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22 January 2020

Does DICK'S Sporting Goods pay for a gym membership?

Pros

The gym (you have to pay for) is nice & the walking trails in summer.. if you have time to use it. Benefits are good. Coworkers are friendly, they just don't stay for very long unless they are Pitt natives.

Cons

For it being a small town, the only 1 highway into corporate from Pittsburgh is jam packed with traffic. It can take over an hr to get here/home. If there is an accident or landslide or a drop of rain.. forget about making good time. Upper management is very disrespectful & you can hear them walking around cursing at/about people. They describe the ppl as those that There is no empowerment & every decision needs to be made at director or higher level. A lot of things go to Ed Stack to approve. Job titles are not aligned with the industry. You will be working at a higher level. Work/life balance does not exist. You have to really put your foot down to leave at a decent hr and then are treated badly for doing so. Very few corp holidays off. We work xmas eve as an example.

Advice to Management

Respect your employees. HR has said they know this environment is toxic... maybe do something about it. There is a reason we have such high turnover & can't fill open positions.

The gym (you have to pay for) is nice & the walking trails in summer.. if you have time to use it.

22 January 2020

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12 July 2019

What is the retirement plan like at DICK'S Sporting Goods?

Pros

Open-ended in some ways. Ex. reasonably open about what software solutions are used. Some teams / managers seem well-run and get results. Casual dress code - jeans (no shorts) or dresses, tee shirts, athletic shoes, etc. Easy to disappear - can get management off your back and come up with something impressive that nobody asked for, or that was put on the backburner I believe the health-related benefits (health, dental, vision, life, disability) are good. I don't have much experience with other companies however. The gym is pretty advanced, but like any gym, it can be intimidating to use it if you are not already a "gym person". It also costs extra (around $200 a year I believe). 3 personal days + 8 days PTO + 6 company holidays. If the company is doing well you usually get Christmas Eve off as well. Annual bonus if you and the company meet all your goals.

Cons

Closed-off in some ways. Ex. some tasks are handed to teams with lacking motivation on why they are needed. Extreme social stratification. Some teams are given the world and new Macbooks, others get by with what they have. No more remote work Open plan offices with tons of people. If you tour the campus, be sure to tour one of the open offices (ex. 1C, 2A, 2C) and note the noise level and chaos. No investment - roles stay open because we cannot attract the talent required at the salary we desire Official company policy to build everything in-house. (See: "Tech Chief Goes All Out on In-House Software".) DSG is very hesitant to buy anything software-related from anyone else. This results in software that works okay but is not as professional as commercial packages. There are benefits to this but I think it should be case-by-case and not company policy. No teams know what the other is doing. We have huge legacy tech debt from each team spinning up their own solution that does 80% of what some other team already did. Collaborative attitude depends on the team. We invited other teams along on projects, but were sometimes not given that same opportunity even when it would have made sense. Success depends on your manager. I saw people do amazing things, and recognition never went beyond their manager. Other teams announce their successes to a wide audience, sometimes overstating the success to build clout. Many benefits and perks are on a glacial timescale. 401(k)s take around 8 months (ballpark) of work in a calendar year to be match-eligible, so if you join later in the year you are probably out of luck. Each year of 401(k) match vests over 5 years. There are other stock benefits that take 3 years to kick in. Although lip-service is given to the idea of post-mortems, there are very few hard questions asked about projects that go bad (over time, over budget, under deliver, etc.). Often, the people familiar with the negatives of the project aren't even in the room. So, management only gets a good impression and agrees to additional substandard work.

Advice to Management

Management says they want to govern with data and hypotheses. If they actually did this, it would be excellent. Instead management comes up with ideas and has no desire to determine if they are good or not. I'm positive they didn't look at the science of open plan offices (search for Harvard open plan office to see what I mean) nor do they care about the outcome of their massive change. This is one example of many where management showed a glib attitude towards employee concerns.

Each year of 401(k) match vests over 5 years.

12 July 2019

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2 November 2018

Does DICK'S Sporting Goods offer dental insurance?

Pros

Benefits of health and dental are great.

Cons

Work life balance. Too many overnights

Benefits of health and dental are great.

2 November 2018

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1 March 2020

Does DICK'S Sporting Goods offer parental leave?

Pros

Good benefits overall baby leave ok

Cons

Bad culture But good people trying hard

Good benefits overall baby leave ok

1 March 2020

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2 January 2019

Does DICK'S Sporting Goods offer employee discounts?

Pros

The employee discount is 25% off most full price things except for firearms and ammo and a few other things.

Cons

Full timers only get between 33-38 hours a week, usually mid 30s. Part timers can get between one and three shifts a week typically. Everyone I work with who isn't retired or a high schooler living at home has to work a second and sometimes a third job to make ends meet.

Advice to Management

Advice to management. Quit. Let the sinking ship sink. It feels like the CEO and higher up management are trying to revive a dying company on one hand and are trying to squeeze the life out of it with the other.

The employee discount is 25% off most full price things except for firearms and ammo and a few other things.

2 January 2019

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