Abercrombie & Fitch

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Abercrombie & Fitch Reviews

Updated 19 December 2014
Updated 19 December 2014
2,333 Reviews
2.8
2,333 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with generally cool good looking people is a perk (in 49 reviews)

  • The store is small so it's easy to manage so it's a very laid back job (in 121 reviews)


Cons
  • Part time workers get minimum wage (i've never heard of any models getting a raise) (in 250 reviews)

  • Work-life balance varies based on how much time you are willing to make for personal activities (in 78 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Impact in Dublin
    Current Employee - Impact in Dublin

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good social and flexible environment to work in.

    Cons

    Often monotonous and boring work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool people, really good first job experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Model in Tampa, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Model in Tampa, FL (US)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been working here for 3 years. If you have a good attitude, you get lots of hours. Its a lot of fun if you're a college student looking for some extra cash in the holidays. All of the associates are 18-25, including most managers, so its really easy to relate to people. Its also a relatively easy job, folding clothes, saying hi to customers. The hours are also flexible with school schedules, and other work schedules. Some customers are really interesting. If you are a people person, it is really fun meeting international people.

    Cons

    The longer you work here, the less motivated you get. This company doesn't give raises. I know good employees, who have been with the company for 5 years, who still get minimum wage. Also, hours are only 4-6 hour shifts that vary every week. If you live far away its not that great. You will see people come and go, even managers (and the new managers will treat you like a bimbo even if you have worked in the company longer than they have) The music is loud, the lights aren't great, and the company literally pumps Fierce cologne into the air (they have vents that spray the store). I get customer complaints everyday. Also, the expectancy for perfection is ridiculous. If you're looking for a job to sustain your life, go somewhere else. This is not a long term job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want respect, give respect. Most of the managers are people who have just gotten their degree, and most of the associates are in the process of getting theirs. We're not stupid, we just need some guidance. Remember what you were like in college, and remember that this job is not our lives.
    Also, if you want to raise standard, allow more hours in the budget. We're not lazy people, but its overwhelming when one model is expected to perfectly close the store alone on a friday night, and one impacter is expected to finish 14 boxes of shipment alone.
    Another thing, if you expect to depend on good workers, compensate them for their good job. Offer a position between model and manager, like other retail companies, call them designers or something cool. They can be the people that dress the manikins and work updates and overnights, and help train the new people. You don't have to pay them a lot, just like 15 cents more. It would keep the senior staff people happy, and offer more time for managers to do their tasks rather than worrying about the associates knowing what they're doing. Its discouraging when new people do things wrong (not that its their fault), so the older people have to pick up the slack and get paid the same to do double the work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great job for High School or College Student.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Little Rock, AR (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Little Rock, AR (US)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The greatest parts of working here is definitely the people you work with along with the culture of the store and company. It is a very laid back environment but with very strict policies and standards. The people you work with are normally pretty outgoing and fun to be around.

    Cons

    The cons are quite an extensive list sadly. You only get 30% off full priced items with 20% off at Sister stores, so most of the time the store sale is better than your associate discount. You get Minimum Wage so you really use about a weeks worth of pay on one outfit. There is no room for growth unless you complete or have a Bachelors degree to become a Co-manager or Store manager. You can be "on-call" many a day with many 4 or 5 hour shifts only. So your work-life balance can be difficult to plan for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Depends on your Management team. We just got a brand new Management team and they are wonderful. The last one... not so much. So, if you have a good team then working can be great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Young environment, great for a first job!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    Friendly staff, management transparency, great training

    Cons

    A hit-or-miss with managers, seasonal employees can get confused with the changes

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Very welcoming and cool enviroment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Floor Model in Scranton, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Floor Model in Scranton, PA (US)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    All your associates are good looking, fun to be around people. A lot of different backgrounds and things to talk and bond over. You all really become a family

    Cons

    Look policy and store need to be perfect. Many secret shoppers- people disguised as shoppers but really come to make sure your customer service and store is perfect- enter the store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    As a manager you learn to run the business and how to manage your team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    Meeting really cool fun people and learn skills to help people develop. Gain a lot of skills that will help you become better no matter what job you're in. Learn how to plan, organize and execute strategies to help improve the store.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical company work structure and strict standards that you need to follow. Not much room for creativity and individual thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build relationships with your people. At the end of the day people want to work for a great leader and not a boss.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It was okay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Spartanburg, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Spartanburg, SC (US)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great store staff

    Cons

    Long hours, pay, policies suck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more of a work/life balance

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great foot in the door

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    Great starting job as a high school student

    Cons

    No raises, messy management, horrible hours

  10.  

    High turnover, low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    Clothes (which is subjective), dress code is simple (wear anything that AF sells, or wear no branded white, navy, gray shirts). Its a good a place as any if you're looking at working part-time at a clothing retail store.

    Cons

    Working retail is hard and has a high turnover rate anyway. No sitting, lots of folding clothes, difficult customers, very busy. Low pay. They substitute pay with employee discount. If I remember correctly, it was a 25 or 30% discount on all items including markdowns. Because of high turnover, they were willing to let me work 1 or 2 shifts every 1-2 weeks just to keep me on the roster, which is a decent sell if you want to stay for the employee discount.

    No real room for advancement. AF has management program and they hire all their models for photo shoots, etc. from within.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun for a side job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Model in Santa Barbara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Model in Santa Barbara, CA (US)

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    Casual, easy job. Extremely low stress. Made some friends.

    Cons

    You're competing with fellow employees to get as many shift hours as you can, since the pay is minimum wage.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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