American Apparel

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American Apparel Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
284 Reviews
2.9
284 Reviews
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American Apparel Chairman, President, and CEO Dov Charney
Dov Charney
180 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a 50% discount, but the items are so expensive that I never buy anything (in 51 reviews)

  • Regularly bribed with free clothes to work unpaid overtime (in 35 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)

  • Extremely poor judgement on the part of upper management (in 16 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Wonderful to work at.

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

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    The managers are understandable with flexible hours. You have a total of an hour break if you work more than 5 hrs which is amazing and you can actually relax.

    Cons

    The only con I would have for this company is to have more security if not have more associates working in sections.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Holder
    Current Employee - Key Holder

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hell

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

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The discount, met great people

    Cons

    Management sucks, unprofessional, care too much about looks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire less catty females

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great retail experience for first time retail employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel

    I have been working at American Apparel part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great discount, giveaways, comfortable environment not stressful

    Cons

    competitive to get sales and commission

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall, not too bad

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

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Artistic people. Free clothing. Easy to move up in the company when you focus and simply ask. Good benefits for full timers

    Cons

    It differs from manager to manager... you might have a great store manager or you might not. Sometimes there is favoritism. A lack of professionalism. You need to wear ALL AA AND OUR CLOTHING IS NOT CHEAP.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have better control,

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fine job for a college student or even high school student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The environment was fun and organized. It was nice to work for a vertically integrated company. I found the product to be easy to sell.

    Cons

    The store was open too late, even on the holidays. There was some awkwardness in communication from management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It has its downside, but overall my experience has been a positive one. Just please pay employees more.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers. Quick aggrandizement.

    Cons

    Management is too young. Associates tend to become too friendly with management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More perks would build better loyalty. Enforce more professionalism amongst associates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Decent

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

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cool people, great discount (50%) occasional free clothing giveaways.

    Cons

    Long hours for managers, always on call, even on days off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My visual managers have been great, in general I think some store managers are often promoted without enough experience. It would be great to see a more structured training program for employees on every level, company wide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice job for new grads

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    unlimited vacations, generous pay, on site lunch

    Cons

    Yelling. Lots and lots of in your face yelling. High turnover rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sometimes challenging, but fun job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Keyholder in Saint Augustine, FL
    Current Employee - Keyholder in Saint Augustine, FL

    I have been working at American Apparel part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free clothes, half-off discount, opportunity to move up quickly in the company, interesting coworkers, good place to gain retail and back stock experience

    Cons

    Sloppy management, disorganization, confusing communication methods, fairly high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways to communicate with staff, hire new associates with more experience and work ethic, hold store meetings more often.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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