Benefits + Perks

Medical and Dental Benefits

Benefits Highlights for Full-Time Employees (Part-Time Managment and above may be elligible): 


A comprehensive medical plan includes preventive care, urgent care, maternity care, mental health, hospital coverage, prescription drug coverage and more. HMO, PPO and traditional Indemnity plans are available depending upon work location.


A comprehensive dental plan includes preventative care, as well as acute care and orthodontia coverage. Network and Indemnity plans are available depending upon work location.


A general vision care plan covers annual eye exams, as well as offering a discount on frames, lenses and contact lenses when using preferred providers.

Life Insurance

Basic life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) coverage is issued at no cost to employees. In addition, employees are given an opportunity to apply for additional coverage.

Short Term/Long Term Disability

Short Term and Long Term Disability coverage is provided at no cost to full-time employees.

401(k) Plan

All Hot Topic employees who meet eligibility requirements may invest in the Company 401(k) Plan. Employees may rollover a 401(k) balance from a previous employer at any time.

*Employees’ spouses, qualified domestic partners and dependent children are eligible

HQ Perks

Hot Topic’s City of Industry, CA headquarters offers various amenities and perks for full-time employees to enjoy. They include:

* On-site cafe, gym, and basketball court.
* On-site Physician’s Assistant and Chiropractor
* Food Truck Tuesdays.
* Thirsty Thursdays throughout the summer months for full-time permanent employees ages 21 and over.
* Sample sales
* Four paid community service/volunteer days per year, which can be used at the non-profit organization of the employee’s choice. 

Additionally, HQ employees are eligible for all perks offered to Store Employees. 

Store Perks

All Full-Time and Part-Time Regular Associates are Eligible for: 

Employee Discount

Employees are encouraged to wear the clothing and accessories Hot Topic sells. Employees are eligible to a 40% discount on apparel, accessories, shoes, and gift certificates, and a 20% discount on music and video.

Tuition Assistance Program

Employees may apply for Tuition Reimbursement for qualified courses and college degree programs after 6 months of continuous employment. Tuition and books are covered with some restrictions, and all covered fees are reimbursed after completing the qualified course with a satisfactory grade.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP offers employees and their families free confidential assistance for issues involving emotional well-being, financial, legal, addiction and recovery, education and more. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, either by phone or through up to 3 in-person visits per year.