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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated February 13, 2019
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  • "Lack of upper management support" (in 49 reviews)

  • "The only cons for sales associates is the hours depending on the sales volume of the store" (in 44 reviews)

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  1. "It was a great starter job!"

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    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Seasonal Sales Associate in Ventura, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was a seasonal sales associate. The discounts were good, the environment was fun, and everyone was great to work with. The manager also kept excellent communication with his employees. Definitely recommend if you need a first job.

    Cons

    Not any cons I can remember.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "It is a pleasure, it has been over half a year."

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    If you enjoy selling merchandise to guests as a job

    Cons

    If you fall under pressure to sell more, or get credit card sign ups

  3. "job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    fun to work, got good discount

    Cons

    not enough hours, low pay


  4. "Temp Key holder"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Awesome boss with a chill atmosphere.

    Cons

    Don't have any yet. Just started working with the company.


  5. "Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Received lots of support from District Manager, even as the smallest store in their district. Fun work environment, realistic expectations, consistency in corporate branding and policies

    Cons

    As stressful as any retail job. Also glad I left before they started doing Credit Card sign ups, always pushing that free HT card... hot cash goals were always unattainable in my small store (most guests drove from smaller towns 2-3 hours away)

    I had to leave the company because I accepted a Store Manager position in a small town and there weren't any open positions in my hometown after almost 2 years

    Advice to Management

    Keep R O C K ing!!!


  6. "Great place to develop real management skills"

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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

    +Freedom to manage store as you see fit
    +Plenty of growth oppotunity within company (if willing to relocate)

    Cons

    -Time Consuming job
    -lots of teenagers shop at hot topic :)


  7. "like a second family"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Pineville, NC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Pineville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun environment, awesome coworkers, good for a second job

    Cons

    low pay, low hours, unlikely to move up in the company

  8. "Loved the people and made great friends one of the happiest I’ve ever been at at a job"

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    Former Employee - Keyholder in Jeffersonville, OH
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Jeffersonville, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, dress how you want, pop culture

    Cons

    Little to no training, poor managment moves up easily,

    Advice to Management

    Follow up more on managers and listen too the store reps more


  9. "Assistant Manager"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, loyal customer base

    Cons

    High turnover rate for associates, can be difficult to train and retain.


  10. "Enjoyed my time there a lot"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Clarksville, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Clarksville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for. Very fun environment with opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Never had any in my opinion. Although the last year with employer option doesn't go back far enough but that was in 2005.


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