Unprofessional Workplace with Poor Management.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Halifax, NS – March 20, 2014
The 50% off all clothing was pretty much the only benefit of this job.
When I was asked to interview for American Apparel I was flattered and excited. When I was offered the job the next day I thought i was the coolest, hippest kid on the block.
Shortly after I was hired, I received very minimal training and a lot more discouragement than encouragement from my coworkers and managers. I worked for two stores, and both had poor management. I felt disrespected, underapprecitated and sometimes even bullied on a day to day basis. At the store I worked at in Toronto, our managers would save payroll to make themselves look good by sending us home after 3 hours if we hadn't met out incredibly high and unreachable sales targets. In Halifax I had a lot better of management and some of the folks who worked with me are still good friends of mine today. However, management did not understand that University was my and several other staff's and would schedule us during exams and other important dates. Additionally at both stores, some staff would make unprofessional, hurtful remarks about my physical appearance, sense of style or lifestyle.
The most enjoyable parts of the job included the awesome customers that came in - they lit up my day. Additionally, the discount and "clothing packages" (free swag) were fantastic!