Hastings Entertainment

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Hastings Entertainment Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
232 Reviews
2.4
232 Reviews
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Joel Weinshanker
2 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co-workers, decent hours, fun enviroment (in 10 reviews)

  • The employee discount is fair especially on books, employees are great to work with (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper-management acts like they have never opened a business book in their life (in 33 reviews)

  • Upper Management expects the store to be perfect with little to no hours given to complete the projects (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CSM  in  Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - CSM in Fort Smith, AR

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great for a first time job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lifestyles Associate  in  Meridian, ID
    Current Employee - Lifestyles Associate in Meridian, ID

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

    Pros

    If you are a hard worker, it's really easy to move up in the company. The people that work there generally have fun while working. The employee discount is a huge plus. You never have to take home work. You can pick up shifts fairly easily if you know how to work in different parts of the store.

    Cons

    The hourly pay left little to be desired. I have been working there over a year and they will not give me a raise. It's hard to get more than thirty hours. The scheduling at my particular store was pretty bad. They would schedule me for closing one night and opening the very next morning. Less then 8 hours between shifts sometimes. If you are under 21, it is impossible to move up to a manager position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Was alright

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate  in  Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Amarillo, TX

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun people that make shifts fly by

    Cons

    Management was pretty lacking, customers have little to no idea what they are talking about

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step it up, stop hiding behind glass

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Just an average retail job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    you get a pretty good employee discount. also, you get a bonus if you can convince customers to try a free trial of magazine subscription. other than that, not that many pros. peers are nice though.

    Cons

    Management is incapable. They are lazy and just don't care. There's not a lot of incentive for regular employees to dow well. The hours aren't that flexible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not bad if you can put up with corporate.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Employee discount and access to merchandise, flexible hours for students or parents, promotional activities such as midnight releases and childrens story time, decent wage

    Cons

    Corporate makes sweeping changes that are not always helpful for individual stores, corporate communication with managers isnt great, sometimes we did not get requested supplies or they would change access to supplies or cancel them completely

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better and make better decisions regarding individual stores. Ship out requested items promptly

  7.  

    Great People, Horrible Corporate Structure

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    The people I worked with were fantastic. They made the day enjoyable even when things were slammed or customers were hard to deal with.

    Cons

    Corporate management is out of touch with what's going on in their stores. I was in a store whose manager they liked and we still got jerked around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better. Even college students need to make a living.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    No help at Hastings

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front Counter Team Lead  in  Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Front Counter Team Lead in Murfreesboro, TN

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The discounts are amazing, buying back media is pretty fun.

    Cons

    Other employees are lazy and don't work hard.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great starting company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  New Braunfels, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in New Braunfels, TX

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

    Pros

    While I worked there it was more like a second family. We all got a long and had fun. Great place to work as a first time job for experience in retail. My supervisor was a fun lady to work there but sadly doesn't work there anymore.

    Cons

    The drama and unrealistic demands of corporate. I've been in recently and OMG they have turned into a micro carry all store. It's too busy and cluttered now and I feel cramped anytime I walk in.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great starter job, Not so much for previous work employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wichita Falls, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita Falls, TX

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

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with, discounts, and always up to date on current trends

    Cons

    Open every single day of the year except Christmas and no overtime pay or holiday pay or bonuses. Anything past store manager doesn't care about anyone in the store, if something goes wrong they just blame the guy under them, Super high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe don't treat employees like slaves, they have a life, and need respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awful place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Farmington, NM
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Farmington, NM

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Books and movies are cool to work with

    Cons

    However, I never got to see anything other than the cash register, despite being hired to work in the video games department.

    Hostile work environment

    Uncaring bosses

    Ridiculous hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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