Pros: in store management is good, flexible scheduling, fun coworkers, easy work
Cons: micromanagement from people that are scarcely in the store, work is designed to make you feel stupid, company doesn't treat employees well
I worked for Big 5 Sporting Goods for a handful of years in the sales department. Throughout those two years, I enjoyed the job for the most part, but felt mistreated by the upper management. The in-store management was great. Almost all of my coworkers were good people and fun to work with. The work its self was fairly easy, typical retail work.
My – more... biggest complaint is that the upper management, who spend very little time in the actual store, feel the need to micromanage almost every aspect of the store's operations. I guess this isn't really unusual for retail, but it makes for a very frustrating work environment.
Another thing to keep in mind. The company does NOT reward loyal employees. I spent several years in the company and received one raise after the first year. When minimum wage was increased in my state, my raise did not carry over, and as an experience employee that rarely missed a day of work, I was making the entry level wage, same as the people hired a few weeks earlier. – less