Hastings Entertainment Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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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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  1. I was able to learn about, but the company had no loyalty to their employees

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Springdale, AR
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Springdale, AR

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

    Pros

    Hiring and coaching my own staff

    Cons

    Little to no directive from executive management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to your store managers and listen to their opinions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. Hastings has the potential to be an enjoyable job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great customers, awesome associate discount, benefits are decent, flexible schedule for part-time associates, good experience for people who want to move on to higher paying jobs in the future.

    Cons

    Financial compensation is not competitive. No labor given to cover sales floor for customer service or cleaning, only for stocking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit cutting costs on people. Keeping wages lower than competitors and expecting more from people who cannot afford to live independently is not the way to build a team that will remain loyal to your company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lewiston, ID
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Lewiston, ID

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

    Pros

    Great discount and small environment

    Cons

    Moving to different stores all the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support you team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Easy to.work.for the peo People are

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Great people easy to work with

    Cons

    Management are under qualified and clueless

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick up and read management books

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Can be great.

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

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

    Pros

    The employees you work with are great, help the time go by quick and easily. Most people hired are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Salary
    Upper management
    Hours
    Upper management expects projects to be completed without giving adequate hours to do it and then get mad when the project hasn't been completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the managers are great and easy to get along with, some that come in think they are beyond exceptional. Need to fix that, there's always something new to learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Horrific

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Employee discount is about it

    Cons

    Worked at Distribution Center on overnite shift. Cant leave at quitting time..have to be dismissed. Horrible pay..jobs threatened daily. Poor management...they act like kids!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Bad pay, too much drama, terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Canon City, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Canon City, CO

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

    Pros

    Working in a fast paced environment made the days go by faster. I really enjoyed helping customers find products they were looking for. In the small town where this Hastings was located, it was the only store of it's type, so people were ecstatic to find products locally that they would have had to travel for or buy online.

    Some of my co-workers were very nice people.

    Cons

    When employees or management started rumors, it would often circulate through the internal email system for all the stores. Many people got fired because of this and often the rumors were untrue. The amount of drama at this company was absolutely ridiculous. The management were terrible. They would blame the employees for problems that didn't exist. They would make you feel terrible for just about anything you did, and positive feedback was almost unheard of. Management would argue with customers, sometimes to the point of yelling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees ideas and work with them, not against them, to solve problems. This industry is slowly dissapearing because of digital download services and the convenience of buying products online, the last thing you need to do is run customers off by yelling at them. The same goes for your employees. The turnover rate here is astonishing; how can you expect to run your business efficiently with trained employees if you are constantly running them off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Company is gonna go down hill even after merger. The pay is garbage worked in IT for Corp pay was only 10.15/hr.

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - IT Support in Amarillo, TX

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment

    Pros

    Great discounts, Co-workers, and coffee stores.

    Cons

    Pay is really low even for small town average. Micro management was bad, projects were given to one person and expected to be done the next day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Up wages and stop being cheap and you will get better employees! Two years wasted.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Love the employees, guests, & the concept. Hate the company.

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    Current Employee - CSM
    Current Employee - CSM

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

    Pros

    Laid back
    Fun working environment
    Fantastic discount

    Cons

    Unless you're full time you barely get hours.
    Pay sucks. No matter the position. Employees are severely taken for granted. Expectations so high that they are practically impossible. Cheap wages. Cheap supplies. Cheap company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay nothing, you get nothing. Action plans definitely needed in ALL hastings stores.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Apply only if in high school...

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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

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