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FGL Sports Reviews

Updated 20 October, 2017
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  1. "Generally Positive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FGL Sports part-time

    Pros

    -Good environment
    -No pressure to upsell

    Cons

    -Understaffed during peak periods leading to unnecessary stress and poor customer service.
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    Advice to Management

    4 hour shifts are not worthwhile


  2. "Lack of Autonomy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual work attire, discount in store

    Cons

    Too many middle managers trying to win approval and not trusting in the hard work of their teams. The vision has been lost. There's no effort to improve the culture or brand loyalty to the consumer unless it provides some form of sale conversion. We understand it's a numbers game for them, but we also used to believe in associating ourselves with more than just some vanilla bargain bin.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure and reevaluate. Change the culture or you'll continue to lose the passion and talent


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Directionless company, HORRIBLE leadership, no respect."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Discounts, casual attire, great for brown nosers.

    Cons

    Disorganized, hoarding information, underpaid employees, gutless middle management, BS philosophies, unachievable bonuses, cowardly customer service, retarded return policy, and NO REAL VISION.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Most District Managers are brain-dead. The AVP's have no balls and no heart. This company is sabotaging it's stores without payroll hours. No wonder the company is so far under sales budgets. Wake up idiots.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Chaos, Disorganized, a Mess!"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Marketing in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time

    Pros

    Casual Attire
    Parking
    Nice cafeteria and Gym Facilities

    Cons

    Low pay
    Basic Benefits
    Arrogant, Self Centered Management
    Mismanaged, unfair practices
    Known bullies allowed to stay in leadership positions
    Constant "us vs. them" and waste of time and frustration between FGL and Canadian Tire
    Declining Morale, Purposefully Erased Culture and No Common Vision or Identity
    Best People and Leaders have Left, or Are Leaving
    Nothing Gets Done - Delays, Cancelled Projects
    Most Things are Done "For Show" (No Substance)
    Increasing Focus on Hierarchy ( More like Canadian Tire)
    No or Very Few Opportunities for Learning, or Promotion (No Plan)
    People are Seen as Replaceable, and Not Invested In (Except a few Favorites that Rarely Deserve it)
    History of Inappropriate Behaviour, Favoritism, Losing Skilled People
    Leaders who Stay are Yes Men
    (Overall, the worst of both companies.....)

    Advice to Management

    Severely Shortsighted Management! I hope CTC's plan to make money from FGL is at least working out, because it came at the cost of the very foundation, function, and talent of this company, and will take years to rebuild. CTC came in like a tank, with no plan or consideration for people impacts. Good luck rebuilding this place into something, anything would be better than how things are now. CTC has no plan for FGL, it's out of sight, out of mind and neglected in every way.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "OK place to work - sometimes"

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

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time

    Pros

    Great facilities and parking. Great staff discount

    Cons

    Leadership is poor, with a huge preference given to those who are close to the top. Definite survival mentality

    Advice to Management

    Take a close look at leadership because something isn't working,.


  7. "FGL"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time

    Pros

    Positive
    Energetic
    Benefits
    Great Hours
    Many learning opportunities
    Solid starter job

    Cons

    Management
    Ability to move up
    Compensation
    Uniform
    Communication
    Culture
    Closing shifts


  8. "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FGL Sports full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good store discount across banners

    Cons

    Broken culture exists after 100+ layoffs were carried out in small batches leaving employees vulnerable and scared. Beyond that, they spoke no more of it to existing staff, like it never happened.

    Advice to Management

    Take a course in Emotional Intelligence.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FGL Sports full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice office environment following a number of upgrades

    Cons

    CTC ownership has created a number of roles considered shared services and unfortunately those in command are simply ill equipped to lead. FGL has become very hierarchical with some extreme ego's and behaviour at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on contribution, not the ability to survive politics - at any cost.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Canada's largest sporting goods retailer Fat Shames employees"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Marketing in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FGL Sports full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers, discount, standard benefit package.

    Cons

    FGL Sports has fat shamed many employees. Senior management was repeatedly overheard complaining (making fat jokes) of the exposure of certain employees with how they appear to the public, the media, vendors and other external partners.

    In addition to the overt misogynistic environment, FGL Sports prefers to hire and promote a "look".

    Advice to Management

    From the top down evaluate and critically examine management's integrity and values.


  11. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good discounts, very relaxed environment.

    Cons

    A lot of processes need to be created properly. Need a solid written procedure created as everyone does the same job differently.


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