Might as well go ahead and plop a new post here so we can keep track of the layoffs as they happen here. The covid effect on sales is over completely. No more stimmy or eviction bans to artificially prop up economy. Gonna have to walk on our own... — read more
Is the party over?
First off let's be honest. The coronavirus SAVED us. If you think our move to go public wasn't in large part due to the unsustainable rona bump in sales due to the fact we were one of the few stores to remain open and all that stimulus, student loan... — read more
Will ASO restructure?
It seems that each week there is news of another company doing layoffs. Will ASO do the same? Or maybe a restructure?
Millions of years behind
I am horrified to see how much this place is stuck in the past. Doesn't leadership see the need to adapt to new trends?
Who will stay here?
The trend of leaving is worrying. Several of my colleagues have left recently and only one of them has been replaced. It's as if no one wants to work here anymore? What is the management doing in this regard, to at least slow down the... — read more
The Resignation Reckoning
Now that bonuses have been processed through payroll, the resignations will begin. The losses will be staggering. The new money millionaire executives will also depart leaving few who actually care. That won't be enough.
I hate this time of year
We are overworked as it is and now we'll be expected to take on even more because the company is too cheap to hire enough people to properly cover the holiday season. If we were at least properly rewarded for it I wouldn't mind as much. But what we... — read more
KKR jumping ship - cause for concern?
With KKR getting rid of its shares is there any possibility of store closures
Discuss your wages
If you are currently employed with Academy, discuss your wages. You are likely being screwed! I worked for Academy for less than a year, leaving earlier this month. As Operations lead I was making $16.95 an hour. A month before leaving I was moved to... — read more
It is amazing that Academy keeps cutting hours. There are always long lines at the registers and even though they got an infusion of cash by going public, they keep cutting hours!
My store won't shut down
There's going to be ice all over the roads Monday but the store won't shut down. People in my area don't know how to drive on ice as evidenced by the 100 car pileup in Forth Worth and the 15 car pile up near Magnolia. Even the county judge and... — read more
I wish my store would close
There's no point in keeping it open. Sales are down drastically and I'm not surprised. You can only pester people for so long by trying to get them to sign up for something completely unrelated to what they came into the store for (yes, I'm talking... — read more
Any layoffs on the horizon?
I'm thinking nothing until after the holiday season is over, but you never know.
Credit Cards are predatory
I have worked for Academy for close to 14 years and when I first started working for the company, they didn't force us to push credit cards on people. I am always feeling extremely guilty and sad. I feel like a total piece of c-ap for pushing debt on... — read more
Is d---s Sporting Goods going to buy ASO?
I saw some suits in my store looking around. They said they were from d—s HQ in Pennsylvania. Will they buy ASO? Would they change our name? Wouldnt this be good for us?
Who will replace Bryn Westfall head of planning?
He did a really good job and is a good person. Why was Bryn fired? He is the first of many execs who will be fired now that Stage is bankrupt and closed. Get ready for lots of ex-Stage and ex-JC Penny execs to come here. Hope they dont do to... — read more
This is a cruel and stupid policy
I was informed that I called in twice in six months so if I call in two more times, I will get a write up. One was because I was sick, and the other was because I was helping my mom during the day of her eye surgery. I didn't think I had any... — read more
When is the Academy going bankrupt and shed stores and employees? It's been lingering in a near-bankruptcy state for a long time. The company keeps trying to bank on eCommerce to save itself but everyone knows there is nothing that Academy carries... — read more
Has everybody been notified?
Are you sure layoffs are done for now? That everybody who was supposed to be laid off was laid off yesterday? My mom works at Academy Sports and she has been a nervous wreck for the past several days, including this morning. It would be nice to... — read more
Hate days like this.... I have been through this a couple of times and the way it’s handled is always scary. Praying for you folks in the field, and those let go of from Corp today. Some good people were dismissed.... :( Making money hand over... — read more
In light of recent payouts, furloughs, etc at what point is the short term gain of a few dollars not outweighs the long term hit to TM morale? I want to see Academy succeed but am nervous we are being shortsighted. Restore pay, bring workers back... — read more
So much for loyalty
I was furloughed too. Reason given was that they needed to keep associates that were multifunctional and able to work different areas of the store. I have been with the company for 5 years in the fall and have worked in outdoors, cashier, AP/LP, SFS... — read more
They don't care about service or performance
I have worked at the same store for several years. I've gotten a good review every year, I've gotten merit raises, and my attendance is damn near perfect. When it came time to furlough people, I thought they'd drop the poorer performers first, or... — read more
massive layoffs incoming
You probably already know but the meeting with Ken Hicks on Friday confirmed it. Associates are being asked to be put on a list to work at the dc since no stores are making money. Nothing will ever be the same
Credit card applications
I'm so tired of having to harass our customers about filling out a credit card application. Yes, some will do it in the end, but will they ever be back is another issue. It's like it's hard to understand that a customer that feels forced into doing... — read more
Looks like new strategy is to cut specific departments and positions. Baling water to try to keep ship afloat. Maybe it will work, at least for short term. Gotta give the private equity overlords some blood to keep them in the game.
We are expected to perform Miracles
We are expected to perform Miracles with little staff. Hours have been cut so bad that our Team members can not get the job done. Expected to hire PT team members and give them five to ten hours a week, you really think you are going to keep... — read more
Academy Sports & Outdoors Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy on the horizon for Academy Sports & Outdoors? Who agrees with me? The overall credit profile is getting worse by the day but we are still highly liquid, no debt matures any time soon (at least not in next three years) - so it may take a... — read more
To the people who keep complaining here
Instead of complaining here, do something about it and leave. It is no one’s fault but yours at this point. It is not new hires fault (from my experience, old timers loved to blame and throw them under the bus, causing very talented potentials to... — read more
It does not make sense
To work this hard only to see daily negative comps for reasons I and my peers can’t affect is soul crushing. We all know where the problems are. The refusal of leadership to acknowledge and do something about it, and continue to expect more with... — read more
Wondering if the increased tariffs will be the accelerant for Academy's bankruptcy. Ice already seems thin!
Are we this desperate for employees?
In all honesty, I hope there is a layoffs round that will get rid of the many employees who either do nothing or, if they do, they end up messing things up for all of us. I’m not holding my breath for it to happen, though. This company knows nothing... — read more
Any more stores closing any time soon?
Realistically, Academy Sports & Outdoors is not doing so well, so I'm worried that we'll be hearing about more store closing any time now. I wish I could stop worrying about this, but I can't. Hopefully I turn out to be wrong about this, but right... — read more
Cannot access formerteammember.academy.com this morning - they are telling all is OK but I still cannot access it. Anyone else has similar problems with formerteammember... Trided on mobile web ipad I cannot connect. Granted I am trying all of them... — read more
Moody's Downgraded Acadmey ratings....1.8 Billion dollar debt due 2022 they do not think Academy will be able to cover it.
Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") downgraded Academy, Ltd.'s ("Academy") Corporate Family Rating ("CFR") to Caa1 from B3 and Probability of Default Rating ("PDR") to Caa1-PD from B3-PD. Concurrently, Moody's downgraded the company's senior... — read more
I wonder if the guy who runs stores became such a charismatic speaker having to give motivational pep talks at the last two companies he drove into the ground. That's the only thing he has proved to be any good at. Half the reason Academy is doomed... — read more
the deal with the Big Deal
Anyone else think the visuals for 'The Big Deal' look more like a 'store closing' sale than the usual clearance special? The stickers are plastered all over the front door like one.
If you were laid off or fired....Academy stole money from you...
Academy lays people off and immediately terminates their health insurance that day. Then on the last pay check they charge you health insurance. Health insurance is prepaid, meaning you pay for the next two weeks of coverage. You do not receive... — read more
For those of you who were either fired, laid off, asked to resign or left last year, have you reveived your tax documents yet? I have not, and I am wondering if it is just me.