Hastings Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Joel Weinshanker
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Pros
  • you get a pretty good employee discount (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)

  • Management was pretty lacking, customers have little to no idea what they are talking about (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Corporate employee

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Programmer in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hastings is a great place to work in IT. You will get to know pretty much all aspects of the Hastings business within your first year. You will never get bored by staying on the same team all of the time.

    Cons

    Upper management undervalues the importance of IT and seems to place the most emphasis on the product teams. Thinks that IT is overpriced.

    Advice to Management

    IT is not to be taken lightly. The entertainment market is going to start shifting away from brick and mortor and over to delivered content over the internet. Good IT will carry you to the future.


  2. Great retail environment

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance Fun environment Mostly good employees Excellent discount on some items Plenty of upward advancement opportunities if you're willing to work for it

    Cons

    Pay isn't the best, but retail usually isn't Some employees couldn't care less about the job and put forth zero effort Corporate headquarters is in Texas and they don't understand how serious a midwest ice storm is and won't let the store close even if it puts employees in danger.

    Advice to Management

    Higher pay would help retain more skilled employees Get rid of dead weight employees so you can hire better ones


  3. It's a great place to work--fast paced, fun, and always a good time.

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    Current Employee - Front Counter Team Lead in Richmond, IN
    Current Employee - Front Counter Team Lead in Richmond, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hastings Entertainment has excellent managers, fun and capable coworkers, and relatively nice pay. The store carries very interesting and entertaining products. The employee discount is excellent and varies from item to item. The help desk is always available by phone and they can help almost every problem a manager may have.

    Cons

    Lots of stress on busy days. Sometimes there aren't enough employees to cover all the work to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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  5. Great place to work and build my business knowledge

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Fayetteville, AR
    Current Employee - Customer Service Associate in Fayetteville, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Co workers and management.

    Cons

    Would like the pay to be better.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better pay to employees would be nice.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great small town store

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Lubbock, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    ook, video,music and coffee store all in one.

    Cons

    running a small crew to save hours in a big store


  7. Really good work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are key here: really good working environment and the people really make the environment at corporate headquarters. There's good camaraderie among the employees, generally good sense of humor, and little backstabbing. Relatively flat hierarchy, so able to talk with senior management if willing. Also a very tolerant culture (which sadly can't be said for all West Texan companies.)

    Cons

    Hard, challenging work, but those that make an effort will likely be recognized for it.


  8. Fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conroe, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent hours, fun enviroment

    Cons

    The pay was not the best

    Advice to Management

    I would love to work there again.


  9. It was a fun job

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Enid, OK
    Former Employee - Cashier in Enid, OK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got to listen to music all day.

    Cons

    Working late hours was not much fun.

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  10. A wonderful place to work. You get out of it what you put into it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Executive Team. The executive team continues to focus on the changing environment of retail entertainment in order to continue grow the company.

    Cons

    Retail, not many holidays. I would love to have more time with my family. Being in retail pay is not always competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share vision with all associates.


  11. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CSM in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - CSM in Fort Smith, AR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    None I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Great place to work



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