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GameStop Reviews in Los Angeles, CA

Updated 14 October, 2014
Updated 14 October, 2014
1,434 Reviews
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Pros
  • We know what to recommend because every single one of us plays a lot of video games (in 221 reviews)

  • I did check out games for research and give feedback based off my personal experience (in 54 reviews)


Cons
  • Unless you're upper management you will only get 4-10 hours a week at best (in 128 reviews)

  • Work / Life balance is not important, only delivery of moving targets (in 42 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but Tough company to work for, overwhelming expectations at a store level

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - District Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at GameStop full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If your into video games, this is the place for you
    Their annual Store Manager Conference is a blast
    Co workers are usually fun people

    Cons

    As a store associate you need to educate customers on way too many things. Reservations, Trades, Pre-owned- loyalty card, and soon a credit card. Sometimes its overwhelming for employees and guests

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

    Manager positions are O.K

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at GameStop full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Annual conference. All expenses paid. Flight, Room, Meal, Thousands of dollars worth of free Games and merchandise.
    Great Hours for managers only.

    Cons

    Low pay(PART TIMERS)
    Low hours (PART TIMERS)
    pressure on performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    GameStop is unrelentingly corporate, but the people there are amazing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Third Key in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Third Key in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at GameStop full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    One of the best ways to get your foot in the door is to apply right before the Holidays, and then just work as hard as possible, taking any and all time offered. You'll be in an exhausting environment, but the people around you will have similar interests and passions, and your team will become a family.

    Cons

    Having to push pre-orders and rewards cards. Yes, there is a good reason behind this, but there is WAY too much importance placed on those numbers. It's like standardized tests not being a full representation of your value. It has NOTHING to do with how many games you sell, systems, or how great you are with customers. It just reflects how relentless you are with asking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clearer paths and open doors to upward movement in the company. Sometimes just letting the staff know that all they have to do is let you know they're interested in moving up is enough.

    I wish there was more of a focus on career nurturing than just making sure your staff is filled at all times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun people but hard work that has no promises to develop, expand and rise.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in La Mirada, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in La Mirada, CA (US)

    I have been working at GameStop full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people employees and customers. Great personal growth opportunities. Good benefits

    Cons

    Too much opportunity to mess up and get terminated. Not much chance for rise within. All opportunity comes from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can't expect a store manager to have a life and run a store with so much hours piled on after the regular 44 has been worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not A Good Company To Make A Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in North Hills, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in North Hills, CA (US)

    I worked at GameStop full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you love or are interested in video games, it's worthwhile and at times fun in terms of dealing and interacting with customers who also love video games. You get discounts on video games (both new and used) but not video game consoles. When I worked for the company, I definitely loved the employees/subordinates I worked with.

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, particularly District Managers. District Managers play favorites. The fact that a District Manager would promote somebody with a High School Diploma over somebody with a Bachelors Degree to Store Manager for the mere fact that he likes that particular person is ridiculous and downright wrong. Let's get one thing straight first, the company prefers to hire Store Managers externally so getting promoted to Store Manager is very difficult no matter how hard you work and show your worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a store doesn't reach its numbers, don't use scare tactics towards the store managers and think that will change anything for the better. More likely than not, it makes things worse and stresses the employees. Show professionalism in what you do, be a coach, be a guide for success not failure. A good manager is somebody who is able to mediate and manage different personalities and egos. A good manager is somebody who offers guidance through the good and tough times. A good manager is not somebody in authority all the time - somebody who orders his/her subordinates to do this and that or scares people if they don't meet unrealistic or over the top expectations. Just be a GOOD MANAGER.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Why I finally quit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Game Advisor in Fullerton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Game Advisor in Fullerton, CA (US)

    I worked at GameStop part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Discount on games, good loyal customers

    Cons

    Poor management, untrained staff members, lack of respect and professionalism for loyal employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thoroughly inspect candidates for Store Manager positions if they do not exist on the internet or have online profiles. My last Store Manager was followed by a string of identified counterfeit money, missing merchandise, clutter, and sexual harassment.

    Poor management aside, this can be a very fun and enjoyable environment. Employees try their best to drive sales but due to demographics sometimes the goals are just not attainable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly coworkers, bad work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Game Advisor in Northridge, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Game Advisor in Northridge, CA (US)

    I worked at GameStop part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly co workers to talk about games with.

    15% off any item in store except consoles and pre-paid cards.

    Freebies depending on the situation.

    Cons

    A bit too much work for new members to handle.

    Some unrealistic expectations on work performance.

    Little pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to be too harsh on new employees. Give them more breathing room when they start. Only after a few months should they be expected to handle working on the cashier or alphabetizing especially during the holidays. I did enjoy working for you though, and I hope to do it again soon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    The fun of working with video games, the tedium of working retail.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Advisor in Torrance, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Game Advisor in Torrance, CA (US)

    I have been working at GameStop part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The fun of working with video games, and associating with other video game fanatics

    Cons

    The tedium of working retail can be wearying, but no more than any other job. Selling memberships and plans and the various upgrades is annoying, but every retail job is required to do it, so whatever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give workers more hours, especially if they're talented at selling memberships and upgrades.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not as great as one would think

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SGA in Torrance, CA (US)
    Former Employee - SGA in Torrance, CA (US)

    I worked at GameStop part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good for game knowledge, great cow-workers, and organized business model.

    Cons

    Pay was crappy considering I worked for 2 years and only got a 50 cent raise even though I made it to SGA while have a bachelor's degree. THEY DO NOT CARE IF YOU HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE EITHER. I was a hard worked SGA that was given 38 hours a week (just under full-time so I was unable to receive benefits). Also they are breaking of California labor laws, which is a huge issue that many ignore. As an opener you are alone in the store and can not leave the store to take your 10 minute break which the law states we are suppose to get. Also, we could get in trouble for closing the store for a few minutes to use the restroom because no other person was in the store at the same time. It's a huge class action lawsuit waiting to happen. I was never able to take my ten minute breaks as a manager because I wasn't allowed to leave the store to anyone that wasn't a keyholder. Personal life was also an issue because as a keyholder you have to work at the mercy of the stores needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please consider paying employees much better than they make now. Be considerate of college degree employees. More pay and smarter planning will make your employees much happier and thus, more productive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    No chance to grow, no chance to shine.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glendale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glendale, CA (US)

    I worked at GameStop part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working with video games is fun, as a young guy, at first.

    Cons

    The management is deplorable, the system is outdated and unfriendly, and the opportunities they will bait you with are non existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to care about your employees more. Paying someone who has been working for you for 5+ years, and is doing the work of a manager (because you are too cheap to just hire a new manager/bring one in from another store) 8.90 an hour is terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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