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American Apparel Reviews

Updated June 19, 2018
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  • "horrible upper management as of recently" (in 59 reviews)

  • "Low pay, no commission unless you make past a certain sales goal" (in 38 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Retail Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Retail Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hard, tons of work. Got everything back that I put into it

    Cons

    Hard, tons of work.

    Advice to Management

    Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose. Shameit disappeared


  2. "Lots of tedious work, but good environment"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My favorite part about working at AA was the other employees. The location I worked at attracted lots of hardworking college students, and I made some good friends while I was there. The 50% off discount was also incredibly worth it, if you enjoy their clothing.

    Cons

    The actual work you do is tedious, since you're essentially cleaning up after people all the time. I can also imagine that in other locations, the other employees might not be as fun to work with.

  3. "Increadibly Clique-y but kinda fun"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays pretty good for a retail job, they had commision for a while that was outstanding but they got rid of it

    Cons

    Very clique driven, as one would figure, but overall a fun and chill place to work

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the commission and incentives


  4. "Keyholder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Clothing allowance, fun culture, family-like setting, growth from within.

    Cons

    Low pay, not the best benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t just hire young people to manage.


  5. "Assosciate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Great People and relaxed environment

    Cons

    A lot of problems with information coming from the top.


  6. "Good company for young people new to retail"

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    Former Employee - Keyholder
    Former Employee - Keyholder
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good discount, nice coworkers, communicative management, good discount, room to move up if you're dedicated

    Cons

    they're strict with dressing "on brand", dress up days (like Halloween week) can be annoying, they're really obsessed with appearance during the hiring process, they're no longer made in the US

    Advice to Management

    For upper management: bring back the company values of fair labor practices at the manufacturing level


  7. "Overall a great company to work for but has its quirks!"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Employee discount
    - Fun environment (music, store, customers, co-workers)
    - Clear sales goals
    - Great training period

    Cons

    - Management wasn't great.
    - Lots of competition against other co-workers
    - Quick drop out rate for new employees

  8. "Just Ok"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    meet great people with similar interests.

    Cons

    Very pushy, annoying, don't understand that the reason their product doesn't sell is because it's crazy overpriced

    Advice to Management

    I understand the pressure is on you too, but don't take your job too seriously, it's only AA


  9. "Keyholder"

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    Former Employee - Keyholder in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment
    Great deal on clothes

    Cons

    Management is very young and favorited employees


  10. "Okay place to start as a sales associate"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at American Apparel part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    50% off merchandise, cool coworkers

    Cons

    Low pay, no commission unless you make past a certain sales goal


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