hmv Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
27 Reviews
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    ok

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at hmv part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    people, some of the discounts

    Cons

    never got shifts, schedules too variable and not consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fallen Giant - Still Falling

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

    I worked at hmv full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relatively 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

    Cons

    Regional 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    DIFFICULT TIMES

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

    I worked at hmv as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Money difficulties
    Will it or won't it survive?

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at hmv

    Pros

    Hmv 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.

    Cons

    Higher 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    not good!

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

    I worked at hmv

    Pros

    There' 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

    Cons

    they 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 ManagementAdvice

    you guys should make employee communication more easy and foster that kind of relationship instead of just bashing everyone around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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