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Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY
Former Employee - General Manager in New York, NY

I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

No pervious experience required, they'll teach you everything you need to know about running a multimillion business. Fun environment to work in while you're training.

Cons

Once you advance to a higher management position your supervisors no longer care how many hours over 40 you work without overtime pay. It's looked down upon if you leave on time, when your scheduled shift is over. You must have tough skin to work here: the negative feedback is cutting and you'll get no positive feedback.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Want to keep those positive managers you spent so much time developing? Be nice, be thankful for their hard work, and pay them for their time! You're selling clothing to teenagers, not saving lives. Relax and provide the cool, fun environment you promised in the interview.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Former Employee - Impact Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Impact Assistant Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    You work with a lot of really good looking people. I met a significant other there. 99% of everyone you interact with at any level will be extremely cool and easy to get along with. Most managers are recent college graduates so you're talking about 23-25 year old managing 18 and 19 year olds. The whole environment is very "college-like". It's not super demanding. Most people think that AF is horrible because they only hire good looking people, but when you work there you see that it really is a genius marketing strategy.

    Cons

    As a manager, the hours and expectations suck. You work either 9-6 or 2-11, mid-shifts are rare. Just like any specialty retail store the sales goals are unrealistic, there is high pressure to perform, and you must always be recruiting good looking people to work in the stores. If your store manager sucks, your whole store will suck in a trickle down way. I once closed every Friday and Saturday for two months and never realized my store manager was off every weekend (not allowed by any stretch) so just be cautious of the people that take advantage of good workers. The company isn't horrible, but poor managers will take its toll. Oh, and the pay isn't competitive or good by any regard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more stringent on who you hire to run the stores, allow more flexibility in scheduling by hiring more managers per location. Also increase hourly pay for store employees. AF is one of the lowest paying retail stores for all levels of employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. It was a fun experience to have

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Edison, NJ

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I met a lot of great and fun people. The managers were great and understanding. The employee discount is also great.

    Cons

    The job consisted of very menial tasks like folding, greeting, cleaning, etc. The pay was really low too. More monitoring of employees would be beneficial too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of workers are on their phones--more careful monitoring should be done.

    Recommends
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