Hollywood Video Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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Hollywood Video CEO Mark Wattles
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Pros
  • Free movie rentals and discounts, fun place to work (in 31 reviews)

  • Free movie rentals, talking about movies you love to customers (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, terrible upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • No real benefits for people over 20, cruel and anal upper management, low LOW pay (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Fun job but needed help

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    Former Employee - Store Director in Topeka, KS
    Former Employee - Store Director in Topeka, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free rentals. Fun, low-key atmosphere. Flexible work schedules. Watch PG and G rated movies during the day. Nice for a 2nd job.

    Cons

    Theft was terrible. Some stores were in very bad condition i.e carpeting was coming up, tv's that didn't work, etc. Forcing bundles on guests.


  2. Good company, sad to see them go

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    Former Employee - General Manager in Sandy, OR
    Former Employee - General Manager in Sandy, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Helpful upper management, good training and support. Lots of good incentive programs for team members, decent benefits. Competitive Pay for the area.

    Cons

    Poor management with finances, could not keep up with the changing technology.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice, It is no longer an issue but they should have probably tried to change in order to keep up with the changing market.


  3. Nothing Spectacular

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Video (More than a year)

    Pros

    Able to make our own schedule and corporate pretty much let each manager have full control of staffing and setting store, even down to concession orders

    Cons

    Company closed and called people at 9 p.m. in the evening to let them know they were being asked to work 2 more weeks and then left managers and store associates without instructions on how to get employment verification, pay checks, etc.


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  5. Not very good

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    Current Employee - Training Store Manager in Spring Hill, FL
    Current Employee - Training Store Manager in Spring Hill, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good food for the time management

    Cons

    Bad management for the good food

    Advice to Management

    More management


  6. Reason they are gone

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    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Regional Manager in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Communication, fun place to work, good team with great people. The leaders tried hard to make it a good place to work and enjoy the team.

    Cons

    The leaders tried to keep every store open and not save the half of the company that could have been saved. There were a lot of stores that were extremly profitable. The problem was they had the same approach with the stores that lost money as the one that were making tons of it.....backwards thinking.


  7. Good Job. Fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great experience, Great people, fun times

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, Dealing with customers


  8. Good Starter Job, Poor High Level Management

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    Former Employee - Shift Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Shift Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment with a great client base. Provides an excellent opportunity to work around media that you are passionate about and to find others with shared interests and ideas.

    Cons

    Poor compensation and a management structure that focuses too heavily on sales quotas as opposed to client service. Quota structure incentivizes sale of product with lower profit margins defeating purpose of holding sales force accountable for increasing company's bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Client Service not Salesmanship and Qoutas


  9. Decent Retail Job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was very easy. Spent a lot of time reading since we were near a Blockbuster. Got free movies and games each week.

    Cons

    The pay was not very good, and the management was mediocre at best. We were expected to sell promotions with little to no incentive.


  10. Good first time manger job

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chino, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quick progression from entry level to store management

    Cons

    Inconsistencies from district to district

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the developement of your district managers and it will trickle down


  11. The company was good to work for before the Movie Gallery Acquisition. All down hill from there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Company culture was good prior to Movie Gallery Acquisition.

    Cons

    Senior Management after acquisition were highly inept.



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