American Apparel

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American Apparel Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
339 Reviews
2.8
339 Reviews
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American Apparel Chairman, President, and CEO Dov Charney
Dov Charney
216 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a 50% discount, but the items are so expensive that I never buy anything (in 54 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)

  • Upper management undermines your position and staff tend to not listen to you (in 18 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    New Employee for American Apparel

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    Current Employee - Picking in La Mirada, CA
    Current Employee - Picking in La Mirada, CA

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

    Pros

    Gain new experience in the warehouse.

    Cons

    Scanning and picking at a fast pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with other employees who has experiences and has been working there for a while.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seasonal Employee

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    Former Employee - Inventory/Sales Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Inventory/Sales Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy to learn how to be an inventory and sales associate. I enjoyed being an inventory associate more. People are usually easier to get along with. Easy to get time off if needed. Easy to become manager but pay always remains low.

    Cons

    50% discount isn't fair because year after year prices of everything have risen so they compensate through the discount. Back then it used to be less discount but that's because it was reasonably priced. Also you have to wear american apparel from head to toe which forces you to buy their stuff. I'm always left with minimal on my paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wearing American Apparel shoes should not be mandatory. The shoes are of low quality and my feet were definitely messed up from that. And for 9 an hour definitely not worth the pain in the long run.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great atmosphere, training provided, discounts on food. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    Great management and easy to move up to higher pay grade

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the way you're running things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The discount and the people you meet are great.

    Cons

    The don't train you properly, everyone you work with is never older than 35, it's a disorganized company and it's widely based around looks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES AND GET OVER YOURSELF. You are here to help people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great equals bad

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    Current Employee - Inventory Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Inventory Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    Discount
    Free clothes
    Weekly pay
    Friends

    Cons

    Not enough hours would love to work more with everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned A lot about the world

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    Current Employee - Inventory Manager
    Current Employee - Inventory Manager

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Free Clothing

    Cons

    Long hours
    Lack of Job security
    Frustrating inventory system

  8.  

    Average

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    50% off of all clothing plus you sometimes get free stuff
    coworkers are generally laidback, chill and fun to hang out with
    they are flexible about letting you take days off

    Cons

    sometimes they'll schedule you six days one week and then 0 days the next

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Meh.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    Learned alot because of lack of leadership

    Cons

    Same thing that made it cool also made it haphazard and disorganized.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place of employment~

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    Current Employee - Cashier, Personal Shopper in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Cashier, Personal Shopper in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Each store is there own little family, the workers are held to high standards so the stores are well kept. American apparel supplies each worker with fair pay and clothing allowances!

    Cons

    I wish the pay rate was higher..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Sometimes rewarding but mostly chaotic

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    Current Employee - In-Store Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - In-Store Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    I got a raise within a few months. Hours are cut for everyone but merchandisers who get OT often. Free clothes & great discount.

    Cons

    Training is fairly nonexistent. Authority is spread thin between too many people and they often contradict each other, making this job difficult and stressful. All the blame easily goes onto merchandisers so there is a lot of pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send out more directives. There is no work-life balance, absolutely none!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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