hmv Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. OK

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at hmv

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere as well as great people. Good working environment, OK staff discounts. Working in London makes it quite a social hub too.

    Cons

    Some bad management at times, not enough staff discount, can't really say much more, there's no more negatives that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff more. Communication within the group should be a hell of a lot more transport, we should also have more head office meetings.


  2. It's a job

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Pickering, ON (Canada)

    I worked at hmv

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a comfortable pace, you get to work around a music minded environment, helping people find the newest Celine Dion album is ultra rewarding.

    Cons

    Minimum wage jobs suck. You are in a busy mall over the holidays earning only enough money to get yourself home on the bus and if lucky a meal while you are there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you do... taking advantage of consumers with your overpriced, outdated technology.


  3. Good job, crazy hours

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Store Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at hmv

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits Good discounts Opportunity for advancement Up to date with music, movies & other entertainment Get to sell great music to the masses

    Cons

    Long hours Monthly set-ups of restocking/changing sale sections Constant moving/price changing/re-merchandising of product Endless promotions to memorize sale procedures for Working Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, Boxing Day, all at unreasonable hours of the morning/night

    Advice to Management

    I am a leader and it's hard work to try and keep up with all the bullcrap that is HMV. A leader has to be very much dedicated to this company and all the work that surrounds selling cds/dvd's and whatever else. It's nuts i tells ya.


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  5. Cool place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shop Assistant
    Current Employee - Shop Assistant

    I have been working at hmv

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I get to know about all the latest news in music and movies and they let me be creative with my appearance good place to work and grow as an employee.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is a bit dull and the customers can be difficult to deal with. Long shifts around Xmas time and Easter.

    Advice to Management

    More training opportunities in store and bonuses for good employees. I would like to work my way up to the top so Id appreciate if there was the possibility to do so.


  6. Very supportive company and very willing to give opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at hmv

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best reasons to work for HMV group is the support for going into professional qualifications such as ACCA

    Cons

    Once professional qualifications are complete at HMV, there may not be open vacancies within the organisation to progress into a more senior role

    Advice to Management

    HMV leadership is very good ideas and always looking forward, constantly keep employees aware of the plans of the company


  7. it was alright

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    Former Employee - SALES CLERK in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - SALES CLERK in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at hmv part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    friendly management. decent pay for the work

    Cons

    no room for improvment. awful goal setting. bad hours.


  8. A very short-lived stint as a customer service rep provided me with little to learn from

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Newmarket, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Newmarket, ON (Canada)

    I worked at hmv part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It was very difficult for me to find something redeeming from the experience I had at HMV (Upper Canada Mall). I must say I learned about the challenges that store managers face in order to meet sales target demands from head office.

    Cons

    I was let go after only a week working there. I was told I wasn't a good fit. I was never offered any specific feedback about my performance. Communication and team-building were not encouraged very much at the store.

    Advice to Management

    Promotional tools may or may not increase sales revenue. Understanding the target market's needs and wants will. This requires more than the use of tired promotional tools like loyalty points programs.


  9. Interesting

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at hmv

    Pros

    Very very very nice music.

    Cons

    Other employees were sometimes unhelpful.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Chatham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Chatham, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    the staff... NOT the suits upstairs

    Cons

    the suits upstairs dont exactly care about those in the shops

    Advice to Management

    -


  11. Seasonal Customer Sales Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Plymouth, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Plymouth, England (UK)

    I worked at hmv full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment was really good, a lot of the employees were around my age (Early 20's), we also all had a shared interest in Film, Music and some of us games. Management broke the day up into hour blocks, so you could be on tills for an hour and then be on queue patrol. I think this was a good idea because it kept the day interesting and I didnt get bored doing the same job for 8 hours straight. There was also the opportunity for overtime. I was employed over Christmas, so I don't know how much overtime is available all year round.

    Cons

    You were constantly under pressure to push sales, I know understand this is because they were going into administration.



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