American Eagle Outfitters Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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American Eagle Outfitters Interim CEO Jay Schottenstein
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Pros
  • There are lots of fun incentives for employees and a great discount on products (in 168 reviews)

  • Great employee discount that you are able to share with family and friends (in 87 reviews)

Cons
  • They even made one girl cry because she "wasn't getting enough credit cards" while she was on register (in 95 reviews)

  • Work life balance is terrible with no rules to regulate hours between shifts (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Consistent and full of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandise Lead in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Merchandise Lead in Chandler, AZ

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    They give tons of opportunities to move up in their company. There are positions to fit every one. They give wonderful employee discounts. The training that AE gives to new employees ensures that the new employee is comfortable and educated on how to work there.

    Cons

    It can sometimes feel like all employees are juggling many different projects at once, which can get overwhelming at times.

    Advice to Management

    My advise to management would be to continue doing awesome! Store 598 is lucky to have such an awesome and hard working management staff.

  2. Nice people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Eagle Outfitters

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

    Pros

    Great first job for a high schooler

    Cons

    Managers have too much power

  3. Fun Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Eagle Outfitters

    Pros

    Fun, benefits, excellent product, fair treatment of employees and management

    Cons

    at the time too much turnover among management staff within the district

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  5. Sales Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters part-time

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Receiving less hours to work

  6. Sales Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters part-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, discounts, co-workers, clothes

    Cons

    rude customers, standards, work, folding.

  7. Key Holder

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Eagle Outfitters full-time

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

    Pros

    Employee discount! They were always cool about working around my school schedule. Pay was decent once I got into management, and all the managers were a pleasure working with.

    Cons

    Just like with any retail store, floorsets were the worst. Never got out on time since the company likes to never send anything that is called for on the floorset documents. Therefore having to improvise and make adjustments. That always held us back.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, everything about this company made it very easy to work for. Only thing that I would suggest would be to promote your associates. Many times there were kids I worked with that had been there for years and were devoted to the company. But never once got a promotion. They then would find something that payed more and left.

  8. Asst Store Mgr

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Fort Wayne, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Merchandising, Visuals, Work Culture, Training, Development

    Cons

    Salary, Work/Life Balance ,Middle mgmt, Lack of time with upper mgmt, Loss Prevention

  9. Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fun to work for and lots of of competitions within the store so win free items and prizes. The company itself does a good job in keeping the employees on track with what is new and how they want them to sell those new items.

    Cons

    Not many benefits as a sales associate. My store manager would always leave early during her shifts. Management in general are lazy and unappreciative and tend to point fingers at employees when numbers aren't great. Then when bonuses come they are the ones to reap the benefits.

  10. Worked there for about 2 months and had a good taste for the consumer clothing industry.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Eagle Outfitters part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fun and easygoing experience. Quite enjoyable if you shop there and you get a great discount.

    Cons

    Gets very busy during the holidays and believe it or not you have a lot of things to take care of.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to Management except for being clearer on directions on the sales floor and a follow through.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Great high school to college job, I really love my discount of 40% off but it's increased since then

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Denton, TX

    I worked at American Eagle Outfitters part-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Discount
    Work life balance
    Good training
    Understanding of the product
    Trusted by management

    Cons

    Not a lot if hours
    Credit card selling
    Low pay
    Customers

    Advice to Management

    Most your staff is college kids consider that they are pursuing degrees and going to school

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