If you love talking about outdoor gear, this is the position for you! From introducing beginners to a new sport or hobby to trading insider tips with experts, you'll get to talk to a huge range of customers about the gear and adventures you love the most.
Join the Sports Basement Team
'Round these parts, we just call it SB. You can, too!
We're one big giant family and we all love the same stuff—getting outside as much as possible, staying healthy, and helping our customers do the same. Although we do have specific departments you'll be based in, we value our ability to stay nimble and help wherever we're needed.
Bike mechanics and bike aficionados will find a home away from home in our bike shops. You’ll have the chance to get your hands dirty in the workshop and share your wealth of bike knowledge with our customers.
If you love helping get people onto the slopes, the campsites, or the bike paths, our rentals team will be the perfect fit for you. You’ll get hands-on work with camp, bike, and snow gear to help customers get outdoors. You’re often the first step on their journey to the outdoors and you’ll get ‘em started on the right foot!
Do you love decorating and organizing? Do you want to make the world a more inspiring place? Then you’ll love being part of our small, energetic team working to display our products in an organized and creative way. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing your beautiful displays being shopped on the sales floor.
Do you revel in a job well done? It's easy to see how much you've accomplished every day in our receiving team! They crank through projects like nobody’s business, and are the first to see the products that arrive in our stores as they get them unpacked and prepped for the sales floor. You’ll have a solid routine and become a lean, mean, receiving machine.
If you’re everyone’s party-planner and you're driven by helping others, then our marketing team is the perfect place for you! Our marketers work with schools, charities, and other organizations to plan awesome events that support the whole community. You’ll get to meet all kinds of incredible community members and be the life of the party.
WHAT YOU'LL ENJOY
Besides a decent paycheck
At Sports Basement, we know a decent paycheck is important. But we also know that there's lot more to life than just money. That's why we offer comprehensive benefits, growth opportunities, and what we'd like to think is a downright fun place to work.
You’ll get full health, dental, and optical coverage for full-time staff - ‘cause you can’t be your best when you’re not feeling your best.
You’ll be included in our profit-sharing bonus pool for full-time staff.
You’ll get 40% off our already low prices… for life. (Yep, you keep your employee discount when you work more than a year full-time and leave in good standing).
You’ll enjoy a kitchen fully stocked with free, tasty, healthy food for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner.
You’ll enjoy a free flight every time you work the equivalent of one full year. Embark on an adventure on us! Or head home to see family - either way, we want your time off to be the best it can be.
Free skiing, camping, and biking trips with our Out of the Basement program. It’s in our best interests to get you out of the Basement and into the wild as much as possible, so we make it as easy as possible!
Free use of our rental gear. That’s bikes, snow gear, camping gear and even triathlon wetsuits.
Up to $1,000 per year in event and race fee reimbursements. We want you to achieve your dreams, and we’re down to help you get there.
401(k) plan - ‘cause everyone has to retire eventually.
Free Long Term Disability insurance for full-time staff.
Stock options program for full-time staff.
Flexible scheduling for students and part-time staff. We want you to have a life outside of work, and we’re happy to work with you to make that happen.
After 20 years we’re still growing our stores and launching new businesses. We promote from within to lead these stores and new businesses.
We develop our next team of leaders through bi-annual development reviews which are tied to our profit-sharing bonus.
Our benefits and store locations make it so that staff can raise a family and move around the Bay no matter where life takes them.
It’s all been said before: We care about the customer, the community, the environment. These are common values by which most companies try to abide. What sets us apart is how we prioritize and execute these values every day.
Couches Before Profit
Taking valuable retail floor space and creating hang out areas. We want people to see SB as a “third place”, a community hub. In the U.K. they have pubs, in France it’s cafes. In the Bay Area we have SB!
Economical vs. Extravagant
Frugality is a good thing. In the beginning, we learned how to spend money wisely because we didn’t have any. We maintained this approach ever since.
Volunteer vs. Donate
We volunteer our people, space, and time to the community in addition to cutting a check. We think this approach is more helpful to the community and more rewarding for SB.
Proximity vs. Productivity
We can never distance ourselves from the customer. Consequently, we require that everyone work the floor. From the CEO on down, every staff member spends time on the floor merchandising product, ringing up customers, cleaning out dressing rooms, etc.
O.K. is not O.K.
At SB, we never settle. We strive to do things the best we can. We strive to exceed the customer’s and our own expectations every day.
Doers vs. Degrees
Anyone who is willing to work hard can succeed at SB; you don’t need a pedigree. Many of our leaders came from the sales floor.
Creativity Before Efficiency
We are a roll-up-your-sleeves, DIY, “why not reinvent the wheel” type of company. We construct our fixtures, signs, and stores from anything we can get our hands on. This may not be the most efficient way, but it's rewarding to use recycled items to build something yourself.
Autonomy Before Rules
The Mom-and-Pop style of our stores requires that our staff take ownership of projects. From our very first staffer, we have required that people work unsupervised with very little structure. We hire great people who use great judgment.
Yes! vs No
Customers are worth too much to say “no” to. We will find a way to “just say yes” and keep them coming back. Staff and managers are empowered to use their judgment to find a way to say “yes”.
Safety Before Speed
Nothing is more important than the safety of our staff and customers. Nothing. Being safe and doing things right the first time will always take precedence over getting things done fast.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It's one thing to read an article and click the apply button, but it's another thing entirely to come in for the interview! Here's everything you'd like to ask about applying at Sports Basement and what it's like to actually work here.
You can either drop by one of our stores and fill out a paper application (we love getting a chance to meet you!), or you can fill out the application form here. Resumes aren't required, but can be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course! We're always accepting applications for all positions, so feel free to apply.
You'll be contacted by a lead or manager from that store soon. Keep in mind that it can sometimes take a few weeks for us to respond to applicants, especially around the holiday season.
We're not exactly a suit-and-tie kind of place, but neither are we a pajama-bottoms-at-work place, either. Dress in clean, comfortable business casual attire and you'll be just fine.