Our people come first. We employ more than 30,000 associates throughout the world and we strive to be a workplace where people feel accepted, supported and inspired.


AEO® is built on trust, honesty and integrity. We honor individuality and celebrate self-expression. We are determined. We are creative. We work hard. We want everyone to be the best version of themselves.


The vitality of our company resides in people—our associates, our customers, and our partners. We value and respect differing backgrounds, unique talents, and eclectic tastes; they strengthen our ability to succeed. We care about our associates; we empower them; we reward them. We give back generously to the communities where we work and play.


We operate in a dynamic and competitive industry. We are curious, enterprising and resourceful. Our associates embody entrepreneurial spirit, develop creative solutions and initiate change. We continually refine the unique processes that drive our business, and we use insightful research and analysis to balance our instinct and to guide our decisions.


Our passion infuses our actions with purpose. It transforms stores into places of energy and customer delight. Our offices, design and distribution centers hum with energy, activity and enthusiasm. We collaborate. We engage. We adhere to a keen sense of detail.


We keep our promises. We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards and we do the right thing. We wisely measure and manage risk. In the face of difficulties and challenges, we don’t compromise. We are polite and professional—always.


We work together—listening to one another, reaching consensus and supporting group decisions. We celebrate achievements. Because we respect and trust one another and commit ourselves to our company goals, our teamwork succeeds.