Abercrombie & Fitch Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
2,113 Reviews

2.8
2,113 Reviews
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Abercrombie & Fitch Chairman and CEO Mike Jeffries
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with really good looking people - cons is that they are not smart (in 44 reviews)

  • you got to work with people your own age and the managers were pretty laid back (in 108 reviews)


Cons
  • The lucky ones would get 8 hours a week getting paid minimum wage (in 232 reviews)

  • Poor work life balance, poor support from upper management depending on the district/region you're in (in 69 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Model

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    Former Employee - Model  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Model in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Employee discount.
    Flexible with scheduling.
    Easy going.

    Cons

    Minimum wage.
    Ridiculous dress code.
    Same music everyday, every hour.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Don't waste your time. . .

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    Former Employee - Store Manager
    Former Employee - Store Manager

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot about what a company should not do.

    Cons

    The company only values appearances. You will grow in the company if you look and act a certain way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think Regional Managers are doing a disservice to the company by visiting stores on a scheduled day. Why not call an hour before your flight lands for an actual SURPRISE visit? That way, there is no staying all night making the store perfect, hiding merch in the loft or empty fitting rooms... rearranging the schedule for the better looking associates. Those visits are totally orchestrated and FAKE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    Current Employee - Store Manager  in  Norfolk, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Norfolk, VA (US)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best part is the opportunities to move up quickly within the company.

    Cons

    As a person of management and authority, i am extremely overworked and underpaid. I spend my days sweating and stressing to meet the demands of the district manager, while basically babysitting college students (whom, by the way, are only 1-3 years younger than me), and also having to stress about monitoring the customers/potential shoplifters. I get hardly any credit for the hard work, and the pay is unsatisfying. To be blunt, as person with a 4-year college degree deserves better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY THE EMPLOYEES WHO ACTUALLY RUN THE STORES (FULL & PART TIME) BETTER!!! no one needs thousands wasted on CEOs! the people who are actually doing the hard work deserve the money!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Can move up fast if you're willing to relocate at the drop of a dime

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, 2 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 5 days of sick.
    401K after a year through Fidelity
    Aetna health, dental insurance
    Can wear cute & trendy clothes to work

    Cons

    Dealing with 17-20 year olds EVERYDAY
    Pay is under competitor's salary in the same field
    Have to hire people based on their looks and take pictures of them
    Your yearly raise and review is only great if you have great looking people working in your store
    Have to constantly get reprimanded if your part-time associates are wearing too much make-up, the wrong color nail-polish, or clothes that are older than two months.
    Comp days are baloney
    Must wear flip flops everyday
    Awful balance of family vs. career (they basically don't expect you to spend time with your family, if you're married and buying a house, forget being treated like you can move up! it's game over to them if you're not willing to move away every year.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Jeffries!
    Stop worrying about the color of our nail polish!
    Give store managers a raise equal to what they would make at a competitor store, so they don't leave after working a year.
    Give us our comp days the day of the holiday, or pay us for working holidays.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun people, awful pay

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    Former Employee - Impact Team Member  in  Paramus, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Impact Team Member in Paramus, NJ (US)

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you are young, the work is alright considering the other employees are your same age. The work is easy and the training does not take very long so you can pick up skills very easily.

    Cons

    Tough to get hours to work. The pay is far below what it should be. No one leaves the job enjoying the experience he or she had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the employees more and maybe some of them will be more likely to return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not enough hours granted to part-time workers.

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    Current Employee - Abercrombie and Fitch Model
    Current Employee - Abercrombie and Fitch Model

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Discounted clothing, fun people, lively atmosphere.

    Cons

    The notion that people who work here are part of a separate "Abercrombie" culture (one which is not necessarily well-liked).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be fun and full of promise...

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    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's great because you can work with fun, young and like-minded people. I also was given the opportunity to work abroad for 3 years as well - an absolutely amazing experience!

    Cons

    The company is changing quickly; very focused on the bottom line, cutting hours, promotions are not prevalent any longer, too many outlets are being opened and are damaging the brand's image of a casual luxury brand. Work too hard for absolutely no money... great benefits, though.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company for the ambitious

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    store operations are universal so it's easy to catch on and adapt to business culture.

    Cons

    you're working retail, so definitely working during holidays and weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad once you pay for cloths.

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    Current Employee - Impact Team Member  in  Marlborough, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Impact Team Member in Marlborough, MA (US)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people I worked with were very nice and professional.

    Cons

    You have to buy their clothes to work even if you work in the back room. They give you a one time 50% discount for each season you will have to buy. As part of your uniform you get to choose between buying converse chucks from a shoe store or flip flops from A&F. You will be climbing ladders in the back room so be aware of that if you plan on opting for the less expensive flip flops. Also like most retail jobs the music becomes unbearable after the first week. Although the manager let us have our own music in the stockroom.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Hard work, but fun

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    Current Employee - Impact Team Member  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Impact Team Member in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere. Nice, cool people.

    Cons

    they are not necessarily the smartest people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    even though it seems organised, it is not, store managers need to take more control of the people and especially the stock room organisation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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