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Sports Direct Reviews

Updated 21 September, 2014
Updated 21 September, 2014
83 Reviews
2.4
83 Reviews
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Sports Direct CEO David M. Forsey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Easy work, 15% discount, holiday pay every 3 months (depending on your hours) (in 7 reviews)

  • First job, so allowed me to gain retail experience (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • zero hour contracts make it a pressured environment (in 13 reviews)

  • 72 ph if you're under 18 (minimum wage) (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    not that bad place to work

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    Former Employee - Customer Assistant  in  Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    easy hours and friendly staff

    Cons

    no hours contract so didn't know if coming or going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sort staff rotas out and staff discounts

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

    Great company to work for if you are interested.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager/Store Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager/Store Manager

    I worked at Sports Direct full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent career advancement opportunities, great bonus incentives for full-time staff and excellent incentives for Casual staff.

    Cons

    For some the zero hour contract poses a bit of an issue with respect to guaranteed hours, but for most it is very agreeable. Occasional unsociable hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every store operates differently due to the individual qualities of different store managers. Some seem highly motivated and desire to be at work where others are simply coasting along held by the promise of untold wealth to come.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    NOT BAD BUT I LOVE MY NEW JOB

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Fun customers, lots to do, you not allowed to be seen standing around so you always keep busy , pays not bad, worked with a few good people, deliveries and stock take were always fun

    Cons

    Time limits are not enough so you feel like its impossible, BFL sales are hard work but if you have banter with the customers then your more likely to sell, work load is a lot sometimes depending on how many people you have on shift and zero hour contracts, so you pretty much always on call

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RECONSIDER ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS and my mind to you 'Store Managers'

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    a summary of why you shouldn't work for sports direct

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant  in  Plymouth, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in Plymouth, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    there is only 1 pro to working at sports direct and that is the people and the fact you all feel the same

    Cons

    minimum wage
    zero hour contract
    5 hour shift and no break
    no room for growth
    depressing feel to the company
    called in to work for later the same day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your staff with more respect and give them contracts where they can have some stability in their income, also I'm pretty sure its illegal your break system and trading fro more than 6 hours on a sunday

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    an exhausting but both a financially and emotionally rewarding experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant  in  Crayford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in Crayford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    making friends with other staff and becoming a little family helping enthusiasm and motivation around the store

    Cons

    lots of tasks to do in little amount of time! can be challenging sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    breaking down large tasks to prevent demotivation and discouragement of enthusiasm in the store which can reflect badly onto our customers giving them an unpleasant shopping experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Well run store, other staff helpful and had a good time working for them

    Former Employee - Sales Assistant  in  Trowbridge, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Trowbridge, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    -Team worked very well together
    - Some of the staff who worked there had been there for some time which suggested there were good opportunities
    - Was working as a summer job. I was treated as well as other staff and offered a good amount of hours

    Cons

    - No parking arrangements for the store I was in so I spent quite a bit to park for work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Subsidise or arrange parking

    Recommends
  8.  

    it was good for teh first 4 mounths then went down hill

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (UK)

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

    Pros

    i like working in teh old building because we worked more as a team than me do in teh new shop

    Cons

    i dont get shiffs and i dont get told about any training or extar activitys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that they could tell they employers when they go work 2 weeks before not a hour or 2 after trhy shifft was ment to start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It's a bit like your working in hell.

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    Current Employee - Cast  in  Royal Leamington Spa, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cast in Royal Leamington Spa, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    You become very close with the other staff who work at your level and all have a firing hatred for the management.

    Cons

    Management treat you like slaves cutting your hours back if you meet unrealistic targets with add on products. Zero hour contracts allow management to give you as little hours as possible to take more hours for themselves. Management walk around on there phones talking to people on Facebook/Twitter while you basically run there store for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the add on products and the zero hour contracts and start to respect the people who actually make the company money you standing there on in front of a customer is ridiculous and then you moan at us when we're currently serving 3 people and there's someone else with shoes in there hand.

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

    Enjoy working there because your hard work is easily noticed by the management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    If you're a hard working individual your work will be noticed and highly appreciated. it's an expanding company and it's easy to be promoted just need to be committed and motivated to improve the standards of your shop and give the best customer service possible.
    Great career opportunities as its easy to be promoted!

    Cons

    Long hours, working 50+ hours a week gets to you and sometimes you are simply tired. Your social life is affected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more people within the company as some worked very hard for a very long time and deserve a promotion. Instead of getting management from outside the company with no retail experience. The staff end up training the management above them, which is not fair as they get paid lot lot more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Slave labour still exists

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Direct full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The other staff who make going to work bearable, Bonuses are good but are actually only compensating for all the extra hours worked during the year, you will save a good chunk of your wages as you will never have time to spend them!

    Cons

    You will be expected to work 60 hour weeks, even though you are only contracted to 45 but refuse to work the extra and you can forget about any potential bonuses. Last minute merchandising moves can see you working hours after home time, area managers favourites will always be selected when prixes are up for grabs, no time for a life outside of work, Don't expect any weekends off. zero hour contract staff will be selected based on the managers favourites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up because without your dedication to ensuring employees are miserable is resulting in good profits for the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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