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Abercrombie & Fitch Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
2,514 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with generally cool good looking people is a perk (in 49 reviews)

  • The store is small so it's easy to manage so it's a very laid back job (in 121 reviews)


Cons
  • Part time workers get minimum wage (i've never heard of any models getting a raise) (in 250 reviews)

  • Work-life balance varies based on how much time you are willing to make for personal activities (in 78 reviews)

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  1.  

    Unethical company going nowhere. Don't expect to advance unless you keep your mouth shut.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Causal dress
    -Good first job after college. Taught me all the things you don't want to do in your career.

    Cons

    Company ethics and values are still poor. Company still hires only good looking people and only hires "ugly" people if they are being put in the stockroom. I was once told by direct supervisors not to hire a highly qualified candidate who passed the interview because she wasn't "the look" we needed and we weren't "desperate enough" to hire her. Store management would get in trouble for having associates working that they didn't like the look of. As managers, we would have to plan out the schedule with our best looking people when we knew the DM was coming.

    Leadership is nonexistent unless you are lucky and get an ethical person as your supervisor. Most of the managers lie, gossip and spread rumors to get where they want to go with the company.

    The stores are starting to stay open for almost every holiday, and they don't take into consideration their own employees. They only care about money. Mostly because they aren't getting enough of it and their profits are way down.

    You will only advance if your DM likes you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some ethics. No one wants to work for a company that send you out to a college campus to recruit "great looking" associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Manager In Training

    Former Employee - Manager In Training (MIT)
    Former Employee - Manager In Training (MIT)

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time

    Pros

    They teach you basic leadership skills and they actively recruit employees.

    Cons

    Extremely self-centered company. They over work their employees and only care about the appearances of staff. Higher management does not take care of assistant managers or managers in training. Was an MIT for over 5 months because of the District Managers lack of organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Store manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    Discounts. Vacations and nothing else besides that

    Cons

    No appreciation. No commission . No holidays paid off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    sheer nepotism and blatant disregard for employees on a store level.

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    Former Employee - Floor Model in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Floor Model in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -You meet great coworkers who you forge great relationships with

    Cons

    -Forced to buy clothes every few months
    -No benefits
    -volatile work schedule
    -Can't move up the "corporate ladder" without a post secondary degree, but if you had a post secondary agree, you wouldn't accept the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Terrible management, only care about looks

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I basically didn't have to follow many rules. I just got to stand there and say "hello" to people who walked in. It was a relaxed atmosphere and my coworkers were really nice. Easy to get hired if you put effort into how you look during the interview. I scheduled an interview, dressed in their clothing, was told to come into work the next day for training.

    Cons

    - could not wear certain colors
    - constantly criticized for looks
    - my hair was not deemed as "appropriate" when in it's natural state
    - constant theft because management is not paying attention
    - my boss was constantly hungover
    - little communication
    - they hire you based on your looks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please screen employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not much good to say

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    They have a nice home office campus.

    Cons

    A very ego-driven place with absolutely no loyalty to its employees and no appreciation for the work that they really do. There is also no real vision for the company. Everything is reactionary with regard to fashion and business trends. The true leadership is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new folks in charge and make sure they have more character than the shallow folks who've been in leadership positions for a long time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Total joke of a job..

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    Former Employee - Impact Team Member in Altamonte Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Impact Team Member in Altamonte Springs, FL

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The smell of the store, talking to people, and that very minute that you ACTUALLY get a shift after months..

    Cons

    The job itself, no set schedule, never ever get called in to work, absolutely no proper training and the pay is terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GIVE HOURS!!! AND TRAIN YOURE EMPLOYEES TO ACTUALLY GIVE A CRUD!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Tedious

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    Discount, time mamagement, attractive staff, expat lifestyle

    Cons

    Shift Work, Unrealistic goals/standards, management attrition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop managing up and listen to your department

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Assistant Store Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Fun and Lively
    Some good employees

    Cons

    Superficial
    Poor Management
    Poor Business structure
    Unrealistic expectation for Assistant and Store Manager
    Hazardous work place (requires employees to wear flip flops)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix your entire business model... how about we start there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Inflated salary to make up for poor management and company culture

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    Former Employee - Merchant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Merchant in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High salary for the corporate retail. They have a high turn over rate so it's easy to move up quickly.

    Cons

    No consideration for work/life balance.
    Because of the high turn over rate they have people in management with positions with no management training or poor manager skills.
    The HR team consists of previous merchants/planners who are not qualified for HR needs and they are overly involved in non HR matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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