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Sports Direct Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
97 Reviews
2.2
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Sports Direct CEO David M. Forsey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Easy work, 15% discount, holiday pay every 3 months (depending on your hours) (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible hours and great people to work with (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • you have a zero hour contract so you can never guarantee whether you will have work (in 19 reviews)

  • 0 Hour contracts (should be illegal) (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly Environment to work around

    Cons

    to much work load for individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce work load on individual

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    fantastic and rewarding, don't believe everything you read

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sports Direct full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the rewards of working your way up in a company , hard work yes, long hours of course, but as with everything worthwhile in life what you put into it you get out of it, if you want an easy life do not work for sports direct, you want to work and earn beyond all expectations then this is the company for you

    Cons

    only negative here is people that don't want to work for a living and think that the company owes them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoy being kept busy but Sports Direct constantly run at 100mph

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant

    I have been working at Sports Direct part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The fast pace means you're constantly busy, whether you're serving or merchandising or doing little important jobs. The staff are great and the management are ok. Most of the time you're left to your own devices which shows a certain element of trust. Very flexible hours.

    Cons

    Communication is poor, staff are expected to take on more responsibility than they deserve, heavy emphasis on add-on sales and own-brand promoting takes away some of the fun from natural customer interaction. Very few staff get promoted from zero hours. Very poor health and safety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be a bully. Some managers take the hard line on poor add on sales which leads to demotivated, miserable staff. Lead by example; take more responsibility with training staff instead of leaving them with part time staff who won't train new people properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Worst experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    One of the best in clothing retail industry.
    Learn about customer service
    Develop multitasking abilities as have to deal with both customers and closing up (and cleaning the large mess of clothes the customers are constantly making)
    Some co-workers helpful and amiable

    Cons

    Low pay
    No actual training, only an induction for an hour
    Says train-in-work but expects you to be super fast from the very first hour
    Does not give the paid break which is in the contract, if questioned to the supervisor be ready to get low hours next week.
    0 hour contract
    Not all co-workers helpful
    Manager is hard to approach
    Biasness towards the employees
    Suddenly changes your work department/section without discussing at all
    Every week the shop floor clothing placement changes so for weekend workers have to learn where is this and that all over again

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training, better manager selection, not selfish ones who never gives the legal (mentioned on the contract) break and instead shows their higher ups that they have done the required work with less people and less hours, so they can take higher bonus themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Everyone needs that ''worst job ever''

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant

    I worked at Sports Direct as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - For someone at school, hours were good to begin
    - Close to home
    - Learn new skills
    - Discount
    - Could fit hours around school as not contracted - good for exam period

    Cons

    - Bosses threatening attitudes
    - Pay
    - 0 hour contract
    - Once got asked to work at 5, but couldn't get in for that time without a taxi costing more than the money I would make. Boss then got angry and as I left asked if my mum could also pick up another member of staff who lived a 40 min diversion at 4am even though I had already said no.
    - Bags for life got you nothing but to keep your job - if people don't want bags you can't force them, your job should not depend on a 49p bag sales
    - People who had worked their for years were losing hours due to B4L sales, even though they had families to support - cheaper students were given more hours which made conflict between members of staff
    - Not all staff being able to remove items if double scanned then getting in trouble for having to call over a manager for a mistake
    - Tiny till space
    - Boiling, once fainted from the heat
    - Seen very ill staff at work, some even throwing up but staying just because they couldn't go home as they would lose that days pay and next weeks hours would be shocking
    - Discount was very low, only on a specific day if you could prove it was for yourself

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to rethink company attitude when it comes to staff, in oppose to treating them like dirt and it may be a better working environment and you may have people who actually want to work not just because they need work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Make friends , nice staff we always have banter through out.
    You get paid nice if you put in the hours
    The longer your there the more you do as you please.

    Cons

    Stupid rude customers
    Supervisor are confused and don't know how to manage people
    Management rude when you can't work
    They like taking your time but not give you the days you request off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having jokes with casual assistant because half the time the respect barrier is gone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Worse 2 years of my life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cast Staff in Aylesbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cast Staff in Aylesbury, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sports Direct as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    You earn money and that's it.

    Cons

    Management are uneducated morons that don't know employment rights so they treat their staff like they have no rights what so ever. Management do not know how to do their jobs so therefor the stores are not ran properly. Zero hour contacts are no stability when having to pay bills and there is no sympathy from the company when you cant pay your mortgage because they aren't giving you enough hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training programmes for management are needed!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    not that bad place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Customer Assistant in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Sports Direct part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    easy hours and friendly staff

    Cons

    no hours contract so didn't know if coming or going

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sort staff rotas out and staff discounts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for if you are interested.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager/Store Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager/Store Manager

    I worked at Sports Direct full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent career advancement opportunities, great bonus incentives for full-time staff and excellent incentives for Casual staff.

    Cons

    For some the zero hour contract poses a bit of an issue with respect to guaranteed hours, but for most it is very agreeable. Occasional unsociable hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every store operates differently due to the individual qualities of different store managers. Some seem highly motivated and desire to be at work where others are simply coasting along held by the promise of untold wealth to come.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    NOT BAD BUT I LOVE MY NEW JOB

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Casual Sales Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sports Direct full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun customers, lots to do, you not allowed to be seen standing around so you always keep busy , pays not bad, worked with a few good people, deliveries and stock take were always fun

    Cons

    Time limits are not enough so you feel like its impossible, BFL sales are hard work but if you have banter with the customers then your more likely to sell, work load is a lot sometimes depending on how many people you have on shift and zero hour contracts, so you pretty much always on call

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RECONSIDER ZERO HOUR CONTRACTS and my mind to you 'Store Managers'

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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