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American Apparel Reviews

Updated September 25, 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. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at American Apparel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Internal promotion
    You learn so much about fabric and how retail truly functions
    Amazing values

    Cons

    No hours
    Terrible image due to previous lawsuits

    Advice to Management

    The current management was doing an amazing job


  2. "Great Coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Inventory Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - relaxed work environment
    - made a lot of friends
    - a lot of autonomy as a manager
    -discount

    Cons

    - Some mixed messaging from management but this was before the re-structuring.

    Advice to Management

    - keep the employees in the loop.

  3. "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    dog friendly, good discount, flexible schedule

    Cons

    no structure
    no good benefits perks


  4. "Poor Experience"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Eugene, OR
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Eugene, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn what not to do.

    Cons

    Incompetence ran rampant through upper management.


  5. "Not the best place, but..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Fun but stressful atmosphere with good people

    Cons

    Tough hours, company isn't heading in the right direction


  6. "Was Great While it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Backstock Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Backstock Coordinator in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    American Apparel was a great place to work unfortunately they went bankrupt and all retail employees lost their jobs

    Cons

    Everyone lost their jobs, so that is a big con.


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The environment was very laid back.

    Cons

    Management was terrible. Never listened to the concerns of the employees.

  8. "Interesting to say the least"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Very diverse and accepting in its hiring and great opportunities for younger people to get into the work force and accomplish something.

    Cons

    The company was mostly run by people that were under 25 without real knowledge of retail. This was a pro because of the opportunity but it's also a con because it's chaotic

    Advice to Management

    American Apparel management should restructure their districts and ensure they are hiring professional and experienced people in the higher up positions.


  9. "store manager"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great company, sweatshop-free, made in the usa, great benefits for factory workers which is important. had a sense of teamwork from direct employees

    Cons

    corporate workers were not the best, did not feel supported in decisions that would benefit the business. was not happy with all the work and little pay


  10. "It was great at first but awful at the end"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The discount and my co workers were great and I made great memories there.

    Cons

    Managment was unorganized and could be mean. They payed to little for the work you were doing.


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