Floor Manager (Former Employee) – Etobicoke, ON – 16 August 2017
Through Sporting Life I was able to gain a tremendous amount of knowledge surrounding athletic and outerwear clothing. This included setting up Product Knowledge meetings with difference vendors to provide both my staff and my self with knowledge of their products. This job also taught me to handle many customers at once and make sure they all leave happy.
Good company but some management just soooooooooo bad.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Richmond Hill, ON – 14 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.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 27 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.
Fun environment, Fun culture, Easy to bond with co-workers, Entertaining store.
Terrible Management, Unorganised shifts, No commission, You're expendable to the company.
Restocker, Sales Associate, part-time Receptionist (Former Employee) – Markham, ON – 26 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.
Hires employees with no experience, if having a hard time finding a first job.
Overall, cons overpower the pros of working in this company.
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 10 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
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Markham, ON – 5 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.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Markham, ON – 19 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.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Calgary, AB – 16 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.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Markham, ON – 4 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.
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.
Cash Associate (Current Employee) – Toronto, ON – 20 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.
E-Commerce Logistics & Customer Service Associate (Former Employee) – Toronto, ON – 27 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.