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Sports Direct Reviews

Updated 18 October, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, easy to work in (in 32 reviews)

  • Flexibility from part time staff is brilliant (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • Yes it's a zero hour contract but that's never bothered me (in 84 reviews)

  • 0 hour contract- Can work for students, but not a reliable source of income (in 38 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hard long hours, not told everything during interviews."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Surrey, BC
    Current Employee - Floor Supervisor in Surrey, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Direct full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is no positive side to working here, your just to aloud to enjoy yourself. No pros here for this company

    Cons

    Work weekends, 47hr working weeks, pushed to sell insoles to a
    lol customers on Footware to meet targets, it's all about targets. Not customer service

    Advice to Management

    Hard and long to get there


  2. "Don't work at Sports Direct."

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    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Friendly coworkers who are down to earth
    - Commission buils up quite easily if you work in the right sections of the footwear department

    Cons

    - Not one single manager was nice and supportive. There were five managers in total and none of them actually appreciate their new workers. If you are a new worker there, you're going to be treated horribly until you have been there for at least a year.
    - Pay is good at first, but sucks if you're trying to progress. I've seen people there working for at least two years and still stuck on a dead-end salary where other places, the salary is generally £7 or higher.
    - 0 hour contract is horrible

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more sympathy and respect, and accept that they're not perfect. These 'managers' do not have the emotional intelligence for such a role and so are in capable of managing people.


  3. "Pressurised to get work done"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mansfield, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mansfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varied work. 20 days holidays plus bank holidays. Bonus scheme is good once you finally get on it.

    Cons

    No sick pay. Bare minimum 1% pension. No annual pay review. Christmas parties are not good. Low morale. Staff canteen needs improvement.


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  5. "Great for students"

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    Former Employee - Sales Advisor in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Sales Advisor in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have good management teams
    Good growth opportunities for in house staff

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Stock takes
    Sweaty Uniforms

    Advice to Management

    More bonding time


  6. "Part Time Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time

    Pros

    Was a good work environment for student part time job .

    Cons

    Understaffed store with poor managerial structures at the time.


  7. "Try It"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sports Direct full-time

    Pros

    Career opportunities, have your own say, no fluff no fuss, encourages individuals to be innovative and always pipe up with your ideas

    Cons

    It will differ by job but I will always say you get out what you put in, the pros far out way any cons


  8. "Unrealistic targets and unfair hours"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with friendly team members

    Cons

    They took advantage of 16 year old who they can pay below £4/ hour. As an A-level student my working hours were limited however I was told zero hour contacts meant flexibility, quite the opposite actually. I was told I can work Saturday AND Sunday or they'll find someone else who can.
    Also despite the decline of the high street, you're still expected to beat what was sold last year and hit unrealistic percentages per transaction of upselling items at the till.
    Checking your bags to check you haven't stolen anything when you leave highlights the mistrust between staff and management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with more respect


  9. "Ups & Downs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - I spent nearly six years of my young life working for this company from the age of 18, the experience really shaped me as a person and has made me who I am today

    - Made some lasting friendships

    - Real sense of comradarie at times

    Cons

    - Expected to work extremely long hours (Once worked 18 hours straight with minimal breaks, left the building the next day as the sun was rising!!)

    - Area Managers & Regional Managers are feared and made out to be VIP's when word gets out they are visiting. Rush around to tidy store to deceive them into thinking everything is rosey when that is rarely the case

    - Lots of broken promises made to me by Area and Store Managers

    - High turnover of store managers in my branch

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    Advice to Management

    Treat people how you would like to be treated

    Be more transparent


  10. "Absolute mess."

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    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant (CAST) in Bromley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant (CAST) in Bromley, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Zero hour contract so you can choose when to work
    Sometimes you meet nice people
    Have an easy ride if you’re a “yes” person

    Cons

    If you annoy someone your hours got taken away, so you could go from 5 8-6 shifts to one 12-3

    Don’t meet the targets and you’re not a favourite, your hours get taken.

    Disregard for employees safety and needs

    If you’re not a favourite, you got punished for something everyone else did

    They delete camera footage of Employee accidents so there is no proof - one example - that a shelf came off the wall and split someone’s head open.

    Advice to Management

    If you actually looked after your staff, they might actually work for you


  11. "Part time footwear sales assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Direct part-time

    Pros

    The Staff are well treated

    Cons

    The hours are not amazing


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