HR Manager (Former Employee) – Ashburn, VA – July 26, 2013
Working retail in general is a difficult and often unrewarding field. Managing an A&F - and finding room for advancement - means that you have to learn to play their unique brand of politics. However, for the hours that you put in the benefits are not worth it. Silver lining: other retail chains do value the A&F MIT training program as prior experience.
Floor Model (Former Employee) – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – October 16, 2018
There is nothing wrong with working at Abercrombie and Fitch. It is a good first job since it is simple and easy. The only negative I would have to say is that they made every employee buy the brand's clothes because it was considered uniform, but only offered a 25% discount. No reimbursement or extra discount. The only time you got a 50% discount of their clothes/uniform was during curtain seasons.
Store Manager (Former Employee) – United States – October 12, 2018
Don't be sold on the idea that you will be promoted quickly, or that going to home office is actually an option if you are starting in store or the idea that the company hires 100% from within. The path to Store Manager can be a quick one if the opportunity presents itself, otherwise you will have to relocate.
It is a young company so you find that a lot of upper management is young and tend to be a little on the unprofessional side.
My advice; start out of college, start high volume, be mobile, be willing to be underpaid and overworked. If you can do that and exceed job expectation, you can likely be promoted to DM. (That may sound insane, but you genuinely wont see a career path like this elsewhere in retail)
Management (Keyholder) (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – October 10, 2018
Abercrombie is a great location to get your foot in the door of the management world. Youll learn how to train and maintain your staff and operate a retail store. I recommend working here for management, but not as a sales associate.
Sales Associate/Customer Service (Former Employee) – Las Vegas, NV – October 10, 2018
A&F is a great place to work at. I worked as a brand representative/sales associate. Everyone was very friendly and close. Managers were the perfect balance between maintaining store presentation/customer service and making sure people enjoyed their job. Managers were always willing to work with you on availability/scheduling.
Key Holder (Current Employee) – Concord, CA – October 6, 2018
My experience at A&F wasn't bad, it was just a bit overwhelming at times. The reason I say that was because of the bad timing of things, other management issues(that got solved) and some personal issues that all happened around the same time. so when I first started working there, I didn't feel much stability, in the management area, and because it was my first time working in a clothing store I didn't know much about procedures, and I had a training book don't get me wrong but thats not how I learn. so on top of that my training wasn't hands on then they let me go on my own and it was safe to say they had more faith in me than I did. I am glad I was able to work with the people that I did because my coworkers were extremely understanding of how overwhelmed I was with handling all these tasks as well as trying to keep an eye on everything and helped me until I was able to get a handle of things. so all in all I loved the people and the environment, I just wish they either gave us less tasks to juggle at the same time or more hands on deck to handle them.
They did not really train me they kind of just had me walk around the store folding clothes and I cashed out a couple of customers here and there. They did not give me enough hours as I wanted and a I put in my application.
Brand Rep (Former Employee) – garden state plaza – October 2, 2018
everyone there brought me into there crew without hesitation. they set a goal and push us to achieve that goal (in a good and professional way). The managers there are very respectful unlike most place i worked at.