Hot Topic

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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
320 Reviews
3.3
320 Reviews
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Hot Topic CEO & Director Lisa Harper
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139 Ratings

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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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

  11.  

    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

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