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hmv Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
33 Reviews
3.6
33 Reviews
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  1.  

    Cool place to work

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    Current Employee - Shop Assistant
    Current Employee - Shop Assistant

    I have been working at hmv

    Pros

    I get to know about all the latest news in music and movies and they let me be creative with my appearance good place to work and grow as an employee.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is a bit dull and the customers can be difficult to deal with. Long shifts around Xmas time and Easter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training opportunities in store and bonuses for good employees. I would like to work my way up to the top so Id appreciate if there was the possibility to do so.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good job, crazy hours

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    Current Employee - Store Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Store Supervisor in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at hmv

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Good discounts
    Opportunity for advancement
    Up to date with music, movies & other entertainment
    Get to sell great music to the masses

    Cons

    Long hours
    Monthly set-ups of restocking/changing sale sections
    Constant moving/price changing/re-merchandising of product
    Endless promotions to memorize sale procedures for
    Working Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, Boxing Day, all at unreasonable hours of the morning/night

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am a leader and it's hard work to try and keep up with all the bullcrap that is HMV. A leader has to be very much dedicated to this company and all the work that surrounds selling cds/dvd's and whatever else. It's nuts i tells ya.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's a job

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    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Pickering, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Stock Clerk in Pickering, ON (Canada)

    I worked at hmv

    Pros

    It's a comfortable pace, you get to work around a music minded environment, helping people find the newest Celine Dion album is ultra rewarding.

    Cons

    Minimum wage jobs suck. You are in a busy mall over the holidays earning only enough money to get yourself home on the bus and if lucky a meal while you are there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you do... taking advantage of consumers with your overpriced, outdated technology.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Store Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at hmv

    Pros

    Great atmosphere as well as great people. Good working environment, OK staff discounts. Working in London makes it quite a social hub too.

    Cons

    Some bad management at times, not enough staff discount, can't really say much more, there's no more negatives that I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to staff more. Communication within the group should be a hell of a lot more transport, we should also have more head office meetings.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Love this brand, directors were too ancient to move forward

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    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

    I worked at hmv

    Pros

    Great fun, friendly workplace
    Relaxed
    Nice benefits

    Cons

    My manager was not encouraging and being connected to the HR director at the time it was hard to put forward.
    Made redundant very soon after hire
    Frustrating as implementing change and progression was held back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well back then it would be buckle up, I'm sure now things have changed. (Hopefully)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    ok

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    people, some of the discounts

    Cons

    never got shifts, schedules too variable and not consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fallen Giant - Still Falling

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royal Tunbridge Wells, England (UK)

    I worked at hmv full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively flexible shift pattern, staff discount on products, great camaraderie, relatively good prospects if you are willing to move to the other end of the country and are fanatical about HMV

    Cons

    Regional management live on a different planet - management visits degenerate into turning the store into an ideal homes exhibition to match the pictures in the "handbook" (right down to the sticker drawer in the stock room). Not allowed a modicum of independent thought due to aforementioned "handbook" and centralised strategies. Working for the company is akin to joining a cult, if HMV is not THE all powerful obsession in your life - then expect limited to no job progression whatsoever. If you are lucky enough to progress - be prepared to be moved at a moments notice to other stores (i.e. you work in Scotland and are promoted to assistant manager at the other end of the country) and then maybe be told three months later that store is being closed due latest re-structuring. If you are lucky enough to get onto some kind of staff training other than handbook assimilation - expect that also to be cancelled without warning - successfully entered the graduate scheme only for it to be cancelled within a month and offered an inferior training position in its place (also in turn cancelled). For a company that had such a strong market position and with employees passionate about the products they sell it is a true disappointment that this was not being capitalised by the captains running the ship. Oh and they saw Digital and Online (iTunes et al) gunning for them for a long time and left it too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people and allow the true talent (rather than the latest round of robots fresh out of conditioning school) to shine. Alas - too late - The ship sank last year and is now being rationalised (i.e. being gutted). A real shame for such an iconic brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    DIFFICULT TIMES

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at hmv as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you love music, it is an interesting place to work

    Cons

    Money difficulties
    Will it or won't it survive?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Wamp wamp

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at hmv

    Pros

    Hmv has a flexible for staff if you are a music/dvd lover you find some good obscure stuff. Managers usually try to accomodate you as best as you can.

    Cons

    Higher ups at HMV didn't adapt and see the changes coming and now place is going under. Most senior staff saw it for a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should listen to staff and adapt to trends quicker and faster. Might be too late but good luck to HMV.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    not good!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at hmv

    Pros

    There' access to great music, movies, cd, dvd, blu-rays, just about anyting you want ot watch or listen to you can find it at hmv

    Cons

    they don't really treat their employees that well, and there isn't really any room for improvement or any place to move up to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you guys should make employee communication more easy and foster that kind of relationship instead of just bashing everyone around

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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