American Eagle Outfitters

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American Eagle Outfitters Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
998 Reviews
3.4
998 Reviews
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American Eagle Outfitters Interim CEO Jay Schottenstein
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are lots of fun incentives for employees and a great discount on products (in 146 reviews)

  • Great employee discount that you are able to share with family and friends (in 79 reviews)


Cons
  • They even made one girl cry because she "wasn't getting enough credit cards" while she was on register (in 90 reviews)

  • Work life balance is terrible with no rules to regulate hours between shifts (in 27 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to start to get retail experience.

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Montclair, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Montclair, CA

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

    Pros

    The pros of working as a sales associate would be the discount employees would receive on clothing.

    Cons

    Not getting enough hours during the week.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Love my store, hate corporate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Carbondale, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Carbondale, IL

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Managers at my store are always amazing. They were always OK with days off, understanding about emergencies, friendly, never talked down, were willing to teach me anything I needed to learn, free with reference letters, and just all around amazing people. I don't think I could imagine a better set of managers. The incentives during the summer and holiday seasons were always amazing as well. I would win anything from free jeans, to jewelry, to cups, to any item under a certain price.

    Cons

    One of the main challenges was with the upper management, aka district managers and higher. They were never friendly when they came, always talked down, and seemed like they just wanted to scare us. They even made one girl cry because she "wasn't getting enough credit cards" while she was on register. They also have a tendency to say that they're coming, but never show up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management: I would just say to get to know your employees. You will go so much farther and your stores will perform so much better if you associates think that you're rooting for them, instead of trying to scare them or get them fired.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Webster, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Webster, MA

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Outgoing and personalized company. Very customer focused.

    Cons

    The pay as an associate is bare minimum.
    The hours are barely reaching the time able to take a break.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Definitely up the hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    ups & down

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters

    Pros

    awesome discount, awesome customers. cool vibe. have opportunity to learn something everyday. they promote from within. Usually

    Cons

    very inconsistent. have to wear alll AE if its a flagship like mine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start taking care of the inner costumers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in East Lansing, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in East Lansing, MI

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great staff and company. Discount is amazing!

    Cons

    Annoying week-by-week schedule and getting a sub can be tricky.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Associate

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    fun, friendly, great way to learn to work with all kinds of people. If you show that you want to work, management usually will notice and it will be easy to get more hours if you want them, just be friendly and busy when you work.

    Cons

    some of the hours are random, if any at all for the week depending on your location. management tends to change alot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be friendly and nice to your workers, show respect if you want them to work hard for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience was very positive, I was able to grow here and take on high responsibility in a fairly short amount of tim

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Art Director in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at American Eagle Outfitters full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -1/2 day fridays in the summer, great vacation
    -travel
    -ability to get as involved as you want to make what you want happen
    -full benefits, 401K match 100%, good health & dental & maternity leave
    -tend to promote from within

    Cons

    -quick turnover
    -conflict in leadership which in turn leads to spinning & confusion with direction
    -main office in pittsburgh
    -not a good life/work balance
    -tend to promote from within people not vetted for company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work at

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Fred, LA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Fred, LA

    I worked at American Eagle Outfitters part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    Great people
    Good salary
    Wonderful overall

    Cons

    Super busy
    Rude customers
    On feet all day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great first job

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jamestown, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Jamestown, NY

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great workplace environment, friendly employees and managers, great company beliefs

    Cons

    No perks for getting loyalty, low pay for part time employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I have been working at American Eagle Outfitters full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Always ahead of the curve in new technology and great discount.

    Cons

    Pay is low for the level of dedication that is expected of part timers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within all the way up the ladder. Corporate managers with store experiences will benefit greatly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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