Hot Topic Overview

  • City of Industry, CA
  • 5001 to 10000 Employees
  • 1989
  • Company - Private
  • Department, Clothing, & Shoe Shops
  • 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

May 4, 2021
We're excited to announce that Hot Topic is partnering with Billboard to launch a limited-edition T-shirt collection inspired by music culture! Check out the full Billboard collection now available exclusively on
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Billboard & Hot Topic Launch Limited-Edition T-Shirt Collection
April 12, 2021
The Hot Topic Foundation is proud to return as the Title Sponsor for the Little Kids Rock Virtual Benefit! On April 14th, join us as we come together to raise money to help transform kids’ lives by restoring, expanding and innovating music in our schools. Celebrate the transformation power of music alongside a slew of music luminaries for a special evening you will not want to miss! Register for free here:
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General Admission Tickets - Little Kids Rock Benefit

Hot Topic - Why Work With Us?

Hot Topic is a leading retailer of pop culture and music licensed apparel, accessories, and gifts. Founded in 1989 in a Southern California garage, Hot Topic has grown to over 650 stores in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and employs over 10,000 associates.

At Hot Topic, our teams are comprised of creative, talented individuals who are passionate about delivering the best retail experience and expert customer service. 

Hot Topic Reviews

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"Great Company"

Nov 12, 2020 - Assistant Manager in Saint Cloud, MN
Positive Outlook
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The management and company listens and cares about what the employees have to say, offers flexible hours for sales associates pursuing education and furthering their careers, and offers benefits for


Can be hard to obtain a position, as there are many applicants and few openings available.
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Hot Topic Interviews

Getting an Interview
In Person47%
Applied online36%
Employee Referral10%

  1. Featured Interview

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in United States
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    I applied online. I interviewed at Hot Topic (United States) in Sep 2020


    I applied online and got a call back the next morning to schedule an in-person interview, it was pretty quick. They asked me a few questions related to the job and then we were done.

    They asked about favorite bands and tv shows, it was pretty simple.

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Hot Topic Awards & Accolades

  • America's Best EmployersForbes2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work ForFortune2006

Pledges & Certifications

  • Social Responsibility Pledge

    Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities

  • First Job Programs

    Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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...The benefits are great, in addition to some really cool perks like yoga and massages....

May 8, 2019

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