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American Apparel Reviews

Updated November 4, 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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "Working at AA"

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

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Free clothes and easy tasks.

    Cons

    Terribly boring environment without much room for growth.


  7. "Decent place to work while in college."

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    Current Employee - Key Holder, Manager On Duty in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Key Holder, Manager On Duty in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to move up within the company. Great discount and lots of free clothes. Great coworkers, fun working environment.

    Cons

    Low wage compared to other companies. Low care for retail employees for corporate.

  8. "A Learning Experience"

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    Former Employee - District Merchandiser
    Former Employee - District Merchandiser
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You are constantly learning from other team mates in the work force.
    - It was fun to work with diverse and talented people.
    - If you are a district employee you were able to travel through out the district.
    - Travel expense were covered by the company.

    Cons

    - Too many young people who did not know what they were doing had highly important job titles.
    - Working closely with the CEO was sometimes nerve-racking.

    Advice to Management

    - AA is now own by a Canadian company now. My only advice is to hire qualified people who know and get the job done right.


  9. "store manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    I have nothing good to say about this company

    Cons

    made sure to let go most employees just prior to reaching their closing bonus compensation.

    Advice to Management

    too late,


  10. "Sales Associate/Cashier"

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

    Pros

    Great discount on apparel, good coworkers

    Cons

    Restrictive dress codes and expectations (no face piercings, etc)


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