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Updated Apr 4, 2014

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3.1 25 reviews

25% Approve of the CEO

hmv CEO Trevor Moore

Trevor Moore

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38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fallen Giant - Still Falling

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Royal Tunbridge Wells, England (UK)

    ProsRelatively flexible shift pattern, staff discount on products, great camaraderie, relatively good prospects if you are willing to move to the other end of the country and are fanatical about HMV

    ConsRegional management live on a different planet - management visits degenerate into turning the store into an ideal homes exhibition to match the pictures in the "handbook" (right down to the sticker drawer in the stock room). Not allowed a modicum of independent thought due to aforementioned "handbook" and centralised strategies. Working for the company is akin to joining a cult, if HMV is not THE all powerful obsession in your life - then expect limited to no job progression whatsoever. If you are lucky enough to progress - be prepared to be moved at a moments notice to other stores (i.e. you work in Scotland and are promoted to assistant manager at the other end of the country) and then maybe be told three months later that store is being closed due latest re-structuring. If you are lucky enough to get onto some kind of staff training other than handbook assimilation - expect that also to be cancelled without warning - successfully entered the graduate scheme only for it to be cancelled within a month and offered an inferior training position in its place (also in turn cancelled). For a company that had such a strong market position and with employees passionate about the products they sell it is a true disappointment that this was not being capitalised by the captains running the ship. Oh and they saw Digital and Online (iTunes et al) gunning for them for a long time and left it too late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people and allow the true talent (rather than the latest round of robots fresh out of conditioning school) to shine. Alas - too late - The ship sank last year and is now being rationalised (i.e. being gutted). A real shame for such an iconic brand.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    DIFFICULT TIMES

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsIf you love music, it is an interesting place to work

    ConsMoney difficulties
    Will it or won't it survive?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wamp wamp

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHmv has a flexible for staff if you are a music/dvd lover you find some good obscure stuff. Managers usually try to accomodate you as best as you can.

    ConsHigher ups at HMV didn't adapt and see the changes coming and now place is going under. Most senior staff saw it for a while.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould listen to staff and adapt to trends quicker and faster. Might be too late but good luck to HMV.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not good!

    Sales Assistant (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsThere' access to great music, movies, cd, dvd, blu-rays, just about anyting you want ot watch or listen to you can find it at hmv

    Consthey don't really treat their employees that well, and there isn't really any room for improvement or any place to move up to

    Advice to Senior Managementyou guys should make employee communication more easy and foster that kind of relationship instead of just bashing everyone around

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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