leads and Team leads on better ways to motivate employees.

  8. "It's fine, it's a job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The merchandise discount. We get merchandise at cost. It's a great job if you like to hunt, fish, shoot, military, etc.

    Cons

    Except for customer service and call center, there is not much turnover so advancement opportunities are slim to none in other positions.

    Advice to Management

    Do what other companies do and make it a point to promote from within. If a current employee meets the minimum qualifications for a position, they should be selected rather than someone from outside the company.


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