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Not a bad place to work, but the structure is very poor.

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Former Employee - Housekeeping in Los Angeles, CA
Former Employee - Housekeeping in Los Angeles, CA

I worked at American Apparel full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Work is pretty easy but unchallenging.
Listen to your headphones while you work.
Slight less workload during graveyard shift.
Subsidized lunch tickets and monthly bus passes.

Cons

Not compensated properly.
Fluctuating hours. (One month you might work over 40 hours while the next, you may work only 25).
Disorganization structure within management and leads.
Warehouse location not very ideal, especially for delicate clothes.
Friction and miscommunication between supervisors/leads and employees.
No cohesiveness.
Management set rules, which are enforced temporarily before laxing or implementing new rules.
Favoritism is rampant company-wide.
The CEO is very unprofessional and very colorful.
Human Resources are rarely present during critical situations.
The turnover rate is very high.
No vacation benefits and the health benefits are costly.
The company is in poor financial health.
Very superficial environment within the entire company.
Very easy to get terminate.
If interested in the company, apply at your risk.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire competent employees with motivation and the will and promote people from within as much as possible and train your employees with efficiency and pay your employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Boring job with little upward mobility...especially if you are not a clone.

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    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    50% discount off of AA merch + specials
    30% off multi-brand
    free glasses frames + $50 rebate on lenses
    amazing health insurance for FT
    fun styles

    Cons

    hard to get FT
    company hates giving out raises
    extremely cliquey
    intense favoritism for promotions
    most styles do not fit girls over a size M or L
    most styles do not fit guys over a size L
    blatant sexism
    sales associates start at $9 regardless of experience
    some stores are generally picky about which of their styles you wear
    only $180 clothing allowance (discount does not apply) per 6 months
    contests tend to pick similar winners and no reward for innovation
    you will hear lots of stories about how disgusting Dov Charney can be
    little to no training on how to make sales/customer service
    LOTS of petty high school drama
    Cashiers paid more than sales associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so concerned with with just image. Treat your employees with respect and encourage great customer service...your sales will go up and you won't have as high of a turnover rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great but also undefined.

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Free clothes, and great discount, competitive pay, creative work environment, easy to move up and beautiful people.

    Cons

    Overworked in the summertime and understaffed, Boxes will be the end of your life if not finished before the end of your shift, also corporate people when they come try to be too cool for school when they are just mildy attractive people who make 40 grand or less a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the amount of workers, and lower some of the expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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