Ever work at GameStop? As someone who loved video games, I thought it would be a cool place for a second, part-time job. Phew, was I wrong. That place, even in the mid-2000s, was a disorganized mess.
The entire back room was packed with Nokia N-Gages. It was like Fort Knox for unwanted tech. The manager would frisk employees at the end of the night to make sure they weren’t trying to steal N-Gage phones. Yes, really!
It’s no wonder that the corporate office always appears to be in disarray. Reuters broke the news that GameStop is actively looking for someone to replace the current CEO, George Sherman. Even with the spiking stock value thanks to investors from Reddit, GME isn’t holding strong. The stock has been falling and was downgraded by analysts this week.
The model that GameStop has been holding on to even as digital sales soar is outdated. Within a span of about five miles, we have four GameStops. One is in a mall. The next one is in a plaza across from the mall. The other is in a plaza three miles away. The final store is in a mall five miles away.
That’s a lot of GameStops, and they all have the same setup. The front of the story is full of Funko Pops. The middle of the story is littered with expensive replicas, keychains, cheap tech accessories, and statues. The back half has a weird smattering of WiiU, PS3, PS4, and XBOX games. Pre-owned and new titles are mixed in together now, rather than being clearly separated.
Of course, the listing for the CEO position isn’t readily available. If you’d like to throw your hat in the ring, however, check out GameStop’s job listings on Indeed. Maybe they’ll take a chance on some plucky young upstart, and you’ll revolutionize the industry.
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Did you jump on the supposed stock gravy train from a couple of months ago? Have you worked at GameStop before? Tell us your stories and what you think the company can do to bounce back in the comments.