Pros: fast-paced environment, display resets, clothing discounts, mall employee discount at the food court
Cons: unpaid hours, late nights, the music, unmotivated coworkers, poor management
When I first applied for Abercrombie & Fitch I wasn't sure what to expect. What I came to find out was that a typical day at work consisted of standing awkwardly in flip flops and saying, "Hey, how's it going?" whenever a customer walked by. We folded clothes, monitored dressing rooms, handled purchases and returns, all the while making sure we looked – more... good doing it. It was definitely a strange atmosphere that merely felt like a standard customer service job with an artificial and glossy finish.
Management turned out to either come off as not very genuine or not very unhappy. They didn't seem to care about me as an individual. I felt only as significant as my availability. My relationships with my co-workers were a little better. Although some of them seemed to be kind of superficial, more interested in tanning salons and new A&F fragrances than actually working, they weren't a bad bunch. But I made a few friends who had great work ethic and awesome personalities. I think the most essential thing I took from A&F was learning how to work day to day with unmotivated people.
Probably the most difficult part of this job was after the store closed. We'd be forced to clock out at a certain time and often end up staying one to two hours after that to clean up the store for the next morning. It was very frustrating and exhausting. The music also used to drive me nuts too, but I learned how to tune it out eventually. I think the most enjoyable part of my job was doing the display resets. I've always been a hands-on kind of guy, so any projects that needed doing I jumped at the opportunity. That feeling of accomplishment was definitely worth it afterwards, plus the time would fly by. We also received discounts on the clothes there, which could get pretty expensive, as well as a ten percent discount at the food court. I can't say I regret my time with A&F, but I discovered that working in clothing retail wasn't for me. – less