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American Apparel Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  • horrible upper management as of recently (in 59 reviews)

  • Forced to wear clothes head to toe (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Store Manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Ethical Company, Great Discount, Viva Radio, Contests, Made In Weekly, Great District Managers

    Cons

    Unfortunately after filing for bankruptcy the company was purchased by Gildan and closed its retail locations.


  2. "Very flexible after achieving some seniority, politicized upper mgmt"

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

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    I was able to take .off essentially as much time as I wanted, when i was working I basically did nothing for huge amounts of time, learned tons about how not to run a business, I occasionally drank on the job with my managers

    Cons

    when i was working I basically did nothing for huge amounts of time, management is political and often witchy, occasionally intense drug culture, weird management all around

    Advice to Management

    change yer stuf cause its not very dank as of rn, I would not be comfortable taking an actual management role here

  3. "Key Holder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    The discount, the clothing package, the relaxed nature of the work environment.

    Cons

    The relaxed nature of the work environment led to the management being disorganized. Employees were hired based on style rather than ability.

    Communication from retail to corporate was few and far between.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of what is going on in your store. Do not hire people solely based on their style, hire based on their professionalism and work experience...


  4. "Poor management but good environment"

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Key Holder in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work, met a lot of nice people and also famous people. good discount and was always awarded clothing allowance frequently.

    Cons

    poor management, but hey its not their fault the pay is pretty bad. company is ran by teenagers no one took anything seriously.

    Advice to Management

    pay better, hire more responsible people.


  5. "More than average pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Great pay for retail, time off

    Cons

    Long hours, the store needed to be spotless when we left for the day


  6. "Don't be late"

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Fun to work at the company

    Cons

    Salary didn't cut it and long hours was dreadful


  7. "Love/Hate Dov Charney"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ethical Manufacturing Practices.
    Liberal Culture.
    Eclectic Style, People, Music.
    Easy To Move Up within Company.

    Cons

    Disorganized.
    Low Pay.
    Bad Returns Policy.
    Lack of Professionalism.
    Lack of Corporate Support.

    Advice to Management

    Should have paid employees more.
    Should have given management more to work with in general.
    Company's gone now anyway...

  8. "Cool"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome to work with clothes

    Cons

    Great company to work for. No cons


  9. "Fun and energetic work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Discount. Fun employees. Good pay

    Cons

    Vacation days were non existent


  10. "good while it lasted"

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

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Good company overall. Awesome discount.

    Cons

    too bad they went out of business

    Advice to Management

    communication needs work


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