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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated July 11, 2017
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Pros
  • The fact that there is not really a dress code is awesome (in 102 reviews)

  • Easy going environment, great employee discount, good music, opportunity to move up with hard work (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Making sales associates work 3 shifts just so they don't have to take a break on company time (in 41 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very fun environment, fun customers, easy, friendly staff

    Cons

    Black Friday, but that's really any retail job.


  2. "Assistant Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Easy going environment, great employee discount, good music, opportunity to move up with hard work.

    Cons

    Pay isn't so great when compared to other retail stores, could be hard to grow within the company if starting as associate.

  3. "Good first job"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Riverside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Great music, cool people, cool clothes, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Outside promoting, rude customers, management plays favoritism when giving out hours.

    Advice to Management

    When needing an assistant manager or store manager, please promote from within the company. So many times I've seen an employee be ready to move up but they just go out and hire who ever applies to be a manger without considering their current employees.


  4. "Seasonal Part Time Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Park, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oak Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training in customer service, cash register training, and being quick on my feet and able to work in fast pace jobs.

    Cons

    scheduling because i was in school full time.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  5. "best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    killer discount and crew. lots of cool merchandise

    Cons

    i don't think i have one maybe working holidays


  6. "Great place to work yea"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Little Rock, AR
    Former Employee - Manager in Little Rock, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Loved it

    Cons

    Nothing. Cant say anything bad

    Advice to Management

    Nothing bad to say to them


  7. "5 Stars"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    If you love that atmosphere you'll always have fun while you're there.

    Cons

    Not many positions are available.

  8. "Nice people, great perks"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time

    Pros

    Awesome employee discount. Flexible hours. Nice people.

    Cons

    Low wages and it gets really hot.


  9. "Awesome Workplace"

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    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


  10. "Great place to work"

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    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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