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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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Pros
  • The fact that there is not really a dress code is awesome (in 97 reviews)

  • 40% employee discount on top of sales (in 57 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "A place like this will not come by very often"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture is great people are friendly, you are encouraged to be yourself and it is a judgement free zone.
    most employees are adults meaning they don’t have have to be chased around to do their work and as result management is not constantly on your back.
    you work freely along as you do what is needed of you, this is undoubtedly one of the best place to work and a place like this will not come by very often.

    Cons

    because it is located between two industrial railways, going somewhere during your lunch break may take longer than expected from time to time due to traffic caused by passing trains

    Advice to Management

    management is doing a good job so far, i just thing they should continue on this path, although there is always room to improve so far i would say they are doing a great job


  2. "Fun and interesting job!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    -There isn't a dress code and sometimes we have fun dress up days (examples: disney character day, superhero day, cat day, etc)
    -Coworkers are super nice and welcoming
    -We don't work based on commission, which is nice

    Cons

    Hours are really short and random, but mostly just for associates


  3. "Discount is great, write ups are not"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    discount, fun environment, customers, hours

    Cons

    write ups for not getting credit card sign ups, or enough email addresses

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the way things were.


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  5. "Awesome Workplace"

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

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff
    Informative training
    good music
    Nice customers
    if you enjoy the culture of Hot Topic its easy to work, it feels like family!

    Cons

    none, really great place to work


  6. "Wonderful People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The atmosphere and people are great.

    Cons

    The larger company itself doesn't really give a hooey about its employees,
    Just about making money.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  8. "Simple tasks for the most part, yet no upside to learning as much as possible."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IFC Inbound in Industry, CA
    Current Employee - IFC Inbound in Industry, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy things to learn and do
    Flexible for students or people with another priority
    Big discount
    Friendly people for the most part

    Cons

    Lots of miscommunication
    Very few opportunities to move up
    Supervisors are brought in with no idea how the systems work
    Confusing conveyor system
    Headquarters employees look down to the distribution center employees

    Advice to Management

    Some advice would be to communicate better with employees and other supervisors especially in other departments
    Provide better pay to those who have learned a lot within the company


  9. "Assistant Manger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  10. "my "fun job""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Tulsa, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    extremely tolerable dress code, awesome coworkers, fun environment, great music, interesting clientele, and solid discount... took on a part-time position as my "fun job" while working full time elsewhere.

    Cons

    it's mall retail, so you shouldn't expect off the charts pay. part-time associates can find themselves receiving even fewer hours than expected.

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing. love the company. love my hot topic family.


  11. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Bonus for management when you make it

    Cons

    No paid vacation for part time. No paid sick days. Getting a raise is like pulling teeth.

    Advice to Management

    Hard. You have to be patient if you want to be a store manager. Part time management is hard to keep either because lack of hours or no full time status.



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