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Good company, always changing

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

I have been working at Hot Topic full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

No dress code
Discount
Set 40 hours
Always something to do
Ability to hire staff to create strong team without micro managing from higher ups
Interactive HQ as far as LP and buyers
Great communication with DM

Cons

Constant changes to promos
Not enough hours most of the time
Company can't figure out which direction to go with product: ever.
Can't express opinions about music or fashion or religion
Focus changed from all about culture to making money whatever way we can
Signage is printed off in store; not aesthetically pleasing
Can't apprehend shoplifters but get documented if high shrink

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Work a day or two in store. Learn how long some things take, and deal with the customers.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    Great culture, terrible career opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teamwork, Culture, Hours, Freedom, Individuality.

    Cons

    No room for raises or promotions. Little pay as possible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more competitive as a career builder to hold on to more valuable employees.

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

    Great place for late teens to mid twenties

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    No dress code, like minded coworkers, merchandise discounts. FT employees receive full benefits, 401k and stock options

    Cons

    As with any retail, the customers. Corporate (they prefer the term headquarters) has lost touch with previous core values, they were cleaning house when I left and a lot of people were let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold onto the people with tenure that still have a passion for the company. They are the ones driving your profits, not the products themselves.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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