American Apparel Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. Backstock at American Apparel

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    Former Employee - Backstock Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Backstock Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    AA gives you a 50% discount which is great. I worked in New York and also got a special discount at the Factory Outlet, which sells damaged/overstocked clothing for cheaper prices so buying from there was especially cheap with my discount. The people I worked with were great and I basically made my schedule for the week.

    Cons

    These shifts get very boring. My shifts were usually eight hours where I steamed clothes nonstop. If you're working with good people the time passes a lot faster. I started at $9 an hour which is pretty low for retail in New York City.

  2. Great summer position

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    Good hours and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Training new employees was not as organized as expected

  3. Helpful (2)

    Its great once you first start

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    Former Employee - Keyholder in Annapolis, MD
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Annapolis, MD

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a great starter job, usually 16 and up get hired
    Pays really great compared to some retail jobs
    fun environment

    Cons

    Becomes very unprofessional
    Hours can be annoying when understaffed some days you may not get a break

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people over 18!

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Overall, a great experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    50% discount for employees, good work-life balance (decent hours and managers are responsive to availability changes), friendly co workers, consistently busy and on trend so you'll always be doing something

    Cons

    Slow upward growth within company, starting salary is a little low

  6. New Employee for American Apparel

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    Current Employee - Picking in La Mirada, CA
    Current Employee - Picking in La Mirada, CA

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Gain new experience in the warehouse.

    Cons

    Scanning and picking at a fast pace.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with other employees who has experiences and has been working there for a while.

  7. This a company that you can start at the bottom and quickly work your way up.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    50% discount on clothes! All clothes are made in the USA!

    Cons

    Pay is low and sale staff is not allowed to work overtime.

  8. Great equals bad

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    Current Employee - Inventory Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Inventory Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount
    Free clothes
    Weekly pay
    Friends

    Cons

    Not enough hours would love to work more with everyone

    Advice to Management

    Great job

  9. Helpful (1)

    Learned A lot about the world

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    Current Employee - Inventory Manager
    Current Employee - Inventory Manager

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Free Clothing

    Cons

    Long hours
    Lack of Job security
    Frustrating inventory system

  10. Very open and young.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Backstock Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Backstock Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Promotions based on capability not on experience or tenure.
    Safe and fun work environment.
    Everyone is young.

    Cons

    Everyone is young.
    A lot of pressure from district and corporate.
    Obvious favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Less favoritism. More relaxation. Less stress.

  11. Great for students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Great Discount, Meet alot of new people

    Cons

    Poor Management, Hight turnover rate

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