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Not a good Career

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Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Bryan, TX
Former Employee - Store Manager in Bryan, TX

I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Fun product, great customers, easy going co-workers. Awesome discount on Used product

Cons

Upper management has made bad decisions since the company went public. There had been a 5 year wage freeze, but the CEO 's salary went from $880,000 to 1.2 million.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't give yourself raises when you can't do the same for the rest of the company.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    It's gone somewhat downhill.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone except for my store manager is very kind and helpful. If you have a question, they don't hesitate to answer it. They try to help new employees get comfortable and fit in.

    The floor associates and the associates up front have the attitude of a team, so things get done.

    The discount on books is really nice.

    Cons

    There really aren't any opportunities for advancement.

    The manager has unreasonable expectations of associates. (e.g., You are the only associate in your department on Saturday night, and you are expected to stock three carts of merchandise while assisting customers and straightening, all in a five-or-so hour period.)

    Hastings is understaffed.

    There is a rather large disconnect between what corporate thinks goes on in the stores and what actually goes on in the stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some more appreciation for your employees, and try to bridge the gap between those in executive positions and those working the sales floor in the stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not horrible, but definitely not ideal.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waco, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waco, TX

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Other employees are usually pleasant to work with.
    Flexible schedules.
    Full-time benefits.

    Cons

    Low pay.
    Product constantly getting stolen.
    Rare, or no raises.
    The Waco building is in constant disrepair (leaking ceilings, mismatching carpets, bathrooms falling apart, old air vents constantly spewing dust, etc.). This makes it nearly impossible to keep your department clean and presentable.
    Due to the nature of the store (carrying a lot of old used stuff you can't find at Target or Walmart), customers are extremely needy and often won't even bother looking for an item before they ask an associate to find it for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of employees are either getting second jobs or leaving for somewhere that will pay them more. Also, at this particular location (Waco), the building is the store's biggest enemy. It's extremely old, falling apart, and the landlord does not repair anything in reasonable time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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