Hollywood Video Reviews

Updated June 5, 2015
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Hollywood Video CEO Mark Wattles
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Pros
  • Free movie rentals and discounts, fun place to work (in 31 reviews)

  • Free movie rentals, talking about movies you love to customers (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, terrible upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • No real benefits for people over 20, cruel and anal upper management, low LOW pay (in 11 reviews)

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  1. What could you expect from a video store?

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I worked at Hollywood Video part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free movies, and games, cool customers and co-workers, at one point a great place to work

    Cons

    I worked at Hollywood for five years. I joined when Vhs was still around. Due to the access of the Internet, this industry became cut throat. By the last year, we had a new store manager every month, sales were so low, we could only have one person per shift. Employees were stealing, customers were stealing. It was honestly a free for all and no one cared. I still miss working there from time to time. The pay was low. I was an assistant store manager making 7.90 while new hires were starting at 8.50 or even higher. Oh well.

    Advice to Management

    You messed up. Way to go


  2. Good job for a kid

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Hollywood Video part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to talk about movies, video games. Not difficult, brainless work.

    Cons

    I felt like the characters in Clerks the movie. Waiting around was okay.


  3. Enjoyed the people I work along side and my store manager, but the Hollywood Corporation ruined their clientele.

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Lacey, WA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Lacey, WA

    I worked at Hollywood Video part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Enjoy free movies and 20% of concessions and new/previously viewed movies.

    Cons

    Corporation ran the company into the ground. No work/life balance.


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  5. On board a sinking ship!

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lot's of movies and an overall great staff/colleagues in the region

    Cons

    ONGOING STORE CLOSURES/FIRINGS THEN FINALLY BANKRUPTCY

    Advice to Management

    Pay the rent


  6. Over-selling

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hollywood Video

    Pros

    Flexible hours and free movie rentals

    Cons

    Poor employee treatment and low salary


  7. Sales Sales Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I got out of there. On a serious note I got to work with some amazing people. There were (at the time) a lot of stores so when I moved to Boston, I could find a store.

    Cons

    They closed, so I helped with the fire sale to get rid of everything, then the next store I was in closed. Each time another store closed I got a lateral promotion (promotion because I would get more hours, lateral because my pay and responsibilities would stay the same).

    Advice to Management

    Trust that your employees want to make the store a better place. Treat employees well and give them the room to make the store better. and good job on getting rid of the purple shirts.


  8. Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than 3 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    The company is no longer in business.


  9. no promotions from within

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You got to rent free movies. But that's about it.

    Cons

    Poor culture - they want Hollywood to be your whole life. Low pay, unorganized management, no promotions from within.


  10. Easy work and very little pressure, but boring and unfufilling.

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Hollywood Video

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    free movie rentals, easy place to work, friendly co workers, discounts on merchandise, good corporate structure, safe workplace, easy scheduling,

    Cons

    boring, unfufilling, occasionally annoying customers, bad holiday overtime, incompetent management, flourescent lights, on your feet all day, late hours on weekends

    Advice to Management

    My manager was put to work before he finished management training and it made it impossible to work because he had no idea how to solve even the smallest of problems. Have your store managers finish their training before putting them to work.


  11. Thoughts

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nesconset, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nesconset, NY

    I worked at Hollywood Video

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free rentals were nice, still having a job would be nicer.

    Cons

    The upper managment failed to share information with store managment and instead of doing their own jobs were out on interviews while telling everyone that "it's all under control"

    Advice to Management

    Please, talk to your employees



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