Hot Topic Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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Hot Topic CEO & Director Lisa Harper
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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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  1. Wonderful first job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discounts
    Works around schedule
    Positive work enviorment

    Cons

    It can be overwhelming in the beginning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Fine place for a first Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Colorado Springs, CO

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

    Pros

    Hot Topic is an excellent place to learn the initial workings of job responsibility etc while still maintaining a pretty realaxed environment. For the most part as a sales associate your job is to look interesting and provide customer service.

    Cons

    In recent years the companies image and target demographic has changed a lot. This understandable however it tends to isolate long time customers and employees who really identified with the original Bison of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less Disney nonsense and more music culture. The frozen Merch might be a great seller now but in the long run it's important to remember the things that have services you well since 1989

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Easy going, unless during the holidays. Flexible Schedules, opportunities for promotions come and go. unless you're and assistant manager you're not looking at more than an average of 15 hours especially not during holidays.

    Cons

    Pays like crap, the company sells crap, have fun on friday nights with all the young highschool kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the crap you're trying to sell i cant tell you the amount of stuff that gets marked out of stock or price cut because it cant sell. and bring the music back music has been diminishing more and more every year. and pay your SA minimum wage but when you're promoting them past keyholder and moving the store they work at to a furthur location you best believe i want more than a dollar raise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Love this company . . .

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    • Senior Management
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    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
  6. 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.

  7. Not very pleasant, but mediocre

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Wear what you want. No dress code.
    decent music throughout day.
    fun at times.
    decent atmosphere all around I'd say

    Cons

    Disrespectful customers
    immature management
    not enough variety for some of the customers who came in
    very poor scheduling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's fine to have fun management, but make sure they're also professional. Goofing around and trying to be best friends with people you're supposed to manage isn't exactly professional

  8. Began with opportunity; has only steeply declined as time passes by...

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    Current Employee - Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Hot Topic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Overall fun and positive company environment.

    Cons

    Management not present. Hierarchy structure is corrupt and bankrupt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. AMAZING STAFF

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    • Senior Management
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    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
  10. sales rep

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    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

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