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"Fun job, for what it is"

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Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glen Burnie, MD
Former Employee - Sales Associate in Glen Burnie, MD
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Hot Topic part-time (More than a year)

Pros

good atmosphere
good music
good co-workers
good managers
body mods ok,
GREAT discount (i miss it :()
no dress code

Cons

very low pay
very few hours,
holiday time sucks
have to stay extra late on important holidays, christmas eve etc
managers were always upset, at higher ups, saying they were terroristic.

Advice to Management

be fair, find people who want to work for the company and keep them, pay them well, and get stricter rules on shoplifting or someone is going to walk out with the whole store and you wont even know...

Other Employee Reviews for Hot Topic

  1. "Just another corporate job - the rock and roll is gone."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Discount
    Awesome coworkers
    Constant Change
    The Office is cool looking
    The music they play is good
    Benefit package is competitive
    On site gym and cafe

    Cons

    Constant Change
    Same Corporate BS as everywhere else
    Late nights and weekends (24/7/365 job)
    systems are old and outdated

    Advice to Management

    Make a plan and stick to it. As someone who has to execute your ideas. It is hard to hit a moving target.
    Don't take status quo for an answer. Just because this is the way we have always done things doesn't mean this is they way we should always do things. Change is a good thing. You need to change to be competitive. Don't be scared.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty meh."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The really fantastic discount. Some of the people that work there are also fantastic. I even befriended some of my old customers! I also learned how to deal with last minute changes and people who sweat the really small stuff.

    Cons

    The pay. If you're in high school it's not bad, but anything beyond that it's way too low. Lots of favoritism. The specific store I was at had about 4-5 different management changes (key holder through SM) in the 3 years I was there. Some of the district managers I encountered relied on bullying and humiliating people to get work "done". LOTS OF DRAMA. If you enjoy being in high school even into adulthood you'd love it here.

    Advice to Management

    You claim that you care about employees, but you don't. Really invest in the people who love their jobs. Figure out why the turnover rate is so high (hint--it's you, not them most of the time). Go back to letting stores pick the music too. You're a company that embraces differences, yet forces all of them to be the same.

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