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Hot Topic Reviews

Updated Nov 11, 2019

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3.4
56%
Recommend to a Friend
65%
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Hot Topic CEO Steve Vranes
Steve Vranes
130 Ratings
Pros
  • "Pretty lax dress code, Great atmosphere, Understanding management, very nice employee discount(in 127 reviews)

  • "You also get a great employee discount to spend on things you love(in 83 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Professional and welcoming company, would reccomend

    Cons

    Distance- was far from where i lived

    Hot Topic2018-08-06
  2. "A teen fest!"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Mississauga, ON

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pretty Chill Manager is not so bad

    Cons

    If you're older than 18 and you're still a sales associate at Hot Topic, this is NOT THE PLACE to work

    Hot Topic2019-11-11
  3. "poor management"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great discount and team members

    Cons

    poor management not only in store but above aswell. i made several complaints of harassment from a fellow employee that took several months before taken seriously.

    Hot Topic2019-06-24
  4. "Loved the job, but can be stressful at times"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Recommends

    I worked at Hot Topic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to share your popular culture passion with customers and co-workers, constantly talking about tv shows, movies, etc. during the job. You also get a great employee discount to spend on things you love. Shifts were usually fun, since you get to engage with passionate customers and co-workers as well.

    Cons

    Sale goals can get high, and when sales aren't met, they cut hours and most part time associates may only get 2-3 shifts per week, usually only working 3 hours depending on the store... which isn't really worth my time.

    Advice to Management

    Have more hours to give to employees so they're not wasting their time on 3 hour shifts.

    Hot Topic2019-05-29
  5. "Good team"

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    Current Employee - Part Time Sales Associate 

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Teams good, warm environment, friendly staff. Love working here.

    Cons

    Loyalty program causes stress and discouragement, both to us and to customers.

    Hot Topic2019-02-06
  6. "Hot Topic is okay"

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    Current Employee - Key Holder in Vaughan, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    everyone at store level is great

    Cons

    anyone above store level doesn’t care about you, only results

    Advice to Management

    stop abusing employees good nature

    Hot Topic2018-10-20
  7. "Job is pretty boring and monotonous. Depends on who you’re working with that day"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good music. Great discount. Easy work. Good other associates. Short shifts. If you have a good manager on duty the shift goes by super fast

    Cons

    Rarely get many hours if your store isn’t busy. They rarely put you on till you are just a greeter most of the time and fold shirts. Some of the promos and the way you’re supposed to sell people on it are awful

    Hot Topic2018-05-17
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Do NOT recommend"

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    Current Employee - Retail Store Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hot Topic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The music you listen to while working, the discount, and the merchandise are amazing.

    Cons

    The customers that shop at HT are terrible. HQ changes their minds and scrambles constantly. All blame for company failures is put on store level with very little support from HQ

    Hot Topic2018-03-17
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Hot Topic part-time

    Pros

    Fun people, interesting merch, flexible hours

    Cons

    Management goes way too overboard, Hot Topic is the only retail place that is this intense about their loyalty program and you get in trouble for not having it at 80%

    Hot Topic2017-11-09
  10. "Awful upper management."

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hot Topic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The guests, the fun, the laugh, the music, the staff.

    Cons

    Horrible DMS. Treat you as though you are a door mat. Moving your way up in the company is impossible unless you are a kiss arse. If you show any ounce of being headstrong they look as you as though you are argumentative rather than passionate about your job. They have lost many great employees due to turning a blind eye to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Open your ears to concerns. Regional should have a focus in us "little people" as well, or else others will get away with walking all over us.

    Hot Topic2017-10-13
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