American Apparel Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider
Paula Schneider
36 Ratings

Pros
  • Employees get a 50% discount on regular priced items and 30% off sale (in 54 reviews)

  • Free clothes upon hire, 50% discount, free giveaways from time to time (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • Overall this company is disorganized and has a high turnover rate and does not reflect their values of a "sweatshop free" environment in their stores (in 10 reviews)

  • upper management makes it painfully obvious that they do not care about the workers (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Love my AA Family

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    Former Employee - Key Holder
    Former Employee - Key Holder
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers and I made a close, tight knit team. Our store and regional mangers are the greatest. Employee Discounts are AMAZING.

    Cons

    American Apparel has its moments where things get a little chaotic...not too much opportunity to move up in management. also, I was staffed A LOT and I was only part time with NO BENEFITS.


  2. Great First Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Wonderful training and management. Excellent co-workers. Best clothes ever!

    Cons

    Disrespectful customers, but that is retail in general

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  3. American Apparel Lincold Rd

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great discounts, allowance, good music, fun environment

    Cons

    Stuck-up coworkers, laughable management that don't know how to do their jobs, rudeness, 30 min break for 8hours what.

    Advice to Management

    Find a good replacement who actually knows how to do your job


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  5. Keyholder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    dope discount, chill work environment, easy to move up in the store, not a lot of work

    Cons

    too casual of a work environment. Managers sleeping with sales people, sales people doing drugs with managers. just all messy really.

    Advice to Management

    lose the drama


  6. Pretty good so far

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Environment is pretty cool, The co workers are great, The DM is really cool, pay is great and free clothes.

    Cons

    customer are sloppy as hell when it comes to the clothes but so far no cons in my opinion expect for the stealing from customers too also.


  7. Keyholder

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    best environment, people, flexible hours

    Cons

    none, everyone is friendly !!


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    Sales associate/ cashier

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Apparel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers Good discounts Flexible schedules Fun environment Nice clothes

    Cons

    Terrible managing Terrible pay End up spending all your money on the Mandatory clothing you have to wear Always making full time employees close every single day

    Advice to Management

    Don't just promote people because of the empty space Promote people with skill Stop making little kids managers Stop micro managing and worry about the bigger problems in the store


  9. Backstock

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Discount 50% off store Good salary

    Cons

    Lengthy hours Transportation to store School interfered Difficult training Short breaks


  10. Stylist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Clean work environment. Good pay.

    Cons

    Zero direction. Person who was supposed to provide direction had little to no experience. Lack of communication between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Be more cohesive. Explain to people what you expect from them. Communicate!


  11. Store Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    cash and clothing bonus if monthly goal is made. benefits and PTO for full time management.

    Cons

    district and mostly corporate employees are very young and inexperienced. most stores are very low staffed and can be difficult to schedule with given budgeted hours.



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