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American Apparel Reviews

Updated January 2, 2018
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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. "Sales Associate"

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

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Amazing and hard-working team.

    Cons

    Many issues through Corporate team.


  2. "Keyholder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Fun environment, discounts, free clothing allowances

    Cons

    disorganized, too strong of culture

  3. "Visual Merchandizer"

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    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    provides an autonomous role within stores

    Cons

    lack of training or direction in regards to creativity


  4. "The experience is subjective to each store."

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    Former Employee - Key Holder in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Key Holder in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The discount for sure. The new employee package comes with enough clothes for basically three new outfits and shoes. Spring and Fall allowances based on your position.

    Cons

    My store was poorly managed by one guy who did not know what he was doing (he was fairly new to the company and was formerly the visual merchandiser).

    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced workers for managing positions.


  5. "Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, rewarding and great team work

    Cons

    CEO was a nightmare to work for. Company is no longer around.


  6. "Part-Time at American Apparel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, unless you know theres two of you working and 15 teenagers walk in at once. Great management team at my store, great employees, although it was just part-time for me because of the $9/hr.

    Cons

    They were a bit competitive for sales goals, but I assume it was because we had one pop each night and then we were pretty much dead.

    Advice to Management

    Wish things could've worked out better, I don't know where to get my high waist jeans, basic bodysuits, and crop tops :(


  7. "Good place to work for a chill retail job but don't expect it to go anywhere."

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment at most locations. Good coworkers. Hefty employee discount on their clothes.

    Cons

    Because you're the lowest rung in a corporation no one cares about you or improving anything. It's unfortunate they would rather hire multiple people to work part time instead of less people working full time so they don't have to give benefits.

    Advice to Management

    This was all pre- 2016 so I'm not sure what to say to the new owners and managers as there are no more retail stores as far as I know.

  8. "Assistant Store Manager"

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

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Fairly lax environment depending on the circumstances. Great opportunities to advance and train for skilled positions in corporate headquarters.

    Cons

    Company leadership was young, and often highly inexperienced. Hours could often be erratic, and direction for corporate leadership in terms of sales was patchy and vague.


  9. "Not bad, not the best"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty easy job for the most part

    Cons

    Management took a part time position way too seriously


  10. "Key Holder"

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    Former Employee - Key Holder
    Former Employee - Key Holder
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discount, flexible hours, fun, great team

    Cons

    unreliable hours and holiday hours

    Advice to Management

    More efficiency in team communication


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