BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League
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BATL | The Backyard Axe Throwing League Employee Review

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23 November 2019
Incredible fun working at BATL. Every day tells a new story to bring home. You improve your axe-throwing ability exponentially while working alongside some of the best throwers in the country. You're treated very fairly. Open lines of communication with mgmt and the rest of the staff. Always room for growth, to floor manager and beyond.
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A typical day at BATL involves coaching axe throwing events, cleaning up from said events and overall ensuring everyone has a great time!

I gained confidence in my presentation abilities and throughly enjoy myself every working day.


The most enjoyable part of the job: Throwing axes and helping people learn and seeing their reactions when they get the hang of it


The worst part of the job: Most of the events are on evenings and weekends, shifts are usually 3hrs
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I love working here, the staff were very friendly and everyone got along. I am just looking for other work to find somewhere that is closer to my new address.
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Manager (Former Employee) - Toronto, ON
BATL is a company that has lost its way to greedy executives, blatant nepotism, industry politics, profit-first policies and a toxic company culture that compensates undervalued employees with a cult-like family mentality of fictionalized shared-stakeholdership and a semi-annual pizza party for those who hang on long enough (if you're lucky).

It is important to separate the community and the workplace environment at BATL in this discussion. The axethrowing community is generally a great place and your average floor staff are incredible people. This review is a caution to all:


For Aspiring Coaches:


The company will pay you the absolute minimum possible and expect the highest level of commitment and accommodation from their employees.

Most coaches make minimum wage plus pooled tips every two weeks. It's not enough to live on unless you work 30+ hours a week which rarely happens between April and November. As an entrance level coach you can expect to work extremely sporadic hours from as early as 11am to as late as 1pm. There will be times when you will be asked to come in last minute, and sometimes to cover shifts as long as 10-13 hours long because the company rarely staffs accordingly.


You will be pressured to undercut the value of guest's time and money by enforcing policies and procedures that are poorly communicated, are not trained for, and are reinforced by upper management without the sense to understand the negative impact said policies and procedures have on the business.


The majority of staff are placed on call most of the time, often asked to come in
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