Scheels is a great place to work if you can get past the hours...but that's retail.
The associates are fun and driven but the management is, at best, okay. Nothing against them personally but they don't seem to push people to be the best they can be and it's easy to get stuck in a position unless you know the right people. On top of that, if you aren't working in a shop that generates enough cash you get ignored by management. Once again, that's the way of retail I suppose.
Scheels is a very conservative company which can be frustrating at times but it's not an issue the vast majority of the time. The toughest things that I noticed was the yearly emails telling you who'd be "best" for president and how the christian music is okay because there's pop music coming up next.
Overall, a great company that has lots of potential
Awesome discount, pretty good benefits and fun people
Scheels is an employee owned and operated sporting goods store.
Sales Manager (Former Employee) – Iowa City, IA – August 15, 2017
I only worked for the company during the summer months due to my gymnastic scholarship obligations. It was my first job, It was a salary plus commission bases pay which I enjoyed. I was able to use my competitive and driven nature to obtain more commission from my sales. Only being able to work 3 months out of the year at the organization did not give me much more or depth to be able to gain a promotion. I enjoyed being on the floor with other sales associates competing to gain the next sale, it kept you alert, motivated, and driven to become the "best seller" on the floor.
This is a fun job. Scheels really wants it's employees to succeed and they give you all the necessary tools to do so. Most of the people working there have been in the company for a long time because it is such a great environment. Hardest part of the job is customers but it is also the most enjoyable aspect.
Ferris Wheel/Visas (Former Employee) – Sandy, UT – December 10, 2016
Everyone hated their job. We were spit on, had to clean up vomit, customers were rude and 100% right Even if they hadn't actually bought a token to ride the wheel, I still had to let them on, because that's the 'Christian way' of the company Greatest day of my life was when I quit.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Sandy, UT – January 13, 2016
A typical day I would obtain a till for the register and go to my assigned register. I would greet people entering the store as well as answering any questions customers had. On occasion, I would be sent on projects around the store in other departments as needed. I helped clean areas, change displays, reorganize clothing, work as a dressing room attendant, and cashiered in the deli in the store. I learned a lot about working in retail. I learned how to cashier and how to handle difficult customers and how to make sure the customer is always leaving with a good impression and will want to come back. The management was very friendly and professional. They are easy to work with. I loved my coworkers. Everyone there is friendly and nice. The hardest part was when we were super busy and people were in a rush and it was very stressful. The most enjoyable part for me was talking to customers and working with other employees I didn't always get to work with.
Customer service desk (Former Employee) – Appleton, WI – April 23, 2015
17 managers all on different pages telling u completely opposite ways to do things. Pretty sad when the affordable insurance is the only positive. If you don't sell a certain amount of Scheels credit cards to customers each month then u can't use your employee discount. and watch what you buy! They wash returned clothing and items and restock them at full price! Even gross dirty cigarette smelling clothing, jackets and jerseys. By the way the pay is terribly low for all the bs you have o del with.
Cashier (Former Employee) – Sandy, UT – March 23, 2015
Working at Schools was overall fairly easy, but, being a new store, the management was very uptight and harsh on the workers sometimes. The scheduling was extremely unflexible and there was often no way to get a day off last minute. My co-workers were very friendly and we all got along, but the managers made it easy for us to sort of not like them. Typically I would get to work, open my register and start checking out right away. On slow days I would fold clothes and reorganize the store. The hardest part of the job was not being able to get my schedule changed, the most enjoyable was being able to work with laid back people.
Men's Sportswear Specialty Shop Manager (Former Employee) – Sandy, UT – June 28, 2014
You get to chose which department you want to work in. I got to work in the mens hike clothing department. That was fun for me because I enjoy hiking and the outdoors and I got to share that with my customers.