Abercrombie & Fitch Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
2,111 Reviews

2.8
2,111 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.  

    it was o.k

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    Former Employee - Floor Model  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Floor Model in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    discounts were nice. i do hate the value of the company

    Cons

    dont plan on ever getting a raise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A decent job for an 18 year-old to earn some extra cash

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Abercrombie & Fitch

    Pros

    You work with fun people and if your manager is cool, you can goof off a little bit, too

    Cons

    Listening to the same songs over and over for the whole 5-hour shift

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play the music more softly and don't use so much Fierce cologne!

  3.  

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Full-Time Stock
    Current Employee - Full-Time Stock

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

    Pros

    Some pros of working here is that the tasks are very simple. The part time associates are fun to work with. Hours aren't long at all. Good for college students.

    Cons

    The cons are that the higher up people like the district manager and regional manager are mean and have unrealistic expectations. In management, there are managers that get away with being mean and create their own rules because they don't like someone. Very stuck up people some managers are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensation isn't good. Really no room for growth within the company at all. Management needs to be nicer and not lie to peoples faces. Just because you are management doesn't mean that you don't do anything wrong and the full time stock or part time associates have no say in anything. It is an awful place to work full time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great training with very little pay

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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 MIT program. Many opportunities for relocation. Casual work environment with great fun people to work with. Training opportunities/workshops starting at the store manger level. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible. No bonuses. No overtime pay. Overtime is actually half time for full time employees. Yes they cut you pay in half after 40 hours. Its less than minimum wage and you will work more than 40 hours. Salaried employees get no incentive either just a comp day every couple of months when there's a holiday. Unprofessional young employees that get paid minimum wage so no call no shows are always an issue. Forced to hire based on looks and looked down upon if you hire someone that doesn't fit the image.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate competitively. You're competition will always steal your managers and great talent will be lost. Focus more on the bottom line which is running a business and not on whether we all look like models.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A&F experience

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    Current Employee - Impact Team Member  in  Pleasant Hill, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Impact Team Member in Pleasant Hill, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    store atmosphere is good, work with good looking people mostly.

    Cons

    unstable schedules, low wage, they don't provide you their cloth but ask you to wear it to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can move up fast if you're willing to relocate at the drop of a dime

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    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

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