American Apparel

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American Apparel Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
309 Reviews
2.8
309 Reviews
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American Apparel Chairman, President, and CEO Dov Charney
Dov Charney
199 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.  

    Great for students

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, Great Discount, Meet alot of new people

    Cons

    Poor Management, Hight turnover rate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great retail job

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    • 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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Discounts were really good. 50% off meant my entire paycheck went to clothing. I loved my co workers! There was always a break given in your shift 30 min-1hr.

    Cons

    They need to step their music game up cause I was sick and tired of listening to viva radio all the freaking time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    50% off all clothing and sometimes you will get an allowance

    Cons

    long shifts, they will keep you there and it is not up to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some cameras in the stock rooms.

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  5.  

    Not great

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

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    Free clothes and good coworkers

    Cons

    Horrible pay and management and hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the stringent rules please

  6.  

    Bad Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel in San Diego, CA

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    You receive a 50% employee discount

    Cons

    Rude manager, you spend more than you actually earn (because you have to wear head-to-toe American Apparel to work everyday)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give out better care packages to new employees

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

    Children running a company

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    • 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 part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Impossible to get fired, great people working for little to no pay

    Cons

    Managers with no sales experience or any idea on how to manage a group of people. Call outs all the time. Store during the summer has no a/c so sweating profusely is commonplace. Late hours during summer, 10pm-11pm the store will close, when nobody has come in since 8pm because it's SoHo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more and hire based on ability not on looks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for a first time job.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

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

    Pros

    The discount was great. They hired me without much experience. You can move up easily.

    Cons

    I was kept past midnight regularly. Pay isn't enough for what you do. Commission BLOWS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Move up in company very fast depending on skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    50% discount, good hours, management is in same age group as you (early 20s), clothing bonus, free giveaways

    Cons

    Managers sometimes stress others, call outs a lot, changes things to much, sometime unprofessional, no real benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the big things not the little

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Worth it for someone young like me

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

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

    Pros

    good opportunities for experience, i work with respected people in the work place, who appreciate what i do. i'm making good money for someone who is in school.

    Cons

    i'm worried about when I need to be more independent and will need more financial stability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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

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