hmv

  www.hmvgroup.com
  www.hmvgroup.com
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  • Culture & Values
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Current Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England
Current Employee - Sales Assistant in London, England

I have been working at hmv full-time (more than an year)

Pros

+ It's nice to be working with what I love as my enthusiasm for the product is genuine and I feel that the customers recognise this.

+ The staff discount, although its not that much, is very handy, especially for birthdays/Christmas.

+ A lot of the staff on my level are very friendly and have a genuine love of what they sell.

Cons

- The store manager uses fear as their primary motivational tool.

- The management are always in contradiction with one another so you're ALWAYS going against someone's instructions.

- No regard for illness or pain when tasks are being delegated. I've often complained of my injuries being made worse by my work, only to be offered no sympathy. I'm currently very ill but I fear the consequences of taking time off.

- Disproportionate punishments follow menial crimes. For example, an employee is awaiting a disciplinary hearing for going to meet a friend outside of work hours to ask a favour of them when he was off sick. He received a barrage of verbal abuse from the manager for this.

- The store is absolutely FILTHY. No-one reports the store to environmental health as they fear being fired. There was a dead mouse in the audio department for a VERY long time and mice regularly eat the confectionary that's for sale. The half-eaten treats are removed rather than the whole batch. I die a little inside every time a customer buys a chocolate bar. The staff kitchen areas are disgusting and rodent-infested and I refuse to eat or prepare food in them. It's also so dusty that my hands are black after half an hour of work. Disgusting.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

This place needs a massive overhaul in the way in which it's managed, starting with respect and decency towards its employees. If I didn't have to worry about my wife and forthcoming family prospects, I'd leave right now. It's sad, because I spent my teenage years dying to work in HMV only to find out how awful it is to work there. I hope other stores fare better.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

28 Other Employee Reviews for hmv (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    A well-structured company changing to work in the current climate.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Supplier Assistant
    Former Employee - Product Supplier Assistant

    I worked at hmv

    Pros

    Support in business training schemes
    casual dress
    Several points of contact for support
    Team atmosphere as departments run side by side.

    Cons

    none substantial enough to list

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow greater creative input from employees at all levels regarding decisions, by offering a way to access current projects and send input electronically.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Store Manager in London, England

    I have been working at hmv

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
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