Hot Topic Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Fine place for a first Job

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    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Hot Topic is an excellent place to learn the initial workings of job responsibility etc while still maintaining a pretty realaxed environment. For the most part as a sales associate your job is to look interesting and provide customer service.

    Cons

    In recent years the companies image and target demographic has changed a lot. This understandable however it tends to isolate long time customers and employees who really identified with the original Bison of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less Disney nonsense and more music culture. The frozen Merch might be a great seller now but in the long run it's important to remember the things that have services you well since 1989

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  2. Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Great company, great coworkers, lovely customers!

    Cons

    Hours, communication, organisation, sometimes business was slow.

  3. AMAZING STAFF

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Pleasant Hill, CA

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I love all of my managers/ co-workers. They are so funny and some of the nicest people you'll meet. I work at another job and I've been there an entire year, and hot topic I've been here for a few months and I love working with them because they are My type of people. Great music tastes, fellow geeks. No judement, great discounts. Amazing staff, will work around any other jobs and school schedule if you are attending college/high school classes.

    Cons

    Hours, rude people, long days, that's really all everything else is fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the amazing work.

    Recommends
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  5. sales rep

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Discount on clothing, everyone is nice

    Cons

    Min wage and long days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Hot Topic Inc.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    CEO Lisa Harper is brilliant

    Cons

    Location is a tough commute

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  7. Learned a lot but didn't earn a lot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to move up. Got a management position within my first year working as did another associate. Everyone I worked with was great. DM was great and did everything he could to help. Most managers within the district were very helpful as well. I could always call another store to ask for help. There was a strong sense of community between stores. Very laid back atmosphere. 40% discount was excellent. I lucked out by having such an intelligent SM and DM who taught me and challenged me. Unfortunately not all managers are great but Hot Topic is a company that cultivates an atmosphere of fun and hard work because you're just so dang thankful you don't have to wear khakis. I was in a band and was constantly playing shows in and out of town. It was great working for a company who was so understanding of my scheduling needs. It wasn't a "stupid excuse" to schedule off days. They really worked with my schedule and compromises were made on both ends.

    Cons

    For being in a management position and at times working 40+ hours as a part time, the pay wasn't fair for the job being done. Yes it's great to listen to music all day, have visible tattoos and wear flannels. But I'd much rather make more money doing the same work somewhere where I can't listen to music etc. Which is really not that big of a sacrifice when it comes down to it. I can buy more records when I make more money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage your employees to grow. Work with them on an individual basis, learn their strengths and take advantage of those strengths.

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    No opinion of CEO
  8. great compay

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, employee discounts, fun environment, meet lots of interesting people, everyday is different, and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    does not pay as well as most other retail companies, tends to be a bit stressful at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be a little more consistent and understanding of employee and customer needs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Didn't appreciate the company when I worked there.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in City of Industry, CA

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

    Pros

    Cool work environment, music all day long, open concept office, relaxed dress code. Cool company meetings every 2 months.
    I worked for HT for a few years and I didn't appreciate what I had when I was there.. I left to go to a more conservative 'old school' VERY large corporation.. It took me a while to adjust into this conservative uptight company after working for a company where you can drop the F bomb in a meeting and no one cares.. I had movement at HT - and now I am pinned into a position that I can't seem to move forward in..
    I miss HT a lot... I learned ALOT from HT. Positive comments are all that I give when people ask me about this company.
    Thanks HT for the few great years! Wish I could come back.

    Cons

    Same stuff as most companies - people are people... There are good managers and there are bad managers.. But overall I had an awesome experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about putting a swimming pool in? :)

    Recommends
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  10. Fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Good music,keep you in the loop of up and coming trends. Awesome co-workers. Good pt/high school job

    Cons

    Schedules all over the place. No real full time unless key holder/managememt

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  11. Great company, you'll have a great experience if you're set up for success

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    Current Employee - Full Time Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Full Time Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Hot Topic full-time

    Pros

    Amazing training, pay, benefits, discount, and culture. Loved the quirkiness, and you're encouraged to express your personal style and be an individual. Favorite benefit was concert reimbursement! This company is all about discovering the next big thing.

    Cons

    It's a hit or miss...if you have a knowledgeable and driven store manager, you'll be set, if your store manager doesn't have all their ducks in a row, you're screwed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic, empathetic, and passionate. Remember that you're nothing without your team, work through your people.

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    Approves of CEO

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