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American Apparel Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  1. "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good clothing discount for staff

    Cons

    Unprofessional, laziness, power issues, stupidity

    Advice to Management

    Clean it up. Hire a new manager. The manager sets the tone for the attitude and work ethic of the staff.


  2. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, NJ

    I worked at American Apparel (More than a year)

    Pros

    50% off clothes for employees

    Cons

    ceo is twisted/ employee have egos

    Advice to Management

    stop power/ego tripping, you work in retail , relax.

  3. "Keyholder"

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    Former Employee - Keyholder in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great discount, amazing group of coworkers (at some locations)

    Cons

    Shady company, shady higher ups (district), terrible pay for a retail position let alone a management position, hires based on looks


  4. "No organization"

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    Former Employee - Manager On Duty in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manager On Duty in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    easy to gain retail experience right out of high school

    Cons

    unreasonable hours and expectations, upper management just gossips in the office. i was often left alone to run the store as an 18 year old with no security.


  5. "Seamstress"

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

    Pros

    I didn't find anything good about this job, it was a quick fix when I needed something that is all.

    Cons

    The work you like slave labor, annoucements are only in Spanish, when you have White, African American, Asian etc. working there so they don't know what the annoucements are. If you are on a team making money they break apart the team and put you somewhere else. Minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    What I told them when I left, make your annoucements in all languages so everyone understands what is being said. You are catering to only the Hispanic community.


  6. "Sinking ship"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people in office area. Gained valuable knowledge from all. easy to commute using public transportation. Good employee discount. paid weekly

    Cons

    I have never work in such a BLAME culture. Everyone in meetings were very defensive, almost combative in defending decisions made. i saw 2 VP's Screaming at each other in front of 81 people.

    Advice to Management

    I was hired shortly after founder Dov was fired from his own company for allegedly paying off sexual harassment suits. most of his old guard had also been fired. it was stange


  7. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    hands on, discounts, experience, big company experience, work close with team

    Cons

    unorganized, unfriendly environment and management, parking is hard to find

  8. "HR"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Day/Night shift hours, give more when they need you

    Cons

    the company as a whole, internally, it a mess. Late responses to everything. EXTREME turn over rate. Everyone is fearing for the jobs all the time because of money, and possible bankruptcies You're always getting paperwork about law suites being mailed to you. Upper management usually feels like a joke, a bunch of hipster working with each other and pulling favors.


  9. "Somewhat interesting brand with an unstable future"

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

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting brand
    Flexible work hours
    Pet friendly
    Open minded
    Diverse people
    Quick career acceleration
    Somewhat ethical in terms of manufacturing

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Constant financial woes and two bankruptcies
    Very low pay
    Bad company culture
    Very poor communication

    Advice to Management

    Better team communication and teambuilding would be helpful. Transparency from upper management.


  10. "Its retail..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paramus, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Got to work with some of the best people I know. I worked as an Inventory Keyholder and the work made the day go by fast. If you have a great work ethic, this job is for you.

    Cons

    District managers and the CEO (at the time it was Dov) did not respect the work-life balance. Plus for the amount of work that you put in was not worth the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the employees that make the company function (not just store managers)


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