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Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters Reviews

Updated 9 December, 2017
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  1. "Sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Grande Prairie, AB
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Grande Prairie, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most of my co-workers were great, the hours were reasonable, there were lots of good discounts. Pay was decent depending on the store location.

    Cons

    Terrible corporate management. Instead of properly training and guiding store managers in the right direction, corporate would just give new store managers a 'shot', and then fire them when they didn't exceed expectations. Corporate is undoubtedly the reason they are out of business now.

    Advice to Management

    Can't fix stupid


  2. "It was okay at the time."

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

    I worked at Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good discount. Friendly customers (actually willing to spend money). Coworkers were pretty good.

    Cons

    Began treating all the cashiers like crap. Failed to accommodate medical needs. Negative environment


  3. "Gun Room Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Gun Room Specialist in Kamloops, BC
    Current Employee - Gun Room Specialist in Kamloops, BC

    I have been working at Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Camerarderie, Close knit group. Pro-deals

    Cons

    Lousy senior management, no top-down communication


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  5. "Family-like atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Front End Department Manager in Langley, BC
    Current Employee - Front End Department Manager in Langley, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    90% of the employees work there because they love what they are selling. At least at my location everyone genuinely likes each other. The discount are great with lots of opportunities to get even better discounts though vendors.

    Cons

    The company is shutting their doors December 28, 2017 due to UFA deciding to sell. More than 500 people will be out of a job.


  6. "Hunting Department"

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    Current Employee - Hunting Asc
    Current Employee - Hunting Asc
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, easy, and a good discount. If you are knowledgeable and use the gear, this is the job for you.

    Cons

    The problem with retail is the Wage. Also, some customers can be a real pain, you need to treat them ok even if they are being belligerent and demonstrably incorrect.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what they are worth, because the knowledge they have and develop working for you is extremely hard to foster.


  7. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly attitude and easy to work with. Open minded and willing to accept new ideas.

    Cons

    Sometimes managers dont know what is going on.


  8. "Family oriented and lots of support"

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

    I worked at Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a very supportive atmosphere. Everyone is very friendly and your schedules were very fair. They understands when you ask for time off and try to accommodate when able to.

    Cons

    Not many challenges. Mostly just making sure there was enough staff trained at Holiday time to assist with the extra flow of customers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  9. "employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Regina, SK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Regina, SK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Co-workers are caring and helpful

    Cons

    Not very organized. Managers at head office not very competent. Don't listen when employees talk.


  10. "Poor management and even worse leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Wholesale Sports and Outdoor Outfitters full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a discount but the low wages make most items in the store un-affordable

    Cons

    Wildly incompetent management, serious potential employees and hard workers need not apply. Movement upward within the company is dependent on the level of bootlicking and yes man ship instead of experience, hard work or an empirical ability to do a job. Management does not care about employees or their families only their own bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Pull your heads out of your backsides and pay attention to what employees on the front lines have to say. We are the ones handling your customers face to face instead of sitting in a cubicle hundreds of miles away.


  11. "Work Here for the discount only"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Great staff discount
    -Get to work in a unique retail environment specializing in an activity you are passionate about
    -Easy job
    -Lots of amenities nearby

    Cons

    -Horrible/ Non existent product replenishment practices. Shelves would sit empty for months. Or items would show up in the seasons when they weren't needed.
    -Many of the staff have been there for far too long and are bitter
    -Major disconnect between corporate and the sales floor.

    Advice to Management

    -Implement modern forecasting and product replenishment practices
    -offer better selection of fly fishing flies that are in tune with regional seasonality
    -carry more new and innovative products
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