I have worked at American Apparel as a part time Key Holder for a little over 2 years and what I loved most was how flexible it was whenever something unexpected came up. My managers worked with me to figure out who can cover my shift anytime I needed it, train me on anything I needed more help with, and whenever I was manager on duty and I was having an issue, they were a quick phone call away. The management itself could be unorganized sometimes, but that was out of the store managers' hands. We follow what we're told by Corporate managers, but there would be times where there isn't enough communication.
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – May 18, 2017
Work was a steady heavy load of a lot of management and tasks preformed by myself. As a manager and inventory manager I was constantly dealing with incoming goods and working the sales floor. I felt fulfilled in the workplace because I came in and got straight to things every day and worked my hardest. The toughest thing while employed there was the upper management and how staff was dealt with by them. There was a great deal of laziness in the company that was hardly reprimanded at any point. I did enjoy my time there because I was learning all the time and I was busy, and also given the opportunity to better myself as an employee.
Personal Assistant (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – May 10, 2017
super easy days at work I learned how to set up meeting, answer phone calls, assist the boss management was very good hardest part about this job was keeping up with all the meeting and phone calls the most enjoyable is meet all kinds of new people and talking to a bunch over businesses
Stock Associate (Former Employee) – New York, NY – May 5, 2017
Workplace was chaotic and extremely disorganized. I worked at many different stores while with the company and while they maintained the same basic structure different managers had totally different priorities.
Key Holder/Sales Lead (Former Employee) – Manhattan, NY – May 4, 2017
Very fun work culture here.. I enjoyed all the parties and free clothes. Hours usually sucked for most people though and there is favoritism since management is so young and still maturing. Very much like high school.
Picker (Former Employee) – La Mirada, CA – May 3, 2017
Really busy at American Apperal. Fast pace working place. I learned how to getting orders together. Completed order recieps. Iliked Creating nessasary documents for shipping/recieving such as bills of lading, commercial Invoices, Shipper.
As the Assistant Store Manager, I opened and closed the store. I typically worked around 8 hours per day, 5 days per week. The upper level management was responsive, but not as organized as management I had worked for in years prior. The culture was dark, considering the fact that the company was being sold and all of the retail stores were closing and the workers were being let go. I learned that even in the toughest times, it's still important to provide exceptional customer service and experiences because at the end of the day, sales is about providing and making money for a company, and that is what we were being paid to do.
Inventory Manager (Former Employee) – Arcadia, CA – April 18, 2017
I've been with the company for a little over 4 years. Too bad now that the company is going out of business. Overall I think this company was great to work for. I've enjoyed my positions with American Apparel and am sad to see it go.
Very fast pace and energetic place. Filled with a variety of job tasks available.
Inventory picker/ shippings clerk (Former Employee) – La Mirada, CA – April 13, 2017
My experience here was fantastic. It was definitely a learning experience working with different types of cultures as well as the admin and supervisors. Each day employees wore bright smiles and light attitudes. The work was highly accomadated with state of the art manufacturing equipment.
Stable work security. Friendly environmenr, Food catering was beyond exceptional
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – New York, NY – April 12, 2017
The company overall was a fun place to work in. we had event to broadcast our brand. discount parties for customers. Staff were always energetic and positive. we had store competitions that made management not all about paper work. we had a set goal that we needed to make for the day and month. also the clothing allowance was a plus.
Store Manager (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – April 6, 2017
I really enjoyed working here, especially once becoming a store manager. The company allowed for creative flexibility. Unfortunately, the unstable financial foundation of the company resulted in the company being bought out and stores closed.