Hot Topic

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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
Updated March 5, 2015
324 Reviews
3.3
324 Reviews
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Hot Topic CEO & Director Lisa Harper
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Almost no rules for dress code, you can be as different as you want to be (in 52 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Upper management really has no clue what it is like day to day in an actual store (in 24 reviews)

  • Lack of hours for sales associates (in 19 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love this company . . .

    • 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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great music, great discount and all things nerdy.

    Cons

    Never enough payroll. Unlimited tasks 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to spend to get things done. Payroll is needed for the amout of tasking you expect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Great company, great coworkers, lovely customers!

    Cons

    Hours, communication, organisation, sometimes business was slow.

  3.  

    AMAZING STAFF

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Pleasant Hill, CA

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

    Pros

    I love all of my managers/ co-workers. They are so funny and some of the nicest people you'll meet. I work at another job and I've been there an entire year, and hot topic I've been here for a few months and I love working with them because they are My type of people. Great music tastes, fellow geeks. No judement, great discounts. Amazing staff, will work around any other jobs and school schedule if you are attending college/high school classes.

    Cons

    Hours, rude people, long days, that's really all everything else is fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the amazing work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Hot Topic Inc.

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

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    CEO Lisa Harper is brilliant

    Cons

    Location is a tough commute

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    sales rep

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

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Discount on clothing, everyone is nice

    Cons

    Min wage and long days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best Job I've Ever Had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Intern in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-Life Balance
    Culture
    Everyone is awesome
    You feel valued in the job you are doing
    The food in the cafeteria is a good and we have food trucks come
    Pet friendly Fridays
    Everyone loves what they do here

    Cons

    Office politics
    Never have time to utilize the gym
    Amount of pay
    Location of HQ
    I never thought I'd say this, but there is too much chocolate and sweets everywhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Best job yet.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    - Really great atmosphere
    - Dress code (getting to wear whatever you like, having tattoos, colored hair, etc.)
    - Flexible scheduling
    - Awesome coworkers
    - Employee discount
    - Concert ticket compensation

    Working at Hot Topic has been the greatest. I love my job here.

    Cons

    - Hours aren't very reliable, but that's true with most retail jobs
    - Moving up can be very difficult
    - Closing the store can take a very long time, but it's nothing too major.
    - Shipment can get a little bit crazy at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good employer, great atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    Good people, customers are fun, job duties are well-defined, management keeps employees informed of their status & performance, always something new and exciting.

    Cons

    Corporate sometimes does things that make no sense, occasional redundant and/or pointless rearrangement of floor displays, despite systems in place to reduce labor/increase efficiency corporate insists upon staff double/triple contacting customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    This company has real potential, but needs a few tweaks to improve morale.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Assistant Manager in Grapevine, TX
    Former Employee - Part Time Assistant Manager in Grapevine, TX

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun working environment, benefits programs for full time employees, collaborative team work is valued.

    Cons

    Retail employees have low pay and little hope for promotion for the amount of pressure they deal with, from sales associates to store managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instate a better promotion structure, listen to employees, don't jump on every Internet trend. I think there's definitely room for Hot Topic to mature into a better/more classic brand but cheap gimmicks won't get you there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rocking out

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

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

    Pros

    You can really be yourself there and you can make friends with your customers.

    Cons

    Black out periods can really effect your life in a negative aspect. Its a high priority job so good luck doing anything with your personal life. District Manager cares nothing other than sales.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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