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Hot Topic Overview

City of Industry, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
1989
Company - Private
Department, Clothing, & Shoe Stores
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Hot Topic is a leading retailer of music and pop culture licensed apparel, accessories, and gifts for guys and girls. Founded in 1988 in a Southern California garage, Hot Topic has grown to over 650 stores in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, and employs over ... Read more

Hot Topic – Why Work For Us?


With over 650 stores in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, Hot Topic is one of the leading retailers in music and pop culture licensed apparel, accessories, and gifts for guys and girls.

Hot Topic is a family comprised of creative and talented individuals who are passionate about delivering the best retail experience and expert customer service. We succeed as a team by maintaining our respect for others, commitment to open communication, and our deep connection with our customers. 

Our Hot Topic family has grown to over 10,000 associates strong since our founding in 1988, and we are always searching for more people to join. With so many careers to pursue at Hot Topic, we invite you to browse our job listings to see what opportunities match your skills and interests.


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Hot Topic Foundation

Founded in 2004 at the suggestion of a store associate, the Hot Topic Foundation funds music and arts programs across the country through 3 non-profit organizations: Little Kids Rock, Notes for Notes, and the Grammy Foundation. Over the last eleven years, the Foundation has contributed over $9.3 million in grants and raised over $880,000 using our store ‘Round-Up’ program. In 2014, we awarded over $500,000 to our 3 partner organizations. 

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We believe the creative arts enrich lives. That’s why the Hot Topic Foundation exists – to inspire and encourage young people to express their individuality through music and the arts.

Store Round-Up Program

All transactions in Hot Topic stores and Hottopic.com can be rounded up to the next dollar – the change will be donated to the Hot Topic Foundation.

Employee Program

All employees can opt to have tax deductible donations deducted from their paychecks to directly benefit the Hot Topic Foundation. 

Want to learn more? Visit HTFoundation.org




Hot Topic Foundation is administered by the California Community Foundation, a 501c3 public charity.

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    fun to work, got good discount

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    I applied in-person. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Hot Topic (Baltimore, MD) in September 2014.

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    The interview was geared toward leadership oriented questions. The interviewer was extremely friendly and personable, and the interview felt more conversational than most. Overall a good experience, and I love working for the company now!

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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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