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My time with Gamestop, A former Manager

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My Final day was today, at 4.34pm with gamestop I was finally "let go".  My two weeks notice had actually been on file for well over two months, with me consistently letting up the date to allow the store to re-balance itself for my leaving.  Ironically I wasn't expecting this week to be it, I was let go on an anonymous tip that I was looking for work elsewhere.  Figures.

During my time, somewhat over a year with the company I rose through the ranks, starting off as a seasonal, and ending up in An assistant store manager position.  I had seen defunct managers, theft on a massive scale by employees, and many good people "let go" because they expressed their frustrations.  The pay was horrible, the retail climate is especially disgusting, and I'm here to answer A few questions.  I realize this conversation I intend to have with the comments below would better suit a forum, but the blog capacity should help shine some light on some recent corporate unsavory tactics. 

In less than a year I've been swung at no less than three times, threatened physically by coworker and customer alike at least once a week, and I've lost all my original naivety about ethics, and the gullibility of people.  There are countless stories myself or fellow employees could dive into, the general insanity is at a beyond Clerks series of movies level.   

There was A particularly unattractive female employee who attempted to falsely sue the entire store and corporate office for "harrassment and an attempted gangbang rape" on her second week with us.   The shame of it was the sheer audacity of her story was the only thing that saved the male employees from being fired. 

A store manager in my district claimed an additional two million dollars in sales over the course of a year, thinking he would get promoted before his yearly accounting session. He was let go, but now holds a district management position with a rival company.
 The average profit line per gamestop is about 1.5 mil.

I received no warning or option about two responsibility increasing promotions, and one store transfer over thirty miles away of which I was told I had no option.

My District manager is a convicted felon, who Drives illegally without license after his sixth DUI.  He Put a prostitute and her handler in the hospital about three or four years ago on the yearly trip all upper management takes to vegas.  He makes One hundred and Sixty grand a year and I genuinely have no clue what he does other than demoralize and insult my store once a month.  We are one of the most financially successful stores in the entire region.  

I've won employee of the district four times, and the stores i've worked in seven times since my employment, not a single raise or reward other than job security was ever handed out.  We were actually pressured to preform at the same level with less hours used on payroll.  Eighty three hours a week for seven employees is unacceptable for a location that clears two million in expected profit, but hey you did it last week, why not this week as well. 

Almost every store manager you meet is a heavy drinker who works sixty hours a week or more.  Hug your local store manager, the job has made them a dick, in real life they are some of the most insane and nice people you will ever meet.  

Gamestop will not fire an employee, its too much paper work, just get ready to never get hours ever again and be snuffed out, while still being set on the payroll as once a week, but the night before your shift suddenly isn't required.  I've been told to do this by corporate and my upper management.  While this isn't unusual in the service world, It is too the extreme with Gamestop.


Oh, we also open new games that are considered rare and sell them at our own dictated prices.  This includes no less than

Xenoblade, the one we got caught over

Left 4 Dead 1 and 2, but its twenty everywhere else

Tales of vesperia, It's twenty dollars cheaper to just download it.

The last story, because wii rpgs

Every pokemon game, because and I kid you not this was in a corporate response email, the value of a used pokemon game is higher, because of the potential monsters already caught.

and I'm sure a dozen other games I haven't noticed or can't remember. 


The other method to the madness is leaving a game wrapped after a company goes bankrupt or stops printing the game.  Yes I understand too human is three dollars used, but we only have it new for twenty. 


It's not all been bad, but certainly little of the good came from the corporate climate itself, please, ask me anything.
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