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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 (more than a year)

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

Pros

Teamwork, Culture, Hours, Freedom, Individuality.

Cons

No room for raises or promotions. Little pay as possible

Advice to Management

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

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  1. Great place for late teens to mid twenties

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    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 (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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