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Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
253 Reviews

3.4
253 Reviews
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Hot Topic CEO & Director Lisa Harper
Lisa Harper
115 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good employee discount, Somewhat flexible with schedule changes, dress code (in 45 reviews)

  • Freedom to be yourself, no dress code, decent music (at times) (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management really has no clue what it is like day to day in an actual store (in 20 reviews)

  • Lack of hours for sales associates (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The atmosphere is fun and the employees make it even better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You get to dress how you want and listen to great music all day.

    Cons

    There are few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more money and help the employees who show good work ethic to move up.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not enough pay for the stress.

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are truly what keep me going. They really are a great team. I also jave some really wonderful regulars that come in as well. Being an associate is also not too bad.

    Cons

    I (along with many many others) all have the same feeling: the pay and appreciation is simply just not up to par...especially when you take in consideration how hard they drive us (a lot of times, it feels like we are being driven like a work horse; our task loads are so heavy). As an associate, the job is great; once you're in management the whole game changes...which is of course, to be expected, but it feels like we are supposed to catch on and know stuff immediately. My district manager has made me, and other managers before me cry. The company itself is trying to save itself, as well as pad its pockets, and that gets passed onto the employees. Most of the time my store is being run by only myself, and two other members of management, because they do not want to give us the payroll hours (which they keep cutting further back anyway) We are totally underappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate those who run your stores more. You've been on here before, but you assumed that the appreciation needed to start in the stores: while that is true, you need to do the same as well. We do our absolute best to make sure things runs as smoothly as possible, and look as good as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Aiea, HI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Aiea, HI

    Pros

    Friendly employees great managers, awesome customers!

    Cons

    Minimum wage in Hawaii sucks, enough said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ask for better pay for employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great co-workers, horrible compensation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cashier  in  Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Cashier in Annapolis, MD

    Pros

    Atmosphere was consistently friendly and customer-motivated; everyone was pleasant to work with and professional. Store discounts for employees were amazing.

    Cons

    There was sometimes a shortage of staff available, and the pay rate was almost criminal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your great employees how much you appreciate them by paying them a more livable rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly great place to work, but not a great long term employer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager  in  Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Tukwila, WA

    Pros

    You can have lots of fun with how your clothes, hair, and make-up. Some stores have in-store concerts and band signings. Great benefits even for part-time management. The company does listen to it's employees in all regards.

    Cons

    The company has taken away many of the qualities that made each store a unique experience. Advancement can be very hard as management positions are either hired from outside the company or transferred from other locations. Due to internet sales, many non mall stores have or will close in the near future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees as well as your customers in regards to merchandise. If they don't like where HT is going, then pass that on to HQ. Be honest about how product are be received or else you are doomed to keep getting stuck with dead products.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced, dynamic and open environment

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

    Pros

    Wear what you want, not too strict with hours, friendly work environment

    Cons

    Pay isn't that good, easy to get sick in open environment (no cubicles)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show your employees you care and give appropriate increases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun work environment

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

    Pros

    Good discount, great coworkers, awesome merchandise, you get to listen to awesome music while you work, family like environment.

    Cons

    Low weekly hours, minimum wage pay, some customers are rude, stressful floor plans, working for a high volume store means more theft

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great work environment

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees always a joy and laid back, manager often bought pizza for employees, can choose the music they have listed to play in store.

    Cons

    not enough hours, scene kids

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The whole employee all underage girls thing because you think they cute is weird

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key-holder  in  Orem, UT
    Current Employee - Key-holder in Orem, UT

    Pros

    Fun, friendly environment. Great products. Loyal customers. Quick growth from within.

    Cons

    Upper Management is somewhat disconnected from store operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to GM's advice a little more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    No voice in the company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Assistant Manager  in  Buford, GA
    Former Employee - Part Time Assistant Manager in Buford, GA

    Pros

    Working with unique individuals and customers.

    Cons

    No voice, no way to talk to management, no way to move up in company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers, we are there because we like the company and would like to help but if you give us no voice then there is no way we can help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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