Abercrombie & Fitch

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It was my first retail job.

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Former Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Las Vegas, NV (US)
Former Employee - Sales Associate (Model) in Las Vegas, NV (US)

I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch part-time (more than an year)

Pros

I was recruited, and started working there sooner than I knew it. It was a very high volume, upbeat store that was usually busy which is good because it keeps you busy.

Cons

Sometimes the volume of the music and the store being sprayed so heavily would interfere with the customers shopping experience.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop staring at 17 year old girls.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Charlotte, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Charlotte, NC (US)

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great discount and a chance to meet a lot of great looking people. Learn a lot in networking, recruiting, and visual excellence!

    Cons

    Don't teach the numbers of retail, only care about your appearance, will fire you for anything they dont value their employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Merchant in Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Merchant in Columbus, OH (US)

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Almost all of your colleagues are under 30, which doesn't make you feel old right after college. It's located on beautiful grounds in Ohio (the occasional deer is visible from your window at work). You have tremendous exposure to all aspects of merchandising from the very beginning and you present directly to the CEO after only a few months. The base salary is what an average family makes in Ohio and if you're good, it can grow quickly. And after about 2 years, you will have the ability to travel to the factories that make your garments, most are located in South and East Asia. The food in the cafe is pretty good and there are exercise facilities directly on the premises (though I never used them).

    Cons

    In their brochure they tell you it's a "diva-free" zone, which to anyone with a brain should mean "there are a ton of divas here." Why else would they make such a statement.

    As a merchant, you are at the center of everything and responsible for everything. Which means, you will always be the first person to blame when something goes wrong in the very long and complicated supply chain. You are responsible for every part of design, costing, planning, production, transportation, and sales. It's truly too much work for any one person and there used to be more jobs (usually two people for one brand) before they cut jobs in the recession.

    Your manager will decide your life at Abercrombie. I was unfortunate to get truly one of the worst (and there are a lot of bad ones). There is no training on how to manage there, it's just the person personal style. Some people are awesome and some are terrible. This person will decide himself or herself if you are good or not. Also, shakeups happen all the time. People get moved too often and it disrupts teamwork.

    The worst thing is that even in the rare case you succeed (they hire so many people not because they are growing, but because so many new people quit after their contracts are up--and some pay out their contracts to quit beforehand, even in a recession) you likely won't last for long. As the CEO is whimsical and he treats people like the clothes themselves, what's hot today is tomorrow's trash. So the higher you go up the chain, the more likely you are to be lose your job. My terrible manager prayed NOT to be promoted, because he feared the extra responsibility and losing the job stability of being on the bottom.

    Overall, it's a good place to get some experience right out of college, but only a very small percentage make it a career. It's meant to beat people up until they quit, so they can hire new "Fresh and young" faces,which keeps the brand closer to the target age. If you are over 30 at A&F, most likely, you are not in merchandising. It's impossible to be a merchant and have a family, as you work about 11 hours on average a day, can it be more, and ten is the minimum they ask every day (8am-6pm) is the best you'll get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management knows what the problems are, but they keep things this way because the whole place is designed to weed out people to keep the place full of "fresh eyes" for the clothes. So it's not worth giving advice to management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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