Hot Topic

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4 years of service and all I got for it was this lousy T-Shirt

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Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Tallahassee, FL
Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Tallahassee, FL

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

Pros

It used to be an amazing place to work. Body mods are fine and the environment was relaxed and fun.

Cons

Used to be the key word. Hot Topic tries to make a big deal about how much their employees love working for them and how great they treat them. This is all BOGUS they really could not care at all. After our SM left the DM decided to promote one of his personal friends from Jacksonville to the position. Our Key and ASM quit so it was up to me to train them. After they were trained and up to speed I was terminated under false pretense by the SM. Had never received a write up or any kind of disciplinary warning. Had never even been late for work.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look real closely at the people you have running your stores and districts

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Eh...

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    Current Employee - Hot Topic Keyholder in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Hot Topic Keyholder in Duluth, GA

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers! Love the customers!

    Cons

    Took job only looking for a few extra hours, was told it would only be about 20... Im scheduled usually 32! I have other jobs and this one is boring and my training was not very great for the position. Even if you are sick, they still make you come in due to their lack of staffing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    After 5 years, the paycheck wasn't worth it anymore.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    40% off discount on most merchandise, including sale items. 20% off on CD's and electronics.
    Regular pay
    Monthly Bonus Program

    Cons

    DM demanded "feedback" but actually wanted a plan of action to achieve better KPI and sales results. Being asked to respond to 5 or more emails everyday when the HQ directive was to spend less time behind the counter was a major contadiction.
    Pushing denim to customers that were already loyal to other brands. Hot Topic missed the boat on being a denim destination and would NOT LET IT GO!
    Pigeon holing of tenured management members.
    Lots of turnover of tenured managers in the last 6 months
    Not enough payroll to accomplish workload
    Little to no growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're losing all of your experienced, loyal managers. Maybe this is an isolated phenomenon in Columbus, OH but I suspect to improve profit margins the turnover of higher payed, tenured management is the M.O.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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