Sports Direct
2.1 of 5 25 reviews
www.sportsdirect.com Mansfield, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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42% Approve of the CEO

Sports Direct CEO David M. Forsey

David M. Forsey

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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love SD but the pay is awful

Casual Sales Zero Hour (Former Employee)
Birmingham, England (UK)

I worked at Sports Direct part-time for more than a year

Pros- staff are amazing - made so many friends
- everyone is lovely - helps each other out
- the managers are fun
- we all had a laugh
- you get away with a lot of things
- you can practically pick your hours
- you can ask for any days off you like
- bonus at christmas
- monthly pay
- get to learn a lot such as work on tills and shoes
- 15% discount

Cons- zero hour contract
- £3.72 ph if you're under 18 (minimum wage)
- not much chance to progress to higher jobs
- having to sell bags for lifes and magazine and on shoes you have to sell insoles and certain shoes. - they moan if you dont (u get away with it if you get on with managers)

Advice to Senior Management- improve pay! we have to sell a lot of products and we get peanuts in return

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I Ithink its great

News Paper Delivery (Current Employee)
Burton upon Trent, England (UK)

I have been working at Sports Direct part-time for less than a year

ProsIts sporty and most people have to buy there because there are sports equipment , shoes , clothes and towels. Its a great job .

ConsHow many people that come in the shop , discount , good being stolen ordering new stuff

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the good work up

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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good for part time

Sales Assistant (Former Employee)
London Colney, England (UK)

I worked at Sports Direct full-time for more than 3 years

Prosnice people, lots of hours to work.
good to work during your university days

Consdifficult customers and the no refund options makes it difficult to deal with the customers as well

Advice to Senior Managementkeep going at it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great employer to work for

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sports Direct full-time

ProsA highly successful and forward-thinking company, which encourages to use a full potential of its employees. Employees of the company can actually experience, how the vision and strategy of the company flow from the top to the bottom, and sideways, which makes the company a great workplace and a great working environment. There are always career progression opportunities and potential employees can expect to work with a very nice people.

ConsThere is nothing to add here.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Aweful.

Casual Assistant (Former Employee)
Skipton, England (UK)

I worked at Sports Direct part-time for less than a year

ProsMeeting nice customers that's it.

ConsManager pressures you into selling bags for life, even saying over radio in front of customers bags= shifts= wages which is not professional at all and embarrassing . Manger speaks to you like a kid and swore at me badley when no one was about.
Management complains when you ask for help, so you end up doing mistakes?
Bags and coats search it this normal?

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople do not want to buy bags when they already have them!

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

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Terrible, avoid working here

CAST (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sports Direct as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe company isn't exactly going to go bust any time soon.

ConsCo-workers make you depressed, I asked one of them what day it was and he replied "no idea mate every day is the same for me, wake up, come here, go home, sleep", the whole idea of "flexible hours" apparently didn't apply to me and I ended up being put down for shifts whilst I was in school. I'm constantly given hours which they know I'm unavailable for and as a result I end up working no hours or having to miss out on things I have planned for. The managers almost bully you and try their best to make you feel small and are not very understanding of employees' concerns/issues at all. The company is not open to new ideas with a 'my way or the highway' attitude. If you work a close down shift they don't let you leave until way after you are due to finish. You constantly find yourself doing other people's jobs and the majority of the employees are shallow minded half wits who have no ambitions. I am handing in my notice today.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and stop acting as if you are a prophet, you are still working at sports direct at the end of the day

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

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Bad choice for anyone wanting a career

Sales Assistant (Current Employee)
Altrincham, England (UK)

I have been working at Sports Direct part-time for more than 5 years

ProsDiscount on already discounted items
Strong friendships between part time staff
Commission is given on selling certain products

ConsDont allow forward thinkers even though they repetitively ask for them
Management higher up make decisions that badly effect each store
Pay is minimal for long hours
Breaks arnt always consistant between shifts
Expected to do many tasks which would be for multiple people
Not enough staff to cover shifts
All rota's are worked off a commission base, so the more you sell the more hours you get

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn about the staff and their concerns and dont just ignore staff issues.
Allow staff to put forward views to enhance stores and ideas to help stores improve

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

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Good company to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sports Direct part-time for less than a year

ProsFriendly Environment to work around

Consto much work load for individual

Advice to Senior Managementreduce work load on individual

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Manager induction/ training course was terrible!

Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
Bognor Regis, England (UK)

I worked at Sports Direct as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe salary was reasonable and the uniform was comfortable.

ConsAfter being offered a position as an assistant store manager i attended a two week induction, the course leaders where unprofessional and agressive, we were frequently sworn at and had tennis balls thrown at us, very long days mostly 12 hours and one short break. contracted hours mentioned at the interview went from 40 to 50 by the end of the first day! staff discount of 15% only to be used on buying things in your own size and on a 2hr slot on a thursday. no sick pay is given even after one year, £10 deductions from your wages per mistake made checking people in and out. we were told we would fail and where not good enough before being given the chance to even complete a task. over all totally disgraceful! avoid at all costs!

Advice to Senior Managementtraining managers need to be trained and managed! abusive and rude behaviour is not the best way to develop and motivate people into a company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Shockingly poor employer

Store Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sports Direct full-time for less than a year

ProsShare scheme is pretty good

ConsAbsolutely everything else about the business - hours, area managers, training, the list is endless

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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