An employer that is committed to help it's employees improve
Manager (Current Employee) – Illinois – December 28, 2016
I have been with the company over ten years. I can honestly say that if you commit to the company, they will give you every tool possible to improve your performance. They have incredible sales training and the veterans in the company are always available to help. The culture within 2nd Wind is very impressive. Is it a challenging job? Yes, it can be, but I have learned a lot. I started with zero sales experience, but I had a desire to learn and progress and I was managing my own store within 15 months of starting. So there is room for professional growth if you take it upon yourself to find it. I think it is an incredible company with a lot more good on the horizon.
Pay, Culture, Team Atmosphere, Commitment to employees, Good benefits, Incredible coaches and training
Great place to work. Long hours, but the pay and benifits are good.
Store Manager (Current Employee) – Edmond, OK – December 25, 2016
Overall a good company. Not a job for someone with a family. Great for singles. You have to put in a lot of hours. Im talking about over 60 hours a week. The prime saleing months are October through March.
Competitive Working Environment w/ Great Resources
Commercial Account Manager (Current Employee) – Eden Prairie, MN – March 12, 2016
Typically we are encouraged to spend Monday's and Fridays in the office updating quotes and information on existing/new leads we have acquired. Between Tuesday-Thursday the goal is to be out on the road as often as possible to either create new business/accounts or to continue following up with pre-existing accounts and maintaining the proper relationship. I try to be on the phone often, getting updated information as much as possible and trying to maintain a solid relationship with old/new potential customers. I find it easier to build business the more you go out of your way to show the potential buyers that you are interested in building that connection.
Ability to create my own hours.
Healthcare is bad, low base w/higher commission potentials
May 2013 top salesman (Former Employee) – Maple Grove MN – September 30, 2015
The hours here are good in the summer, but once fall and winter hit you tend to get overworked. Although in the summer you get every other weekend off and work usually 4-5 days a week, once the busy season hits you should expect to work at least 6 days a week. Compensation was good, it just wasn't worth being away from home that many days a week and put a strain on my relationships.
Work by yourself, freedom to get stuff done easily
Very little pay unless you are in the management position and then that will vary depending on whether or not the Manager allows you to work with customers equally. A lot of the managers cherry pick customers so they can line their own pockets for potential bonuses at the end of the month.
If you are looking for an education and team atmosphere that will nurture and train you to be the best you might be let down. The more you are taught by the managers the less they tend to gain. You would think they benefit but if you sell more then them it makes them look bad. This is not a bad thing if you are very self-motivated. You will have plenty of down time to learn or workout.
As for the hours, yes you do work a ton as many other reviews have stated so don't be surprised if it feels you don't have a life outside of work. But hey, it is retail and you know this going into it.
Better machines then the dept. stores but not great.
Fitness Expert (Former Employee) – Phoenix – January 3, 2015
When I was interviewed I was misled what the job really entailed. The money last as salary is grossly incorrect. My base pay was not enough to meet my financial obligations. All employees are salaried do there is no overtime. The company makes you feel like you need to be at the store ask the time, when your shift ends they make you feel like you can't leave. In addition the company will make you work over 40 hours a week making you feel guilty if your don't come into work on your days off. You'll be lucky if you get a lunch break let alone two paid 15 minute breaks as mandated by law.
DON'T WORK FOR 2nd WIND!!!!!
Low base pay, long hours, no overtime, lucky if you get a lunch break.
Could be much more enjoyable if there was a more set daily schedule
Fitness Consultant (Current Employee) – Columbia, MO – April 11, 2014
This job is a very intriguing job, with a promise for a great yearly income and a fun work place environment. I feel as though this could be true if the company would put out more efforts in advertising and marketing. I feel that they should do more work in training the managers before they hire them to be a manager. The manager at my store was very unprofessional, and would not tell me what my hours for the next day were until the night before or the morning of. This makes it very difficult to plan anything outside of work. I have however learned a lot about how to be an effective sales person and I really enjoy helping people find the best products for them. My typical day usually consists of making sure all the machines are clean and working properly. I also make follow up calls with potential customers and with customers who have purchased something from the store to see how it is working for them. The most enjoyable part of this job would be helping others find a machine that is going to help them meet their fitness goals. I like seeing customers leave the store happy with their purchase.
Flexible schedule, helping others, freedom to make good deals for customers
Unorganized and unprofessional manager, slow customer traffic
Manager (Current Employee) – Will not Disclose – October 30, 2013
Do not let the corporate reviews deceive you! You will never make the money they claim, not even close! Very shady, dishonest upper management who treats you like you're scum. Very "used car" sales environment! Commission system is based on hitting the IMPOSSIBLE goals they set for you. 50hr. work weeks on salary so NO chance of any overtime and you are expected to work.
Working anytime when upper management was not around.
Worthless upper management, constantly have your job threatened, constant battleground
Fitness Consultant (Former Employee) – MN – October 10, 2013
45-80k... not likely... base is 21k + commissions which are decent however, sales are not good april-sept... One day off per week, weekends required (if not, you would not hit your near impossible "goal"). They require 100% devotion so do not plan on doing any personal training on the side or having much outside of 2nd wind. They will not listen to an employees concerns, they will simply let you go.
Fitness Consultant (Former Employee) – Clive, IA – August 22, 2013
Be ready to sacrifice everything for this job. Say good-bye to your weekends...it is mandatory that you work both Saturdays and Sundays. You get one day off during the week. It pays well but if you don't meet the sales goals they set for you, say good-bye.
Mandatory weekends, 6 day work weeks, lots of down time.
Fitness Consultant (Current Employee) – St. Louis Park, MN – February 11, 2013
If you are passionate about fitness and enjoy working with people then 2nd Wind is the place to be. Everyone is very helpful and kind! I've been here almost a year and I still learn something new everyday!
If you enjoy selling exercise equipment this is the place!
District Manager (Current Employee) – Saint Louis. Mo – February 11, 2013
This company has a culture of teamwork, recognition and strong leadership that starts from the top and continues throughout the company. It is an atmosphere that drives you to want to succeed. You are supplied all the tools you need to have a successful career regardless of the department you work in. All you need is the desire to do so.
excellent environment, enjoyable place to work, if you enjoy a competitive environment with great recognition this is it