Abercrombie & Fitch Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Don't get sucked in!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, not much else. Attire is casual. Great if you want to live in Ohio and/or value superficial appearances over comprehensive business knowledge.

    Cons

    No accountability of DM's. favoritism runs rampant. Increasing demands are met with decreasing resources. Upper management is out of touch with store level realities. Upper management does not promote critical thinking. Culture is fake. Promotions have little to do with the empirical business successes and directives.

    Advice to Management

    Don't get sucked in, a successful career path with A&F forces a compromise of character. Don't trust your supervisors to have your best interests in mind.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Management... Good Luck!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great looking people (No fraternization is allowed). The pay is pretty competitive. Benefits are decent. (PPO. 2 weeks of paid vacation. 5 personal days. 3 sick days.)

    Cons

    The company is extremely petty. I have personally seen managers succeed not for what they have done, but for how they look physically. They will also tell you that it is not a requirement to wear their clothing; however, this is only so they don't have to pay for you to wear it as a "uniform." Management will often "phase out" managers that no longer physically look like they could grace the precious marketing by labeling them as a "poor performer." Every manager hired has a picture of them taken and it is sent to corporate where the Regional Managers "judge" them on how beautiful they are. Everything is micromanaged by use of a daily checklist that is printed out from corporate every day. The checklist is rarely accurate with how much time it actually gives you vs. hours in the day to complete the daily tasks. This Often results in making you work well beyond the 40 hours a week you are scheduled and usually off the clock. The music is pretty loud, which you do get used to; however, the customer complaints everyday can drive a person crazy. I am also wondering how long it will take for me to develop some sort of lung cancer for all of the cologne I was required to spray in the air.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the pettiness. The consumer isn't worried about how beautiful the managers are, but the price and quality of the merchandise.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Cult

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Slave in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Slave in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with some awesome fun people who will be great friends. There is usually one awesome manager at each store who all the part timers adore. Unfortunately they usually don't stay with the company.

    Cons

    Get to witness the fake side of managers who are dying for a promotion at any cost. There are people in this company who like to point the finger and love to take credit for other people's good work.

    Advice to Management

    Managers, especially upper level, try to recall what it's like to be a normal human being, before you relied on the program to tell you what to do with every 30 mins of your work day. Stop being a damn robot. Ask your part timers who their favorite manager is and why they like working for that person. Learn something.


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  5. Don't work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, associates are fun college kids, isn't a hard job

    Cons

    Upper Management is awful, they dont teach you or show you had to do things, you learn by your mistakes and getting your a** reemed. IT is like high school all over again, everyone talks about everyone. It is so superficial it is ridiculous. You are judged daily.

    Advice to Management

    Don't judge people so much, take a look in the mirror, you aren't attractive.


  6. Helpful (1)

    MIT with A&F

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager In Training in Wilkes Barre, PA
    Former Employee - Manager In Training in Wilkes Barre, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Adequate salary for MIT position. Will not be fired for mistakes.

    Cons

    Paid half time for overtime (opposite of time and a half). Unpaid Breaks. Required to work on all weekends. Can not vacation during whole month of August. Can not vacation any time during holiday season. Do not receive benefits until after three months of employment. Will assume responsibilities of assistant manager position half way through training period. When promoted to Assistant Manager you will not receive pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Be less misleading when discussing promotional opportunities and hours of work during interviews. Be less misleading about transfer opportunities. Regular pay for overtime.


  7. Don't waste your time at this company.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Impact Team Member in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Impact Team Member in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The halfway decent reason to work at A&E is the discount.

    Cons

    The company is very superficial and doesn't value their employees. I'm not going to waste my time typing the negative comments but they can be read from others.

    Advice to Management

    I hope this company closes down forever.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Assistant Manager position

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in College Station, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The job is organized and there is nothing that is not laid out descriptively for employees to follow in how to run a store.

    Cons

    The position focuses more on recruiting acceptable looking people to draw in customers than on any other aspect of business, and promotions are at the District Managers whim without any other requirements regardless of tenure.

    Advice to Management

    Abercrombie seems to be a step behind on how to get people to buy their clothing. Sex appeal can only go so far, innovation is necessary if the company is going to be revitalized in the eyes of their targeted demographic.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Abercrombie and FItch Home Office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Albany, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Albany, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the campus is pretty, people are nice

    Cons

    the don't believe in family or friends or time off

    Advice to Management

    Give people raises on how hard they work and the good work they do not bc they have been there for years and years and surf the web all day


  10. Helpful (9)

    Good Money, Good Benefits, not worth it though

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Albany, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Albany, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Abercrombie offers very nice benefits and salary compensation packages. you get lots of vacation, personal and sick days which is far superior compared to other companies. You are paid very well and depending on your department the people are pretty nice to work around. The campus is pretty awesome and it is definitely one of a kind.

    Cons

    While they offer some great packages, it is like working in a fraternity or sorority. If you do not act or look a certain way, you tend to be out casted. It is not this way in every department just some of the more brand image departments such as merchandising, allocation and brand senses. You also have to understand that you are working for a single person's vision. While they try to emphasis team work, it's not really true. This company will be made or broken depending on what one person believes in. It's kind of hard to get on board and follow a company like that. Promotions are based on who you know and who you can suck up to as well. Unfortunately I was stuck in a department that ostracized you if you did not fit the correct mold. Myself being married, older (28), living in a suburb and not going out to drink every night, did not bode well in my department. Everybody lived in either downtown, short north or German village and with other A&F roommates. Everybody goes out with each other including senior management, if you don't get in with this crowd you will be out for the remaining time you're in the department. This crowd also tends to get favoritism. A slap on the wrist for someone means termination for a different person. This company is a huge clique. It is honestly like high school all over again, except it lasts the length of your career. You are also expected to work incredibly long hours. For people who want a life outside of A&F without other A&F associates in it, don't work here. You also aren't thanked for your long hours, and in fact if you actually do leave on time (between 530 and 6) it is severely frowned upon. Don't expect to have much of a home life.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everybody fairly, that's your job as senior management. You shouldn't be hanging out with only certain lower level associates, giving them better treatment while chastising others. Stop the horrible clique cycle A&F has. Stop treating the CEO like he's a walking God. He doesn't have all the answers, think independently. This is the worst group think place ever, you should be trying to change it.


  11. Pretty Horrinle

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Model in Okemos, MI
    Current Employee - Model in Okemos, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is fun some of the time. I like the laid back atmosphere. There isnt a lot of stress. It's ok.

    Cons

    They make you buy the clothes. They only care about how you look and are very creepy about if you've gained or lost weight.

    Advice to Management

    I think they need to be more reasonable about a lot of things like not making us buy all their clothes.



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