Hastings Entertainment Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
263 Reviews

2.4
263 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    A wonderful place to work. You get out of it what you put into it.

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

    I have been working at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Executive Team. The executive team continues to focus on the changing environment of retail entertainment in order to continue grow the company.

    Cons

    Retail, not many holidays. I would love to have more time with my family. Being in retail pay is not always competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share vision with all associates.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Executive's Only Think of Themselves

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

    I worked at Hastings Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Can't thing of one other than promotions were easy to come by

    Cons

    Promotions were easy to get. Hours were good. Execs have no feelings or care about employees. I was a manager and they did away with my job 10 days before I was vested in the 401 plan. Lost 20% of what the 401 plan would have been worth. Tell me this wasn't planned?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your buyout while you can. You no doubt will go into bankruptcy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 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
  11.  

    An ok company but store morale was low.

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    Former Employee - Department Manager
    Former Employee - Department Manager

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

    Pros

    Lots of work and never boring.

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, reduction of hours, and very little help in departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give departments more hours. Worry less about labor hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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