Sports Authority

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Sports Authority Reviews

Updated 9 September 2014
Updated 9 September 2014
606 Reviews
2.7
606 Reviews
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Michael E. Foss
57 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is acceptable, but basically in line with other retailers (in 50 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overworked due to cutbacks

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    Former Employee - Asset Protection Department
    Former Employee - Asset Protection Department

    I worked at Sports Authority full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice corporate office
    Long term managers

    Cons

    Large cutbacks to make the company more profitable made it hard to complete your work in less than 50 hours a week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many changes at once due to poor leadership in the past

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    ok place to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Good employee discount and the hourly pay is above minimum wage plus commission to give employees incentive to sell more

    Cons

    inconsistent work schedule and hours, will have 40 hours one week and 24 hours the next

  3.  

    It's like playing for a team

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers, competitive environment, decent pay, ok hours, fun products to sell

    Cons

    Recovering for the night was tough because of huge store, management iffy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loyal and competitive within their competition and throughout the retail market.

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    Current Employee - Operations Team Leader  in  Plano, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Team Leader in Plano, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    New CEO who I finally feel "gets it" in this competitive industry. Great first job and always an opportunity to move up within the company. Great employee discount, cost +15% from what Sports Authority pays for the product.

    Cons

    Biggest challenge I have noticed being in management with Sports Authority. Payroll always is an issue, employee turnover rate has never been very good. The most successful and pleasurable store managers to work for, are younger! 30-40's. The older generation of retail store managers have to go. I have worked with Sports Authority for 8 years and this seems to be more and more visible throughout the years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It really goes further than direct department and store management. It starts with the district manager, he at the end of the day has the most say in who and where your managers end up. Unless Sports Authority as a whole learns how to train and develop more young people throughout the company things will never change. Like any company their are alot of political aspects in alot of personal decisions. Which quickly shows throughout the associates and the stores productivity, good, bad or in different.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Doesn't value work life balance

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    Current Employee - Department Lead  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Department Lead in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great hours working at the distribution center!

    Cons

    Changes to schedule quite frequently with no notice.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I worked at sports authority for a month and wow what a waste of my time. HORRIBLE place to work at!

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Irvine, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Some of the employees were actually really friendly, get paid one dollar more than minimum wage job, able to move up to management,

    Cons

    Management was a joke, old as hell registers, horrid 1st day training,rewards cards were a hassle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about you actually train your employees! AND stop getting on employees butt about the rewards cards! We all know that if you get more rewards cards registered YOU managers get huge BONUSES

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work if you enjoy sports people.

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    A strong focus on doing things the right way; more merchandising freedom than at most big box retailers due to the seasonality. New CEO seems to care about people.

    Cons

    Unrealistic budgets make it difficult to earn much bonus. The big stores get loaded with merchandise but the smaller ones are starved for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merchandise the smaller stores deeper in certain categories and get out of others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good overall, company is moving towards the cutting edge of customer service

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Company is striving to be on the cutting edge of customer service, allowing for new ideas to be heard.

    Cons

    Mis- communication and lack of complete execution on some levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was a job...

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Good work/ life balance. Discount. Management was mostly ok.

    Cons

    commission compensation, benefits, and I noticed signs of it being more of a "Who you know" to get promoted kind of company. Was in line for a promotion after a employee left (who I'll admit had been there longer than I but, not once performed better than I did.) She left for three months then, returned and they promoted her instead of me. A week after she returned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employees informed. It sucked being laid off on Christmas Eve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Authority

    Pros

    Selling sports equipment and spreading your knowledge of the products to the customers. Pretty laid back. Don't try to steal.

    Cons

    Management puts stupid demands for ecp's. Extended Coverage Plans. Associates would probably try harder if their were more and bigger incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change isn't always good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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