Hollywood Video

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Hollywood Video Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
117 Reviews
3.8
117 Reviews
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Hollywood Video CEO Mark Wattles
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • fun, free movie rentals, great staff, over time, great customers, could play kids movie sometimes at work, free move rentals (in 31 reviews)

  • Free movie rentals and discounts, fun place to work (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay with lack of pay raises and lots of demand to push promotions (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.  

    Proper Managment would do this company great

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Hollywood Video part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    free movie rentals, flexible hours, getting to meet lots of new people, regular customers, renting movies the night before they are released,

    Cons

    immature co-workers, hourly, no benefits, little room for growth, rude bosses, having to "babysit" your co-workers, general dislike of the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    find a way to track when the employees are giving movies away. I witnessed it and had to write people up often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dayton, OH

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

    Pros

    It was a fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    The company is no longer in business.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fun! Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Pottstown, PA
    Former Employee - Shift Leader in Pottstown, PA

    I worked at Hollywood Video part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Free rentals

    Cons

    - Stressful at times, especially holidays.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Loved working there

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in King City, OR
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in King City, OR

    I worked at Hollywood Video part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The amazing people I got to work with.

    Cons

    The hours weren't the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go bankrupt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    too bad it's gone

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    Former Employee - Mercnandising in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Mercnandising in Wilsonville, OR

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great environment with really smart people

    Cons

    bankrupt - video's over so we put a fork in it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too late

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Hollywood Video

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Puyallup, WA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Puyallup, WA

    I worked at Hollywood Video part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Close knit group
    Fun environment
    Work as a team
    Can start own little store projects

    Cons

    Asking for late fee payments
    Selling Powerplay
    No pay advances

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Working at a Dying company.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Brentwood, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Brentwood, CA

    I worked at Hollywood Video part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Customers were great, good selection of movies and games. The benefits of working at Hollywood Video were you got 3 free rentals slots as well as discount on snacks and drinks. The layout was simple. Shifts were very flexible.

    Cons

    Management was inept, changed focus of business from rental stores to competing with Best Buy. The stores, in my area, were run with the idea of favoritism instead of rewarding hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competing with Best Buy and other retail stores was too ambitious, should have re-focused their business model on the local communities instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    There is a reason why the company filed for bankruptcy and closed!

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule
    -easy to move up
    -fun environment
    -free rentals and access to movies before they were released
    -employee discounts on games and accessories
    -great employees with a drive to succeed
    Everyday was a fun day on the job, because, as management, I made sure my team was pumped up enough to help customers and make sales. The people we would hire helped create a culture that spawned a district wide family. Everyone at the store levels knew each other and would consistently help each other out, and there was never animosity just a friendly camaraderie. I can't say I miss the friends I made there, because we still, mostly, keep in touch, but I do miss the culture we created.

    Cons

    Everything else that has to do with the company, and it was a pain to deal with anything at the store level. I say it was a pain because they changed their minds on everything a daily basis, and it was hard to complete everything you had to do within time limits and no hours for man power. They made horrible decisions and wasted money on the simplest things like marketing signage that would sit in the back office for years never to be used. There is a reason why they went belly up, and the employees had no control over it. HR was a joke and had no real authority over the elitism in upper management positions. They found any reason to fire you if they didn't like you, and lie so you couldn't collect unemployment. The pay was lousy and for the amount of work you put in was not enough for what they asked of you, and towards the end they just didn't bother to pay certain people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Entertaining

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    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Havertown, PA
    Former Employee - Guest Service Representative in Havertown, PA

    I worked at Hollywood Video (less than an year)

    Pros

    watched movies while doing basic work, great customer base, free rentals.

    Cons

    the customers, having management coming in every other day, the fact that you have to sell magazine subscriptions to keep your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont treat your employees like magazine hocking monkeys, and you might just get more of a positive reaction out of who works for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    no promotions from within

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Hollywood Video full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You got to rent free movies. But that's about it.

    Cons

    Poor culture - they want Hollywood to be your whole life. Low pay, unorganized management, no promotions from within.

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