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"Kickass Company to Work For!"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Key Holder
Current Employee - Key Holder
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Hot Topic part-time (Less than a year)

Pros

-No Dresscode!
-Easy daily task
-Team members super easy to get along with
-Awesome employee discount on everything including clearance (some restrictions)
-concert ticket reimbursement

The lead singer of Woe Is Me used to work at my store! And still comes to visit every know and then!!
This is one company that you have to make work for you.

Cons

-If youre at a small (low volume) store you won't get a lot of hours
-sales can change at the drop of a dime

Sometimes when sales change the night beforeas an associate you'll have to quickly adapt to new promos and that can be a challenge for some ppl...

Advice to Management

I am apart of management so.....keep up the good work lol

Other Employee Reviews for Hot Topic

  1. "Used to be a decent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty amazing discount, 20% off of CDs and movies, 40% off of everything else. Get to talk about music (if you manage to find anyone who listens to it). Pretty cool people to work with for the most part.

    Cons

    EXTREMELY incompetent management. Store manager and district manager cannot spell and lack professionalism. Store manager does absolutely NOTHING but complain and have other managers and associates complete her tasks. Most promotions seem to be at random, as in people who are unable to manage are given higher positions due to work attitude as opposed to actual performance or competence. Orders for store (design, hours, etc) are mandated from corporate, so extremely little amount of actual responsibility is given to the store manager, yet work and tasks are still unable to be completed. New forced promotion of a failing music networking site created by Hot Topic (Shockhound) which is not competitive in the market. Pay is extremely low, lower than any other comparable store, and hours are usually low (under 10 hours per associate is fairly common). Frequent new hires for holidays while keeping hours for individual associates low. Lack of promotions for certain associates, while quick promotions for others (depending on store). No real compensation for a job well done. A strong change of direction based on what is trendy, they are not as they claim "all about the music".

    Advice to Management

    Get a new store manager. Make sure that management is COMPETENT in all aspects of management, not just in telling associates what they need to do. As in actual work. Managers should work for the money they earn and not have associates and assistant managers do all of the work for them while they complain about associates not getting things done on time. Bring back more music merch; and by more not more of the same shirts that are trendy, but more variety.


  2. "you can be yourself, but it's not a playground"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The lack of a strong dress code let's you be yourself, minus some of those shirts that you can't wear in front of Grandma anyway. The music is awesome and the vibe can be way possitive.

    Cons

    Some of the upper management can be very unconnected with the sales associates. We had great support from our store manager, and our DM was cool when he came, took time to talk with everyone, even about what new music you were into and where you wanted to go. Our regional was kinda snippy and seemed really hard on the manager.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure that the fashions stay connected to the music we are listening to. Some of the stuff we got in was really lame and embarassing to have to try and sell.

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