People: at the heart of our growth

Decathlon team mates thrive within an open organisational model, in constant contact with customers and subcontractors. We are constantly looking for continuous improvement initiatives capable of creating the best added value for our customers. Relations between a manager and their team mates are one of the main keys to our management system, where everyone is responsible for their own career project, by demonstrating both technical and people-focused skills on the ground.

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Kuala Lumpur team mates - the first store in Malaysia

Recruiting people who are passionate about Sport

We place great emphasis on employee internal promotion, and to help us grow we primarily recruit people with talent and skills commensurate with our values: sport-loving, full of vitality, service-minded, and practical.

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16,722 team mates hired in 2015

“I enjoy coming to work” % of people who answered “yes, absolutely” or "yes, quite"
90% VS 86% in 2014

of the company's team mates say they enjoy coming to work

Result from Decathlon Team Barometer conducted among Decathlon employees in September 2015, when polling 47,130 employees who responded

These criteria are linked to our passion for sport and business, both of which have been our driving forces since Decathlon was founded. They are also linked to our company culture, based on pragmatism, where we value frank, direct relationships and believe in the talent of each and every one of our team mates.
We’re not looking for a typical profile fit; rather the ability to be autonomous and responsible, to predict and plan ahead, and to take responsibility for personal goals and career plans. We’re looking for people who will help us to surpass ourselves, who are open-minded with regard to others and who possess natural leadership qualities.

Recruiting is all about choosing people who will fit into the business long-term. It’s one of the most important responsibilities, in the interests of everyone's well-being and performance.

Nathalie Tiberghien, HR manager.
Decathlon: passionate about sport
Decathlon: passionate about sport
“We play sport and celebrate our victories together” % of people who answered “yes, absolutely” or "yes, quite"
70%

of the company's team mates say they play sport and celebrate team victories together

Result from Decathlon Team Barometer conducted among Decathlon team mates in September 2015, when polling 47,130 employees who responded

Decathlon encourages its team mates to play sport and enjoy physical activity. One of the fundamentals shared by all team mates is playing sport during or outside working hours, either alone or as part of a get-together. It’s an excellent means for strengthening cohesion and creating links outside the usual areas of work-related discussions – not to mention a clever way to test out our products!

 
Depending on the country, Decathlon gives its team mates help in buying equipment by issuing them with a discount card (giving them between 5% and 25% off, depending on the items and the country concerned), and may also refund certain sports activities (through employee representative committees in France).

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Our Passion Brands - a playing field of their own

Some of our Passion brands have their own base camps (Quechua, Tribord, Kipsta, etc.). Ideally, they are set up by their teams in locations considered to be suitable for that particular sport, and close to manufacturing facilities wherever possible. Such is the case of climbing brand Simond, located in Les Houches near Chamonix, at the foot of the mountains, and boasting its own climbing equipment production site.

Decathlon – lots of opportunities in a wide range of departments!

In the countries where our company is already known, recruitment is made easier because the business and our brand image already enjoy a recognised profile and mindshare. Our policy is targeted and direct, and relayed by communication in-store or online. We are developing partnerships, like those with APEC in France, and with universities in the various countries where we operate, such as Loughborough (UK), Ca Foscari in Venice and Bicocca in Milan (Italy), to name a few.

 
In Europe, the challenge for stores is to find the right balance between long-term and temporary contracts, as our business activities are seasonal and require a certain degree of flexibility. In France, 41% of team mates on permanent contracts work part time; this figure is 78% in Spain and 64% in Italy.

In Europe, the challenge for stores is to find the right balance between long-term and temporary contracts, as our business activities are seasonal and require a certain degree of flexibility. In France, 41% of team mates on permanent contracts work part time; this figure is 78% in Spain and 64% in Italy.

77%

of team mates worldwide are on a permanent contract

As designer of its own products, Decathlon is developing a concrete international manufacturing project (link to “sustainable working with our subcontractors”) and hiring engineers, buyers and production managers.

The diversity of the various business activities and countries in which Decathlon operates means numerous opportunities for career development and geographic mobility.

 

Breakdown of team mates by geographical area

Breakdown of team mates by activity:

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A company that’s great to work for!

By endorsing values such as quality, pride and friendliness, all of which abound in our company, our 20,000 team mates in France have enabled Decathlon to claim 4th spot in the Great Place To Work rankings. It’s these team mates and their unstinting passion for our customers and for sport, day in, day out, who are enabling us to experience such a magnificent adventure!

In the new areas where we are setting up our operations, our first aim is to get our brand known. In this initial pioneering phase, mature countries can help emerging ones to grow by supplying them with people with recognisable skills and who are capable of conveying the company culture and our people-centric fundamentals, and of recruiting local teams and enabling them to flourish.
This has been the case for French, UK and Spanish store directors who, in 2015, were expatriated to India to help get their local project off the ground. Thailand and Mexico also use recognised specialists to boost their development.

Fantastic careers at Decathlon
Fantastic careers at Decathlon
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Career management: innovative methods!

Ever since 2013, employees the world over have had access to a dedicated intranet portal that displays all current job vacancies within the business. With this tool, a team mate is able to apply to any internal job advert by informing their superior, thereby championing positive ambition and taking control of their own career path.
 
In 2015, several teams experimented with collaborative nomination in order to appoint their new manager. The mission itself and the skills inherent in such a process are drawn up collectively. The advert is published internally, and applicants submit their project and vision of the role, before a vote is organised to allocate the right applicant to the job.
 
Similarly, some teams trialled collaborative recruitment, in which responsibility for recruiting a future colleague is no longer the sole task of the manager but one shared with the entire team, who make the decisions on each candidate.