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Hot Topic Overview

City of Industry, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Founded in 1989 in a Southern California garage, Hot Topic employs over 10,000 associates between 600+ retail locations, our headquarters, and two distribution centers.

Mission: At Hot Topic we pride ourselves on being the destination of pop culture and music merchandise. We do this by hiring the best people, having the best product, and providing the best customer experience for our one-of-a-kind fans.

Company Updates

  • Meet Hot Topic's 2019 Summer Interns! We've assembled our very own team of Avengers who will be supporting various departments across the HT brand including: Allocation, Human Resources, Finance, Buying & eCommerce. #lifeatht

  • What a year 2018 was! Take a look back at all the rad stuff we got up to and some of our favorite Hot Topic moments #lifeatht

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Hot Topic – Why Work For Us?

Hot Topic’s unique culture thrives in an open and collaborative work environment where autonomy and authenticity shape your success. As a company that stays ahead of trends, we want you to come with innovative perspectives, cutting-edge thought leadership, and a readiness to learn, all of which will contribute to the continued success of our business. We’ve built an inclusive community where you’re encouraged to be who you are and love what you do!

When you join us, you become a part of something bigger. You join gifted individuals who are passionate about creating the best retail experience, best product, and a fierce connection to our brand. With talent from diverse backgrounds, we’ve assembled a group of highly motivated and driven individuals to achieve this common goal.

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    I have been working at Hot Topic full-time


    Great company culture and work life balance. I feel very engaged in my role and love working with all the teams at HQ.


    Sometimes its cold in the office.

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Hot Topic Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Hot Topic (City of Industry, CA) in February 2019.


    The interview process was very smooth. The recruiting and human resources team were in constant contact with me and were very open with communication. Everything was set up prior via email so there were no surprise calls.

    I went through a phone interview with recruiting to see if my qualifications and resume were a match and to see how well I communicate.

    I got a call back to go in for an in-person interview with a few team members. I interviewed with a number of people from different departments to get a feel for culture fit (buyers and planners). I was also interviewed by a few VP's which were more pointed on my expertise and experience in marketing.

    Everything was very smooth, and it was a pleasant, friendly experience. Visiting the office was a great experience. They give you a tour of the office which really makes you want to work there! I was never kept waiting or never had to check in to see where my application process was. 10/10 would apply again.

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    • Are you comfortable working in an environment with a relaxed dress code?   1 Answer
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Hot Topic Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2006
  • America's Best Employers, Forbes, 2015

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