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hmv Reviews

Updated June 12, 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 15 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. "Great place to work as a young person"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Clerk in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Clerk in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    You can talk about music all day, very relaxed atmosphere, good management, good colleagues

    Cons

    The pay is what to be expected

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Amazing, will be missed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at hmv (More than a year)

    Pros

    Never have I loved a job more, management cared at every store, even head office was friendly and helpful

    Cons

    honestly customers were the only downside, I never had any issues otherwise

    Advice to Management

    Continue being amazing in your new jobs, we will miss you all and hmv!!


  3. "Fighting the fight!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at hmv full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Canadian Flagship location, 3 floors of retail and a lower level that is a event space that has played host to the biggest music superstars.
    -Empowered to create unique offers and promotions for the Toronto Superstore customer differentiating ourselves from any other location in the country.
    -Constant focus on product mix evolvement, allowing a lot of creativity in merchandising and promotions to encourage the customers to branch out from just purchasing core product lines.
    -"First name' culture. It's about knowing who you work with and establishing relationships that can benefit the business and your own development.

    Cons

    -Limited career growth at my level. 5 years of downsizing has restricted the ability to go beyond what I am able to do.
    -The core product is in a constant battle with technology and how consumers are choosing to purchase home entertainment.


  4. "A well-structured company changing to work in the current climate."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Supplier Assistant
    Former Employee - Product Supplier Assistant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Support in business training schemes
    casual dress
    Several points of contact for support
    Team atmosphere as departments run side by side.

    Cons

    none substantial enough to list

    Advice to Management

    Allow greater creative input from employees at all levels regarding decisions, by offering a way to access current projects and send input electronically.


  5. "very fun but forget about advancing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -very friendly people
    -discount (supplier cost, items become very cheap)
    -flexible when asking for days off
    -flexible around your availability
    -managers become your friends

    Cons

    -lack of appreciation from managers
    -favouritism
    -can get very boring on most night shifts

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate ALL your workers.


  6. "Overall happy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Heathrow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Heathrow, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and events eg. Conferences

    Cons

    Must always keep up to date with new releases for films, music and tech, easy for full timers, more difficult for part timers.


  7. "Great untill the money ran out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great to work for largely with some great perks

    Cons

    Treated poorly upon entering administration


  8. "Bit like a Cattle market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Warrington, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Assistant in Warrington, North West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Would like to say but Isnt any

    Cons

    Well Not the best Wages

    Advice to Management

    .....


  9. "Fun Job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Key Holder in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at hmv part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, my love for music was supported, great customers, passion for what I sold

    Cons

    No room for advancement. I was with the company for 3 years, and was sent to help run other stores. I was constantly give hope that I would advance, but nothing ever came up.

    Advice to Management

    District Managers, Regional Managers, HO staff - Treat your store staff better. Dont take them for granted. A little encouragement goes a long way.


  10. "Games and Technology Seasonal Colleague"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Decent pay compared to other
    - Good if you have an interest in Tech and Games

    Cons

    - None in Particular To be Honest


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