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Good people, bad company

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Inventory Control Manager  in  Jefferson City, MO (US)
Former Employee - Inventory Control Manager in Jefferson City, MO (US)

Pros

Good discount, a lot of flexibility with schedule if you have a good manager

Cons

After 10 years with the company I learned that it is all about your store manager. If you have a good manager, they do their best to shield their associates from the idiocy coming from the corporate offices. They also had a wage freeze in effect for about 3 years when I quit.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make smarter decisions, pay your people, and don't blame the little guys for the big guys mistakes. You can't cut labor back to nothing and still have everything get done.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome start with great chances to move up, and then a sizzle and explosion with 2012.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    Pros

    Great people, the culture is the best anyone could ask for. Plus its ENTERTAINMENT, is there any else more fun?

    Cons

    Upper management from District Manager up is very UN-experienced and under-skilled. In flux of lower paid management (due to economy) caused this generic and uncultured management. The business is dieing and Hastings is taking its employees with it. Low paid, under appreciated, almost exclusively part time employees who have no drive are killing the customer and employee experience. If there was anyway to rewind to 2009 and continue the business plan, this company would grow 150%. It only took me 6 years to understand. I still bleed green, but not for the company ,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit if any of this worries you. You know your dragging the ship so cut yourself and save someone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great entry level, awful long term

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The products I work with are relevant to my interests, and there is a huge spread of products. The employee discount is mostly what keeps the part time employees around, and it's generally a pretty friendly atmosphere. At the store level, management has been great; friendly, flexible and hard working.

    Cons

    The current district manager is so abrasive that all department managers stepped down or left completely, (those that stayed are still expected to do managerial duties, but are not paid for it) with the store management also considering finding another job. At the corporate level, this company has its head on backwards and is thus headed for the grave.
    Additionally, the pay is awful compared to similar places. You are started at minimum wage and (as long as there isn't a pay freeze in effect, like the first two years) have the oppertunity for a 6 cent raise every year. Management is paid what comes out to less than 40c an hour more than a new hire, with far more responsibility and blame laid on them then it's worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop demanding ever-increasing profits, memberships, rentals, sales, etc. There is such thing as market saturation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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