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Hastings Entertainment Reviews

Updated July 13, 2017
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  • Upper management has no idea what they are doing, policies change frequently (in 48 reviews)

  • High turnover rate which causes a lot of inefficiency (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Tolerable Retail Experience"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Coworkers are smart, fun, and hardworking
    - Employee discount and easy access to a variety of movies, books, and games
    - Dedicated and friendly customers (for the most part)
    - Able to advance and climb the ladder with hard work

    Cons

    - Lack of dedicated loss prevention team can make shoplifters/crazies an issue
    - Upper management has no idea what they are doing, policies change frequently
    - Poor communication between stores


  2. "Inventory Control Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prescott, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Prescott, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Product Selection-Books,Huge Magazine section,Cd's,Videos for sale and rent,video games and systems,board games,pop vinyls and more.
    Co-workers Rocked.

    Cons

    Last owner. Made a buck and didn't care anymore.
    Company was behind the curve when it came to electronics,e readers etc.

    Advice to Management

    Don't surround yourself with yes men. You want different opinions/views.

  3. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Amarillo, TX
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Amarillo, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    The company went out of business.


  4. "Was a great place to work until they went out of business"

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    Former Employee - Lifestyle Manager in Ada, OK
    Former Employee - Lifestyle Manager in Ada, OK
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great time working with other people who were enthusiastic about entertainment products

    Cons

    They went out of business


  5. "Loved it"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Nacogdoches, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Nacogdoches, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, exciting, always something new.

    Cons

    They go bankrupt too much

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  6. "Hastings Entertainment former manager review"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in Lawrence, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun product, pretty good discount, good local work environment and occasional fun events

    Cons

    Overall company poorly managed, corporate decisions on product purchasing and distribution were not in line with market demand, retail employees seriously underpaid at all levels, consistently overlooked internal promotion candidates in favor of external hires, tried to expand into tangential tech markets after they had peaked (e-readers in particularly).

    Advice to Management

    Do better.


  7. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in McKinleyville, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in McKinleyville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    great perks loved the atmosphere

    Cons

    worked long hour days and weekends

  8. "It was alright"

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    Former Employee - Book Department Manager in Longview, TX
    Former Employee - Book Department Manager in Longview, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people
    Decent employee discount

    Cons

    Un realistic expectations for goals
    Large turn over rate

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better


  9. "Best job I've ever had"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Abilene, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Abilene, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing environment for people who love music, movies, comics, anime, books, games, etc.
    30% off employee discount
    Unnatural colored hair and piercings were allowed and highly encouraged

    Cons

    It closed sadly
    Having to push merchandise on people

    Advice to Management

    REOPEN. THIS WAS THE GREATEST JOB I'VE EVER HAD AND I MISS THIS PLACE MORE THAN EVER.


  10. "CSM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altus, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Altus, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interact with customers helping them find new products and interests. Create new displays and end caps to display merchandise. Keep current on books, videos and music.

    Cons

    The company does not work well to help with coordinating certain days off to allow you to work a second job.

    Advice to Management

    My suggestion is to pay employees a better wage or allow them to work a second job so that they can afford to live a decent life.


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