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Overstaffing is a problem, among others.
Sales Associate (Part-time) (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 December 2017
The job at first seemed solid; they are efficient in their training, and you are given product knowledge on some brands, etc. . However, from the beginning, the management team seems to make sure that they instill a great level of pressure in their employees, with a commission system that is NOT fair or fruitful in any way. The management team expects everyone to be around the same range in sales, despite every department having very different price ranges of items AND employees not having the same hours. As well, they greatly overstaffed, which lead to at least 15 employees losing their jobs within 3 months. They do not even fire based off of performance, as some who were doing splendid in sales got fired immediately. There is no job security for someone who is full or even part-time here. As well, the discount just sucks given how expensive the items in store are. The only good thing was the flexibility of hours, but they tend to cut them short unexpectedly.
Pros
flexible breaks, product knowledge
Cons
literally every other aspect involved
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I dreaded working here since the very beginning.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB2 December 2017
I started with the company when opening a new location. The upside to working is that the discount is decent and people you work with are a great set of people. They offer product knowledge and sometimes you get cool free things after learning. Everything else is just awful, commission is ridiculously lousy for a place where everything is expensive. The pressure and atmosphere of working is very hostile. The management team is one of the worst. At this particular location, a manager will act kind and nice to you but can turn on you so quick and treat you poorly. The management team is very fake and they act nice but they instil so much fear into you, enough for you to dread working here. I know many who have been planning on quitting this job since the beginning because they dread it that much. What I don’t understand is what their thought process is when’s it comes to firing people, it’s like they pull names out of a hat. Within 1-2 months 20+ people were terminated.
Pros
Discounts
Cons
Management and they say closing takes 10 minutes it really takes 1 hour.
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sporting life
Cashier (Former Employee) –  Yorkdale, ON28 October 2017
overall nice store unorganized management ,helped to set up the store because it is a new location, the process was quick and diligent because there was many employees
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Very friendly and professional working environment
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill21 October 2017
Sporting Life in my opinion one of the best canadian retail stores that can satisfy any type of custumer with the product that they provide. The environment in store is very friendly and highly professional if they are always spend time on teaching their employees new and all products to highly satisfy their clients!
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Teamwork and fun
Sales Associate (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB20 September 2017
Great team environment that you get to be a part of, the management are fun, and encourage to get to know your coworkers. Lots of fun doing training sessions about the product, first retail experience and learned about customer service. Continues to make adjustment to make things work.
Pros
teamwork, fun
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Product Knowledge Rockstars
Sales associate for sporting goods retail store (Former Employee) –  Yonge and Lytton15 September 2017
My biggest take away from my time at Sporting Life was their commitment to their staffs knowledge of the various brands they sell; every morning we had a representative from a different vendor visit our store for a 30 minute presentation about their brand. To this day I still point out the benefits of someones jacket.
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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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