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"Not a bad place to work, but the structure is very poor."

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

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

Pros

Work is pretty easy but unchallenging.
Listen to your headphones while you work.
Slight less workload during graveyard shift.
Subsidized lunch tickets and monthly bus passes.

Cons

Not compensated properly.
Fluctuating hours. (One month you might work over 40 hours while the next, you may work only 25).
Disorganization structure within management and leads.
Warehouse location not very ideal, especially for delicate clothes.
Friction and miscommunication between supervisors/leads and employees.
No cohesiveness.
Management set rules, which are enforced temporarily before laxing or implementing new rules.
Favoritism is rampant company-wide.
The CEO is very unprofessional and very colorful.
Human Resources are rarely present during critical situations.
The turnover rate is very high.
No vacation benefits and the health benefits are costly.
The company is in poor financial health.
Very superficial environment within the entire company.
Very easy to get terminate.
If interested in the company, apply at your risk.

Advice to Management

Hire competent employees with motivation and the will and promote people from within as much as possible and train your employees with efficiency and pay your employees.

Other Employee Reviews for American Apparel

  1. "Experience as Store Manger at American Apparel"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There were lots of discounts and promotions for employees, For lower level employees there was a lot of flexibility with scheduling and they will work around school schedules.

    Cons

    Very disorganized. Communication between corporate in LA and the mangers was terrible, it was really hard to get ahold of corporate and they would not listen to the needs of the store. Mangers are underpaid and it was more like babysitting than managing. Too much drama nd not as much focus on runnning a profitable business.

    Advice to Management

    You need more higher management in each district. Pay your management teams more so you will get more qualified and experienced employees.


  2. "Boring job with little upward mobility...especially if you are not a clone."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Cashier in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    50% discount off of AA merch + specials
    30% off multi-brand
    free glasses frames + $50 rebate on lenses
    amazing health insurance for FT
    fun styles

    Cons

    hard to get FT
    company hates giving out raises
    extremely cliquey
    intense favoritism for promotions
    most styles do not fit girls over a size M or L
    most styles do not fit guys over a size L
    blatant sexism
    sales associates start at $9 regardless of experience
    some stores are generally picky about which of their styles you wear
    only $180 clothing allowance (discount does not apply) per 6 months
    contests tend to pick similar winners and no reward for innovation
    you will hear lots of stories about how disgusting Dov Charney can be
    little to no training on how to make sales/customer service
    LOTS of petty high school drama
    Cashiers paid more than sales associates

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so concerned with with just image. Treat your employees with respect and encourage great customer service...your sales will go up and you won't have as high of a turnover rate

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