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Updated February 16, 2018
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Pros
  • The fact that there is not really a dress code is awesome (in 111 reviews)

  • Employee discount is the best I've ever had (in 72 reviews)

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

  • Lack of consistency in upper management (outside of store level) (in 42 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Amazing store discount, fun environment to work in, other employees are fun to be around.

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours


  2. "great company, great opportunity for success and growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    constant pace, great pay, employee discount, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    schedule, focuses shift and change very quickly

  3. "Over worked or no work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cool laid back environment no dress code basically

    Cons

    There’s either 6 days a week mandatory 9 hours a day or no work at all. Was called out 2 weeks in a row


  4. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Paducah, KY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Paducah, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very laid back, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Poor organization, manager doesn't get back with employees, very poor hours (maybe one day a week)

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring more people when you don't have enough hours to work the employees you have now


  5. "Amazing job"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lima, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Lima, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love my co workers and the very accepting atmosphere

    Cons

    Can be boring at times, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Raises for sales associates


  6. "Decent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    As a manager you made okay pay, but unless you were a full timer it wasn't enough to live on. Fun environment, great people.

    Cons

    Part timers make crap pay. After having a baby they wouldn't work with me regarding time off.


  7. "Downsides like every job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    An amazing store to work for.

    Cons

    One manager can make or break the entire team. This Time it's the latter

    Advice to Management

    Hire actual nice people. My manager currently is such a mean person that we lost 3 managers. And countless associates.

  8. "Eh... it really depends"

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    Current Employee - Key Holder
    Current Employee - Key Holder
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It's so much fun.
    Some of the customers are genuinely fun to talk to
    great atmosphere
    awesome music
    no dress code
    the management itself is AWESOME

    Cons

    There is SO MUCH PAPERWORK to do daily, that it because almost impossible to meet lofty sale goals and unfair rating systems

    I've been working there 6 months, and we've cycled through 3 people on the management team.

    Corporate really doesn't understand what is in the range of achievable within given timeframes. Only super humans can do what corporate wants us to do daily while also maintaining good sales and customer service.

    Salary is poor. Minimum wage. When I was hired, my manager said to me, "It's only minimum wage, but you get an awesome 40% discount!".... 40% doesn't pay rent.

    During the holidays, expect to work double your max hours with no bonus. January 10th, expect to work one three hour shift a week.

    Lack of consistency across the board, then we get punished for it.

    Advice to Management

    Bring your corporate into the stores. Let them walk through a day with us. Let them try to do everything they demand of us.

    Establish some precedents.

    Give reasons for arbitrary rules and restrictions. You don't have to deal with customers when they get angry.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fun principal, very greedy company"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun work place, cool music, job in fashion, learned a lot from this job

    Cons

    very tight payroll management (some people are given 3 hours a week), Low pay for store manager, no overtime allowed, heavy tasking while alone, large workload for little payroll hours

    Advice to Management

    INVEST MORE INTO YOUR PAYROLL HOURS. Many times it would be Thursday and my DM would demand that I cut 17 hours off. Which meant single person coverage on our most busy days of the week. I understand that payroll is the easiest place to save money in a company but it ends up hurting your employees and their stores. Thus making less profits due to under staffing, when staff was available but not allowed to be added.


  10. "I Loved working"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hot Topic (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people
    benefits
    laidback atmosphere
    Surrounded by things that should interest you

    Cons

    Not a lot of hours
    Pressure to sell


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