The company is not what it used to be. Now that Academy has a new CEO (JK Symancik) and GMO (Michelle Gloekler), they have driven the place to the ground. The two of them alone are asking their merchant team to show unrealistic sales projections to look profitable. When the sales projections are "surprisingly" missed each month, the two of them blame it on the merchants and supporting teams. End result is major layoffs. Whatever workers are remaining are expected to double/triple their workload and it is simply not feasible. All the good employees are leaving because they are overworked. What's even worse is that Academy has gotten rid of all the old Academy workers that helped build the company up from the mom and pop company it once was (and they used to be very profitable!). What's remaining is a team of not as experienced workers (some are still very good) but they are overworked and pushed to their limits and the end result is just subpar work.
Jk and Michelle simply do not understand the amount of work that needs to be done in order to keep the company running. JK is one of the slimiest business politicians I have ever met. He jokes about the layoffs and airs out the company's "family secrets"of problems. In my experience, when upper management leaves a company- the CEO graciously thanks them for their contributions and wishes them well. JK is so immature that he blatantly lets the whole company know that they were essentially pushed out and no longer welcome at the company. And Michelle? She prides herself in being a "numbers girl", yet she can't keep any of the financials straight nor does she even look at the numbers run for important monthly reporting. She talks a big talk, that's for sure.
Don't even get me started on morale at this hell hole. No one enjoys going to work at this place. It's so bad that my recruiter friends don't even bother trying to fill positions at Academy now since ASO's turnover rate is so high. However, the company thinks feeding everyone a few free cookies and having a casual dress code more than make up for the crappy culture they have created for themselves. ASO needs to wake up and make a change for the better. They need to start taking care of their employees and listening to what their workers have to say. If you want to work here be prepared to sell your soul to the devils. You will not be able to have your own opinion if it's not the same opinion that JK and Michelle share.