I worked at Decathlon full-time (Less than a year)
Decathlon UK is an exciting place to be, and especially now with their intensive expansion throughout the UK. Also, there is good capacity to work your way up the ladder, and the staff are all dedicated to provide great training to new staff and take pride in strong sales and customer satisfaction. Although it's a retail environment, it's far more interesting than any other and the products are superb. While all the general managers in store were great, my direct manager was particularly brilliant to work for, and really cared in developing my skills and experiences beyond the department.
Base salary for a full time Sports Advisor not great, with few perks to compensate. Therefore not quite 5 stars. Quite a high turnover of staff in the time I was there, but some people I know couldn't hack the hours, intensity of busy days and customers. Working hours were also annoying, with regular patterns of a late shift (9pm finish) being followed by an early start the next day.
Advice to Management
Keep up the good work of driving the company forwards, and be sure to identify and invest in the people who really care about that (whether they're new or have been with the company long-term) and reward them!
I have been working at Decathlon full-time (Less than a year)
Easy job with flexible hours
Managers are unhelpful and think they are better than the rest
Great people working with you and the possibility of adjusting your timetable is perfect
Some stress during weekends and low salary
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I worked at Decathlon full-time
Good to work for . very laid back . friendly staff and managers
Can get tiring at times. The breakroom isn't that big
I have been working at Decathlon full-time (More than a year)
The company itself is great with nice opportuities and great value for good price.
This is the company where you can get a job easily as they do not put the expectation high as sales assistant, neither professionally nor in english language.
If you need a job and have a basic english you can go to Decathlon London. Sorry for english people but it's true.
Generally the staff members are everywhere from around the world making people think that they probably do not make difference between nationalities but they do. If you are not good at acting, it will be hard to get promotion. Very hard to get higher on the career ladder unless you are a friend of one of the management staff.
The management does not pay much attention on team building and employee relation (well they do not even have HR department who could deal with these tasks) but making more money and giving you extra job and missions and making you stay longer after shift.
Extremely high staff rotation during the year. Sometimes after a holiday coming back I do not know who is who.
I have been working at Decathlon full-time (More than 5 years)
Decathlon is a great company to start working at a young age, while still studying. If you are a proactive person, Decathlon will allow you to learn everything about retail.
- You will start as a sports advisor or department manager, as it is truly the only way to learn all about the company. Big encouragement on internal promotion.
- Decathlon will have many missions and jobs to develop your skills and talents on the area you have studied, 90% of the times after you have worked in store.
- Decathlon allows and understand mistakes. If you make reasonable mistakes you will not be fired. (stealing is not a mistake)
- Decathlon is all over the world! You can find it in more than 30 countries so there is a possibility to go abroad to work internationally!
- Decathlon has its own brands, if you are passionate about a specific sports you could be the next designer of the equipment of your favorite sport!
- You will have monthly individual meetings with your manager to work on the development of your skills.
- You will have benefits on profit sharing and discunts on products.
No company is perfect, even though Decathlon is a strong and fast growing company there are some downs to it.
- Make sure you love the retail business.
- Make sure you love BtoC and personally engaging with customers.
- If you work in store make sure you do not mind working weekends.
- Salary is low.
I worked at Decathlon part-time
Nice to get some extra money.
Low salaries and bad working hours.
I worked at Decathlon (More than a year)
The company has clear procedures
There are not many development opportunities for employees
I worked at Decathlon full-time (More than a year)
good teamwork in department store
communication and instructions passed by department manager aren't as effective for sales advisors
Advice to Management
build on strong communication
I have been working at Decathlon (More than a year)
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.
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.
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