Blockbuster
2.8 of 5 613 reviews
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Blockbuster Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2014
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2.8 613 reviews

                             

20% Approve of the CEO

Blockbuster President Michael Kelly

Michael Kelly

(129 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great weekly benefits with 10 free rentals a week"
    in 172 reviews
  • "10 free movies a week and you get to see new releases before they were released for rentals"
    in 144 reviews
Cons:
  • "Unrealistic expectations, upper management out of touch with what the customer wanted"
    in 45 reviews
  • "unrealistic sales goals, upper management micro managed too much"
    in 31 reviews
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Aberdeen Store was Acceptable - Dundee Store was a Nightmare

Customer Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Dundee, Scotland

I worked at Blockbuster part-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Evening and weekend hours suit students well, or those with daily commitments
 - Pay is average to ok for the industry
 - Subject matter is interesting, movies, games etc
 - Non-physically demanding work
 - Lack of manager on most shifts gives a better chance to bond with co-workers

Cons- Terrible bureaucratic processes within HR
 - HR in name but nothing else
 - Failing company not willing to change or adapt to new policies
 - Far too rigid in dictating how staff interact with customers
 - Staff support from corporate is non-existent, store managers are given incredible arbitrary powers and are sided with over employees every time.
 - Staff are seen as highly expendable, which to an extent is true, but this mentality clearly pervades the hiring and firing process
 - They changed my job title subtly during my employment from Customer SERVICE Representative, to Customer SALES Representative - and then brought in a host of new reforms designed to turn us into salesman rather than service providers.

I felt pushed out the door for the last year of my work, simply because I filed a grievance with my manager. A manager that would come in early to watch the CCTV tapes when I was on shift, trying to pick up any little detail of my wrong doing (which was non-existent).

I was eventually fired in 2011 for forgetting to correctly scan through a bottle of water I had drunk on shift, due to being incredibly busy at that point. Realising my mistake after clothing I came in the next day with the correct change and a large apology, only to be told to leave - I was suspended. After a long drawn out suspension of nearly 2 months, I was summarily dismissed.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive front line employees far more confidence. My sales always increased when given minor freedoms to interact and chat with customers. Repeat business is essential in a failing industry. Realise that you cannot compete on price or convenience anymore, and that service is all you have.

I have had a very uneven managerial experience. My first was tremendous, and this was clearly down to her years as a CSR, and so she understood our role and our point of view far better. Outside hires cannot and do not relate to front line staff.

Diversify, and re-think your business model or expect to fail dramatically in the next few years. Staff are in exodus, and frankly given that you are a service company now it is ironic in the extreme your narrowest focus is on the human resources of the business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great fun

Customer Services Representative (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Blockbuster

ProsGreat fun
Loads of free rentals
You gain lots of knowledge on films and tv
Flexible with shifts and pay more on bank holidays
Great if you're a student or need a part time job as they do evening shifts
Great for meeting like minded people

ConsPay is quite low
Hours are in shifts

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good communication about the business strategy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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be kind rewind

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Blockbuster

Prosvaried hours could have a flexable schedule

Consno raises ever after first 90 days

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A downward spiral towards obsoletion

Store Manager (Former Employee)
Chico, CA (US)

I worked at Blockbuster full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat regular customers and the ability to develop great relationships with them. Cant beat the laid back uniform during summer months--sneakers and shorts.

ConsA vicious circle of bad ideas over and over again. No pay raises in 6 years---rather the option to accept pay cuts or you can take unemployment

Advice to Senior Managementtoo late now

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I had fun, but Dish was on us all the time.

Shift Leader (Former Employee)
West Jordan, UT (US)

I worked at Blockbuster part-time for more than a year

ProsWe were a great team, everyone got along, and we had great leadership. Pay was reasonable and in my case, even more.

ConsDish, being the new owners, were constantly changing and micromanaging policies and even our rental structure. Obviously, they then closed us, even though our store was profitable.

Advice to Senior ManagementIn our store, things were great. All of our problems were at the corporation level.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was great being around all the entertainment but it became too sales oriented in the end...

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Newark, NJ (US)

I worked at Blockbuster part-time for more than a year

Prosthe free rentals, the awesome customers and the great experiences you had with the gushing over movies, the way little kids lit up when they came in.

Consdealing with the impending doom of sales quotas at the expense of the customer experience. it became too much at one point.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A because they went out of business but I'm pretty sure it's clear to everyone now why it happened.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work, sad to see it go

Retail Clerk (Former Employee)
Schaumburg, IL (US)

I worked at Blockbuster part-time for less than a year

ProsThe people were nice to me, free rentals

Consnothing at the moment right now

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blue shirt wearer

Blue Shirtist (Former Employee)
London, KY (US)

I worked at Blockbuster as an intern for more than 10 years

Prosfree movies! and sometimes popcorn

Consbankruptcy and the internet and netflix

Advice to Senior Managementred shirts

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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no longer exists

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Blockbuster

ProsLots of free movies was great.

ConsLate hours as late as 1am.

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Good for getting job experience

Shift Leader (Former Employee)

I worked at Blockbuster part-time for more than 3 years

Pros-extremely easy work
-free rentals
-increases one's sales knowledge
-good customer service experience
-insurance for part-time employees
-PTO for part-time employees

Cons-poor upper management
-no annual raises
-going out of business
-no company organization, it is always changing

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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