Unsurprising that the company failed.
Retail Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Thornhill, ON – 26 July 2017
When I was initially hired, the location (HMV 811, Promenade Mall) was in-between full-time management; the acting manager when my employment was approved was an exceptionally supportive individual who I had a personal relationship with owing to the many years that I was a patron where I began working. Shortly after my time at HMV commenced, head office brought a manager in from outside of the company instead of promoting the acting manager who I had until that point as hierarchically my superior. This new manager had an exceptionally toxic manner about them, speaking negatively about other employees when they weren't around; I can only assume that I was discussed in similarly disparaging terms when I was not present. While I initially worked what I'd deem a healthy amount of hours per week given that I was balancing work with school, as time went on, my scheduled shifts became less and less - by the end, often only four hours a week - despite some staff departures and no additional hires taking place; the cliquish atmosphere of the other employees found its way into modifying the schedule so as to give me no real time on premises, whereupon I quit because it became quite evident that they did not want me there and I wasn't interested in pretending that everything was fine for what eventually amounted to $41 a week.
Appreciated ability to get items at cost.
Was openly antagonized by manager; workplace culture very cliquish.