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Decathlon Reviews

Updated 26 June 2017
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  • Pretty hard to have a Work/Life Balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Charges de travail parfois excessives car travail en sous-effectifs (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Sports Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sports Advisor in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Sports Advisor in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Decathlon part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Human Structure - everyone is so friendly and passionate about sport.
    Monthly Bonus - dependent on positive store progression
    Discount Card when a permanent employee

    Cons

    Timetables - Only know timetables 4 weeks in advance, as a new starter work flexibility is essential

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training for new starters. Basic training is already good but a little bit more product training would be better.


  2. "Discouraging"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Decathlon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can get more responsibilities.
    If you are an sports enthusiast you will be happy to benefit from an employee discount.

    Cons

    In my opinion I would say there is a lack of leadership, responsibility, communication, organization.....

    If your first language is English or you have a certain level it is possible that you may find it hard to communicate with your bosses and co-workers possibly leading to misunderstandings and facing a very real and important communicational barrier. Some accents may need special attention to be understand.

    The staffs satisfaction does not seem to get to an average level. It looks like people may not raise this topic openly and It seems like employees could find worth it to remain silent.

    Personal life-Work life balance is, by far, one of the most unhealthiest I have ever experienced. Concepts seem to be often mistaken, meaning Team Building, as you should never directly or indirectly feel the need to attend social activities in order to be considered an engaged professional/worker. Several, several, extra hours.

    Unenjoyable ambience.

    In my opinion the salary does not make it.

    Advice to Management

    If there is anyone who will ever read this...

    Although I believe what I will say is not deep science but common sense... this is my advise and suggested management lines:

    Self criticism is a powerful tool for authentic leaders
    Constructive criticism, even any type of non-agressive criticism, should be use as a fuel for motivation and improvement and not be possibly taken as a personal attack or judgement.
    The changes needed should be reflected by the leader's exemplary behavior.
    Finding the right profile for a position does not finish nor is only focused on the recruitment process, keeping a high level profile requires a high level of leadership.
    Empathy is very important.
    A leader never sits and wait for other team members to bring all solutions and take all the actions that he/her wish to see. A leader triggers this actions/reactions.
    If a management model is proved to not be working, or at some point stopped working over the years, makes sense to put an effort to adapt the model to the real needs, the environment, and the work culture of the country. Why keep swimming against the flow?
    And finally matching the real values to the written ones should work just fine.


  3. "freedom and no responsability"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    to play sports altogether monthly

    Cons

    No managerial human senses at all

    Advice to Management

    poor real progression


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  5. "Worst job I've ever had"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Decathlon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Seems like a fun, enjoyable, customer service based job.

    Cons

    Management won't listen, they will abuse you and ignore your requirements.

    The companies internal policies are often based on your race and whether or not you have a degree (even if your degree is irrelevant to the position).
    So for example- A white British male with no degree working in the UK would have very little chance of progression regardless of how good you are.

    The 'own' branded stock is often in poor condition and cheaply made. Spare parts for gym equipment, bikes, etc is hard to come by and you'll be the one getting the blame.

    Advice to Management

    Take the right people seriously, stop employing morons with irrelevant qualifications (who usually leave to follow up their degree anyway)...

    Communication is an enormous part of retail, stop employing people in the UK that can hardly speak English, or have accents that people can't understand. It's pathetic.


  6. "Decathlon London"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Decathlon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are always many positive NEW STARTER (until they leave or considered new) in the company so the probability of having a good atmosphare is high. Big company thus relatively easy to get a job there.

    Cons

    However the chance is there to be happy and motivated but the luck of the management's knowledge inappropiate appointments, hiring) causes stressful environment, pressure and high staff rotation (80-90%). Also they don't recognise the effort of your work unless you are friend of a manager. Only by working hard you wont achieve anything. If you are a good actor/actress then itcan be your turn to grow up ;-)
    The more they talk and advertise about their policy, purpose such as sport the less they do.
    Their values are: vitality, generousity, responsibility, sincerity; well they fail on all of these.

    Advice to Management

    If management knew what they do I'd give them advice but I rather give them the chance to make even more mistake and learn about them. Good luck!
    One thing I can say; the staff is not satisfied, not happy to go to work even though your staff satisfactory survey which cannot reach the 50%. If it does reach it, it's fake as they lie to keep their job although you say it's anonym.


  7. "Low salary"

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Stockport, England
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Stockport, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You got experience and you can study and work

    Cons

    Low salary and bad organisation

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Alright for a temp work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    low level staff get on well

    Cons

    Management don't respect staff .

    Advice to Management

    Treat the low level staff with some respect


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company if you are French and willing to move and don't want to be paid much"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sports Advisor in Glasgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Sports Advisor in Glasgow, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Job, Flexibility, Some Good People

    Cons

    Pay, Hours, Workload, Management, Pay

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting people too quickly and have a better training scheme


  10. "They let you take your own decisions"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Birmingham, England
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Decathlon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom for doing your job. Freedom to commit erros and taking resposibility. You can delevop professionally and personally. Good company for first job.

    Cons

    You will en up working more than 39 hours pero week. It is common to do up to 55 in general basis, and not having two days off.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary up to 24000 and all of the extra hours will be a pleasure to be done.


  11. "Great company to work for up to 1 year"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Decathlon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management of every department is usually kind and helpful.

    Cons

    It gets too busy sometimes.


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