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hot, but fun work in the stockroom
Stock Associate (Former Employee), New York, NYAugust 12, 2014
It was fun, although hot and windowless, in the stock room. They are a company that I would work for again, given the opportunity.
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Fast pace and long hours
employee (Current Employee), La MirdaAugust 3, 2014
Pros: benfits
Cons: hours, management, location
busy at first slow towards the end of shift.
stay busy.
management is all over the place.
co-workers are enjoyable
nothing
working in gernal
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Super fun job experience
Keyholder (Current Employee), Commerce, CAJuly 25, 2014
Pros: fun friendly people
Cons: closed down in a short time period
I have always worked retail so this job was a big change working at a bar/grill as a hostess it was super loud laughs from costumers and the staff was great.
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Fast paced work enviroment
Inventory Manager/Coordinator (Current Employee), Wellington, FLJuly 20, 2014
Over all I would rate this job fairly well. I started from the very bottom and worked my way to the top position in a relatively short amount of time. I learned what it takes to adapt to new changes in the work place and how to properly deal with them. I was also able to learn the skills it takes to be a well respected manager. The job came with a lot – more... of benefits overall but since the company is not doing so well as of now financially a lot of cut backs have been taking place hours etc,..

Seeing new employment to meet my needs. – less
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Poor Workplace
General Labor (Former Employee), La Mirada, CAJune 30, 2014
I did not enjoy my time spent at american apparel. I would work twelve hours with only a single lunch break.
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Excellent Boss
Associate Benefits Administrator (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CAJune 29, 2014
Pros: appreciation
I usually deal with helping aprox. 50 Employees a day. I got to admit I had the pleasure in working with an excellent boss who's primary focus was to help every Employee feel appreciated. I have worked in different fields but I have never heard my boss tell my excellent job, keep it up, thank you for all your hard work. Until I worked with this company.
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Very unorganized Management. No opportunity for growth.
DELIVERY DRIVER and WAREHOUSE MAN (Current Employee), La Mirada, CAJune 10, 2014
Pros: i like my hours and route.
Cons: the pay is very low, and there are no benefits.
Something always has to happen, either the load is not ready to leave on time, or the truck has no diesel. The trucks are suppose to be ready for us to just drive off on our routes, but for some reason they never are. There have been times where the drivers are forced to pay for the diesel out of our pockets to finish the route. Lately the biggest problem – more... is our time card, many of us are missing days and or our Over Time and when we complain to our Supervisors they have no direction. What I enjoy most are my hours and my route. – less
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fun work place but not a very proactive enviornment
Manager on Duty (Current Employee), Annapolis, MDJune 7, 2014
Pros: 30 minute breaks
Cons: not alot of foot traffic from customers
store was without a manage for over 3 months before getting an assistant manager so things were a bit disorganized.
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productive work place
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Opp, ALJune 5, 2014
Pros: home daily
Cons: lak of work at times
enjoyed my job and coworkers, could make descent pay with production
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family owned business
Data entry and forklift (Current Employee), Orange County, CaJune 2, 2014
I enjoyed the time with r/s . its a family owned business. I learned a lot about the family business and the construction business
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Had Its Pros But Not The Best Company To Work For
Key Holder/ Manager on Duty (Former Employee), Brooklyn, NYMay 19, 2014
I would either open or close the store and calculate daily store and individual sales goals. I assigned tasks to employees, and scheduled breaks. I also provided excellent customer service on a managerial level. My co-workers respected and looked up to me more so than they did upper management. The hardest part of the job was dealing with unfair situations – more... and clear favoritism. The most enjoyable part was my co-workers, the discount and the clientele that I got based on my hard work. I obtained a lot of managerial skills during my time with this company and also helped make my store more profitable. – less
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People place
Backstock Associate (Former Employee), New York, NYMay 19, 2014
Pros: nice staff, events, and some discounts
Cons: at times management will terminate and switch people out at a moment's notice.
When it came to the workplace, the people are what made it worth it.
Even if the work was long and tedious, your coworkers were there and everyone looked out for each other. Kind of like a second family.
As for everything else, it was lacking. The labor was manageable, even on a bad day you can get the job done. Management was iffy, but adaptable. What – more... I learned about the job was the protocol behind back-stock and operations. – less
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Great place but not so great when you are looking for a raise.
Inventory Manager (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAMay 15, 2014
Gave my best and was promoted accordingly but when it came to a pay raise they dragged their feet and continued to ignore my request after years of hard work.
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A very very stressful job at times, and always required you to focused at all times.
Seconds Supervisor (Former Employee), Selma, ALMay 13, 2014
Pros: insurance and medical benefit card.
Cons: short breaks
A job that was very stressful at times which required a lot of focus. I learn how to deal with pressure and how to work with people even though it became very complicated at times, until the time of my lay-off. Co- workers were just what they were co-workers that I had to work with no matter what the situation may have been because we all had to work – more... together and get the job done on a positive level. The department that I worked in we were helpers of one another. Even though I was the Supervisor I would sometimes have to get in and help in spite of my position, I never used the "that isn't my job " statement. The hardest part of the job was dealing with people who used their position for doing what they wanted to because of their title, but I did what was required of me and that was to be obedient as long as it did not cause me my job in other words, I was not being insubordinate to the companies rules, which would have caused me to be terminated.The most enjoyable part of my job was learning to do more than my job. – less
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American Apparel
Store Manager (Current Employee), Washington, DCMay 12, 2014
Pros: dress code
Cons: compensation, not supportive, immature, stressful, employee safety
A typical day at work is very productive for myself. I oversee all departments while staying hands on with all paperwork, cleaning duties, sales tracking and managerial duties.

The hardest part of my job that I feel I am not being properly compensated for the amount that I work or the stress that I have to deal with in this job. In addition, it is – more... very unfortunate that my CEO/The Company is not interested in the safety of all employees. We are constantly being challenged and threaten by thieves - with little to no support from the Asset Protection Department. Because of American Apparel's recent debt struggles, they are slowly cutting all security expenses and contracts in the next two months. This is not a safe working environment.

The most enjoyable part of my job is teaching, guiding, motivating and being a role model for my employees. It is a pleasure to nurture passionate and driven employees. Also, to watch and participate in the growth of my store from 2010, brings me joy. – less
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Learning Experience
Inventory Keyholder/ Visual (Current Employee), New York, NYMay 8, 2014
Pros: inventory experience
Cons: age of employees
Moving to NYC for the first time I was instructed that retail companies would be a great job for a college student just starting off in the industry. So I landed an inventory position at American Apparel and continued to grow with the company as I grew work wise myself. American Apparel I can say is a learning experience being my first retail job, whether – more... I'm handling online orders for customers, filing and organizing, correcting inventory mistakes, etc. With inventory being the foundation of the story my position was essential for the store location. My most enjoyable part of the job is actually shipping out transfers to the stores around the world, because it's amazing seeing how the CEO has established so many locations in countries/cities that I learn about each and every day. Overall American Apparel is a great company to start off with in the beginning. – less
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Unorganized.
Back Stock Coordinator (Former Employee), Tempe, AZApril 22, 2014
Would not suggest this position to friends. Very unorganized company with poor management.
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Productive work place
Lead Prevention Agent (Former Employee), New York, NYApril 4, 2014
Pros: room for advancement
Cons: salary
My typical day at work included apprehending shoplifters. I learned which techniques were more effective to catch thieves in the act. My management team was very little yet successful. The hardest part of the job was getting shoplifters to come with me instead of running away.
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productive in handling machinery and fun environment
Maintenance (Former Employee), La Mirada, CAApril 2, 2014
Helped with the moving equipment with a dolly.
• Loaded and unloaded from work truck.
• Cleaned and maintained work areas, restrooms and any equipment used
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Competitive with who you know
Store Manager/Stock Coordinator (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CAMarch 24, 2014
Pros: seasonal clothing allowance and employee discounts. healthcare and subsidized bus passes
Cons: everyone is watching you, and constantly being told you will be fired for petty mistakes
I worked for the company for 5+ years, one of my favorite places to work, under management. It was always fun to go to work dressed well, representing who I was and who I worked for. You were part of a club, is how I would put it. The coworkers I had were amazing people, willing to work for me and with me, to ensure productivity and high sales. The – more... hardest part of my job was the location I worked at, which was located in the warehouse district of LA. The other hard part of working there were upper management. Very competitive with who you knew, and your lifestyle outside of work, making it quite difficult to move up within the company. The pay was not good, because I was expected to work 24/7. They said do not work from home, however I was constantly answering emails, phone calls, and making sure my store was running properly while I was not there, or else I would be judged on my management skills. I do not mind that type of management, but I would like to be paid like a manager. My overall experience was good, my only advice would be to build a better management team, fully train those who you promote to management, and really believe in those you promote. The company is very flexible with their ideas, but they need to hire people who believe in their company, AND fit their look (since they are strict with that). You can have the brains and the beauty, they just need to train properly. – less

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