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post #26 of 59
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post #27 of 59
Everytime I go into Abercrombie I get offered a job. Everyone thinks I am like 17 years old or something. I am like no I have a real job. It is sad how shallow they are. When I was younger I worked at Victoria Secret and they are the same way to an extent depending on the manager. We were told to say we are not hiring if an unattractive girl came and asked for an application. I didnt like having to judge who was unattractive or not so I gave it to everyone. Whatever they wont hire them if they dont like them. Retail is shallow but people buy more from those they think are attractive.
post #28 of 59
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Originally Posted by constantine03 View Post
I worked there and a A&F...both times they picked me up off the floor. I didn't even have an interview, it was more like "Hey, ever thought of working here? I want you to. Okay great- when can you start?"

They're shallow. It's all about how you look and dress. If you look and dress like A&F or H Co., you're hired.

That's what happened to me too...they asked me if I wanted to work there and then basically told me that I had to come in for the group interview but just as a formality. My interview ended up just being my manager trying to flirt with me...I was the only person there and he didn't even ask me any interview questions

And I agree with the others, it is all about how you look/dress. If you just wear jeans and a hollister Tshirt/something that looks like hollister's style, you'll be fine.

When I worked there, I used to hear the manager making fun of the customers who came into the store if they weren't good looking enough for him..and the girls/guys who weren't considered good enough to work out on the floor were put in the back stocking clothes. At minimum wage, I don't think it's a very good place to work because the discount isn't much anyway. There are a lot of fun people who work there though. I did work at Cold Stone too and I made twice the money per hour I made at Hollister--but I was always running the store by myself!
post #29 of 59
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Originally Posted by notfrostyjosh View Post


um wow. i thinked i just laughed so hard reading the hollister section about the people who work there, talking about how great hollister is...i wear some hollister stuff but ill admit the quality of their stuff = crap and a waste of money. only reason i have any clothes from them is cause theyre about 1+ old and good to wear when i dont want my better stuff to get messed up.

as for working there...my cousins worked there and got transfered to A&F in LA. Just look the part wear the clothes.

From what ive heard from people who work there. Hot people= brand reps(people you see walking around greeting people, good looking but not as hot = people who work the register and fold and not the best looking = work in the backroom of the store. this is just what i heard from previous employees. maybe thats just here in so cal since were supose to be the mecca for those kind of clothes..
post #30 of 59
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Originally Posted by mellow2424 View Post
They cant force you to wear their clothing. When I worked at Abercrombie a few years back we could only wear current stuff. But it discriminates against those who cant afford it so now clothing retailers can only require employees to dress in the style of the store
That's true. I worked there when they were handing out giftcards left and right to people b/c of a lawsuit that found that due to the low amount that workers were paid, and then the fact that they were forced to spend that paycheck there to wear their clothes, they were really making under minimum wage-- so now you don't HAVE to wear their clothes, but it's encouraged, and it still has to be the "look" of the store, without and other brand names right out front.
post #31 of 59
yea, they do make fun of people that dont dress like themselves....still think alot of the staff are stuck up!
post #32 of 59
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Originally Posted by constantine03 View Post
That's true. I worked there when they were handing out giftcards left and right to people b/c of a lawsuit that found that due to the low amount that workers were paid, and then the fact that they were forced to spend that paycheck there to wear their clothes, they were really making under minimum wage-- so now you don't HAVE to wear their clothes, but it's encouraged, and it still has to be the "look" of the store, without and other brand names right out front.
they can indirectly punish you for not wearing their clothes by just NOT giving you the hours... and theres nothing you can really do about that.
post #33 of 59
i see how good looking people = them selling more clothes, but they hire people with the crappiest customer service skills. not everyone, but most of the people who work at the A&F in my town are too busy talking to each other to give you the time of day. i also know firing someone just b/c they weren't rated highly in the looks dept. by their male coworkers is very illegeal, and i would be suing too.
i once had an interview at a local lengerie store and when i got there the male manager told me "i have a lot of applicants so i just want to put a face to a name" i started telling him my skills and he told me flat out that didnt matter b/c it was easy to run a cash register. he was hiring strictly on looks. the store went out of business a few months later...hehe.
post #34 of 59
yeah working at one of their fine retail locations is a real riot
post #35 of 59
a friend and i went to a group interview at hollister a couple of years back. one of the questions asked was:

"if you were stranded on an island, and could take only two things with you, what would those two things be?"

i dont remember what my answer was, but it was something obviously ridiculous and meatheaded. that was probably the reason i got the job. i didnt take it, of course. i could think of less embarrassing ways to defile myself.
post #36 of 59
Wow i am glad that we don't have a Hollister where i live. I went into one this summer and it was just crap.

My cousin's BF decided that he was going to stand outside of the door and thank people for coming into Hollister. Best customer service anyone has ever recieved there!

WHen i went into the Hollister at Mall of American i was trying on a tennie little bikini and i wanted to show my GF so i opened the door and she was halfway in the dressing room and the guy manning the rooms got mad and told ehr that she couldn't go in. I got pissed because i wasn't about ready to walk out into a crowd of people in this tiny bikini.

It is illegal for them to hire based on looks. The only tiem that they can do this is if they are looking for "models". And i don't think that looks necessarily sells as much as customer services does. The stores that i always return to and make purchases at are the ones with the best customer service. I don't care if Mr. Greek God himself is working the cash, i am not returning if he has bad skillz.
post #37 of 59
holy shit, haha so a&f and hollister are basically a modeling agency?

at my old job, we used to walk across the street and mess around at the a&f there because we knew how easy they were to mess with since the company is like 99% image-based so we'd walk in with our business suits and ties and dance to the loud ass music. after a few weeks, we got blacklisted. yes, we were young and foolish.
post #38 of 59
also, during our youthful days, my friends wanted me to join them in a group interview, but i declined but i did watch from aside on the day of, and man, i was fucking cracking up. my friends were totally fucking around...one of them just suddenly decided to lie on his back on the ground and giving stupid answers...i'm surprised they didn't ask him to leave the interview.
post #39 of 59
I work there, it's an OK job. It's just for the discount some people say, but if a certain manager likes you, you can get away with a lot of things.
post #40 of 59
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My interview went ok, I was the only guy, hope that was a plus. I swear everyone said the same thing.
post #41 of 59
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Originally Posted by BEFORE_DISHONOR View Post
I had a nightmare with hollister. I was picked of the floor and asked to come in for an interview. It was about 20 gilrs.There basically just sizing you up as far as your clothing style, attractiveness, and outgoingness. I was asked after the interview if I would stay for a few minutes with 3 other girls. I had put on my application that I would only accept a ast mgmt position. This was because I had 4 years of retail experience and 2 years of mgmt experience of a retail store and just under 60 credit hours from college. Well the guy told me they would take me on as mgmt but the first week I would have to take a sales position while they scramballed people around and such. That week turned into 2 months of being stuck in the back to sensor clothing. Meanwhile 2 weeks after employment they hired a 17 year old kid with no retail experience and gave him the ast mgmt position.Mind you sticking me ion the back was based solely on my physical apperance as I latter found out. as if it wasn't obvious anyway. Then just so your aware .. latter in the month they went around to all the male employees asking them to rate the females attractiveness, those who werent rated were fired. This happened at 3 other stores were mutual friends work so it wasnt just a fluke. Anyway I ended up quiting after the ridiculius 17 year old kid got my job. A month later I got a class action suit suing abercrombie and hollister for all these reasons plus a few others (basically they got sued for hiring people based on looks) I signed it .Then 10 months later I got a check for 3,700. Not that it makes up for the wasted time and bull shit aggrivation but haha to them they deserve to be sued by everyone
that CANT be true.

managers can only be college graduates.. i've only had 2 managers who slipped through the cracks in my 2 years of working for A&F.. one was 2 classes away from being done with school.. the other had been with the company since HS and just somehow got a Assist. Manager position because he'd been with the company so long.

there's NO WAY in hell that a 17 year old could be offered a management position.. maybe a Lead Stockroom position (kid who is solely devoted to the stockroom.. the way it looks.. does shipment with the stock team..etc.. and works 50 hours a week) .. but definitely NOT a upper management position.

the youngest managers i've had have been no younger than 20.. turning 21.
post #42 of 59
i think its kind of weird how they recruit people who are shopping there to work for them (dont really hear about that at many places.) When you are an employee there, do they just tell you to approach good looking people and tell them they should work there?
post #43 of 59
it's a good way to get people and build up the amount of employees you have.

most store just base their hiring practices off the random people who apply and show up for interviews. . and the majority of the people that shop at A&F stores are attractive.. so hey.. why not?

A&F (RUEHL, H.Co, abercrombie kids) are open to everyone who wants to show up, apply and interview. it's a group interview.
post #44 of 59
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Originally Posted by jetta_07 View Post
i think its kind of weird how they recruit people who are shopping there to work for them (dont really hear about that at many places.) When you are an employee there, do they just tell you to approach good looking people and tell them they should work there?
I know. I find it kind of funny too.

Actually, not to be a downer but it makes me feel ugly. I always get treated like crap when i have gone into either store. Never have they been nice to me .

But it is not unheard of in regards to what they do. There was a locally onwed store in Winnipeg that tried to cater to the "raver" and then the "emo" population. The staff was told that if people who didn't look like they blonged in the store came in, they should ignore them. They are now out of business. Too bad for them.
post #45 of 59
well see..

A&F caters to everyone.. even if they don't look like they belong there.

I've never been told.."Hey that person doesn't fit the kind of people we target at this store.. DONT help them. Ignore them."

at the 3 A&Fs I've worked at (I transfer between stores because I know managers and what not) we've always pushed customer service 100% to anyone who walks into the store..doesnt matter if they're black, white, yellow, brown, purple, tall, skinny, fat, short, whatever.
post #46 of 59
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Originally Posted by fr4nkst3r View Post
well see..

A&F caters to everyone.. even if they don't look like they belong there.

I've never been told.."Hey that person doesn't fit the kind of people we target at this store.. DONT help them. Ignore them."

at the 3 A&Fs I've worked at (I transfer between stores because I know managers and what not) we've always pushed customer service 100% to anyone who walks into the store..doesnt matter if they're black, white, yellow, brown, purple, tall, skinny, fat, short, whatever.

Man i wish i had gone into your store. The one i was at the guy who was "manning" the dressing rooms was extreamly rude to me and my GF.
post #47 of 59
when I shopped at A&F in high school the staff was unhelpful and rude. I havent shopped there in 4 years, and I would never again. and I have worked retail so I KNOW how important it is to be polite and helpful!
post #48 of 59
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Originally Posted by fr4nkst3r View Post
that CANT be true.

managers can only be college graduates.. i've only had 2 managers who slipped through the cracks in my 2 years of working for A&F.. one was 2 classes away from being done with school.. the other had been with the company since HS and just somehow got a Assist. Manager position because he'd been with the company so long.

there's NO WAY in hell that a 17 year old could be offered a management position.. maybe a Lead Stockroom position (kid who is solely devoted to the stockroom.. the way it looks.. does shipment with the stock team..etc.. and works 50 hours a week) .. but definitely NOT a upper management position.

the youngest managers i've had have been no younger than 20.. turning 21.
17 year olds can't have FT positions. Labor laws and the company's gotten into shit about it.
post #49 of 59
I worked at A&F when I was 19 and it was the most pointless experiance of my life. They basically gave me like 4 hours per week and only hired me because I went to college and they wanted me to wear the clothes around campus. My day was basically folding clothes and standing around. I did not get along with the people who worked there either. I was forced to buy clothes for the summer season to wear while working. Then a week later, they introduced the fall line and I was forced to buy those and told I couldnt wear the summer clothes anymore. I made minimum wage and I ended up spending more on the clothes there than I actually made!
One day I came in too early and they said to go and come back later. I decided that the job was a waste of time and never showed. I got a call from one of the assistant managers trying to be "cool" with me saying "yo man, i hate to do it but i gotta report you blah blah blah" I basically said, I quit and im not coming back and he said well you need to come back and sign some papers. I said no, I QUIT, deal with the papers yourself. Who the hell quits and goes back and sign papers? lol
For the next 3 years I was in college A&F and Hollister would wait around in the student center of my school and try and find people to hire. They had probably stopped me like 10 times in that period.
The truth is, i only worked there to get girls anyways but i dont recommend anyone take a job there as it truly sucks!
post #50 of 59
see..

over the summer i'll get around 35-40 hours a week (simply b/c my availability is every day all day) and i was able to work a TON.

during school i'm down to like 10-15 but thats only b/c school is my main priority.. and the little extra $$ is nice.

i've enjoyed my time at A&F for the past 2 years.. i've made a ton of friends, been to countless parties, made a ton of memories and it's just been an overall enjoyable job.

now i rarely ever wear the clothes anymore.. but i'm still there b/c of the people i've become close to in the past 2 years (i'd say of the crazy amount of kids i've worked with.. about only 10-12 of them have stuck around for as long as i have) that's what makes it so enjoyable to me.. the people i work with.

we're anything but rude, stuck up and full of ourselves. we push customer service and i'd say the 3 A&Fs i've worked at.. no one has ever complained about customer service and the lack of help and kindess they're recieving from us.

as for the lead stock position thing.. i told you. see. so whatever that girl was talking about surely was NOT true. a 17 year old CANNOT be a manager or hold anything higher than a associate position (brand rep/model or impact/stock).
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