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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated May 19, 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 58 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 place- can be tricky to get hours"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working hot topic retail is amazing. The teams are super friendly, people get a long pretty well. you can dress however you want, and this often can give you the opportunity to explore with how you look.

    Cons

    It's a little competitive to get hours. Some employees might try to crush your sales numbers so you get less hours, but if you can great people quickly, organize quickly, sell items, and catch people stealing, then you can easily get full time hours. it just might be hard to master all those things perfectly. you have to multi task a lot.

    Advice to Management

    maybe hire smaller teams so sales associates can get more full time hours.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It was fun, great group of people and great company"

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Hanover, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment was cool, management was easy to get along with and lead pretty well

    Cons

    Hard getting extra hours, always on your feet, but other than that nothing really.


  3. "Sales Associate"

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    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.


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  5. "Assistant Manger"

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    • 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. "Hottopic"

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    • 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


  7. "A step up from most retail"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Straightforward retail job with retails hours.

    Payroll varies with sales so if you are smart with your resources there shouldn't really be any problems.

    This is the only retail job that I did not feel 100% disconnected from the corporate overlords. Buyers, regional, and corporate level executives were all approachable/reachable if there was a need to do so.

    The company does a good job of changing to keep up with customer demands/trends.

    Awesome discount, Overtime severely frowned upon so hours are nicely consistent.

    High district standards makes you push yourself and your team to be better.

    The store environment is what the management makes it. Building a passionate, fun team that works hard will make the job a positive experience.

    Cons

    Low pay guidelines for associates makes keeping a skilled team difficult.


  8. "Fast paced, young atmosphere and fabulous social events!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Accounting Manager in City of Industry, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open environment and communication. CEO listens to all feedback and meets with new employees over lunch. Quarterly communications meeting is great way of letting the associates know about the new fashion trends, top sellers and initiatives.

    Cons

    Not promoting from within the group. Human Resources does not help managers when they are struggling with associates that are not performing.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure the resources are there before making significant changes to the company structure.


  9. "Cool place for a first job"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Chula Vista, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Management and Co-workers are awesome. Its cool that you work and interact with customers with the same interest as you.

    Cons

    If you go in during the black friday season, training may be rushed so stay alert. Cashier may be tricky at first.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more time to training new employees as well as a more organized schedule where we actually know when break time is.


  10. "A Little Misguided"

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    Former Employee - Part-Time Assistant Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Part-Time Assistant Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    40% discount on almost everything, on top of most sales. Great staff on store level.

    Cons

    Too much merchandise and not enough time, space, or resources to deal with it all. Company cuts hours constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwhelm employees with tasks and merchandise while taking away hours and resources. Invest in your workforce.


  11. "It was generally okay, no complaints, just be honest and bring out the best in your qualities."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in El Centro, CA
    Current Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in El Centro, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    You can gain experience, the salary goes up depending on title, can be a regular employee if you do a great job.

    Cons

    The work is demanding, time consuming and managers can cut your hours if they wanted to, simply because someone can work better than you b

    Advice to Management

    Ask more questions relating work experience other than personality.


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