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

I worked at American Apparel part-time for less than a year

Pros

not minimum wage, flexible with schedule

Cons

they are extremely focused on your appearance

Advice to ManagementAdvice

give us more money

Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    I met some great people and made connections but the workload was always overwhelming.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Inventory Coordinator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Inventory Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at American Apparel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Great coworkers
    - Gain experience using Microsoft Excel
    - Medical and Dental benefits for workers
    - Clothing allowances are given out when sales goals are met

    Cons

    - Heavy amounts of favoritism
    - Little oversight of supervisors/managers
    - Uncomfortable work environment
    - Inventory employees never leave on time
    - Are expected to respond to emails at all times (even from home)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should observe lower management more often. I worked under 3 different store managers, who would all spend over 2 hours per day browsing gossip websites or reading tabloid magazines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Despite a few good people, there was major incompetence at every level, especially corporate.

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

    I worked at American Apparel full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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