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American Apparel Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  • horrible upper management as of recently (in 55 reviews)

  • Low pay, no security high turnover rate (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "bad job for bad people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 3 years)

    Pros

    working with people your age

    Cons

    everything else you can imagine

    Advice to Management

    go bankrupt? check


  2. "Not the worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Ventura, CA
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Ventura, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great discount, free quarterly clothing allowance.

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, unorganized company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't go bankrupt? Oh - too late.

  3. "fun job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Keyholder in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Keyholder in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun coworkers, nice boss, 50% discount

    Cons

    dov charney was scary and insulting to many of the ladies when he came into the store

    Advice to Management

    store management was great


  4. "Eh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  5. "Store Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great workers, and discounts on the clothing.

    Cons

    Very young and disorganized company overall.

    Advice to Management

    It was a nice ride... I'll definitely miss working for American Apparel.


  6. "manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  7. "Neither good nor bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laidback environment, great coworkers, great discount

    Cons

    There was almost no foot traffic (I mean, they're going out of business) so there wasn't usually anything to do-- ever. Hours were boring, long, and miserable.

  8. "Visual Merchandiser"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    extremely creative, a lot of autonomy

    Cons

    horrible company culture, run by very young uneducated people

    Advice to Management

    i guess its too late


  9. "Fairly good experience working with American apparel"

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    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Visual Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    American Apparel prides itself with promoting from within, therefore climbing up the ranks is fairly easy.
    There is a wide variety of positions available to choose from whether it be sales, backstock, merchandising or management. Employees have the opportunity to move up within the company and take on larger roles in the corporate office.

    Cons

    There can be many people in upper management that lack real experience and at times be incompetent with the role they have. Many were promoted based off of false skills and appearance

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with real experience, not because of convenience


  10. "Safety & Health Corporate Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Safety & Health Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Safety & Health Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American Apparel full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Not organized, lack of structure

    Advice to Management

    Keep the hard work


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