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Hot Topic Inc., is a retail chain that is related to clothing, accessories, and licensed music, and the store was set up in 1989 at California by Orv Madden. Hot topic targets an audience who are into rock music and video gaming, and those who are most likely teens and young adults. The majority of the stores are located in shopping malls in various cities where a huge number of people flock by everyday into its exclusive and unique stores, fashioned from the entrance to its ends. The stores are located in 676 places around the country attracting individuals to join its community of 4000-plus associates. The store has also mastered the art of enabling the current trend that attracts young individuals, while also levying equal importance to the lives of its associates, providing them the encouragement they need through competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and additional perks.

Company - Private
Large
Multiple locations
Textile / Leather / Apparel Manufacturers, Clothing Retailers
1988
Steve Vranes
What departments Hot Topic employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
Sales Managers & Supervisors23.4%
other occupation22.3%
Retail19.3%
General and Operations Managers11.7%
Administrative7%
Management - Other6.1%
Business Operations5.1%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do Hot Topic employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Hot Topic: Newcomers: 34%, Experiencers: 21%, Experts: 22%, Veterans: 23%. Hot Topic employees have less than 3 years experience on average before joining.
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Where did Hot Topic employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Hot Topic: Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21, GameStop. Typical Hot Topic employees have worked at Abercrombie & Fitch.
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Forever 21
GameStop
What industries did Hot Topic employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Hot Topic: Niche Retailers, Clothing Retailers, Food & Beverage Retailers, Apparel Wholesalers, Limited-Service Restaurants. Hot Topic employees most likely come from a Niche Retailers industry background.
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Where did Hot Topic employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Hot Topic: Small: 27%, Medium: 10%, Large: 63%. Most Hot Topic employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at Hot Topic study?
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Where did employees at Hot Topic study?
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
California State University-Fullerton
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Hot Topic?
Time employed at Hot Topic: <1: 9%, 1-3: 26%, 4-8: 43%, 9-13: 12%, 14-20: 9%, 20+: 1%. Most Hot Topic employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
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How does Hot Topic rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Hot Topic: 43.0% Male and 57.0% Female. Age ratio at Hot Topic: 16-20: 2%, 21-30: 65%, 31-40: 27%, 41-50: 4%, 51-60: 2%, 60+: 0%. Hot Topic rates - 13.0% more female than the industry average. Most Hot Topic employees are 21-30, which is below the industry median age range.
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What are the top roles at Hot Topic?
Top roles of Hot Topic: Store Manager, Sales Associate, Manager, Keyholder, District Manager. The top role at Hot Topic is Store Manager.
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Sales Associate
Manager
Keyholder
District Manager

Career advancement

How does Hot Topic rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Hot Topic: low. Hot Topic ranks low for career advancement which is same as the industry average.
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What companies do Hot Topic employees go on to work at?
Future employers of Hot Topic: Apple, BoxLunch, GameStop, h&m company inc, Starbucks. People who work at Hot Topic most typically go on to work for the Apple.
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BoxLunch
GameStop
h&m company inc
Starbucks

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Picker / Packer
Nashville, TN - February 21, 2024
Hurt feet, constant work
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Salary & Benefits
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Work-Life balance
2
Recognition & Support
2
Culture and Values
There are no chairs allowed in the warehouse no sitting anywhere you are on your feet the whole time the only time you not on your feet is doing break or when you go to the bathroom you constantly have to stay busy if you're not either they'll find you work or they will send you home in the pay wasn't that much.

Pros and Cons
If you want to work over you can, nice Eye candy
feet hurting, stay busy, pay
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November 9, 2022
Fun and productive
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3
Professional growth
3
Salary & Benefits
3
Work-Life balance
3
Recognition & Support
3
Culture and Values
It was a great experience good co workers good team as long as you are honest everything will be simple

Pros and Cons
Friendly kind
Good food quality
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Sales Associate
February 5, 2022
Amazing experience
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3
Professional growth
2
Salary & Benefits
4
Work-Life balance
5
Recognition & Support
5
Culture and Values
Honestly, worked there for the fun of it! And loved almost every second of it. Made a lot of new fun friends. Was celebrated for my achievements and hard work. But due to people quitting, and being promoted frequently, staff did move around quite a bit and hardly got to really know my old store manager. Great guys though, they did get promoted to other stores for better jobs. Was met with a new store manager. She didn’t enjoy her job very much and it caused a lot of long time associates to quit. I was there for half a year, and as did I. But her job is hard so I understand the toll it might have taken on her.

Pros and Cons
Amazing employee discount, new friends, and fun job.
Pay is low, and hours are low.
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When was Hot Topic founded?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
1988.
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What industry does Hot Topic belong to?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Retail.
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Where is the headquarters of Hot Topic?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
It’s in City of Industry, CA.
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gender breakdown at Hot Topic?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
gender ratio is 57.0% female, 43.0% male.
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I’m trying to find more companies like Hot Topic. Any suggestions?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Similar companies for Hot Topic: Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Journeys, Pacific Sunwear, Tillys, Torrid, Vans, a VF Company, Zumiez.
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What’s the name of Hot Topic’s CEO?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Steve Vranes.
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How long do people usually work for Hot Topic?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
4-8 year(s).
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what kind of companies did Hot Topic employees work for?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Large companies before Hot Topic.
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How often do employees get promoted at Hot Topic ?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
advancement opportunities are low
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who are employees usually hired by after leaving Hot Topic?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
by one of these businesses: Apple, BoxLunch, GameStop, h&m company inc, Self Employed, Starbucks, Target, Torrid
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Who are the top previous employers of Hot Topic employees?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
from what i found these companies Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21, GameStop, Pacific Sunwear, Spencer Gifts, Target, Torrid, Zumiez.
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What’s the average age at Hot Topic?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
21-30.
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Where did most of Hot Topic employees go to school?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Long Beach, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Mt San Antonio College.
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Afriend told me that they do promise about Performance bonus, but do not give it actually. Has anyone here has had a similar or an opposite experience?
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10 months ago
More sales, more bonus, more money you can make out at Hot Topic 💰
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10 months ago
GReat company to earn performance bonuses since there's plenty to sale and earn good bucks.
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Is the compay culture good both for on-floor people and the backend office?
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8 months ago
Best thing about Hot Topic is their culture, walking a little bit, getting paid more, and then a bit warmer and cooler than Wonderland Park.
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8 months ago
Was my first job. My favorite about working here was how fun it was to work there.
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Do they do a secondary background check for people that hav worked hthere before?
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10 months ago
Yes they do a secondary background check for people that have worked there before.
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9 months ago
I believe so, but not sure.
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How can you rate the benefit offerings by the Hot Topic?
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10 months ago
PTO was slow to accrue and had very specific times you were allowed to use WITH BLACKOUT DATES.
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10 months ago
Affordable! Benefits team have stepped up tremendously to teach the scope of how our benefits work for the entire HT work force
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A person was complaining regarding the interview process telling it to be a waste of time. How true?
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10 months ago
Mine took 15 days to be precise. Manager was super chill and nice. Made me more relaxed. As someone with anxiety its really hard for me to do interviews but she was amazing and made it feel more like a talk between two anime fans while at the same time making it professional.
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10 months ago
It was pretty cut and dry but was asked questions that made me think about what I really wanted out of my employment experience. Also got to chat with the assistance manager and really feel like I got some social engagement, I know it all varies from store to store but the team where I am is some the best people you'll ever work with!!
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Are there any remote positions?
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10 months ago
Great and flexible plan to fit my needs.
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10 months ago
Flexible hours for some remote positions. Great time match for me.
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I was wondering if the job puts you in a huge sales pressure.
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10 months ago
Pressure is not there, but yes, if you want to make more money. you need to work consistently.
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10 months ago
Stress-free work environment.
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Standing job may be very tiring. I wish I can get coffee in between.
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9 months ago
Free coffee!!! ☕
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9 months ago
Certainly, the coffee is availabel to keep you working and your energy levels always on the up side.
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Are there internal promotions? Or any other growth opportunities?
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9 months ago
its offers great opportunities at the store
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9 months ago
Internal promotions are there and the benefits also depend on your role in house.
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I have two pets and I am planning to get a job at the Hot Topic. I am more concerned about getting pet insurance as pet vet care takes a lot off from my pockets unexpectedly.
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10 months ago
They do so for pets but not for your family.
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10 months ago
Yes, they cover pet insurance and that too at good rates.
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I love collecting several different things and that's why I am looking forward to be working at Hot Topic. Can I get their collection at discounted prices?
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9 months ago
employee discount to several stores that are sister stores.
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9 months ago
40% employee discount is the best
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