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Hastings Entertainment Reviews

Updated 8 September 2014
Updated 8 September 2014
227 Reviews
2.4
227 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co-workers, decent hours, fun enviroment (in 10 reviews)

  • The employee discount is fair especially on books, employees are great to work with (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper-management acts like they have never opened a business book in their life (in 33 reviews)

  • Upper Management expects the store to be perfect with little to no hours given to complete the projects (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for part time, but there are no hours

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    Current Employee - CSA  in  Boise, ID (US)
    Current Employee - CSA in Boise, ID (US)

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun environment, mostly fast paced, get to see all the cool movies before anyone else.

    Cons

    No hours, pay is low, no opportunities for advancement, job/hours depends on magazine subscriptions per customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on magazines. No one wants them because they're free to read online. Focus on how hard the employees are working to provide customer service, and a nice, clean environment for families.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    An easy job if your in school however hours are very limited and the job is repetitive.

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    Current Employee - CSA  in  Spokane, WA (US)
    Current Employee - CSA in Spokane, WA (US)

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, the job is easy most work includes stocking product, helping customers find what they need and working cash register.

    Cons

    The pay is not enough to live off of. If not in school I wouldn't recommend this job for someone who is trying to pay rent. Management has been known to hire brain dead associates so you may have to often pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on customers interest more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    this has been a learning experience

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Amarillo, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Amarillo, TX (US)

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here?
    meeting people - customers & employees
    expanding my knowledge of a variety of merchandise
    the discount on used merchandise is great

    Cons

    Challenges at Hastings?
    getting a straight answer
    getting a consistent answer from any corporate level department &/or upper management
    little to no communication between corporate departments &/or upper management

    I won't repeat the "low pay" that I have seen on almost every other review. It is getting redundant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The majority of the reviews I have read bash the entire organization for low pay. I would be satisfied with the pay if I had some type of "Work/Life Balance". As it stands I barely see my spouse, much less any other family.

    The biggest piece of advice I would give to management?
    Start to listen to your people, & actually hear what they (we) say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Family-owned company gone wrong.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Amarillo, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Amarillo, TX (US)

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great starter job, headquartered in a great small city, exciting product lines, good business model. Most of the people who work for Hastings are great people with good skills and ambition, and they make the work environment fun and exciting.

    Cons

    Inflexible to shifting consumer needs, poor compensation and benefits, senior management far too self-interested. Unfortunately, Hastings was very slow to adapt to rapid growth in online sales, and have lost a large portion of their market share due to the digitization of many product formats. Couple that with over zealous expansion, and greedy senior management officers, and the company was destined for disaster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Accept a pay cut and treat the people who do the bulk of the written in the company better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very stressful, Very frustrating.

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    Former Employee - Icm
    Former Employee - Icm

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great co workers, okay discount. If your store has a cafe that's a perk all of its own.

    Cons

    Unrealistic goals, stress stress stress, horrible training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and don't pass judgment or blame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a fun job

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    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Enid, OK (US)
    Former Employee - Cashier in Enid, OK (US)

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Got to listen to music all day.

    Cons

    Working late hours was not much fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Fun place to work, exciting retail enviroment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really fun place to work, employee discount.

    Cons

    Not very good pay, work holidays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Conroe, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Conroe, TX (US)

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent hours, fun enviroment

    Cons

    The pay was not the best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would love to work there again.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Loss Prevention Associate

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    Former Employee - LP Associate
    Former Employee - LP Associate

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment part-time

    Pros

    Friendly company. Great people. Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement. I'd be surprised if the company stays afloat.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My time at Hastings was very worthwhile!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Nampa, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Nampa, ID (US)

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great, the job wasn't too hard to learn with little experience. It was a good first job to have.

    Cons

    No hope for raises beyond minimum wage as a customer service associate. Although the synapse magazine bonuses help a little bit if you are good at getting them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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