American Apparel

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American Apparel Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
292 Reviews
2.9
292 Reviews
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American Apparel Chairman, President, and CEO Dov Charney
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185 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a 50% discount, but the items are so expensive that I never buy anything (in 53 reviews)

  • Regularly bribed with free clothes to work unpaid overtime (in 37 reviews)


Cons
  • There is an extremely high turnover rate at that level due to harassment, disorganization, and no work/live balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Not very professional, exceptionally long hours of work, very little pay for the work load (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Mixed Feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Interesting people, friendly management, employee discount.
    I love the people I work with.

    Cons

    Somewhat unprofessional.
    I'm confused on behalf of the qualifications of the people who manage.
    I feel like a slave working here. I work VERY hard for minimum wage.
    There's an overwhelming pressure to wear 100% American Apparel clothing. This really takes away the sense of individualism and adds to the feeling of slavery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to be so hip and focus on managing.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Meet cool people

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

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

    Pros

    Employee discount,
    meeting great people,
    fun environment

    Cons

    no room for personal growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not horrible, but not the best.

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

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

    Pros

    The employees are great! I've met some great people working for AA. 50% off discount is always a plus!!

    Cons

    Management is getting better but should've been better all along. They literally talk to you like you're so far behind them and in reality a few steps ahead of them.

    We have asset protection but sales and backstock police (risking safety) everytime there's theft or potential theft

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nicer! More respective

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was frustrating and pretty horrible. Hard work and a terrible work environment.

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

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

    Pros

    Other coworkers were fun.

    Cons

    Terribly specific and weird hiring process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful to work at.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great retail experience for first time retail employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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