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Wilson Sporting Goods Reviews

Updated August 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits are great, the people are excellent (in 4 reviews)

  • It's a fun work environment and I looked forward to coming to work every day (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The lack of leadership in upper management is very apparent (in 4 reviews)

  • In manufacturing, work-life balance sometimes suffers due to the seasonal nature of the business (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Lots of positives with this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Sporting Goods full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the people are excellent

    Cons

    Tough industry. Branding is 100% of sporting goods.

    Advice to Management

    Execute a brand strategy that will engage the consumer with a can't live without feeling. Currently the message is Walmart and value and I'm not sure this image is going to change in the foreseeable future...but I'll be routing for this brand!


  2. "Change is good"

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

    I have been working at Wilson Sporting Goods full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to work. Knowledgable co-workers at their position. Proud of the product coming out of the company. The move to downtown Chicago will be good for the company. Surrounding itself with the energy and creativity located around the new office is priceless. Everyone that is opposed isn't thinking of the company as much as themselves and their commute.

    Cons

    Upper management is concerning. Not enough marketing initiative to get the Wilson name further out there. Working with the community would greatly help.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They are the backbone of your company. Be more willing to try new and different marketing strategies to get people excited about Wilson. We make more than just Castaway volleyballs. Much, much more!

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wilson Sporting Goods full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, excellent team. Management promotes innovation and hard work.

    Cons

    Location change to downtown Chicago.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Going downhill - especially morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wilson Sporting Goods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun products, really great co-workers, flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Upper management is disorganized. It seems like the company takes a new direction every few years.
    Morale was OK in the past, but once the move to downtown was announced, morale has been terribly low and management doesn't seem to care. Anyone living outside of Chicago (most employees) is looking at spending an additional 2 hours of travel each day. A lot of good people are seriously looking or planning on looking to leave soon.
    My rating of Work/Life Balance will drop from 5 stars after the move.
    Many recent layoffs and quite a few good people have quit recently.

    Advice to Management

    Admit that the move to downtown was a mistake and allow employees to work from home 2-3 days per week to compensate for the lost time and added expense.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Keep an open-mind"

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

    I have been working at Wilson Sporting Goods full-time

    Pros

    Awesome products with great people that want the best for all brands.

    Cons

    Poor communication with no apparent career paths.

    Advice to Management

    Better your processes and management of resources


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Territory Manager"

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

    I worked at Wilson Sporting Goods full-time

    Pros

    Excellent teammates, opportunity to work in a fun industry, rich in company pride and heritage

    Cons

    Traditional management style not handling marketplace changes well and lacks fluid communication through hierarchy. Brand image is suffering from building a reputation of being "old" and "classic" as opposed to edgy, cool and innovative.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency to employees regarding company direction and initiatives. Think more proactively in regard to marketplace changes as opposed to frantically reacting after the challenge surfaces.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lift driver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The job and the people on the floor are great and the job is not difficult mentally but can be physically.

    Cons

    Don't get hurt because HR is nonexistent most of the time and useless if they're available. No one seems to want to take any responsibility for employee care and the HR person is rarely of ever in the building.

    Advice to Management

    Complete overhaul of HR department. I have been personally dealing with this department on and off for almost 2 years and it is heartbreaking what I've experienced dealing with them.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Lack of Leadership and Direction"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Sporting Goods full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people who work there and want to take it to the next level.

    Cons

    The lack of leadership in upper management is very apparent. There is no unified direction for the entire company. Each BU is allowed to run on their own and if you have a strong GM you are in luck and if you don't it's tough.
    The organization is very linear it's tough to move up because there are no positions.

    Morale throughout the building is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Be present. It helps if you are in the building and talking to the employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, not the best management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wilson Sporting Goods part-time

    Pros

    The people at Wilson are awesome. It's a fun work environment and I looked forward to coming to work every day.

    Cons

    Department management was somewhat controlling and didn't make the best impression on employees. Poor communication between departments that work together on big projects.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication and connectedness between the IC and HQ. Allow creators to do their job unimpeded with occasional criticism from management, rather than management holding all of the creative power.


  10. "Not known to be good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Wilson Sporting Goods full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mostly day shift available

    Cons

    No retirement, supervisors not friendly ,


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