Hot Topic Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2020

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3.5
56%
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76%
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Hot Topic CEO Steve Vranes
Steve Vranes
146 Ratings
Pros
  • "Pretty lax dress code, Great atmosphere, Understanding management, very nice employee discount(in 135 reviews)

  • "You also get a great employee discount to spend on things you love(in 86 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management works hard to make sure you don't work enough to receive benefits(in 57 reviews)

  • "Was told sales associates are disposable(in 52 reviews)

More Pros and Cons
  1. "Former Employee Reminiscing About Good Times"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fulfillment Associate in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly management team, abundance of pop culture products (almost like a full-blown industrial toy store)

    Cons

    Random assignment at any given period

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  2. "Wonderful Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A great company, with flexible hours and a great atmosphere

    Cons

    Holidays if you dont prove your worth you will lose hours

  3. "Great"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    wonderful people great customers 👍

    Cons

    nothing its so amazing that I 2

  4. "Fun Job"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good hours, good people, great interactions with customers

    Cons

    Having to deal with customer theft

  5. "Good job, low pay"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Keyholder 
    Recommends

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun environment with great coworkers. Very relaxed dress code.

    Cons

    Low pay, working on weekends and holidays.

  6. "Corporate Office is Great"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchandise Planner in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I can't speak on what it's like to work in stores, but I love working in the corporate office. Everyone is respectful and fun. There's a great energy in the entire building and the executives care about everyone on their team. They care about your career and try to promote within whenever possible. They value diversity and inclusiveness.

    Cons

    While the company says they appreciate a "work life balance", it isn't shown in any high level employees. There is a culture of staying late and working until the job is done. It makes sense, but it can make people feel guilty if they leave at the end of their 9 hour day and there's still work to be done.

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  7. "Treats Leadership Poorly"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in City Industry, CA

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Laid back easy work good hours

    Cons

    Lack of accountability For management employees

  8. "All about the music"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager 

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Company. Music is great. Discount is excellent. Absolutely one of the best companies in retail. I will always say good things about this company.

    Cons

    Pay sucks, but they know this.

  9. "Fun and Worthwhile Place to Work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Fargo, ND
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Associates are friendly and helpful, District Managers are understanding and kind, IT is patient and smart, customers are mostly excited to be heard and represented, products are reflective of the time

    Cons

    Some customers are grumpy, the ease of working in the store is pretty dependent on the nature of the staff

  10. "My time at Hot Topic"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Schaumburg, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with, good atmosphere

    Cons

    A lot of people want to work there, making it hard to get more hours

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