Hot Topic

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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated February 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2015
309 Reviews
3.2
309 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.  

    I love this company

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

    I have been working at Hot Topic

    Pros

    This company is great and is easy to move up in. As long as you are a hard worker, they have a lot of opportunity for their employees. You are allowed to be yourself 100%.

    Cons

    Competitive hours for sales associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company easy going upper management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Coral Springs, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Coral Springs, FL

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

    Pros

    Paid vacation time off easy-going employers

    Cons

    Payroll is hard to deal with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment

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

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

    Pros

    Great enviroment, Upbeat,Tasking great customers

    Cons

    Slow days. Hours, Small space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Fun company little pay

    Current Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Vancouver, WA

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

    Pros

    The people you get to work with are fun and great to get to know. Its never boring at work and there isn't really anything hard aboout the job. Really its just a fun atmosphere, thats what I like.

    Cons

    This may just be my store but most employees only get 5 hours a week if any which is only a day and if youre not on the schedule my boss wont even tell you and will ignore you if you ask if youre working. You have to be super loud, they basically want you to scream at people at the top of your lungs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell your employees if they arent working so they dont stress out and maybe hire less people so employees can have some more hours...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hours only during the holidays

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Roseville, MI
    Former Employee - Hot Topic Sales Associate in Roseville, MI

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere, great work goals and incentive programs. Fun ways to earn skullys and become employee of the month. Great communication and guidelines in the company, there are little to no grey areas in training and plans for the store layout.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance in the company. They dont care about education, only work background. Hours not during the holiday suck- your paychecks will be $40 or less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remember to give employees their breaks and positive reinforcement for great sales, or following merchandising guidelines.
    when calling employees to not come in for their shift because the store is doing well, call with more than an hours notice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Anonymous

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic

    Pros

    Great Team and embrace Family despite being competitive

    Cons

    none. It is an awesome place to work

  8.  

    Excellent place to work

    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate

    I worked at Hot Topic

    Pros

    They're very flexible, open minded people.

    Cons

    Not enough hours available. It felt short staffed at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wouldn't Trade My Experience...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Part Time Assistant Manager

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere is great. If you are passionate about the company and you work hard, there are opportunities for advancement. I worked here 5 years, starting as a seasonal sales associate and made my way up to Assistant Manager. Great job for high school / college students, but could very well become a career for some. Coworkers ruled, felt like a family. Holiday bonuses possible, concert ticket reimbursement available, and a VERY good associate discount (40%, often times ON TOP of promotions or clearance pricing). I got all my clothing here!!! Very lax dress code, and obviously body modifications are acceptable. AWESOME merchandise, always something new and cool to merchandise and talk about with excited customers. Encouraged to be yourself, express individuality, and be creative in your work. Fun customers (for the most part) and upbeat atmosphere. Sales goals weren't unreachable, and were overall realistic and doable if your team is all on board. Although I did not qualify for benefits, I heard they were great. Sick / Vacation time was also available to full time employees.

    Cons

    They make up for poor pay rates with the great associate discount. I would have loved to stay, but I needed to make more to support myself. Not always practical for someone relying on this job to fully support themselves. Customers could sometimes be a little crazy (think grandmas showing you their nipple rings), but hey, it is to be expected for the most part and was often kind of entertaining. Sometimes there were not enough hours to get all tasks done to perfection.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For many, Hot Topic is a potential life long career and employees usually do have a great passion for their work and the HT culture. Consider this when looking at compensation. Like myself, I am sure many dedicated and knowledgeable employees would love to continue working here, but had to sacrifice an awesome job for better pay somewhere else.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best place ever

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

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everything. Loved working for the company

    Cons

    Nothing it was the best time of my life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing places to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Murfreesboro, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Murfreesboro, TN

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

    Pros

    No pressure, don't have to push credit cards. fast pace but relaxed

    Cons

    Lack of hours for sales associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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