Pros – The working environment was really good, a lot of the employees were around my age (Early 20's), we also all had a shared interest in Film, Music and some of us games.
Management broke the day up into hour blocks, so you could be on tills for an hour and then be on queue patrol. I think this was a good idea because it kept the day interesting and I didnt get bored doing the same job for 8 hours straight.
There was also the opportunity for overtime. I was employed over Christmas, so I don't know how much overtime is available all year round.
Cons – You were constantly under pressure to push sales, I know understand this is because they were going into administration.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – the staff... NOT the suits upstairs
Cons – the suits upstairs dont exactly care about those in the shops
Advice to Senior Management – -
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
Pros – Great atmosphere as well as great people. Good working environment, OK staff discounts. Working in London makes it quite a social hub too.
Cons – Some bad management at times, not enough staff discount, can't really say much more, there's no more negatives that I can think of.
Advice to Senior Management – Listen to staff more. Communication within the group should be a hell of a lot more transport, we should also have more head office meetings.
Pros – Very very very nice music.
Cons – Other employees were sometimes unhelpful.
Pros – One of the best reasons to work for HMV group is the support for going into professional qualifications such as ACCA
Cons – Once professional qualifications are complete at HMV, there may not be open vacancies within the organisation to progress into a more senior role
Advice to Senior Management – HMV leadership is very good ideas and always looking forward, constantly keep employees aware of the plans of the company
Pros – I get to know about all the latest news in music and movies and they let me be creative with my appearance good place to work and grow as an employee.
Cons – Sometimes the work is a bit dull and the customers can be difficult to deal with. Long shifts around Xmas time and Easter.
Advice to Senior Management – More training opportunities in store and bonuses for good employees. I would like to work my way up to the top so Id appreciate if there was the possibility to do so.
Pros – Good Benefits
Opportunity for advancement
Up to date with music, movies & other entertainment
Get to sell great music to the masses
Cons – Long hours
Monthly set-ups of restocking/changing sale sections
Constant moving/price changing/re-merchandising of product
Endless promotions to memorize sale procedures for
Working Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, Boxing Day, all at unreasonable hours of the morning/night
Advice to Senior Management – I am a leader and it's hard work to try and keep up with all the bullcrap that is HMV. A leader has to be very much dedicated to this company and all the work that surrounds selling cds/dvd's and whatever else. It's nuts i tells ya.
Pros – It's a comfortable pace, you get to work around a music minded environment, helping people find the newest Celine Dion album is ultra rewarding.
Cons – Minimum wage jobs suck. You are in a busy mall over the holidays earning only enough money to get yourself home on the bus and if lucky a meal while you are there.
Advice to Senior Management – Keep on doing what you do... taking advantage of consumers with your overpriced, outdated technology.