American Apparel

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American Apparel Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
309 Reviews
2.8
309 Reviews
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American Apparel Chairman, President, and CEO Dov Charney
Dov Charney
199 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a 50% discount, but the items are so expensive that I never buy anything (in 54 reviews)

  • Regularly bribed with free clothes to work unpaid overtime (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • There is an extremely high turnover rate at that level due to harassment, disorganization, and no work/live balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management undermines your position and staff tend to not listen to you (in 18 reviews)

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  1.  

    Does anyone actually know how to do their job here?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandiser

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well, I guess a 50% discount is nice if you want to spend your paycheck on poorly made, ill-fitting junk. Other than that you can basically make your own schedule once you've been here long enough. If you've made it to management(which is extremely easily due to high turnover) you can do literally nothing and blame those beneath you for your store's poor performance.

    Cons

    Upper management and corporate have no clue what they are doing. Need help? Or at least want someone to answer your multiple emails? Well, that's not happening! If your store if not "priority" you will be ignored. This place is run like a small business by inexperienced children. Which is something you'll hear multiple times from those in charge... "we're a small business" "we're still a new business still trying to figure everything out" Um, no. Hire people qualified for the job. Stop selling useless clothes no one wants year after year. Pay your better employees more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Discount, But That's About It

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great, which was a pleasant surprise considering the stereotype that plagues American Apparel employees-- mostly because it's true. Discount and allowances are cool, in-store management is young which means it's a pretty laid-back albeit unprofessional environment, and when upper management doesn't stop by, it's a stress-free job.

    Cons

    Irregular scheduling and not enough hours, unprofessional management in-store, disorganized in terms of tasking/zoning due to young & inexperienced managers, unrealistic goals set by upper management regarding sales, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Unappreciated, Disrespected, and Unhappy Employee: That's the American Apparel Way!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Back Stock Coordinator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Back Stock Coordinator in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discount on clothing. High turnover rate, so chances of moving up are good.

    Cons

    Company pays very little for lower level management in store but wants you to work twice as hard. American Apparel does not provide PTO, vacation time, or sick leave for lower level management. Traveling consultant team is not supportive or professional with the in-store staff. Also. they are very clique oriented and less concerned with listening to staff needs, concerns, or suggestions. Highly suggest for someone who needs a temporary job or in school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just start the company over with a level headed business savory individual to run the company. Hire and train employees based off their skill set and not their looks or bubbly personalities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst company ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HQ - Creative
    Former Employee - HQ - Creative

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can do whatever you want, good way to get your foot in the door if you know how the industry works

    Cons

    Lets just put it this way - anything you've heard about AA is probably 100% accurate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good job- but upper management are racist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    Half-off clothing, free clothing, meet cool people.

    Cons

    Treatment of non-whites like second class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take management classes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Team members were enjoyable to work with

    Cons

    CEO was inappropriate, Favoritism, Hired and promoted on looks and friends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Disgusting Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Discount... If even that. It's 50% but the clothes are over priced

    Cons

    Poor management, under staffed, they hire idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you treat your employees with more respect you might get people to do their jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Worst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Regularly bribed with free clothes to work unpaid overtime. Yes, that is as close as I can come to a "pro" of working here.

    Cons

    Literally the most toxic and exhausting workplace environment imaginable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    bad pay with even worse work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    clothing discount, and looks good on a resume, grow thicker skin.

    Cons

    corporate is very young and immature, low pay- managers make $3 more than a part time sales associate, no parking, weekly meetings where you get yelled at by people who have no idea what they are talking about, theft problem, security issues, and many many more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    how about complimenting your employees once and a while, and maybe getting your employees parking so they don't have to pay fines over 100+ every week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Do not waste your time with American Apparel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sewing Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sewing Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only pro for me is that I worked with a good friend from college- other than that there were no pros to working at AA

    Cons

    Little pay, awful management - it will great that Dov is gone but have little hope for the company. They are so deep in the hole they will probably go out of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an education and listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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