Guitar Center Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. The company is full of passionate musicians

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guitar Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's nothing quite like getting paid to be around the things you love every day. The company also promotes from within!

    Cons

    Any position after the Store Management position is impossible to obtain. If you're looking to move to a District Manager position or beyond, look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the people that helped build the company. Using employees as a stepping stone will only lead to high turnover and employees that are not invested.

  2. Fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Greeter/Security/Check Out Line in Covina, CA
    Former Employee - Greeter/Security/Check Out Line in Covina, CA

    I worked at Guitar Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You meet a lot of cool people with great tastes in music & style.

    Cons

    They've recently gotten rid of my job position. I worked at the desk greeting people & preventing equipment from being stolen. Without this extra security they may lose a lot of merch.

  3. Tough but enjoyable with the right people around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guitar Center

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great discounts after 90 days

    Cons

    Tough pay scale with commission

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  5. Fast paced inspiring interaction between employees and customers. Constant learning and growth in the company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guitar Center

    Pros

    Room for growth in the company with many added benefits for anyone in the music industry.

    Cons

    Potentially tense work environment for over staffed locations.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Rocking the Mic

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guitar Center

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great vehicle to advance with hard work.

    Cons

    Changing direction numerous times over the past few years with multiple CEO changes.

    Advice to Management

    Morale is the lowest I have ever seen it.

  7. Laid back environment and lot of dedicated workers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Guitar Center full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great product discounts, laid back environment, and great for acquiring experience shortly after college

    Cons

    Not much career growth and benefits are not that great

    Advice to Management

    Take bold approaches otherwise company will keep operating as non profitable

  8. Great Place To Work

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    Former Employee - Department Manager in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Guitar Center full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-Workers
    Atmosphere
    Time-Off Policies
    Employee Discounts

    Great company to work for. Loved building customer relations, doing product demonstrations. Just an all around great job.

    Cons

    Call-Sheets
    Competitive Nature of Co-Workers/Assistant Managers
    Undermining Sales by Assistant Managers

    AM's can sell things from out of your department without you having a say, making you no commission. AM's used to take full advantage of this and sell hundreds to thousands of dollars from under you or take a cut in the commission percentage because they told you that you "have to." Working in a department like drums (like I did) you're struggling to make commission on a monthly basis. It's just a cheap shot and unprofessional.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, decent pay

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Guitar Center full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I would say the best part about working here is the amount of really cool people you get to meet. There are tons of talented musicians out there, all with really interesting backgrounds. Another thing is the discount. WHOOO MAN. That thing is sick. Pay just above base cost for almost everything (minus apple and bose).

    Cons

    I'm gonna keep this short, but I think all employees can agree. The new CEO has really changed the company in a matter of a month it seams. The labor has been cut unnecessarily company wide, managers are now calling in, getting written up when they were always GREAT people and managers. An ex-CEO of a sporting goods super company does not belong with what was an amazing music store.

  10. Its alright

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guitar Center

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great discounts, good benefits, good equipment

    Cons

    Horrible Employes, long hours, no life after work

  11. Product Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Product Coordinator in Westlake Village, CA
    Current Employee - Product Coordinator in Westlake Village, CA

    I have been working at Guitar Center

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I work with some of the most talented people in the industry.

    Cons

    poor communication company wide
    excessive time taken to make time sensitive decisions.
    material deadline dates are more times than not pushed or excessively late

    Advice to Management

    I would like upper management to recognize work performance and compensate accordingly. The company is way too top heavy in regard to the more than comfortable wages - even decent wages remain out of reach for those of us who actually work and make things happen. I really think the company needs to take a serious look at increasing wages to equalize the increased cost of living for everyone.

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