SPORTING LIFE Employee Reviews

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Best thing about it is the people you work with
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ONJanuary 19, 2016
Very long hours, not allowed to socialize with other staff. Poor store organization, lower managers and associates would get let go every month without explanation. If you want to feel your soul drained for very low pay and have no job security this is the job for you.
Only pros are some of the staff are food, and the access to pro-deals. The in-store discount is barely a discount. Beware of upper management.
Pros
pro-deals, co-workers
Cons
really long retail hours, poor upper management, no commission for sales, no apparent job security
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Busy environment
PART-TIME SALES ASSOCIATE (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONFebruary 17, 2016
It was an alright job. A typical day of work consisted of maintaining the cleanliness of the department I was designated and assisting any customers. I learned how to deal with conflicts in a professional demeanour with both customers and fellow employees. My previous co-workers were very immature and lacked the ability to help anyone but themselves or take responsibility for their actions. Overall, it is a very nice place to work with good management.
Pros
Free lunch during holiday shifts
Cons
Immature co-workers
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Starts out fun but you soon hate the place
Sales Associate/Merchandising Team (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ONSeptember 12, 2015
When I first started working at Sporting Life in 2011 I had a blast great coworkers and managers, it was pretty hectic but I enjoyed working there. As time past the customers being to seem as though they're more entitled to us bending backwards for them and more and more are coming in rude and etc but hey it's customer service job but the fact that i'm still getting paid minimum wage when some other places ei sportchek their employees get paid more to do less is frustrating.
They are also very back with keeping up with your annual reviews cause they don't want to give anyone a raise. Overall I would never recommend a friend to work here.
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motivates you to find another job and be successful in life
Retail Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ONMarch 4, 2016
yeeah that job ain't sh**t lol.. they give you good hours though. i definitely would no recommend somebody that has a short attention span nor should a highly enthusiastic individual ever work there.
Pros
good hours
Cons
long hours
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A Good Place to Start
Sales associate for Men's Outerwear (Former Employee) –  Etobicoke, ONJune 19, 2016
Overall, Sporting Life is a good place to start a career in retail. The schedules are organized well, and the environment is good. There is a really bad system for tracking employee sales.
Pros
Good Environment, Flexible Schedule
Cons
Unorganized, Not the Best Managers, Long Hours Cleaning, Terrible Commission Rate (0.01%).
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Nice place to work
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONJune 16, 2016
Working at Sporting Life made grow as a Sales Representative.
Achieving daily goals at the store taught me it is important to have career targets no matter how difficult can be , you always have to try to accomplish them at the end of the day this will be the best feeling ever.

Good environment and really nice place to work.
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Some great prduct, poorly managed stores.
Former Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONNovember 25, 2015
Sporting Life is not what it used to be.
Managers don't care about their employees.
Star program is a joke.
The employee discount is too low.
Some managers have been around far too long.
Need change. Clean up the place.
HR staff is useless.
Ideally you need to send someone in from the US Head Office to properly review ALL management staff.
Wages are low and reviews rarely if ever happen.
Not an honest, positive work environment.
Would not recommend this co. to anyone.

Why include a question about the CEO?
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none
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Okay place to work but would not advise anyone who is looking to move up in a company to work here.
Cashier (Current Employee) –  TorontoFebruary 9, 2015
Sporting Life can be a very fun place to work however it sucks your soul right out of you. The customers are great, the employees act like they are in high school and gossip about everyone. The managers do not know how to manage they pay more attention on trying to catch an employee stealing than they do training an employee on how to do his/her job. The pay is minimum wage with no chance on getting a raise. There is employees that have been working there for over 5 yrs only making $11.50. Being a cashier there is a lot to learn but the managers do not train you on everything so majority of the work you learn by making mistakes. Overall it is an okay place to work if you can deal with headaches everyday.
Pros
learned a lot about customer service
Cons
long hours
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The work life balance is amazing
Department Manager (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ONSeptember 26, 2016
Great team to be working with- I love that I don't have to take much of my work home! Enjoying the busy seasons and the quiet ones, the merchandisers always display the store beautifully!
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Great Place to work
Customer Service, Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ONJuly 4, 2016
I really enjoyed my time working in Sporting Life. They Offered on-going training for employees to increase their knowledge and expertise in area of selling and customer interactions.
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Lessons learned
E-commerce Associate (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ONJune 10, 2016
Great place to gain experience, learn the retail world and meet new people. You get the opportunity to grow as a person and learn new things!
Pros
Discount, friendly co-workers, nice ambience, holidays off
Cons
Negative customers, hours can be long
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Productive and fun workplace
Retail Administrator/Assistant (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONJuly 15, 2016
Sporting life is a great company to work for, everyone works hard and does their part. Management are also very friendly.
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Friendly work environment
Stock Associate (2015) (Former Employee) –  Etobicoke, ONJune 30, 2016
I learned the efficient way of stocking with the principle of utilizing minimum space for as many items.
Pros
Easy to commute
Cons
Easy to get lost in the stock room
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Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Etobicoke, ONSeptember 19, 2016
very friendly management and co-workers. The schedule was great, was able to work around school and other things without any problem.
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hostile work environment
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONJuly 11, 2016
I learned that you cannot rely on anyone in this store for help. Co-workers were rude and disrespectful and exhibited hostility.
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Customer service oriented establishment
Receptionist and Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ONMay 27, 2016
Fun staff and management. This business is very much oriented towards customer services and sales goals. Many opportunities to grow and learn new skills
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Fun and Enjoyable
Associate (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ONJune 15, 2016
flexible hours, people are awesome to work with, departments are understaffed, salary isn't comparable with amount of work.

great place to build a lot of experience
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fun
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ONJune 22, 2016
It's productive and fun workplace. Extremely fast pace environment. Able to enhance customer service ability.
Excellent Management team
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Good co-workers, bad management
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ONMay 8, 2016
Enjoyed working with everybody, did not really get the dates I wanted when I needed time off. Fun environment to learn and sell products. Usually working with loyal, satisfied, and returning customers.
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Fair place to work at part-time!
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Markham, ONJune 9, 2016
Not very flexible with hours, not well scheduled. Best parts about working here were the customer interactions, and co-workers!
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3.4
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