Sports Authority

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Sports Authority Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
620 Reviews
2.7
620 Reviews
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Michael E. Foss
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is acceptable, but basically in line with other retailers (in 54 reviews)

  • Cost plus 10% days (which brings the price down to what you would pay at Walmart but hey, we appreciate your hard work (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Customer service is supposed to be primary focus but company gives you no tools to do so (in 31 reviews)

  • Upper management sets ridiculous sales goals that are very very tough to reach (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I enjoy working at Sports Authority, Corporate office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO (US)

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time

    Pros

    Culture is very good, management makes you feel appreciated for your hard work. Very good benefits such as health/dental, great retail discounts, onsite gym, yoga and pilates classes midday, Friday Summer hours program is nice to be able to leave at noon for the mountains, etc. The Employee Thanks program is unique and helps to provide a positive attitude around the office. There is also an active number of sports teams and leagues at SA.

    Cons

    Some of the software applications should be upgraded or changed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. The message from the top is spot on.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sporting Goods

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Discount - Fun atmosphere - Its sporting goods after all

    Cons

    Can be high pressure - Sometimes lack of hours

  3.  

    Improved management and great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planner  in  Englewood, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Merchandise Planner in Englewood, CO (US)

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people I worked with on my team were wonderful. The office culture in Planning, Allocation and Replenishment improved a lot when the upper management changed. There was more attention on training and leadership. The discount is the best in the business. Transparency from upper management had greatly improved. Health benefits were good.

    Cons

    The pay wasn't great. They are the largest corporate retailer in the Denver area and figure you'll take whatever salary they offer in order to live in Denver. Some systems could use some updating. Vacation is still only 2 weeks for up to 5 years, which seems a little outdated to me. Good work life balance depends on which area you work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a former planner, upper management should let us do the job we were paid for. As planners, we spent a lot of time and did a lot of analysis on monthly retrends and yearly plans. To then get a top down number from someone and be told to put in it with little to no explanation is beyond frustrating. Communication within certain departments was not great. In many meetings, you were put on the defensive instead of it being a collaborative working session.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Wheaton, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Wheaton, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    - Pay was decent
    - Managers all cool
    - Co-Workers are amazing

    Cons

    - The actual work
    - Hours
    - Drama

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay some people who deserve it, more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great People.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Englewood, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO (US)

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People and fun. People are very passionate about their job and company. Sports Authority corporate office is a fun place to work.

    Cons

    A lot of executive turnover and lower level employees are not paid market value.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It's just retail

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Pros would definitely be the discount. Being able to work and sell sporting goods as well as talk to customers.

    Cons

    Pay would be the biggest challenge. This goes for regular associates as well as managers. Dealing with old outdated pos systems. Constantly changing priorities and goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update all pos systems and try to get current with other big box retailers. Pay your managers accordingly for the amount of work they do.

  8.  

    Great company too much turnover in CEOs

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at Sports Authority full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities for advancement at the Corporate Office if you put forth the effort. Great people, young athletic populace, gym at the office, classes at lunch in Yoga, Pilates etc. summer hours let out early on Fridays

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in executive management, company has a hard time defining who they want to be in the marketplace as each new CEO bring a different spin (4 in 10 years)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider part time positions at the corporate office, committ to an executive team and let them do their jobs / stay in place long enough to develop a vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good employer, fair rules and hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Vail, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Vail, CO (US)

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fair managers, fun work environment

    Cons

    Physical involvement, some cranky management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not really a Sports lovers job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Best reason to work here...its easy... Most people are dumb...and you look like a genius... if you excel in even one field.

    Cons

    The company has overall bad management, and no one cares about the "little" guy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighten the reins! If anything just work on handling the day to day issues and not so much on kissing corporates butt

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The job keeps me busy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Rockwall, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Rockwall, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    work-life balance, able to request off when needed, the job keeps me busy so I'm not bored at work

    Cons

    doing 2-3 peoples jobs in one shift, constantly short handed, unorganized management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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