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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated February 13, 2019
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  • "Lack of upper management support" (in 49 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. "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


  2. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, friendly customers, amazing boss

    Cons

    Little pay and little hours

  3. "It was a great starter job!"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Ventura, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was a seasonal sales associate. The discounts were good, the environment was fun, and everyone was great to work with. The manager also kept excellent communication with his employees. Definitely recommend if you need a first job.

    Cons

    Not any cons I can remember.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  4. "It is a pleasure, it has been over half a year."

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    If you enjoy selling merchandise to guests as a job

    Cons

    If you fall under pressure to sell more, or get credit card sign ups


  5. "Alright place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate TEMP in Hoover, AL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate TEMP in Hoover, AL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounts are 40 off

    breaks are decent

    pay is good

    Cons

    cramped store, and constantly bumps into customers

    music is too loud and distracting
    machines don't always work properly

    Advice to Management

    Make the stores bigger


  6. "Good company, for the right fit"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Longview, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Longview, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Great DM support

    Cons

    Staff typically made up of younger people.
    Can be overwhelming at times with multiple things going on at once.

    Advice to Management

    Spread out big "events" POG changes, big sales, inventories, etc.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Work Here"

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in Lithonia, GA
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Lithonia, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome customers, cool merch, 40% employee discount

    Cons

    The store manager is hourly instead of salary, so they cut into payroll. This leaves the assistant manager and key holders with only about 20 hours per week, and associates 0-4 hours. Key holders are doing all of the same work as assistant managers but only with $8.50 pay.

    Advice to Management

    Make store manager salary, pay key holders more hourly, and give everyone more hours

  8. "Stock Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful staff, fun environment

    Cons

    Miss old hot topic, dislike new products


  9. "Warehouse"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay great environment great music

    Cons

    Far away from my house

    Advice to Management

    Just keep doing what your doing it's perfect


  10. "Decent pay/ Demanding hours"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job is fun as far as attire and apparence

    Cons

    Forget about family or friends.. company will not plan ahead and expects you to work on all holidays

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead and need to better allot hours to stores to ensure coverage and maintenance per company standard