Hollywood Video Reviews

Updated March 26, 2014
Updated March 26, 2014
113 Reviews

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Hollywood Video CEO Mark Wattles
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • fun, free movie rentals, great staff, over time, great customers, could play kids movie sometimes at work, free move rentals (in 30 reviews)

  • Free movie rentals and discounts, fun place to work (in 23 reviews)


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

  • Low pay with lack of pay raises and lots of demand to push promotions (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for more than a year

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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 for more than 3 years

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    ONGOING STORE CLOSURES/FIRINGS THEN FINALLY BANKRUPTCY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the rent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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

  6.  

    Sales Sales Sales

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It was a fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    The company is no longer in business.

    No opinion of CEO
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    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 for 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.

  9.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Thoughts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nesconset, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nesconset, NY

    I worked at Hollywood Video

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Please, talk to your employees

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Seemed like it was great before acquisition by Movie Gallery

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Hollywood Video

    Pros

    Analyzing and optimizing movie rental retail provides for interesting work. There were some key mid-level managers that were excellent leaders.

    Cons

    Acquisition by smaller Movie Gallery meant meant Movie Gallery management didn't know how to drive the ship. A lot of office politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finally Hollywood Video went into Chapter 7. When revenues start declining, you can't keep doing things the same way. When new methods are proven, you need to adjust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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