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Updated September 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Multicultural and diverse environment to work in (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people, very passionate and like minded, get great staff discount (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay minimum wage for your age group (in 10 reviews)

  • DMs and head office care only about the numbers, not the customers' wants/needs (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Verizon is a dynamic company with a vision of the future. Technology is always chaging, providing opportunities for lear"

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    Former Employee - Backup Administrator in Temple Terrace, FL
    Former Employee - Backup Administrator in Temple Terrace, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Verizon excels at providing opportunities to learn and grow. They provide an excellent compensation program with great benefits.

    Cons

    At the time of my RIF (Reduction in Force), there were no positions available here in Tampa. As I had no desire to relocate, I had to accept the layoff.

    Advice to Management

    I desire a position that test my skills, makes my think outside the box and provides a path for promotion. I desire that the company that employs me is as flexible to my needs as they expect me to be to their needs. I want to be part of a team that want to do more than what is required.


  2. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at hmv full-time

    Pros

    Staff, discount, range, prices great customer service

    Cons

    Not enough staff, wages, no external training

  3. "Passionate about the product"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with like-minded people, who care passionately about the product they sell
    Even when times are tough, everyone pulls together
    hmv colleagues are friends for life

    Cons

    Tough working for a company that is in a declining market that receives such negative press


  4. "top dog!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at hmv full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with products you're genuinely (and sometimes fanatically) interested in.
    Working alongside people from all walks of life but who share the same interests.
    Lots of opportunities in store to talk to customers and use your knowledge to make recommendations.
    Lots of head office staff have been sales assistants, supervisors, managers in the stores, so you'll find lots of people who are really passionate about the company in all corners of the business.
    Staff discount!

    Cons

    The outlook for the company seems to be positive but it's hard to shake off the 'ailing retailer' label!


  5. "14/15 Christmas Temp"

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    Former Employee - Christmas Colleague in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Christmas Colleague in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at hmv part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Super-friendly staff, management were always lovely, even when asking you to do "boring" jobs. They give till training and are always willing to help if you need it! Discount was great, comfortable with switching shifts. Working there was very pleasant and g a 6 hour shift during christmas period wasn't as bad as it sounds!

    Cons

    Salary wasn't as good as it could've been, christmas period was busy and some customers can be very rude at a shop like this.


  6. "Sales Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Limerick, Co. Limerick (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Sales Assistant in Limerick, Co. Limerick (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at hmv (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with some great people

    Cons

    No connection with head office


  7. "The Best Years Of My Life - Perhaps!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With over 20 years experience of working for HMV across a variety of roles from managing stores, large & small, to head office positions, I had a fantastic time & made many true life-long friends along the way.

    Being a huge fan of both music & film made the experiences encountered along my wide & varied career some of the most rewarding & fulfilling of my life. The phrase "work hard play hard" could have been invented for HMV - the challenges along the way were sometimes difficult but there was a culture of working together to get things done regardless of what was thrown at us & a collective will & pride in being the best and, once the day's work was done, god did we know how to party hard!!

    I can truly say that I enjoyed every day & looked forward to going to work - who wouldn't given the wealth of great new & exciting music & film to discover for the first time on a daily basis & to work with a fantastic team of colleagues & friends.

    Cons

    The hours were long, the job was demanding & at times frustrating, but this only made you more determined to over achieve & be the best.

    Advice to Management

    Following the unfortunate demise of the previous business in early 2013, it's fantastic to see the business growing from strength to strength under the new owners Hilco who have transformed it in a short space of time.

    The business now needs to continue to adapt to the ever-changing retail & entertainment landscape & embrace new formats, working even closer with content & new technology partners, at the same time as profitably managing the decline of the existing heritage formats to truly become a one-stop entertainment destination and multi-channel retailer.

  8. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Easy work
    People were great
    Location was good

    Cons

    Customers
    Short break
    Tedious
    Standard retail job
    It was a shame the position was only for Christmas, would have been great to stay on


  9. "Great work for students"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Chelmsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at hmv part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Busy at christmas

    Cons

    same with any retail store


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at hmv part-time

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, laid back atmosphere and customers aren't too demanding. Everyone wants to be there, good work attitude from other workers.

    Cons

    Busy at Christmas, must upsell points cards


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