Sports Authority

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Sports Authority Reviews

Updated 28 October, 2014
Updated 28 October, 2014
634 Reviews
2.7
634 Reviews
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Michael E. Foss
67 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is really good here definitely cant complain about that (in 55 reviews)

  • The discount is good at cost plus 10% (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Management would often pressure associates to sell extended coverage plans, insoles and rewards and if goals were not met, associates take the blame (in 17 reviews)

  • The compensation is not good unless you are upper management (in 33 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Unimpressed

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Englewood, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Englewood, CO (US)

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent people to work with. The company tries to incorporate an active lifestyle into the everyday grind of this place.

    Cons

    The headquarters are a joke. It is 2 building built out of a warehouse with dingy meeting rooms, dust on the pictures and walls and awful paint jobs. The management is mediocre at best. It's like being back in high school. This place is incredibly clickish and the pay is underwhelming. Overall, you are best to not work here. There are layoffs all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage by adapting to your employees instead of forcing them to adapt to your style. Find directors that are approachable and not complete and utter "yes men/women". Find a way to implement training in a way that works and is successful and get rid of lazy inept managers. Just because someone is bright or good at what they do does not mean they are good managers. Recognize this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sports Authority

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Receiving Associate in Greenville, SC (US)
    Former Employee - Receiving Associate in Greenville, SC (US)

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers that I worked with were awesome.

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities. Management had been management for over 15 years and the only way someone would've gotten promoted was if a current manager would have passed away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Sports Authority.

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Tucson, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Tucson, AZ (US)

    I worked at Sports Authority as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Empolyees are amazing to work with.

    Cons

    Number and goals that you have to meet are kind of ridiculous. Had to have more than 40% of customers sign up for store discount card or you would get yelled at.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for those content on not growing with an organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Team Leader
    Current Employee - Operations Team Leader

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Atmosphere is great. The employee discount is amazing.

    Cons

    Customers can scream and spit at you and the company will always take their side. Store Management is not always on the same page and some managers shouldn't be "managers" they lack the skill set to be an effective leader. Advancement is almost nonexistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. Retail is not easy and finding great employees is hard. Find ways to motivate your employees. Define your return policy. There have been too many occasions when we follow the return policy but a customer gets upset and upper management takes back a non-returnable item. It makes the store level employees look like idiots.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you like sports, it's a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Authority in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Authority in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get a great employee discount on everything. This is great especially for christmas and birthday presents, beach trips, and camping trips.

    Cons

    90% of the people you work with are idiots, ex-cons, or ex-drug dealers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't hire idiots

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company to Work For! Just need to work all the time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Gainesville, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Gainesville, VA (US)

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, discounts, internal development, training, and many advancements from within. With new CEO in place we are beginning to see a good future. Highly supportive of him. People person and speaks to everyone. He is just not all talk. Does what he says. Foss is the right guy.

    Cons

    Work Life Balance. Changing of 3 CEO in the last 6 years. No hunt and fishing in stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance. People need to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving and Easter Sunday. Corporate office receive many perks but stores are left with pictures from how much fun they have in Denver.
    Benefit perks are for Denver based. There needs to be funds for team building. We see pictures all the time of Denver having fun doing, races, runs and events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Been thru a lot with this company....some very good, some very bad.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO (US)

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time

    Pros

    Company is currently focused on developing a very positive work culture and seems to be working. Great coworkers and management. Advancement opportunities for the young, innovative mindset. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Serious systems issues. Stuck in the 80's and getting new processes/systems implemented is almost impossible with such high turnover on a very small I.S. staff. Often, company brings in "off-shore" help to handle maintenance issues, but the language barrier makes the process even more difficult and frustrating. Due to these problems, many teams find new ways to work around the current issues rather than fixing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in new systems and the support needed to properly maintain them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Fun place to work for your first job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Glendale, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Glendale, CO (US)

    I have been working at Sports Authority part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in and friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    if you don't have a lot of experience with sports its a challenge to work here

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Fun place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great service atmosphere for customers and employees, great discount and a decent balance between work and home, especially considering its retail! Managers are supportive and helpful and seem to always be vested in their employees success.

    Cons

    Pleasing customers, having the right product, maintaining the store and going through corporate visits!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a whole, I think the managers do a good job running the store while also trying to keep both customers and employees happy. And that can be very challenging in a retail environment. I'd say some advice to corporate is to get a more updated computer system and a better online warehouse!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Team Leader Merch/Visual (Store Management)

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    Current Employee - Team Leader Merch/Visual (Store Management) in Fort Myers, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Team Leader Merch/Visual (Store Management) in Fort Myers, FL (US)

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoy helping and educating people.

    Cons

    The culture of salaried employee are replaceable, little value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people fair and with respect. Treat them like they count and are important to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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