Forever 21

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Current Employee - Manager
Current Employee - Manager

I have been working at Forever 21 full-time

Pros

Little to no supervision ( if that is what you are into) and if you make friends with your co-workers and supervisors there is no getting in trouble when you screw things up. If you liked high school, you'll love Forever 21! It's all about gossip, drama and fitting in to cliques. Oh, also if you like doing double the work for half the pay, this place is for you! Let's not forget about the child labor used in China to produce the vast majority of the clothing- if you think under privileged children in other countries deserve to enslaved to make "cute" and "affordable" clothing you've found the right employer!

Cons

Company was down double digits in 2013 and cut hundreds of jobs, pay and benefits to make up for it. No real growth unless you make friends with your supervisors, only 10% discount, horrible benefits, NO SICK TIME and 75% of the year is in black out, so no taking vacation time either. The pay is horrible for the work load, all the competitors pay more! Manager's can not take off any weekends and the payroll is terrible so expect to do the work of 4 people and get paid less than 1 person should. Promotions and raises are all about brown nosing and NO TATTOOS or piercings allowed- even a nose piercing or gauged ears... Company is SUPER disorganized and the home office is ran by friends and family of the founders- expect to deal with people that either don't clearly speak or understand english but also have no qualifications to work in their assigned departments. This company laid of THOUSANDS of full time people in late 2013 to avoid paying out benefits, the people who could keep their jobs had to stay for less hours, less pay and NO benefits... This company is still considered a "private" company so information about it is hard to find, i have NOTHING to gain by saying these things BUT helping someone to not make the same mistake I did by working at Forever21.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Pay people what they are worth and treat them like human beings! Get organized and don't get personally involved with the people you supervise and treat other people poorly because of it, personal relationships are not for the workplace. Protect your employees- offer them good pay, benefits and a SAFE work environment. CHILD LABOR IS DISGUSTING, do it right, even if its on your dime! The CEO of this company is worth over 4.3 billion dollars- it's time the people that made him rich get a piece! Also, you should REALLY invest in original ideas and merchandising instead of ripping off H&M and Urban Outfitters every floor set!

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Terrible Management & No Overtime Compensation

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Forever 21 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -at least you could hide out in the dressing rooms when things got too hectic

    Cons

    -I was part of the grand opening team for one of the largest Forever 21's in California.
    -Employees were given arduous tasks with very high expectations and terrible pay.
    -Due to the limited amount of time before the store opening employees would be scheduled to stay until odd hours and shifts would sometimes surpass 10-14 hours with no overtime compensation. Management would make sales associates clock-out by midnight and then clock-in a few minutes after to continue their shift.
    -Very clicky environment not only amongst employees but managers as well. A lot of inter-dating between management and employees which resulted in favoritism and an unprofessional environment.
    -Management was very elitest, unapproachable, and demeaning. One of the assistant managers I worked with would persistently harass employees and would specifically target employees about their physical appearance (e.g. weight, clothing, hair etc).
    -a lot of gossiping and catty drama
    -closing shift employees would be forced to stay past their shift until the clothing and other merchandise was sorted and organized
    -terrible management of loss-prevention
    -a lot of public accusation and humiliation between management and other employees
    -no room to grow in this company & get out while you still have your sanity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Better pay & provide overtime compensation
    -Reconstruct the entire culture of the company
    -Allow room for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start, but don't stop here

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

    I worked at Forever 21 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working here is about building your resume as this company has a well-recognized brand throughout the fashion industry. Unfortunately, that's where it all ends.

    Cons

    Totally mismanaged. Managers are all running around scared of what upper and executive management says or feels. Very little organization. Your raises are 5% at the most - so definitely not a lot of room for growth. There are no real perks to speak of. The office culture is terrible as you sit in these big rooms where everyone can see everyone else. Try to get a seat in the back of the room so you can go job searching without anyone looking over your shoulders. Very low pay. Forced to work over time. Your pay is deducted during most holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No because management won't listen or care. They don't have any real power to make decisions. For example, a manager needs to get the CEO to sign off on buying a $15 piece of RAM for his computer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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