About Academy Sports + Outdoors
Number Of Employees: 10K+
Headquarters: 565 South Mason Road #419, Katy, TX 77450

Academy Sports + Outdoors is a mid-western discount store for athletic, exercise, and outdoor adventure gear. They were family owned until 2011 when the company was purchased. Today, they remain a privately owned company and have 290 stores scattered across the Midwest.

General Overview of Academy Sports + Outdoors

The company holds a 3.3-star rating on Glassdoor where 64 percent of the employees ( past and present) who interviewed said that they would recommend Academy Sports + Outdoors to a friend or loved one as a place to work.

There are many opportunities to work at Academy Sports + Outdoors. Those range from entry-level positions to top-tier management jobs. You can find emplyment with Academy at any of their 290 stores, corporate office or their distribution center.

The overally attitude from previous employees about working for Academy was positive. The positives included:

  • The company provides a great employee discount.
  • Many employees rated the benefits highly.
  • Team members are supportive and the work environment is friendly.
  • The flexibility at Academy allows students to work and go to school.

While there were many positives a few recurring negative comments include:

  • Long hours and not enough staff.
  • Unclear expectations between managers and workers.
  • Dealing with rude customers.

Even so, there are opportunities at Academy Sports + Outdoors for employees of all levels and experiences.

What is the Application Process Like at Academy Sports + Outdoors?

According to Glassdoor, 71 percent of people who applied at Academy Sports + Outdoors had a positive application experience.

If you want to apply, 84 percent did so online while seven percent did so in person. Another four percent were referred by a family member or friend.

The interview process is business casual. Some reported being interviewed via Skype while others had a sit-down formal interview. For the most part, people reported that the interview questions were easy and the interview session very relaxed.

Interview questions included topics such as "why you would like to work for the company" and "provide leadership examples such as making a poor performing team member into a positive addition to the team". Many of the interview questions hinted about studying the company before your interview, so do your research.

What is the Pay like at Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • Entry-level jobs start in the $8.60 per hour range. These positions include Sales Associates for footwear, apparel, team sports, etc. Team Leads get bumped to around $11.15 hourly.
  • Cashiers earned in the $10.50 per hour range.
  • Receiving and Inventory workers earn between $23K and $28K. A Team Lead for receiving gets bumped to $32.4K per year.
  • Senior Logistics Manager Team Lead ranges from $45K - $51K with most in the $47.7K range.

Is the Academy Sports + Outdoors a Good Place to Work?

For the most part, the employees seem to like it with 64 percent willing to refer the company to someone who they know. It is a good company with a good culture, their Life Campus is a development wing that helps to train and improve their employees. It is a good place for entry level applicants and those who are not looking to spend an entire career in one position. The pay scale is designed for short-term employment with advancement.

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