Hot Topic Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Hot Topic CEO & Director Lisa Harper
Lisa Harper
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Pros
  • Dress code allowed to be very creative (in 52 reviews)

  • Freedom to be yourself, no dress code, decent music (at times) (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Very terrible to work in with the wrong upper management (in 24 reviews)

  • With the terrible hrs that we are given each week it is not possible to retain reliable sales associates, let alone good ones (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Great Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic

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

    Pros

    It was like a crazy fun family to work with.

    Cons

    dont be absent, to much


  2. ugh

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    the employee discount is great

    Cons

    they expect way too much out of the employees.not enough staff for what HT wants done.

    Advice to Management

    be nice!


  3. Love my coworkers, don't mind the work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at Hot Topic (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Made friends that I will keep forever. I've learned new things and expanded my horizons. I love the job. And not many people can say that.

    Cons

    DOSNT PAY WELL. I've worked here for over a year with no reward. Absolutely no long term reward unless you are a manger right off the bat. I've helped train and done things outside me job distribution but still only make the minimum wage in my state.


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  5. Fun, easy going

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    It's encouraged to have fun at work and in turn so do your customers. Its an expressive atmosphere and creativity is encouraged.

    Cons

    the pay leaves much to be desired.


  6. Great place if I could get the hours

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Hot Topic

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

    Pros

    can dress how you like any hair color (I have blue hair so that was nice) generally work with like minded people

    Cons

    didn't get enough hours lots of teenagers trying to steal stuff


  7. Cashier/Sales Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Chula Vista, CA

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

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

    Pros

    great discount, flexible hours, good work environment

    Cons

    holidays are busy, closing shifts are busy too

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Blast to work at

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Buena Park, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Buena Park, CA

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, fun management, easy going co workers

    Cons

    Staying over time if the store isn't look ready

    Advice to Management

    Try and help everyone feel included even the new people


  9. Could be better

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO

    I have been working at Hot Topic

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

    Pros

    40% Discount, flexible hours were great

    Cons

    Manager wasn't very friendly or open to associates

    Advice to Management

    Share numbers and goals with associates


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great environment, crappy pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Flexibility, concert reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, no dress code, relaxed environment,

    Cons

    Little pay, unless you are full time you never know how many hours you will work and they can differ drastically, little progress, a lot of task for one person to be done in a small amount

    Advice to Management

    Hire people at a competitive rate because you are a great company to work for but for people who are set on having a career and not living pay check to pay check it doesn't work. You will get better quality managers with strong passions if they feel like they are getting paid what they are worth. Do some employee research and see what companies retain their employees longer.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Not the best or the worst job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee discount, good music to listen to all day, usually a fun work environment, getting to meet different kinds of people. You really get to be yourself and can enjoy the job that way.

    Cons

    Low pay for how long one is at a job, not enough payroll to make it worth it for associates, not enough recognition for people who do hard work. Leaving employees alone for extended periods of time due to lack of payroll.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you remember that your associates and management in the stores matter too. Higher raises and more payroll, rather than trying to buy out crap companies to seem hip and cool.



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