American Apparel Reviews

Updated June 14, 2015
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American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider
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Pros
  • Employees get a 50% discount on regular priced items and 30% off sale (in 54 reviews)

  • Free clothes upon hire, 50% discount, free giveaways from time to time (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Overall this company is disorganized and has a high turnover rate and does not reflect their values of a "sweatshop free" environment in their stores (in 10 reviews)

  • upper management makes it painfully obvious that they do not care about the workers (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Fun

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of co cool workers

    Cons

    slave labor not a lot of hours if you want them


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company with solid benefits.

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

    I have been working at American Apparel

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

    Pros

    Discounts, cool hires, understanding managers.

    Cons

    The occasional clueless, young employee that doesn't last very long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  3. Great atmosphere, training provided, discounts on food. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great management and easy to move up to higher pay grade

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the way you're running things


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  5. Great place of employment~

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Each store is there own little family, the workers are held to high standards so the stores are well kept. American apparel supplies each worker with fair pay and clothing allowances!

    Cons

    I wish the pay rate was higher..


  6. Great Company - "They may not be politically correct—but they have good ethics."

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

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time

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

    Pros

    Discount, Great quality products, Cool people, great environment, fast pace

    Cons

    Depending on your store, its like pulling teeth to get a shift covered.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people.


  7. Friendly, caring customer service.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Structured, dedicated, passionate, organized employees

    Cons

    Maticulous, a lot of detail, stressful at times


  8. Amazing!

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

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Discount (50%) -Working with your peers -Good opportunity to move up in the company

    Cons

    -Peoples ego's -Wearing AA from head to toe

    Advice to Management

    -Learn to train sales associates in all aspects including management,Stock & customer service.


  9. Great company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1.Good co-workers 2.Get lot of expi for freshers 3. Good employee benefits 4. Young culture

    Cons

    1. wish they had better system in place for knowledge transfer. employees leave the company so fast when someone new comes in its difficult to understand and do the job without proper background.

    Advice to Management

    Build better toilets....


  10. My staff were like my family

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow within the company Free clothes/50% off (new hire outfit, allowance, random giveaways) Cool environment and staff

    Cons

    Ocasionally surprise corporate appearances that would lead to staying long after closing hours Explicit advertisements sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Don't just walk into the store and go straight into the back office like your Naomi Campbell on the runway Ask us if we want Starbucks too when you go


  11. Stable enough if you're a decent worker!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Boca Raton, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, Artistic atmosphere, Eclectic co-workers, Celebrity customers, If talented and good at schmoozing can work your way to corporate.

    Cons

    Not always recognized, Sometimes undervalued, Horrible Coworker(only one in my store but she's been working here for the longest and every workplace has one)

    Advice to Management

    Not much really it's honestly great corporate structure just lower level management isn't necessarily the best but that says nothing about the company.



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