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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated November 30, 2018
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Pros
  • "Cool laid back environment no dress code basically" (in 119 reviews)

  • "Employee Discount & Culture" (in 73 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not a lot of support from upper management" (in 47 reviews)

  • "The only cons for sales associates is the hours depending on the sales volume of the store" (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "District Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    Put too much on Sms without the payroll to support them.


  2. "Wonderful for seasonal"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers and nice environment

    Cons

    Not enough hours in between holidays

  3. "Store manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time

    Pros

    Fun environment and the product rocks

    Cons

    Horrible upper management
    Core values are lacking


  4. "job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    fun to work, got good discount

    Cons

    not enough hours, low pay


  5. "Sneaky Region mgr"

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

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous discount , company car , pretty good benefits , Every other Friday off

    Cons

    Planning and allocation ineffective, over buying with no exit strategy. Barebones staffing , untrustworthy regional who put demands for endless micro mgmt in Front of store teams .

    Advice to Management

    Look at ethics of your regionals , certain ones are bullies , figure out you cannot treat speacilty stores like dept stores when buying. Lots of backstabbing . terrible bonus program.


  6. "Fun atmosphere bad pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, lots of discounts, get to discuss fandoms and music with customers

    Cons

    poor pay, few work days, low hours

    Advice to Management

    There is no need for 5 assistant managers


  7. "Temp Key holder"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Awesome boss with a chill atmosphere.

    Cons

    Don't have any yet. Just started working with the company.

  8. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Easy job, sometimes you don't have much to do

    Cons

    Customers are interesting...
    Environment can be cliquey


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great team environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, excellent communication from corporate, great discount, good sense of team work.

    Cons

    Low pay, little room to move up in store, pay rates are non negotiable

    Advice to Management

    Increase wage based on experience. There also needs to be an easier way to move up in the company. Most corporate positions are located at the only company office in California, rather than having a few smaller locations across the states.


  10. "Fun"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    relaxed fun environment, good team, fun products,

    Cons

    limited benefits, a little un organized, pay rate