American Apparel

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Despite a few good people, there was major incompetence at every level, especially corporate.

Inventory Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

Pros-Competent and patient managers (though rarely available) can do wonders for a store
-CEO does weekly calls with store management and does listen to concerns and issues
-CEO also responses directly to email
-At store management level, overtime hours are plentiful
-Travel is fairly compensated

Cons-Almost all parts of store development and management are in shambles
-Store employees are hired with little to no experience and then promoted when current managers inevitably quit out of rage or frustration. They are improperly trained and left with tasks far beyond experience.
-Standards from store to store are rarely kept uniform, despite sporadic efforts for corporate
-Corporate teams and management are almost no help to any one at any level. People with experience or skill are rarely the people that deal directly with stores
-Higher level employees are personally dealing with huge numbers of stores, leading to confusion, mistakes, and long turn around times for critical issues
-Pay is very low
-Title changes come with major additions to workload, but little to no pay increase
-Store employees expected to deal with an increasing numbers of tasks without reducing or streamlining older tasks.
-Turnover is very high, leaving management to oscillate between dealing with overworked regulars and unexperienced new members
-Store budgets are kept razor thin and allotted hours are tied directly to sales, causing tight scheduling.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire management with experience, not the current employees dumb or willing enough to take the job.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    nice part-time job as a sales associate

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel part-time for less than a year

    Pros: Amazing discount (50%), good quality basic clothes. Basically the only reason you should work here over other retail stores. The pants/jeans, nailpolish (lol) and… Cons: You can pretty much only get a job here if you're can play up the part of a sexy hipster (or if you simply are… Advice to Senior Management: Overall, my store managers have been very kind and accommodating with any time off I needed or if I needed help throughout my training period… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    Nice Environment but Little Room for Growth

    Sales Associate (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at American Apparel part-time for less than a year

    Pros: Chill co-workers and managers (which is rare) 50% off discount for all clothing 2 seasonal clothing allowances Little… Cons: SAs and Cashiers steal sales Little room for growth, though it is very often… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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