American Apparel Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider
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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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  1. Great summer position

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    Good hours and friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Training new employees was not as organized as expected

  2. Great company with solid benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    Discounts, cool hires, understanding managers.

    Cons

    The occasional clueless, young employee that doesn't last very long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Working here is ok, not as glamorous as some people make it out to be. It's really nothing special for what they pay.

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

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    It was my first real retail job so it's the best foot in the door, also the discount is great. You get an allowance and other things of the sort.

    Cons

    Some cons, it is very difficult to voice your opinion. you can not put your style into much. you are very limited when it comes to footwear ladies. you may only be in AA attire while on the sales floor. in order to be feature on the instagram same thing AA only. also your check goes right back into the company. constantly getting ranked. you would think you get first dibs on new merch, think again you have to wait to weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it seems as though "AA is life" mentality is what goes on. this isn't very fair to the employees, since must of them are in school and have other more important obligations. I would suggest you be a little more lenient with the staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Low stress, but failed to give a sense of direction

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    Former Employee - Stock Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Stock Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good co-workers, decent pay

    Cons

    Mistreatment of product that leads to overall nonchalance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat product with more care, allot more time for employees to accomplish tasks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Okay

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Garden City, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Garden City, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Pros

    Employee discount , experience, product knowledge ...........................

    Cons

    Boring, prejudice , dress in all AA , favoritism ................................................,,,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ...........................................,,,,,,,,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Currently working/ Stuck in Hell.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Meet very interesting co-workers! Same age group & great connects. 50% off clothes.

    Cons

    Managers are like 12 years old. Managers only go for looks not what you can offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The worst management ever. Thank god, Dov Charney is off the map! Just kidding, he's the biggest shareholder, so he's still around being creepy.

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

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Miami, FL

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    Discounts, young vibe, good pay depending

    Cons

    Terrible people. Young people who have no idea what they're doing. No respect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work where you actually have a degree or some knowledge in. Listen to your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Pros and Cons

    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You get paid a pretty standard retail rate as is expected. Slightly more freedom than other retail establishments and work with fun, young staff. Sometimes got to participate in unique promotions which not a lot of other retail places will do.

    Cons

    Well, it is a per/hour retail job so all the disadvantages that come with that. You are not particularly given much trust or value and if there is a small reason for management to dislike you, you're out, just like that. Not a lot of job security, but that is not abnormal considering what kind of job it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more respect and trust for your employees, organize and clarify your goals so the staff know 100 percent what is expected of them.

  10. Work you like a slave in their factory, all announcements are in Spanish, If you are a different ethnic you have to ask

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    Former Employee - Seamstress in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Seamstress in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    I didn't find any Pros

    Cons

    Minimum wage, if you get on a team that makes money then they break up the team and throw you somewhere else making minimum again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Demanding company

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    Current Employee - Key Holder in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Key Holder in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    Employees aren't allow to work more than 5 hours without a 30 minute break which is nice. I liked my co-workers and felt that we were able to know each other. Store management is fine to work under.

    Cons

    Corporate management expects a lot from employees. If you are within $200 of that day's sales goal, you are required to stay open until the goal is reached. There was a lot of theft in the store and sometimes accompanied by physical and verbal threats, but the corporate office did not react often. There is also high employee turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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