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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated September 18, 2017
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Pros
  • The fact that there is not really a dress code is awesome (in 102 reviews)

  • If you are a fan of the merchandise you can expect a great employee discount (in 58 reviews)

Cons
  • Making sales associates work 3 shifts just so they don't have to take a break on company time (in 43 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't always understand in-store problems-- too far removed (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Fun Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Working around fandoms you love, fun environment, awesome music

    Cons

    Strict management, very fast paced environment, getting called in at the last second


  2. "Amazing place to work"

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    Former Employee - Part Time Cashier in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Part Time Cashier in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Anime and pop culture is the store basically just make sure your in the loop of things and know what's popular.

    Cons

    I see no cons about the hot topic because it's an amazing place already just learn and have fun and do your job.

    Advice to Management

    Learn

  3. "Great for starters"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Started as my first job, great coworkers.

    Cons

    Some rude customers as expected in every retail store.


  4. "A fun place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Great discount, fun people, promotes from within.

    Cons

    Normal retail downsides: no benefits, no paid sick leave. Hours can be very few.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer associates, more hours.


  5. "Hot Topic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic full-time

    Pros

    Fun office environment and perks

    Cons

    Low pay and low growth opportunity


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Love It"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time

    Pros

    fun and i loved my coo workers

    Cons

    not enough hours and too many demands at register

    Advice to Management

    more payroll and invest in y your people


  7. "Good if you don't care about the money!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, cool co-workers, good music, 40% discount on (almost) anything in the store.

    Cons

    Minimum wage, high turnover of employees, and poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay! The clothes and merchandise in the store are expensive enough for you guys to be paying a fair wage.

  8. "Best Company ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time

    Pros

    Great people and company culture

    Cons

    No cons whatsoever. Enjoyed my time there.


  9. "Funny. Weird. Wonderful"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked with a really great team, which is of course a case by case basis. If you are a fan of the merchandise you can expect a great employee discount. As far as corporate relations go with sales associates, you dont really get to see much of that side of the business. It seemed that this was mostly left for management.

    Cons

    As with any retail job the hours weren't very steady for a sales associate position. You have a guaranteed 4 hours a week and can work your way up into have more shifts. It is a good job to have while managing a busy school shedule for sure


  10. "Sales associate to keyholder to assistant manager"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Assistant Manager in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - Part Time Assistant Manager in Newark, DE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    40% discount
    Chill work environment
    Normal working hours
    Christmas off
    Awesome co workers
    Chances to move up
     That's all everyone

    Cons

    Can't think of anything that I would say is a negative about working at Hot topic. I personally haven't had a bad experience here!

    Advice to Management

    Keep open communication with everyone!


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