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Great culture, terrible career opportunities.

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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

Other Reviews for Hot Topic

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun job, for what it is

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Glen Burnie, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glen Burnie, MD

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good atmosphere
    good music
    good co-workers
    good managers
    body mods ok,
    GREAT discount (i miss it :()
    no dress code

    Cons

    very low pay
    very few hours,
    holiday time sucks
    have to stay extra late on important holidays, christmas eve etc
    managers were always upset, at higher ups, saying they were terroristic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be fair, find people who want to work for the company and keep them, pay them well, and get stricter rules on shoplifting or someone is going to walk out with the whole store and you wont even know...

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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