American Apparel

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American Apparel Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 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.  

    Decent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    50% off all clothing and sometimes you will get an allowance

    Cons

    long shifts, they will keep you there and it is not up to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some cameras in the stock rooms.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Move up in company very fast depending on skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - In-Store Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - In-Store Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    50% discount, good hours, management is in same age group as you (early 20s), clothing bonus, free giveaways

    Cons

    Managers sometimes stress others, call outs a lot, changes things to much, sometime unprofessional, no real benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the big things not the little

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a first time job.

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

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

    Pros

    The discount was great. They hired me without much experience. You can move up easily.

    Cons

    I was kept past midnight regularly. Pay isn't enough for what you do. Commission BLOWS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Mixed Feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Interesting people, friendly management, employee discount.
    I love the people I work with.

    Cons

    Somewhat unprofessional.
    I'm confused on behalf of the qualifications of the people who manage.
    I feel like a slave working here. I work VERY hard for minimum wage.
    There's an overwhelming pressure to wear 100% American Apparel clothing. This really takes away the sense of individualism and adds to the feeling of slavery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be so hip and focus on managing.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It was frustrating and pretty horrible. Hard work and a terrible work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Other coworkers were fun.

    Cons

    Terribly specific and weird hiring process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not horrible, but not the best.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Backstock Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Backstock Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The employees are great! I've met some great people working for AA. 50% off discount is always a plus!!

    Cons

    Management is getting better but should've been better all along. They literally talk to you like you're so far behind them and in reality a few steps ahead of them.

    We have asset protection but sales and backstock police (risking safety) everytime there's theft or potential theft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nicer! More respective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great retail experience for first time retail employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel

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

    Pros

    Great discount, giveaways, comfortable environment not stressful

    Cons

    competitive to get sales and commission

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fine job for a college student or even high school student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The environment was fun and organized. It was nice to work for a vertically integrated company. I found the product to be easy to sell.

    Cons

    The store was open too late, even on the holidays. There was some awkwardness in communication from management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall, not too bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Key Holder in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Artistic people. Free clothing. Easy to move up in the company when you focus and simply ask. Good benefits for full timers

    Cons

    It differs from manager to manager... you might have a great store manager or you might not. Sometimes there is favoritism. A lack of professionalism. You need to wear ALL AA AND OUR CLOTHING IS NOT CHEAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have better control,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Visual Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cool people, great discount (50%) occasional free clothing giveaways.

    Cons

    Long hours for managers, always on call, even on days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My visual managers have been great, in general I think some store managers are often promoted without enough experience. It would be great to see a more structured training program for employees on every level, company wide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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