Sports Authority

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Sports Authority Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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2.6 581 reviews

51% Approve of the CEO

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Michael E. Foss

(49 ratings)

34% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is acceptable, but basically in line with other retailers(in 50 reviews)

  • Cost plus 10% days (which brings the price down to what you would pay at Walmart but hey, we appreciate your hard work(in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Customer service is supposed to be primary focus but company gives you no tools to do so(in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management sets ridiculous sales goals that are very very tough to reach(in 31 reviews)

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    A mess from the start

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt was a job dealing with sports if you like sports.
    Very good discount on apparel, shoes, and sports equipment

    ConsThree of the five managers were a complete mess. Years and years of mediocrity were starting to catch up with this store as everything was unorganized.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your associates and actually DO everything you make them sign saying they did when they are hired.

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    Lesson Learned!

    Information Services Resource (Current Employee) Englewood, CO (US)

    ProsCasual work attire. Gym, basketball court onsite, other nice benefits such as career training, etc. They do employee surveys and do try to improve various areas that stand out as needing improvement such as WFH (now being piloted in the IS group, although oddly not everyone is allowed to participate). Community support and involvement is impressive.

    ConsRepeated Leadership and Department reorgs cause confusion, distraction and delayed progress across the board. As an example, in the couple of years I've been here, we've had 2 different company Presidents, 3 CIOs, in IS there are 2 new VPs, 1 VP fired (not backfilled) and a major reorganization of each department. Several of the managers comment that they have no clue what the goals are. The approval and escalation paths are blurry. Several groups asked to cut their budgets, but then they hire contractors to the tune of well over a $1M (who is getting the kickback on that one); highly suspect. Processes are in infantcy stage in most regards and painfully manual, best practices seem more like a recommendation than a requirement. Employees are allowed to literally throw fits in meetings and be very mean. Incredibly unprofessional atmosphere in several departments. Financial practices are questionable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluate and understand the impact of your actions/decisions. Hire managers/directors that are familiar with industry standards. Stop making it up as you go!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tedious work

    Footwear Associate (Current Employee) Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    ProsIt was relatively fun environment

    ConsHad to stay late to close and it was very tedious, annoying work

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so uptight about appearance, focus more on sales.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a fun place to work, but can be unprofessional at times.

    Sales Associate (Former Employee) Littleton, CO (US)

    ProsYou get great employee discounts if you like the products and they are flexible with availability.

    ConsDifficult to take time off on holidays but they value employees as people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been a great experience, as long as your managers are good.

    Senior Sales Authority (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are sports driven
    Fun environment
    If you like sports there is always someone to talk about it with
    Never a dull moment

    ConsIt is very hard for managers to get rid of bad employees due to HR
    The return policy is only followed some of the time so you never know what to tell the customer when they want to return something that is iffy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore consistency with decisions.
    Cut the dead weight of bad managers it only effects the morale of the employees.
    Give the stores more payroll!!!!!
    Often times because payroll is so bad there is only a manager and a cashier in the building for several hours. In a store where there is anywhere from 4-7 million dollars of product, that is not enough people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    High sales expectations.

    Apparel Sales, Cashier, Customer Service (Current Employee) Columbus, OH (US)

    ProsLots to do. Good people. If you like sports you'll like Sports Authority.

    ConsSelling sub-par products as life changing items.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter education on goods that are being sold.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Your experience working there depends on the quality of management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOffers commission on some items

    ConsWas very boring and not a lot of room for growth

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    straight forward company not much to look forward too

    Sales Authority (Current Employee) Miami, FL (US)

    Prosgood work life balance and no management hounding you every hour. flexible as long as you give prior notice to management and coworkers

    Conslow pay rate and little room for advancement. the company doesn't invest much in their reps management can be over worked.

    Advice to Senior Managementcompany uses outdated systems and sales tactics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    footwear specialist

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat for part time job to start out with. Very easy work and awesome place to meet fun people. 50% discount is applied twice a year which is great to buy lots of things during those times.

    Consinconsistent hours and also commission is not all that great. It could be better. Management seems to not have to do much while everyone else does most of the work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not The greatest company.

    Sales Team Leader (Current Employee) Miami, FL (US)

    ProsGreat Discounts
    Decent Benefits
    Decent Pay
    Paid Time off for Full time

    ConsTraining
    Company Favoritism
    Too many ridiculous Metrics
    Stress

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop saying that we have to keep our employees happy, when you want to write them up for every little thing. To promote people within the company fairly. Not make them work for years and see an outside hire get paid more than you and work less.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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