Hastings Entertainment

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Hastings Entertainment Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
249 Reviews
2.4
249 Reviews
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Joel Weinshanker
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The employee discount is fair especially on books, employees are great to work with (in 22 reviews)

  • They will teach you alot and the "Family" is fun to work with (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper-management acts like they have never opened a business book in their life (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper Management expects the store to be perfect with little to no hours given to complete the projects (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great People

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Great products, good executives, 45 hour work week, lots of potential for movement in the company, lots of autonomy and ability to make decisions in your store

    Cons

    Staffing structure needs to be reworked, DM's can be hit or miss (although most are good), compensation could be higher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how store staffing is structered, maintaining stores to company standards can be difficult with current pay rates/staff levels. One associate covering the entire floor is not realistically able to maintain merchandising, customer service, and lp standards that company values

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A Fun Job, low pay

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    Former Employee - Video Department Manager in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Video Department Manager in Amarillo, TX

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Hastings is a fun place to work, you get to see all of the books, music, video games, and movies that come out weekly. Customers can be fun as well. Most of my coworkers were fun as well.

    Cons

    Low pay, and the stores did not have enough autonomy to act on there own to appeal to their local communities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Host a BUNCH of local activities in your coffee shops, local book signings, musicians, gamers, etc. Be a true source of entertainment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Barista in Lubbock, TX
    Former Employee - Barista in Lubbock, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible and friendly environment! Great training in cafe.

    Cons

    Lots of high school and college age employees. Quick turnover of managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Apply only if in high school...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, fun coworkers and environment, casual dress code..

    Cons

    High turn over, mostly high school student age employees, no room for growth, company will probably be driven out of business by technology in the near future

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Different in the end

    Current Employee - Manager in Alamogordo, NM
    Current Employee - Manager in Alamogordo, NM

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Associates. Fun working most of the time

    Cons

    New management taking over and being a hypocrite the whole time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Stay away!!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Jonesboro, AR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Jonesboro, AR

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

    Pros

    Discount on rentals, movies, and products.

    Cons

    Micromanagement!! If kerri, kristy, and misty still work there...don't even apply. They follow every step you make. Minimum wage, average insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up! You want better talent? Then pay better and be a better company!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    barista

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    Current Employee - Barista in Abilene, TX
    Current Employee - Barista in Abilene, TX

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    good atmosphere, just enough trainting in cafe

    Cons

    pay, time off, schedule inconsistancy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Customer Service Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Freedom to stock and move about floor at my own discretion as long as I did my work, occasionally got to switch things by working in other departments

    Cons

    Standard retail job; nothing you clean stays clean for more than half an hour, customers occasionally irate/annoyed about things out of your control, management is hounding you because they're being hounded by corporate, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know it's a part time job, but if your employee tells you he's a college student when you hire him, and asks for a bit of lax or leeway around finals time, I would listen to him instead of assigning him more hours than ever!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Worst retail company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

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

    Pros

    It's a job. Fun people to work with. Not a lot of good things to say about this company except good discounts.

    Cons

    No outside life. Very under paid. No empowerment what so ever. Daily hate mail emails to store managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DLP's abuse their power and brag about firing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Toxic work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Incredible coworkers and regular customers.

    Cons

    Management constantly belittles and discourages you, blames you for poor profit margin, vaguely threatens to fire you on a weekly basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful of who you let run your stores. If I wanted some to play games with my head, I'd get an abusive boyfriend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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