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FGL Sports Reviews

Updated 6 December, 2017
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  • them" spirit with Canadian Tire counterparts (in 8 reviews)

  • Don't believe their bull about work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Intermediate System & Application Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time

    Pros

    Working in FGL is an opportunity to learn a lot

    Cons

    the compensation is way below the market


  2. "Marketing analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time

    Pros

    A place where you could grow whilst you learn alot

    Cons

    cubicle corporate work with minimal supervisios (pro)


  3. "Management"

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

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

    Pros

    excellent discounts for store staff

    Cons

    poor communication of strategy, lots of political maneuvering and back stabbing. Not a healthy environment for long term growth.


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  5. "Great Staff, don't expect a lot from management"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dollard-Des Ormeaux, QC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Dollard-Des Ormeaux, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Everyone they hire is fun, young and this makes for a really fun work environment. The staff discount is great. Its wonderful if you're a student because they allow a flexible schedule so you can study or play sports.

    Cons

    Its not the same at all stores but at the location I worked out they did not give raises or employee evaluations.

    Advice to Management

    Discipline the slackers and reward those who work hard. Other than that just keep up the very fun work environment.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible company & worse upper management."

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

    I have been working at FGL Sports full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent discount to quality product.

    Cons

    Pathetically low pay for employees and laughable raises for good employees.
    Abuse of provincial labor laws and vacation accrual
    Arrogant, disrespectful, bullying middle management (District and AVP)
    Unprofessional District Managers
    Chaotic, malfunctioning Technology and IT issues
    Disloyalty to good employees and managers
    Top down dictatorship style District managers and AVP's
    Pathetic bonus structure happening once/year based on imaginary bloated sales goals.

    Advice to Management

    Show some respect to your store managers. Ask questions and get better feedback. Reward your managers with better raises, implement better rewards for good employees. Listen to your managers and put your ego in your pockets.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "IT"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Parking, good staff discounts, learning opportunities.
    Good co-workers.
    Casual dress code.

    Cons

    Stressful. Too many projects happening at one time, most are poorly planned and rushed to operations.
    Little or no communication between managers.
    Employees being laid off without communicating to other teams.
    Dismissive, rude, misogynistic leads.
    Managers have favourites and will show a different face to each employee.
    No career advancement opportunities.
    Average pay, no bonuses, no overtime and time in lieu can be taken away.
    Canadian tire management does not listen or care about FGL employees.

    Advice to Management

    Executives should not make decisions on technology and operations without consulting technical teams.


  9. Helpful (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


  10. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  11. 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,.


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