Hot Topic Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Hot Topic CEO & Director Lisa Harper
Lisa Harper
33 Ratings

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. full time assistant

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    Former Employee - Fulltime Assistant Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Fulltime Assistant Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people great music Fun work environment creative freedom

    Cons

    No hours to work with. Hard to complete tasks ontime with given pay roll


  2. Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was like a crazy fun family to work with.

    Cons

    dont be absent, to much


  3. Great place if I could get the hours

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    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Camp Hill, PA
    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


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  5. Fun Job, Low Pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun and active working environment

    Cons

    minimum wage and they'd be paying you less if they could get away with it seriously competitive hours can't live off this job

    Advice to Management

    Maybe consider giving your employees a livable wage


  6. Bel Air Mall - Hot Topic

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PT Keyholder
    Former Employee - PT Keyholder
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing people. Great company.

    Cons

    Only con would be it's pay.. you're expected to do way too much, in such short time, with minimal pay.


  7. Sales associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I like to wear their clothes and I fit in there and it was a cool place to work. I like the alternative style they have

    Cons

    I barely got any hours and the store was too busy and I couldn't keep up with how loud it was or how packed it was at a time

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a great job besides hiring people in for management from other stores instead of promoting people within the store and helping them grow


  8. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    amazing atmosphere great customer base awesome discounts

    Cons

    insufficient pay insufficient hours a lot of theft

    Advice to Management

    be open with one another

    Hot Topic Response

    Jun 21, 2015 – Sr Director of HR

    Thanks for the great rating !!


  9. Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, laid back, good second job.

    Cons

    Very low hours, hard to move up.


  10. Seasonal Sales Associate

    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Montclair, NJ

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

    Pros

    It was amazing working in Hot Topic and greeting all customers and making sure they found what they were looking for.

    Cons

    I wish I couldn't worked there for a longer period of time instead of just working a seasonal position.

    Advice to Management

    It was a fun environment to work in, and very comfortable.


  11. Great Store

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    The discounts here were really great, 40% off most things, even if they were on sale. The coworkers are all really nice and super fun to be around

    Cons

    They put major stress to talk to the customers, so if you weren't willing to talk a lot this job may not be for you

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing



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