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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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Steve Vranes
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Pros
  • The fact that there is not really a dress code is awesome (in 96 reviews)

  • 40% employee discount on top of sales (in 49 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management doesn't always understand in-store problems-- too far removed (in 39 reviews)

  • Competitive hours for sales associates (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for and not worry about changing who you are."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and advancement
    Amazing people
    The company gives back to the communities
    Transparency
    Great employee discount
    The list goes on

    Cons

    It's not a company thing, but retail in general. The expectations on the team in the field can sometimes be very high and there are seldom enough hours to get everything done.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused and be passionate.


  2. "Sales Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erie, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Erie, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment. Flexible. Co workers are like a big family.

    Cons

    Hours get cut due to too many employees and so many hours having to be split between them.


  3. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time

    Pros

    Big opportunity for advancement
    Great company!

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of


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  5. "Assistant Manger"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Fun job to have

    Cons

    Low pay
    Bad hours
    Weird operations

    Advice to Management

    Communication
    Work on pay


  6. "Great Working Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in McAllen, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in McAllen, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun Environment. Always Engaging and learning new things from customers. Very laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    The terrible night working hours. If a person does not have school or preexisting engagements, this con may not effect said person that badly.


  7. "Ex Employee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Kokomo, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Kokomo, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment is awesome, the music is great, and its full of neat stuff!

    Cons

    The amount of crunch time you have to put in to keeping the store organized.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with who you are working with.


  8. "Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    coworkers are friendly, employee discounts, sometimes the customers are enjoyable to talk to

    Cons

    managers play favorites, not enough hours, horrible pay, credit cards are hard to sell

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if managers could not save the Pop Chases for their friends or get first dibs on every single one.


  9. "Key holder"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun
    Laid back
    Good music
    Great people
    Culture
    Discounts

    One of the best things is being able to express your individuality.

    Cons

    The only issue I had was the late weekend hours at the store where I worked. Other than that it was a great experience.


  10. "Hottopic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Naples, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Naples, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with, for the most part were nice and upper management seemed ok. You are able to make your schedule flexible

    Cons

    The customers constant complaints and issues within the store as well as the manger needs to know how to manage a store...

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on the managers


  11. "Part Time Seasonal Sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Such a fun environment, the staff was made up of a lot of like-minded people who shared the same interests. The dress code was very lax and let you fully express yourself. Store I worked in was pretty small so recovery wasn't that bad.

    Cons

    There were just too many "assistant" managers. We had 4 total managers at my location so it sometimes felt like one would tell you to do things one way and another would come by and tell you that it's not the right way



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