American Apparel

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American Apparel Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
301 Reviews
2.9
301 Reviews
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American Apparel Chairman, President, and CEO Dov Charney
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good for a first time job.

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Worth it for someone young like me

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Meet cool people

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    • 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
  7.  

    Not horrible, but not the best.

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    • 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
  8.  

    It might be worth it if you actually like their clothes..

    • 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 part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    High turnover so they're desperate to hire anyone - just show up to your interview wearing AA. Once you've reached "seniority" (after a few months) you have a lot of control over your schedule and learn to navigate the ropes so you get paid to do as little as possible. By the end, I spent most of my time sitting around on my phone or hanging idly with the sales associates (most of whom were really enjoyable to work with!). But hey, you get what you pay for, AA. Which is almost nothing.

    Cons

    Unqualified, power-tripping management (store, backstock and district). Apparently their $11/hr job at this morally questionable company is all they aspire to in life. Once promoted, they routinely threaten meaningless write ups and send nagging emails demanding you to "reply in compliance" for things that they are often not doing correctly themselves! This creates a tense, high pressure environment despite extremely low wages. You're forced to wear AA's ugly, overpriced clothes (even worse, their carcinogenic shoes). Closers, expect to stay up to an hour longer than your scheduled shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to basics and best-sellers, instead of pushing new styles. Motivate employees with bonuses and higher salaries. Keep an eye on management to make sure they are still doing their job adequately - if they're getting paid more, they should be DOING more instead of pushing their share of the work to everyone else. Having employees anonymously review them once a month could be beneficial. A respectable management really makes a huge difference at the store level (this was apparent as we went through several management changes mid way at my store).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    THE WORST

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

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    decent discount
    seasonal allowance
    young employees
    you move up quick with sucking up

    Cons

    unorganized
    horrible coperate
    work environment is horrible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Key holder position employee

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

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

    Pros

    Discount ,flexible schedules ,and you can be promoted fast if you are favored.

    Cons

    Favoritism is a big factor to being promoted and pay is horrible for the amount of responsibilities that a key holder has. Upper management undermines your position and staff tend to not listen to you. The amount of hours you receive will change with the way management feels about you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better for this position

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The Worst...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great discount, good music in store, tasks and daily happenings are not very hard. Very easy entry level position and with the turnover rate, it's somewhat easy to get promoted if you show the slightest bit of capability.

    Cons

    Management is awful. Period. Favoritism is a very big part in promotions. Managers are rude, sneaky, and do whatever they can to capitalize on your hard work. Select room for growth. Managers are absent in presence but love to harrass you over technology and ask for shift coverage, random passive aggressive notes/letters, or just absolutely nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and start over. Your current managers are incompetent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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