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Abercrombie & Fitch Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
2,135 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with really good looking people - cons is that they are not smart (in 44 reviews)

  • you got to work with people your own age and the managers were pretty laid back (in 108 reviews)


Cons
  • The lucky ones would get 8 hours a week getting paid minimum wage (in 232 reviews)

  • Poor work life balance, poor support from upper management depending on the district/region you're in (in 69 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Assistant manager of Abercrombie and Fitch

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    Current Employee - Assist Manager
    Current Employee - Assist Manager

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Pays ok for the first job out of college
    -Education is required, which is good because it doesn't undermine those of us who worked hard for our degrees.
    -some cool people
    -recruiting is fun--- you literally have to check out cute guys or girls for a living
    -room for moving up once you've graduated college...if you're pretty enough.

    Cons

    -hiring an efficient staff is a nightmare. We hire associates based on looks and a lot of them are ridiculously stupid.
    -some people think they're prettier than they really are and it's terribly obnoxious.
    -full time hourly wage gets cut in half after you exceed 40 hours a week :/
    -you get micromanaged and you're WAY underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get over yourselves. Your looks will fade. Then you won't pass your own interview.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Model/Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate (Model)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate (Model)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Super flexible schedule that you can essentially make yourself
    You get the opportunity to work with a ton of hot people so I mean I guess that's a plus
    Relaxed work environment (You're basically folding clothes and saying "hey how's it going" all day or working the cash wrap)
    This company has gone from basic flannels and tee's that had "A&F" plastered on them to real high-fashion, good quality clothes. It suffered a lot these past few years but I think the direction that it's going in is a good one.

    Cons

    Hours. Unless business is doing really well which more often than not it isn't, you usually get 4 hour shifts.
    You're placed in the store based on your outward appearance. So for instance, the best looking person gets placed in the very front or on cash registers and the less attractive are either in the back working stock or on fitting rooms or in the clearance section. Someone had to say it...
    Coworkers can be nice but there can also be a lot of cattiness and jealously especially over who gets places where..
    No opportunity for a raise or growth really unless you want to become a manager...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop placing models in zones based on outward appearance. It's annoying and raises tension.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Ehhhh

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    Current Employee - Impact Team Member  in  Aventura, FL
    Current Employee - Impact Team Member in Aventura, FL

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is that the store environment is very relaxed and chill. You also meet a lot of cool and interesting people that are your age

    Cons

    The pay sucks for the amount of work an impactor does. The stores barely give hours, not a good job if you're trying to save up for something nice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Impactor and managers do the most dutiful tasks in the store and the pay sucks. You guys want us to buy clothes from the company but sometimes we can't even afford it because of the pay. It's a rip-off, you get paid and the money goes right back to you guys because we MUST buy your clothing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great environment

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    Former Employee - Impact Team Member  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Impact Team Member in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers/team environment, training is definitely provided. You will usually get the hours you want and/or need.

    Cons

    Minimum wage; some workers work harder than others, thus pay is unfair. Opening can take place very early in the morning and closing can go past midnight (depending on the week day). No more than 20 hours per week per person for the most part.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Standard college part-time job

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Model)  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, upbeat environment, work requires little effort. As far as part-time jobs go, this is A-OK and it's certainly a unique retail experience to work at this particular brand.

    Cons

    No practical skills developed, fairly mindless, pay is just average in the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Energy

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    Former Employee - Assistant Visual Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Assistant Visual Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    There was a lot of great energy in the store - "clubby" music (I liked it anyway), fun associates and fellow managers, stylish products. It was a fun place to work post-college despite all of the haters and controversy. I had an AMAZING GM at my first store (Hollister) and I absolutely loved my job for the first 6 months. If you have the right associates and managers at your store, it can really make a huge difference!

    Cons

    I worked there when retail really started to suffer, so there was a ton of poorly executed downsizing and advancement opportunities seemed to disappear overnight. Pay was barely sufficient but other benefits were alright.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've worked in retail most of my life, and I wish companies would figure out a better system to rotate schedules so you didn't have to work EVERY weekend of EVERY month. Also, please don't count Friday as a "weekend" day - it definitely is not - making your managers work Saturday AND Sunday is not fair or necessary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    great as first job

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    Current Employee - Impact Team Member/Sales Associate  in  Arlington, TX
    Current Employee - Impact Team Member/Sales Associate in Arlington, TX

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    easy, laid back, simple tasks such as folding and greeting.
    easy to get along with everyone (most at least)
    you get to manage clearance so you can get first sales
    work with your schedules

    Cons

    -lazy managers, one of my managers just talked on her phone as all the employees closed.
    -not enough hours, they give hours to people who doesn't even show up
    -sometimes too high expectation and no help from others, they expect impactors to finish all the works when its crazily busy, and the models just stands around afterward
    -impactors get less hours
    -don't expect models to know impactors work because they wont.
    -stockroom is always unorganized because new hires don't know how to manage it well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just because you are managers, doesn't mean you should stand around watching your employees work, what is team work when you are not helping and joining in? Overall, managers should look at the abilities of employees to do things rather than just their looks.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    it was my first and best job I've had.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    the fact that they give you hours and the enviorment is just like hanging with your friends.

    Cons

    you are constantly moving and going up and down from the backstock area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be competitive with your employees and it will make them want to work twice as hard I'm living proof.

  10.  

    if you're cool with living in ohio...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    young, cute employees. cool office. good food options.

    Cons

    no work-life balance. micro-managed. executives expect you to work 50+ hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company, No Room for Creativity

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    Former Employee - Stock Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Stock Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Awesome work environment
    - Great upper management (from my experience)
    - Lifestyle company
    - MIT training program is great for first-time managers
    - Great medical/dental/eye
    - Awesome Discounts
    - Great opportunity for development

    Cons

    - Seen managers be managers for years
    - Promised positions and promotions not awarded.
    - Impacted (limited opportunity for promotions)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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