Hot Topic

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Hot Topic

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Hot Topic

Pros

Fun work environment. Good coworkers

Cons

Customers are annoying. Lots of push for deals.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very Disappointed

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    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

    I have been working at Hot Topic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company offers very good benefits to its Full Time employees. Additionally, it appears that the home office infrastructure is improving. Unfortunately, this is where it ends.

    Cons

    No incentive to keep talent and extremely poor ethics and accountability at upper management levels. I'm currently a DM for this brand; however, it is the same experience in each brand. Disorganized Store Operations, Unethical treatment of employees and an HR team that has little training or compassion, Long hours for store management with no regard for their work-life balance, Poor Field guidance, Older DMs and RDs are extremely resistant to change and are not receptive to outside talent, training programs do not exist in reality, and store systems are archaic which creates chaos for store teams. Overall, I would not recommend this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I can recall an RD commenting about Hot Topic's "poor reputation" in the field of retail and that person puzzling over why that could be.... Well, I can answer this question. A company is only as good as its people. While there are some amazing folks working here... honestly, the store teams are simply awesome!!!! The Regional Talent and DM talent is all over the place with not much guidance. I have never seen such unprofessional behavior from a group of upper managers. VPs that are really glorified Regionals, Regionals that are really retail dinosaurs that want to 'do it the old way... the way it's always been done", and internally promoted DMs that would not cut it as store managers in most other retailers. So, why is your talent fleeing? Why can you not retain people or improve your image in the industry? Look inward. Prior to raising the bar at the stores, perhaps you need to start with your current upper management. Perhaps provide an employee friendly Human Resource Team that actually cares about ethics, morality, and employee well-being versus protecting the very causes of the issues. It is sad, but I do not see improvement. I absolutely love all of my store teams and truly care about them; however, I'm in final interviews with a reputable organization and will not think twice when I receive an offer. This was one of the biggest mistakes that I ever made in my retail career. I really do want to see this company succeed, but I can only see failure based upon its current management culture of fear, intimidation, and poor ethics. Very, very sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but crap pay!

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    Former Employee - Key Holder
    Former Employee - Key Holder

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You get an excellent discount, so this comes in handy when they want you to promote the items in the store. Fun music.

    Cons

    They try to start you at the very bottom of minimum wage. The managers are sneaky. Hard to get a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more! Management decides how much they want to start you off at but they choose the bare bottom! Also, management in the store I worked at constantly stole and when it was reported the DM said to mind your own business! Terrible terrible practices at this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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