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Decathlon Reviews

Updated 17 August 2017
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  • Work Life balance could be better managed (in 30 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great company but they expect a lot from you"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Department Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Decathlon (More than a year)

    Pros

    You work everyday with sporty, fun people. As a department manager you have lots of responsibility - recruitment, range choice, commercial policy for your department, layout and merchandising of the whole department.

    Cons

    It is retail so you will work almost every weekend. The pay for shop floor staff is very poor so it is difficult to recruit good quality staff and if you do then it is difficult to hold on to them.

    Advice to Management

    Pay higher salaries and get better local staff. If not stick to employing French and Spanish people that will do anything to improve their English.


  2. "SALES ADVISOR"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Music Director in Grays, England
    Former Employee - Music Director in Grays, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Decathlon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good teamwork in department store

    Cons

    communication and instructions passed by department manager aren't as effective for sales advisors

    Advice to Management

    build on strong communication


  3. "A good opportunity if you like sports and customer service"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Decathlon full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment. Good salary. Up to 10% bonus at the end of the month depending on the sales. You have the opportunity to learn many different tasks. Very transparent regarding the company's figures.

    Cons

    You have to work on the weekends.


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  5. "Not any retail company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hands on and opportunity to learn
    Product training included
    Staff discount

    Cons

    Working on public holidays but that comes with working in retail.

    Advice to Management

    Improvement of internal communication


  6. "Discouraging"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good environment in general
    Flexible shifts

    Cons

    Pay rate could be better


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Shares, bonus system, growing company with possibilitis to quickly evolve to the top management. They encourage employees to take initiatives.

    Cons

    Nothing bad about this company. Great place to work. Practising sport is one of the requirements.


  9. "freedom and no responsability"

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    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


  10. "Worst job I've ever had"

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    • 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.


  11. "Not for grsduste"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Decathlon full-time

    Pros

    Responsibility is given but not in areas where it matters

    Cons

    Poor salary and growth oppprtunity

    Advice to Management

    Pay the managers more and unite the teams


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