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Kickass Company to Work For!

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Key Holder
Current Employee - Key Holder

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

-No Dresscode!
-Easy daily task
-Team members super easy to get along with
-Awesome employee discount on everything including clearance (some restrictions)
-concert ticket reimbursement

The lead singer of Woe Is Me used to work at my store! And still comes to visit every know and then!!
This is one company that you have to make work for you.

Cons

-If youre at a small (low volume) store you won't get a lot of hours
-sales can change at the drop of a dime

Sometimes when sales change the night beforeas an associate you'll have to quickly adapt to new promos and that can be a challenge for some ppl...

Advice to Management

I am apart of management so.....keep up the good work lol

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    Pretty meh.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The really fantastic discount. Some of the people that work there are also fantastic. I even befriended some of my old customers! I also learned how to deal with last minute changes and people who sweat the really small stuff.

    Cons

    The pay. If you're in high school it's not bad, but anything beyond that it's way too low. Lots of favoritism. The specific store I was at had about 4-5 different management changes (key holder through SM) in the 3 years I was there. Some of the district managers I encountered relied on bullying and humiliating people to get work "done". LOTS OF DRAMA. If you enjoy being in high school even into adulthood you'd love it here.

    Advice to Management

    You claim that you care about employees, but you don't. Really invest in the people who love their jobs. Figure out why the turnover rate is so high (hint--it's you, not them most of the time). Go back to letting stores pick the music too. You're a company that embraces differences, yet forces all of them to be the same.


  2. Fun Job, Just don't expect them to take your carrer seriously

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -40% discount
    -Generally great co-workers.
    -Simple floor sets
    -GREAT music selection
    -Shipment was generally easy to process
    -Hardly any push selling required
    -Easy

    Cons

    -Upper management does not take your carrer seriously.
    -Training used to consist of different modules that could fill a huge binder, but now its a little book, you really lose valuable information which makes customer service suffer.
    -Markdowns were usually all over the place, and further markdowns were a waste of time and payroll.
    -Not enough focus on customer service.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customers, stop having stores PRINT signange on the store printer and then hanging in the windows. The industry is starting to notice and its one of the most trashy things a company can do. DIY is cool if its done right, but printed signs looks cheap.


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