American Apparel Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. Cool

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Cashier in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Discount is nice on clothing

    Cons

    High school scene like environment

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized


  2. Sales associate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate - American Apparel in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at American Apparel

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

    Pros

    The only good thing about it was the people I worked with. And the clothes of course. There wasn't much work assigned to is so it was fairly easy

    Cons

    TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE! Low pay, horrible managers. I hate that we had to wear all AA! I can understand the clothes but the accessories and shoes?? Ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Be nice to those who do the job well. be more understanding. Grow up.


  3. Not a good long term option

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Backstock Associate
    Former Employee - Backstock Associate

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules for students, Tons of free clothing, good employee discount, relatively high starting wage

    Cons

    Shallow staff, high turnaround among staff members, everyone who works there is young, expensive clothes that you are required to wear, high judgement on appearance, expectation to dedicate all of your time to the company even on off hours.

    Advice to Management

    Be older.


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  5. Stock Room

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stock Room Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Stock Room Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at American Apparel (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free clothes Parties Great location Cool people Discounts

    Cons

    Hot Sticky Unpleasant upper management Weird hours Unfair and discriminatory culture

    Advice to Management

    This company really really sucks.


  6. Backstock Associate

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

    I worked at American Apparel

    Pros

    Great hours and amazing co workers.

    Cons

    Company management needs to focus on what is important.


  7. Good job for young people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Apparel (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun environment for young people as a starter job. Generous Employee discount. The atmosphere is generally pretty easy and not too frantic or stressful.

    Cons

    There is a lot of unprofessionalism and turnaround due to the young age of many employees. There is also a lot of favoritism in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to curb the favoritism and cliques since it is a professional setting, not a high school setting.


  8. Neutral Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in White Plains, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The 50% discount, and the clothing allowance that was given seasonally.

    Cons

    The environment was very stuck up, the other co-workers felt as if they were entitled and above everyone else. One even said "She can't even afford those jeans", which I have to say were very expensive over $90 jeans. They hire based off appearance, during the interview it seemed they were not listening to a word I said rather than looking at my clothing and how I looked. Very pushy when it comes to sales, feels like you're bothering the customer.


  9. Mixed Bag, but Good in a Pinch

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

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

    Pros

    There is a fun atmosphere that is created at one of these stores, provided you have good people to work with. The products are easy to sell, and the company practices sustainable creation of their product, which I was passionate about despite the company's lewd persona. I didn't have a problem getting shifts and was making a decent amount of money doing so- they were also flexible with my schedule (within reason), considering I was a student. The discount is also pretty awesome

    Cons

    The job can be rather superficial at time, and it generally attracted employees who didn't want to work, but just wanted the discount. There is a pretty high turnover rate, and I ended up being one of the longest working employees, but was never promoted despite my consistency and hard work ethic. This was something that was bothersome to be.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes lower employees were looked down upon my visiting corporate members, and that created a toxic work environment that left most people pissed off. And especially in the New England stores, there was a lot of cleaning and physical labor that came with the job that was not made clear to me in the beginning.


  10. marketing

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

    I worked at American Apparel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good discount. flexible working time

    Cons

    the company is very unstable. horrible brand image. the management team didn't tell truth to the employees and didn't care about their people. the company's culture is terrible, everywhere is politics.

    Advice to Management

    tell truth to our people, and make right decision


  11. Fashion Industry + Corporate Life = Catty & Cut Throat

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The direct people I worked within my department were super fun and cool. I even became very god friends with one of them and the rest were nice and fun to work with. The discounts for clothes sucks so that can't even be counted as a pro.

    Cons

    ALMOST everyone there were catty and rude. They say climbing the corporate ladder can be hard but try combining that with the fashion industry... I NEVER looked forward to leaving my department (to go get something, take laptop to IT, etc)

    Advice to Management

    I don't really think my advice will be heard or cared about...



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