Hastings Entertainment

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Hastings Entertainment Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
240 Reviews
2.5
240 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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for part time, but there are no hours

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    Current Employee - CSA in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - CSA in Boise, ID

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun environment, mostly fast paced, get to see all the cool movies before anyone else.

    Cons

    No hours, pay is low, no opportunities for advancement, job/hours depends on magazine subscriptions per customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on magazines. No one wants them because they're free to read online. Focus on how hard the employees are working to provide customer service, and a nice, clean environment for families.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    An easy job if your in school however hours are very limited and the job is repetitive.

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    Current Employee - CSA in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - CSA in Spokane, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, the job is easy most work includes stocking product, helping customers find what they need and working cash register.

    Cons

    The pay is not enough to live off of. If not in school I wouldn't recommend this job for someone who is trying to pay rent. Management has been known to hire brain dead associates so you may have to often pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customers interest more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    this has been a learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here?
    meeting people - customers & employees
    expanding my knowledge of a variety of merchandise
    the discount on used merchandise is great

    Cons

    Challenges at Hastings?
    getting a straight answer
    getting a consistent answer from any corporate level department &/or upper management
    little to no communication between corporate departments &/or upper management

    I won't repeat the "low pay" that I have seen on almost every other review. It is getting redundant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The majority of the reviews I have read bash the entire organization for low pay. I would be satisfied with the pay if I had some type of "Work/Life Balance". As it stands I barely see my spouse, much less any other family.

    The biggest piece of advice I would give to management?
    Start to listen to your people, & actually hear what they (we) say.

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

    Family-owned company gone wrong.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amarillo, TX

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

    Pros

    Great starter job, headquartered in a great small city, exciting product lines, good business model. Most of the people who work for Hastings are great people with good skills and ambition, and they make the work environment fun and exciting.

    Cons

    Inflexible to shifting consumer needs, poor compensation and benefits, senior management far too self-interested. Unfortunately, Hastings was very slow to adapt to rapid growth in online sales, and have lost a large portion of their market share due to the digitization of many product formats. Couple that with over zealous expansion, and greedy senior management officers, and the company was destined for disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept a pay cut and treat the people who do the bulk of the written in the company better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    All Depends on Your Management

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    Former Employee - Book Department Manager in Gillette, WY
    Former Employee - Book Department Manager in Gillette, WY

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

    Pros

    Fairly relaxed atmosphere (when it comes to retail)
    Great Co-workers
    Employee Discount
    I had a great store manager and and MITs that made it a great place to work relationally

    Cons

    Experience will depend on who you work with
    Pay is not wonderful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. You would have less turnover, and actually save money if you paid your managers more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great for a part time job.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Video Manager in Sierra Vista, AZ
    Former Employee - Video Manager in Sierra Vista, AZ

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The employee discount is decent and it is nice to know exactly when movies/books/music/games are being released.

    Cons

    The pay was very minimal. I made $8.50 / hr as a department manager. Other department managers said they hardly ever received raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees in order to have a lower turnover rate!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was a fun job

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Enid, OK
    Former Employee - Cashier in Enid, OK

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Got to listen to music all day.

    Cons

    Working late hours was not much fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fun place to work, exciting retail enviroment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Really fun place to work, employee discount.

    Cons

    Not very good pay, work holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share vision with all associates.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conroe, TX

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent hours, fun enviroment

    Cons

    The pay was not the best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would love to work there again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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