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Anybody ever worked for American Apparel?

14 comments · save · last comment by Dulcie H. over 11 years ago

Erin Catherine

Erin C.

VILLA VILLEKULLA,
Ireland

64 posts

Hi, everybody! I went to an American Apparel flea market the other day and while I was waiting in line to get in, a girl came up to me and asked if I was interested in working for them. I have been considering applying for a job, so I told her that I would consider it and would like more information. She took my name, contact information, and took a photo of me and said she would get back to in a few days.

I was wondering if anybody has or does work for American Apparel and if you could share any information about your experience or offer any advice. Thanks!

over 11 years ago

#2
Veronique Mystique

Veronique M.

CINCINNATI, OHIO,
United States

310 posts

Heyy, I worked at one in downtown Washington DC for about 8 months. The discount is 50% off of everything and there is also a promotional special item every week which is either free or discounted for employees. When you get hired you get $300 dollars to spend in the store and twice a year you get another spending allowance, usually around $150- 200. you have to wear all AA when you work though. they are pretty strict on shoes and accessories as well as hiding piercings and tattoos.

hmm what else... it's retail, so its a lot of straightening and folding clothing and helping customers. It's a pretty boring, easy job. I think your co-workers really affect your experience working there, I became good friends with some and not so much with others.

hope that helps! let me know if you have any other questions.

0 · June 13, 2010

#3
Sophie Wu

Sophie W.

TORONTO,
Canada

137 posts

a girl came up to me while i was shopping at h&m in new york and offered me a job there, too bad i didn't actually live in new york :(

but the benefits ^ sound freakin awesome.

0 · June 13, 2010

#5
Veronique Mystique

Veronique M.

CINCINNATI, OHIO,
United States

310 posts

someone came up and offered me a job. most people that work there were scouted but the are some who applied online or went to an open call and got hired.

0 · June 13, 2010

#6
Diamond

Diamond

WASHINGTON DC,
United States

66 posts

@Veronique M.

That's the American Apparel I shop at. There are only two in DC and I shop at both, I think you are referring to the one near Chinatown though. Either way, small world. C:
But those are amazing benefits. I want to work there now.

0 · June 13, 2010

#7
Erin Catherine

Erin C.

VILLA VILLEKULLA,
Ireland

64 posts

@Veronique M.

Wow, I had no idea about the discounts! I think you are right, though, about the experience depending on how you get along with your fellow employees. I guess I'll try it out and hope for the best! Thanks!

0 · June 13, 2010

#8
Mooo N

Mooo N.

THE LAND OF TEACUPS,
United Kingdom

461 posts

the discounts sound amazing

0 · June 13, 2010

#9
Sylvia S

Sylvia S.

VANCOUVER,
Canada

421 posts

the fact that they require a photo should tell you everything you need to know about the company. pretty shady if you ask me.

i have a friend who manages an AA, and she says that you need to have "the look" and you can get fired for wearing makeup.

1 · June 13, 2010

#10
Diana Blnco

Diana B.

Spain

40 posts

how old do you have to be to work at AA?

0 · June 13, 2010

#12
Erin Catherine

Erin C.

VILLA VILLEKULLA,
Ireland

64 posts

Sounds good! I was reading some stuff about their CEO being a crazy pervert, but I don't know how much that should affect my decision calculus. I'll just make sure that I am not around if he ever stops by.

0 · June 14, 2010

#13
Shiori Mine

Shiori M.

TORONTO,
Canada

622 posts

@Erin C.

Lol doubtful the CEO would randomly show up at your specific store unless he just had a boat load of time to waste around.

I would love to work at the one that just opened around my university though I don't think my "look" is really AA.

0 · June 14, 2010

#14
Dulcie H

Dulcie H.

THE COUNTRYSIDE,
United Kingdom

144 posts

working in a clothes shop sounds lovelyyyy.
i would love to do it but all the actual shops being an hour away makes it pretty hard.

0 · June 14, 2010

  

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