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Good company but some management just soooooooooo bad.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Richmond Hill, ON14 August 2017
I had good time working with colleagues, I can say everyone is friendly, and nice to each other, and very very helpful, I learned a great deal, and my department manager is really good at the job. Truly.
During high season the work is really busy and tiring, especially when you lack of people, but I feel satisfied doing my job. My job is so fun.

However, some people just should not be in management position at all, always doing wrong things, not professional, not organized, told others doing wrong things and favouritism. No one really likes that person in the team, even in other departments. No one even wants to seat with that person at the break room if you know what I am sayin. 3 people quit within 2 months (including me), others want to quit.
Pros
good product, good co-workers
Cons
management (that 1 person)
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They have a lot to learn
DEPARTMENT MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB30 July 2017
They have a lot to learn.

Their salaries are not competitive
Management is very new
Cut throat atmosphere
Good group of people with good intentions
Pros
cool product
Cons
everything else
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Terrible Management
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON11 July 2017
Not a bad store to work in over all and the hours are flexible but the management is terrible and played by favourites. Fellow employees are good company.
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Fun, but irritating.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 June 2017
Sporting Life was an interesting company to work with. Pretty much a typical day at work as a sales associate was to reach the daily quota and give exemplary customer service. It could be fun at times, but other times it would be pretty discouraging to keep on working there. Contrary to popular belief, the more pressure there is, the funner the job gets, because you become more competitive, and you focus solely on reaching your goal, so managers and supervisors are normally not behind you watching every little move you make. The problem was having an unorganised management with too many supervisors that never agreed on one thing, nor worked as a team. This unfortunately fell on the general associates, because they take the orders from them, and it can be a bit confusing when one manager tells you to do one thing, and the other supervisor gets mad at you for doing that thing, and asks you to do the complete opposite. With them, there is no room for understanding. The benefit of this is you have an entire workforce that feels the same way, so you can share similar experiences and situations, and create a bond through this. The negative thing about this is, once they see a large group of workers complaining about management, they don't have a problem with firing 20+ people in a single week. The store itself is nice and brings a positive vibe with it, and its entertaining to simply be a part of it. In the end, you are there to work and try to be good at what you do, but it can be a bit irritating when the management you need to work with is completely disorganised.
Pros
Fun environment, Fun culture, Easy to bond with co-workers, Entertaining store.
Cons
Terrible Management, Unorganised shifts, No commission, You're expendable to the company.
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boring
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB27 June 2017
management is a bust, no room for advancement, constantly under the eye of management to uphold high standards of service yet they give the worst commission ever and minimum wage
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Horrible place to work
Restocker, Sales Associate, part-time Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Markham, ON26 June 2017
Horrible place to work due to:
Management: there are many managers, therefore they are unorganized. They like to show that they are in change thus, are rude when communicating to staff. Many management shows favoritism towards other staff, making it evident to other employees.
Breaks: per shift, you are supposedly allowed two 15min breaks, however management don't allow breaks, whatsoever.
Staff: hire many high school and college students; giving an overall non-professional environment.
Quizzes: a repetitive quiz about loss prevention must be written monthly.
Sale Goals: each individual is ranked monthly on a list. If you are in the bottom/red zone, you will be written up for not making enough sales.
Pros
Hires employees with no experience, if having a hard time finding a first job.
Cons
Overall, cons overpower the pros of working in this company.
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propductive always learning
Sales (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON21 June 2017
its a great place to work if you love customer service, you learn so much about product and how to engage customers. hours are good, very nice working environment
Pros
learning experience
Cons
pay minimum
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Putrid place to work
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON10 June 2017
No room for growth
hourly rate and laughable raises of a nickel
Embarassing manager salary if your lucky to get one
Outdated sales ideas and approaches
Most of the leaders(used loosely) are wayyyy past their prime and have even less modernized skills to bring the company into the 21st century
Most managers have zero experience to manage
Sad work morale
Silly sales numbers too try and reach when there's nobody in the store forces staff to steal sales and creates tension amongst the staff
Pros
Cool staff
Cons
Way too many
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Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Markham, ON5 June 2017
Amazing work experience, the atmosphere of the work environment is amazing and definitely makes you feel comfortable.
Management could be better but the workers are very friendly and enjoy working there.
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Dynamic and productive workplace
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Markham, ON19 May 2017
Sporting Life gave me the opportunity to improve my interpersonal skills and increased my knowledge on how to effectively market products. The management team, as well as my colleagues made for a pleasant working environment.
Pros
Pleasant working conditions, Excellent training
Cons
None
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Enjoyable and informative job
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB16 May 2017
I have learned a lot about careers and the required knowledge for a sales job as what it takes to make a customer satisfied. Also how to go above and beyond to allow their experience to be that much better.
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Great for students
Sales Associate and Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Markham, ON5 May 2017
Depending on the day, you either just stand around or you're running around
If you're on the manager's good side, you're set and never really have to worry about anything
Pros
the other sales associates and cashier - they're great people
Cons
long hours, not enough breaks, sometimes doesn't acknowledge the amount of work you put into the job
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always busy, friendly coworkers, great hours
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Markham, ON4 May 2017
Sporting life was very enjoyable and something of my taste because of my passion for retailing. the managers were always supportive and helpful aswell as the other employees, the hours they gave me were always perfect, the store was always busy.
Pros
good hours
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Enjoyable workplace with fun yet competitive environment
Warehouse Team Lead (Current Employee) –  Calgary,1 May 2017
Sporting Life is a company that respects there staff, and helps them be there best. There is not a lot of opportunity for advancement but if you how your dedication and hard work there are possible door that may open.
Pros
Discount
Cons
Hours, training
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Fun workplace
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB30 March 2017
People and management are great. The company hold lots of fun training sessions and has many opportunities for their employees. I would have loved to stay their longer if I had not been laid off.
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Great place to work in the winter
Assistant Cash Manager (Current Employee) –  Ottawa, ON28 March 2017
During the winter months, Sporting life is always jammed packed with excitement and consistent hours. It is a retail job that has higher expectations of its staff.
Pros
Pay is good
Cons
10 hour shifts
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Cash Associate (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON20 March 2017
On a daily basis, I would deal with happy,unsatisfied, irritated, every type of customer with the best customer service possible. I've learned to handle heavy heated situations in a calm organized manner. The hardest part about the job was that I am just the cashier, and if they did not like the experience they had in the store, i am the one that now has to deal with it, but what made up for those situations is when i really satisfied the customer whether it be, finding that last item they've been looking for, correcting the sizes from the tag to the item itself, just the little things were very satisfying.
Pros
working with friendly, welcoming people
Cons
Far from home
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Boring job made worse by terrible management
E-Commerce Logistics & Customer Service Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON27 February 2017
This was a simple job of responding to customer complaints over the phone and online. However the task was made very degrading and the office environment was dismal, entirely due to the manager of this team. Rude and lacking any leadership skills and leaving no room to grow within the company, Sporting Life's e-commerce department was a pain to be a part of.
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stimulating
Warehouse Associate (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON23 February 2017
I really enjoyed learning about the clothing industry and helping to serve good people great clothes and it is very rewarding.
Pros
great colleagues
Cons
staff discount
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Department Manager (Current Employee) –  Richmond Hill, ON19 February 2017
Great Product and Service Great staff. Store atmosphere is great and staff know their product they are selling. Name Brand High end product is what you would find at this store.
Pros
Product
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