Big 5 Sporting Goods was founded in 1955 by Maury Liff in Hawthorne, California, and since then has expanded into a major sporting goods retailer with 420 stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
It is a major retailer of apparel and footwear, fitness equipment and supplies, outdoor recreational gear, and sports gear and stocks all the major brands in one location.
Their stores generally feature over 10,000 square feet of retail space divided into several departments, and operate 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm on weekdays, 9am to 9pm on Saturdays and 10am to 7pm on Sundays. Due to the large-scale format of sporting goods stores, a large and ready workforce is always required. Common jobs include sales associate, manager, cashier, general warehouse worker, order filler, security guard, truck driver and maintenance mechanic.
Applicants must be 18 years and over to apply to work at Big 5 Sporting Goods. While there are no formal requirements for applications, hiring managers give preference to those with an interest in sports and sporting goods in order to relate well with customers.
While cashiers must have basic customer service skills, while sales associates are expected to be able to directly advise patrons and give recommendations on equipment, accessories and apparel. Consideration for management requires the employee to be over 21 and show exceptional skills in administration, staff, sales, inventory, disciplinary duties and customer service.
Due to the demands of the summer season and holidays, entry-level employees must be healthy, physically fit and capable of working long hours on a flexible schedule.
Job benefits at Big 5 Sporting Goods depends on your job status as full time employees will qualify for more benefits than par time employees.
Employee benefits include:
- discounts on products and services in store
- health insurance
- life insurance options
- 401(k) retirement plans
- paid sick days
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