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On average, employees at Hot Topic give their company a 3.7 rating out of 5.0 - which is 3% lower than the average rating for all companies on CareerBliss. The happiest Hot Topic employees are Web Production Artists submitting an average rating of 4.4 and Assistant Managers with a rating of 4.3.

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3.7
Average Rating
(based on 16 Hot Topic Review Ratings)
Company Culture
4.1
Growth Opportunities
3.5
People You Work With
4.5
Person You Work For
3.8
Rewards You Receive
3.2
Support You Get
3.6
Way You Work
3.8
Work Setting
3.7
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Hot Topic Employee

"Hot Topic can be an extremely fun job! It sells awesome music and licensed product that you can use to connect with customers all day. As an employee your number one job will be to sell, which can be fun but stressful at times. As a manager though you often work alone, and have heavy task loads which can distract from selling. There is not many hours available for employees, and the company is always finding ways to cut more. You are offered very little support from Hot Topic. Every tool it gives you to help you complete your job is extremely inefficient and time consuming. I have worked there for 10 years, and so far it has failed to advance and become a company of the future. As a company it makes me feel under paid, and that I, as well as my customers are unappreciated by the company. As a manager you will have to deal with many angry customers over our online customer service, the website in general, and gift cards. For some reason Hot Topic can not evolve into the 21st century and have a modern website. This is an example of your typical work day as a manager. You will work alone and have a list of things to complete, such as shipment, a display to change, a store to re-fold, sweep, and clean the glass. Don't forget to sell, that is the most important thing! While doing all this you will most likely have 5 or 6 customers in your store, sometimes more. You could get stuck behind register during this time which makes it very difficult to sell everybody something, and to prevent theft. Don't forget to answer the phone as well and call customer service for any online customer issues. While working alone I have been on hold with customer service for 15 plus minutes, and then hung up on. These are the tools given to you to make your job easier."

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 2 / 5
Hot Topic Employee
in Rowland Heights, CA

"Test in production, four managers to every one employee, and inability to utilize industry standards are the watch words for Hot Topic."

Person You Work For 2 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5

Company-Industry Rating Comparison

3.7
Hot Topic (26)

4.4 Highest Rated in this Industry is Louis Vuitton (9)
3.0 Lowest Rated in this Industry is J.Crew (12)
3.6 Average of All Companies in this Industry (2,408)
Hot Topic Employee
in Los Angeles, CA

"I have been IT professional for over 10 years. This broad experience has allowed me to grow and exceed in a work placeenvironment."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Hot Topic Employee
in Rowland Heights, CA

"I've found the IT organization to be young and in need of a major change in SDLC."

Person You Work For 4.3 / 5 People You Work With 4.3 / 5 Work Setting 4.3 / 5
Support You Get 4.3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4.3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4.3 / 5
Company Culture 4.3 / 5 Way You Work 4.3 / 5

Average Hot Topic Ratings in the Past 3 Years

Year Salary
2011 $3
2012 $3
2013 $4
Store Manager
in San Mateo, CA

"customer service, hiring and training manager"

What do you like about working at Hot Topic ?

"I love being challenged by customers and working with them"

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be as fashion forward as possible and be prepared for high turnover rates, always have a plan in place."

What don't you like about working at Hot Topic ?

"There is little corporate support for those in the stores"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Be prepared to make Torrid your number one responsibility while you are employed by them."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Assistant Manager
in Rio Rico, AZ

"Work for HotTopic Inc for the past 6 years 5 with Hot Topic PR & 2 in Torrid"

What do you like about working at Hot Topic ?

"they had an easy going environment. Very welcoming to the customer."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"yes and an assistant manager you have to lead by example to you team and help them on their needs"

What don't you like about working at Hot Topic ?

"they had poor organization on headquarters with there merchandising and store set up"

What suggestions do you have for management?

"leadership and organization. More focus on working environment and less personal."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Assistant Manager
Person You Work For 3.9 / 5 People You Work With 4.8 / 5 Work Setting 3.6 / 5
Support You Get 4.8 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2.6 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.9 / 5
Company Culture 4.9 / 5 Way You Work 4.9 / 5
District Manager
Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 3.9 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3.9 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 4.8 / 5 Way You Work 2.9 / 5
Sales Associate
in Wilmington, NC
Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 4.9 / 5
Equipment Services Project Manager
in City of Industry, CA
Person You Work For 2.1 / 5 People You Work With 4.1 / 5 Work Setting 3.1 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1.1 / 5 Way You Work 1.2 / 5
Assistant Store Manager
in Bloomington, MN
Person You Work For 4.9 / 5 People You Work With 4.8 / 5 Work Setting 4.8 / 5
Support You Get 3.9 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.9 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.9 / 5
Company Culture 4.7 / 5 Way You Work 3.8 / 5
Packaging Specialist
in City of Industry, CA
Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 3.5 / 5 Work Setting 2.6 / 5
Support You Get 2.8 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2.1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1.7 / 5
Company Culture 2.5 / 5 Way You Work 2.9 / 5
Equipment Services Project Manager
Person You Work For 3.9 / 5 People You Work With 4.9 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.9 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4.9 / 5
Web Production Artist
in City of Industry, CA
Person You Work For 2.6 / 5 People You Work With 4.9 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 3.9 / 5
Web Production Artist
in City of Industry, CA
Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 4.8 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
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