American Apparel Reviews

Updated 8 Aug 2020

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3.5
65%
Recommend to a Friend
46%
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American Apparel CEO Chelsea Grayson
Chelsea Grayson
79 Ratings
Pros
  • "50% discount on all American Apparel merchandise(in 107 reviews)

  • "fun, team, flexible, free clothes, uniform(in 104 reviews)

Cons
  • "No direction from upper management(in 62 reviews)

  • "Low pay, no commission unless you make past a certain sales goal(in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Great team!"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Worked with amazing people. Very flexible company.

    Cons

    Executives at the parent company changed a lot and many were incompetent.

  2. "good discount"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Keyholder 

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you genuinely like the brand and clothes. 50% discount was great. made some good friends there - lots of like minded people.

    Cons

    low pay, bad management.


  3. "Press Officer"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Key Holder in Dublin, Dublin

    I worked at American Apparel for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to move up the ladder. Worked with fun creative people.

    Cons

    Progression was based on looks.

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  4. "Good ethos, but poor execution"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good training, great opportunities to grow with the company, good discounts and okay wage rates (above minimum wage). Good lateral management system which means any employee could get in contact with HO (including Dov) at any time. Very different experience from store to store.

    Cons

    In the store I worked in there was a very male-centric attitude to senior management (which has since changed), the staff were very cliquey and I encountered various instances of bullying and discrimination/ favoritism by management, which included paying some members of staff at different rates despite having the same job description and working the same hours.

  5. "Could've been worse?"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Keyholder in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Employee discount, seasonal clothing allowance

    Cons

    Coworkers were usually mean, emphasis was on cleaning and making the store perfect, not customer service

  6. "Great Place"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel part-time

    Pros

    Discount, culture, people you work with

    Cons

    Management unless you sell lots

  7. "Overall a fun working experience"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Keyholder 

    I worked at American Apparel part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Employee discounts, flexible hours and cool staff members

    Cons

    There were a few cases of favoritism

  8. "Great place to put different maintenance skills to use and learn"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in South Gate, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun, edgy, company gifts, always moving

    Cons

    Management was bad and lost bonus at the end.

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  9. "Good for young professional"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Regional Facilities Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at American Apparel full-time

    Pros

    Good for young professionals. Quick promotions

    Cons

    No direction from upper management Bad pay

  10. "loved this place"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Apparel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great management and nice discount

    Cons

    its closed now and its sad

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