hmv Reviews

Updated March 8, 2015
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  1. not good!

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  2. Wamp wamp

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. DIFFICULT TIMES

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at hmv as a contractor (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?


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  5. Fallen Giant - Still Falling

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at hmv full-time (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 Management

    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.


  6. Typical minimum wage job with little perks...

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at hmv part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people working there are probably the best reason why to work for this company. Staff is friendly, outgoing, and always ready to go out after work

    Cons

    There are barely any pay increase or even indexation to the cost of living. We are overworked and underpaid. Unless you are part of the full-time crew you have no benefits, no sick days, and no personal days. Employee discounts are not really worth it either.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management rarely engages with floor associates. It would be to their advantage to pick our brains as to how the company could get better. The company hires students who could use their academic knowledge, however, egos get in the way and we just become numbers. Shame....


  7. ok

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    people, some of the discounts

    Cons

    never got shifts, schedules too variable and not consistent


  8. Love this brand, directors were too ancient to move forward

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    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great fun, friendly workplace Relaxed Nice benefits

    Cons

    My manager was not encouraging and being connected to the HR director at the time it was hard to put forward. Made redundant very soon after hire Frustrating as implementing change and progression was held back

    Advice to Management

    Well back then it would be buckle up, I'm sure now things have changed. (Hopefully)


  9. Great staff but under appreciated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at hmv part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with. They really cared about carrying the right product.

    Cons

    Little to no correspondence with head office or other stores. Lack of community building.

    Advice to Management

    Get your floor staff more involved in company decisions



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