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Graphic Designer

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Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New Albany, OH
Current Employee - Graphic Designer in New Albany, OH

I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Lovely campus, casual dress code. It feels more like a college campus than anything. The compensation and benefits are substantial, especially as a starter job, but honestly aren't enough for the BS they ask of you. I have a great rapport with my coworkers, but upper level management is a joke. If you can stand the place and fake your way long enough, you move up fairly quickly.

Cons

Very low work/life balance, zero to none creative freedom, ridiculous office politics and a "big brother" type HR department. You feel as if every move is being scrutinized, which is a joke considering how asinine the company has become in recent years. They BLAST the god-awful soundtrack in work spaces, and you hear the same 30 songs, multiple times, all day, every day, for months on end. You are required to buy the clothes, and look and act the part of an Abercrombie employee (which is to say, young, attractive, popular, etc). You are not allowed to wear black or purple, and the CEO is honestly delusional. The company will spend itself to death if it doesn't kick him out soon and replace him with someone with a fresher vision. The chain of command is inefficient- too many non-creatives have a say in the finished product and doesn't allow for any creative growth. Literally every season looks the exact same as the last. They require you to sign a 3 year contract upon being hired that, if you leave prior, kills you with penalty fees (paying back something like $9000 in bonuses and relocation costs).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Ditch the CEO, allow the departments to work independently of each other.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Do not work here unless you are absolutly desperate for a job. Worst experience ever. DISCRIMINATORY.

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    Former Employee - Visual Assistant Manager in Beavercreek, OH
    Former Employee - Visual Assistant Manager in Beavercreek, OH

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume, managerial experience helped me get my current corporate job.

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, office politics and management play favorites, IMAGE BASED company (I was told I needed to lose ten pounds oh and i'm a size 6...). No room for growth, unprofessional work environment. Company is going down fast, stores closing, lack of creative and corporate growth. In order to succeed at this company you have to recruit associates based 100% upon their appearances. Associates that are not as attractive are encouraged to be members of the Impact Team this team does most of it's work in the back stock room. The company is not doing well domestically however they are doing well internationally. Lots of empty promises, don't believe anything upper management tells you, their only goal is to keep you at the store level, promises of home offices and promotions are a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing office politics and favorites. Be professional, this is not high school it is suppose to be a work environment. Promote staff that deserves it instead of keeping them in stores because you are too lazy and complacent to bring in new management. Stop lying to your staff about things you plan on doing when in fact you have no intentions of doing it. Oh and of course stop judging people based on their appearances.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good for those with busy schedules

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Paramus, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Paramus, NJ

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Very flexible scheduling and taking time off
    -friendly co-workers and managers
    -comfortable and cute clothing to wear

    Cons

    -Pay (minimum wage)
    -Usually need to pay for work outfits (which cost more than what you're paid)
    -loose structure, little to no strictness (this can be a pro for some but for me i found it irritating that people could freely choose to not show up or leave early, rules were rarely enforced, and little training or encouragement to improve or grow)
    -music (same set of songs on repeat for several months)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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