American Apparel Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider
Paula Schneider
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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. Great place to develop skills and build the foundation for a solid career. They don't pay well but you learn a ton.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - District Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - District Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at American Apparel (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of room for advancement and travel. You can really be yourself there and find your own niche based on your interests and skill set.

    Cons

    Lots of overlap of responsibility can create confusion. You often have to clean up other people's messes after they disappear into the night. Highly competitive atmosphere where the loudest voice often wins.


  2. Keyholder

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Keyholder
    Former Employee - Keyholder

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

    Pros

    Employees at AA are usually open-minded, friendly, and easy to get along with. Discount is a whopping 50%, and a few times a year there are lists of older items shared with employees that have merchandise up to 80% off. Very progressive company ethos.

    Cons

    Strict dress policy (only AA apparel at all times head to toe. Sometimes has a "culty" vibe, if that makes sense. Pay isn't great, and there aren't many resources on how to move to a different/higher position for lower level employees

    Advice to Management

    Delegate detail oriented plans to middle management, rather than relaying the demands of corporate.


  3. Many perks, pay isn't one of them.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandising Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Visual Merchandising Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, flexible environment, creative tasks, clothing discounts and allowances, good music, health benefits for full-time workers.

    Cons

    Not compensated for the amount of work and responsibility required.

    Advice to Management

    Pay and incentives should be more evenly distributed in the retail portion of the company.


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  5. Left before Dov, never looked back.

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Discount on clothes, and my co workers.

    Cons

    the pay is horrible, and the work ethic from employees sure reflects that. When Dov was still around I remember many a night when we would have to stay until 11PM for impromptu meeting. Poor you if you were the one selected to go get him a burger (NO ONIONS!!). At the end of my tenure here, I saw people dropping like flies-- managers, directors, associates.

    Advice to Management

    I heard many things have changed for the better in the past 18 months, and I can only hope that this is true. Please keep people in positions of power that are talented, and skilled and not just friends of the execs. And PLEASE do something about the quality control, even with the employee discount--$25 for a shirt that will immediately rip after one use is hard to swallow.


  6. Print Studio

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Print R & D in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Print R & D in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Apparel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    vertically integrated manufacturing is one of the greatest things a company could possibly do . a one stop shop from beginning to end. the whole process and ideology of a company of this nature just wonderful if a apparel manufacture stand point.

    Cons

    NEPOTISM, HAVING SUPERVISORS THAT STIFLE YOU AND TAKE YOUR ART AND USE IT FOR THEM SELVES. STOLEN PERSONAL HARD DRIVE FROM DESK .


  7. Pretty solid job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Backstock Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Backstock Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting pay. Nice discount. A sense of being a part of your store's team (if it's a smaller store)

    Cons

    Miscommunication between corporate and the stores. Hard to approach upper management with problems.

    Advice to Management

    Be more understanding. Your employees want to do good work - let them.


  8. Good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee discount and easy job tasks

    Cons

    Depends on management if you get proper training.


  9. Unorganized Management

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at American Apparel

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    cool people, employee discount, it's an easy job

    Cons

    your experience really depends on your store manager. I had a couple managers, and one was great and the other was very disorganized. Communicating with her was difficult. Schedules sent out too late or had issues. I also get the feeling that the company doesnt care about it's employees. it's hard to get full time employment.


  10. Fun

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of co cool workers

    Cons

    slave labor
    not a lot of hours if you want them


  11. Okay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at American Apparel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not a hard job. Easy to move up. Friendly co workers

    Cons

    Hours, you'd be hired as full time with part time hours. Management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized and strict.



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