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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated April 25, 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. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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


  3. "Great Working Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in McAllen, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in McAllen, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun Environment. Always Engaging and learning new things from customers. Very laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    The terrible night working hours. If a person does not have school or preexisting engagements, this con may not effect said person that badly.


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  5. "Ex Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Kokomo, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Key Holder in Kokomo, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The environment is awesome, the music is great, and its full of neat stuff!

    Cons

    The amount of crunch time you have to put in to keeping the store organized.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with who you are working with.


  6. "Key holder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun
    Laid back
    Good music
    Great people
    Culture
    Discounts

    One of the best things is being able to express your individuality.

    Cons

    The only issue I had was the late weekend hours at the store where I worked. Other than that it was a great experience.


  7. "Hottopic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  8. "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.


  9. "A step up from most retail"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. "It's alright"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Salem, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Individuality welcomed
    Friendly staff
    Flexible hours
    Wide range of tasks available
    Music choice is great
    Some chances to learn how to grow in the compamy

    Cons

    Low hours available
    No consistency with hours, changes weekly
    Cliques within the company
    False promises of promotions to keep employees working hard

    Advice to Management

    Maybe focus on working towards taking care of permanent staff before hiring on seasonals


  11. "Sales Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Henderson, NV
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Henderson, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Music, Cool People, Amazing Discount

    Cons

    Horrible hours/never enough shifts available


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