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"Great as a part timer. Not so sure about full time yet."

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Current Employee - Manager In Training (MIT) in Frisco, TX
Current Employee - Manager In Training (MIT) in Frisco, TX

I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

Flexible hours and fun coworkers as a part time associate.

Cons

Very stressful at times due to situations beyond your control.

Advice to Management

Try not to abandon new people. Makes it very difficult for them to want to be there when they aren't being trained.

Other Employee Reviews for Abercrombie & Fitch

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Pressure Cooker of Merchant Job"

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    Former Employee - Merchant in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Merchant in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Almost all of your colleagues are under 30, which doesn't make you feel old right after college. It's located on beautiful grounds in Ohio (the occasional deer is visible from your window at work). You have tremendous exposure to all aspects of merchandising from the very beginning and you present directly to the CEO after only a few months. The base salary is what an average family makes in Ohio and if you're good, it can grow quickly. And after about 2 years, you will have the ability to travel to the factories that make your garments, most are located in South and East Asia. The food in the cafe is pretty good and there are exercise facilities directly on the premises (though I never used them).

    Cons

    In their brochure they tell you it's a "diva-free" zone, which to anyone with a brain should mean "there are a ton of divas here." Why else would they make such a statement.

    As a merchant, you are at the center of everything and responsible for everything. Which means, you will always be the first person to blame when something goes wrong in the very long and complicated supply chain. You are responsible for every part of design, costing, planning, production, transportation, and sales. It's truly too much work for any one person and there used to be more jobs (usually two people for one brand) before they cut jobs in the recession.

    Your manager will decide your life at Abercrombie. I was unfortunate to get truly one of the worst (and there are a lot of bad ones). There is no training on how to manage there, it's just the person personal style. Some people are awesome and some are terrible. This person will decide himself or herself if you are good or not. Also, shakeups happen all the time. People get moved too often and it disrupts teamwork.

    The worst thing is that even in the rare case you succeed (they hire so many people not because they are growing, but because so many new people quit after their contracts are up--and some pay out their contracts to quit beforehand, even in a recession) you likely won't last for long. As the CEO is whimsical and he treats people like the clothes themselves, what's hot today is tomorrow's trash. So the higher you go up the chain, the more likely you are to be lose your job. My terrible manager prayed NOT to be promoted, because he feared the extra responsibility and losing the job stability of being on the bottom.

    Overall, it's a good place to get some experience right out of college, but only a very small percentage make it a career. It's meant to beat people up until they quit, so they can hire new "Fresh and young" faces,which keeps the brand closer to the target age. If you are over 30 at A&F, most likely, you are not in merchandising. It's impossible to be a merchant and have a family, as you work about 11 hours on average a day, can it be more, and ten is the minimum they ask every day (8am-6pm) is the best you'll get.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows what the problems are, but they keep things this way because the whole place is designed to weed out people to keep the place full of "fresh eyes" for the clothes. So it's not worth giving advice to management.


  2. "Boring, rude, and cheap environment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good looking employees, flexible hours (when they give it to you), and laid back staff. Fun environment.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible, doing nothing for hours, terrible hours, no raises. Overall not really a place that I'd like to work at again.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to corporate about raising hourly wage


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