- Fender Musical Instruments update7 days ago
Every few weeks, Fender HQ employees have the opportunity to participate in PB&Jam sessions with various artists who come through AZ on their tours. Most recently, we welcomed rock super-group The Aristocrats to the main stage! Employees munched on the provided pb&j (with an added bonus... Nutella!) sandwiches while the band performed a set. Afterwards, a meet 'n' greet ensued, and employees received personalized, autographed photos of the band! Rock on!
- Fender Musical Instruments update14 days ago
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation was recently featured on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, in the "Made In America" segment! The spotlight was on our talented employees of the Corona, CA manufacturing facility, who were shown engaged in the hands on production process of our legendary American Standard instruments. There was even a private guitar lesson between David and our EVP of Fender Brand, Richard McDonald! If you were not one of the 8 million people who caught the segment live, check it out here!! http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vITs1
Leo Fender wanted to craft an instrument that was as functional as it was easy to use. It was a primitive-looking object that was tough as nails, its powerful name inspired by another groundbreaking invention: the television. And with its revolutionary electrified tone, it would change the way music was made—forever.
Today, FMIC brands include Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, Charvel® and EVH® among others. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues and many others.
Everyone from beginners and hobbyists to the world’s most acclaimed artists and performers have used Fender instruments and amps, in the process making the company not only a revered music industry name, but also a cultural icon.
It is our vision to continue championing THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-N-ROLL® throughout the world and our mission to exceed the expectations of music enthusiasts worldwide.
Rock N Roll is not just a sound, it's a way of life. For the past six incredible decades, Fender has helped provide the soundtrack of our lives and times, becoming an international cultural icon in the process.
Indeed, when rock 'n' roll came along a decade after us, its wild new talents turned a feisty little Southern California company into a worldwide music phenomenon whose products both provided and defined the sound of the ages.
It is our vision to continue championing THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-N-ROLL® throughout the world, and our mission to exceed the expectations of music enthusiasts worldwide. Because of this, we are constantly seeking new talent to join our Fender Family, so we can continue to give the world a chance to make music history.
You have the possibility to make history with Fender in several functional areas, including Accounting/Finance, Engineering/R&D, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Sales, Customer Service, Human Resources, Legal/Business Affairs, Marketing, and Supply Chain. Interested in learning more? Apply here!
In addition to full-time opportunities, Fender also has a robust internship program. We seek highly motivated and enthusiastic students from schools across the country to join us in areas such as HR, Supply Chain, Legal, R&D, and Manufacturing (and the list continues to grow!). Fender's internship program is just as electric as the guitars, and is as rewarding as it is challenging. Our interns spend their time working on assignments that are directly driven by business needs, giving them the opportunity to work hands on, and make significant impacts on the business.
Fender's 2015 Summer Intern class at HQ in Scottsdale, AZ.
Interested in working for Fender? See what a few members of our Fender Family have to say about working here!
My main passion for most of my life has been playing guitar. Mixing my personal passion with my professional passion has been a dream come true.It is a rare opportunity to work on a team responsible for a brand with such a passionate following. Every piece of work, whether on the website or for the dealer network, really matters to the Fender fan base.No matter how long or hard the day may have been, I always feel pride and rejuvenation when walking down the main hall resplendent with the rich history of Fender.- Sr. Web Programmer
I LOVE my job. Fender is the best company to work for, and I have great benefits, but the best part is being around AMAZING Fender instruments. I get to see and test all the latest Fender products. One thing that really stands out to me, is that we do an excellent job of connecting with the consumer. It feels really good to work for a company that cares about the people that keep us going. - Retail Street Team Member
Our department is strong and my coworkers are dedicated. We help each other, teach each other, and joke around. It’s the best office environment I’ve ever had the pleasure to work in. - Customer Service Representative
The people I get to collaborate with make coming to work every day an exciting team experience. We have fun! - Plus, being able to listen to your fellow peers play music in the middle of the day is nothing I’ve seen before with any other company. Your days are never predictable; I deal with new questions and new scenarios everyday which keeps my job exciting! - Benefits Administrator
It is a dynamic, ever-changing environment, with a culture that sets one up for success. You have the opportunity to make an impact right away; it’s really a self-starter’s dream company. - Director of Global Transportation
One of the best parts of working in planning is the opportunity to collaborate with many different departments including finance, sourcing, marketing, transportation, R&D, sales, distribution centers… basically everyone! This great vantage point helps us analyze supply chain and process efficiencies and provide recommendations. We advise and participate in the decisions of the organization. We make a real difference! - Sr. Planner
Working in National Accounts has given me the opportunity to work with some of the largest and most dynamic retailers inside and outside our industry. The experience has definitely raised my business acumen, and has afforded me the ability to contribute at a much higher level.- Director Sales, National Accounts
Our vision is to champion THE SPIRIT OF ROCK-AND-ROLL® throughout the world. The Spirit is Individual Expression, Creativity, Passion, Energy and YOU!
Our culture encourages and celebrates individual expression and diversity. We appreciate the fact that there are as many possible approaches to business as there are musical styles, and so we encourage out-of-the-box thinking.
At Fender you don't have to check your unique personality at the door. We expect individual commitment and performance to exceed the standard for our industry. Only then will we meet the objectives, needs and aspirations of our company and our employees. Each employee can and must make a difference. Ultimately, Fender's people determine its character and strength.
We recognize each person's contribution to Fender's success by sharing the financial rewards that result from high performance. We recognize also that not all rewards are financial; therefore we strive for an atmosphere in which everybody feels recognized and appreciated, and can share the passion and excitement of working at Fender. No one person can do the job alone, so teamwork is essential to Fender's success.
Employees are encouraged to interact at all levels of the company, sharing ideas and suggestions to improve Fender's effectiveness and quality of life. It takes all of us to win. We support each other and share the victories and rewards together. We are passionate about what we do
The goal of Fender is simple... To ensure the spirit of rock 'n' roll for future generations. As a world leader in musical instruments and accessories, we have an important responsibility to serve the needs and exceed the expectations of musicians worldwide. That responsibility rests not only with the high quality of instruments, but also in sustaining the rich legacy of our company history by providing the opportunity for music enrichment in everyone's lives.
Fender Music Foundation
The Fender Music Foundation awards grants to music programs including school music classrooms, after-school music programs and music therapy programs. Over 35,000 people have had the opportunity to make music within one year of receiving a grant from the foundation. Learn more about Fender Music Foundation here!
The Fender Center
The Fender Center for Music Education is a non-profit center dedicated to the music education of children located in Corona, California. Since the program's inceptoin, more than 10,000 children have participated and received free and low-cost musical instruction. Learn more about The Fender Center here!
Little Kids Rock
Founded in 2002, Little Kids Rock is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in underfunded public schools. Learn more about Little Kids Rock here!
Friends of Fender
Fender has several other partnerships including:
- The Grammy Museum. This museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY® Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.
- Solid Rock. The main focus of Solid Rock is creating the Rock, a teen center located on the Grand Canyon University campus in Phoenix, Arizona. The teen center serves to honor Christ by providing a safe environment for teens to learn, grow and equip themselves for their futures.
- Musical Instrument Museum. This one-of-a-kind museum is home to nearly 15,000 instruments and artifacts, showcasing music and culture from every country in the world. Guests will enjoy close encounters with the instruments themselves, enhanced by state-of-the-art audio that brings the sounds and sights of these instruments to life. MIM even features an exhibit showcasing Fender's rich history and legacy in the musical instrument industry.
- Guitarmania. GuitarMania is a community public art project that has raised almost $3 million for its benefiting charities - United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's education programs, and Valley Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is the world’s foremost manufacturer of guitars, basses, amplifiers and related equipment.
With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues, and many others. Everyone from beginners and hobbyists to the world’s most acclaimed artists and performers have used Fender instruments and amps, and legendary Fender instruments such as the Telecaster® and Stratocaster® guitars and Precision® and Jazz® bass guitars are universally acclaimed as design classics.
In the 1940s, southern California inventor Leo Fender realized that he could improve on the amplified hollow-body instruments of the day by using an innovative and rather simple solid-body electric guitar design. Further, he realized that he could streamline the process of building them.
In 1951 he introduced a prototype solid-body instrument that would eventually be called the Telecaster® guitar. The Tele®, as it was often called then and still is today, was the first solid-body Spanish-style electric guitar to be commercially mass-produced.
That same year, Fender introduced a revolutionary new invention—the Precision Bass guitar. It was played like a guitar and had frets so that it could be played with “precision,” and it could be amplified, thus liberating bassists from unwieldy and increasingly difficult-to-hear acoustic basses.
These two historic instruments laid the foundation for a new kind of group and a revolution in popular music—what we know today as the modern rock combo. As opposed to the “big bands” of the era, electric Fender instruments made it possible for smaller groups of musicians to get together and be heard.
The Stratocaster first appeared in 1954, incorporating many design innovations based on feedback from professional musicians, Fender staff and Leo Fender himself. Its third single-coil pickup offered more tonal possibilities, its sleekly contoured body made it more comfortable, and its double cutaway design made access to upper registers much easier.
Most important, however, was the addition of the new Fender vibrato (or “tremolo”) bridge, an innovation originally intended to let guitarists bend strings, thus achieving the pedal steel-like sound so popular among country music artists of the day.
Nobody could have foreseen then how the Stratocaster would go on to revolutionize popular music. Essentially unchanged since its 1954 debut, it is the most popular and influential electric guitar ever, and players at all levels and in all genres continue to rely on its sound, playability and versatility to this day.
Leo Fender himself remained an immensely creative force over the next decade, introducing many classic instrument and amplifier designs, including the Jazz Bass® guitar, the Jaguar® and Jazzmaster® guitars and the Twin Reverb® amplifier.
Because of poor health, Leo Fender sold the company to CBS in 1965. Fender Musical Instruments experienced tremendous growth over the next 20 years, but a lack of commitment and real understanding of music and musicians by CBS gradually became apparent.
To “re-invent” Fender, CBS recruited new management in 1981. William Schultz became company president, supported by associate William Mendello. Their 5-year business plan was based on increasing Fender’s marketplace presence with dramatic quality improvement and greater commitment to research and development.
When CBS shed its non-broadcast media businesses in the 1980s, a group of employees and investors led by Schultz bought Fender from CBS in 1985. The sale put the Fender name back into the hands of a small group of dedicated people committed to creating the world’s best guitars and amplifiers.
The new Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) had to start from scratch—there were no buildings or machinery included in the sale. Among other things, FMIC purchased the name, intellectual property and some leftover parts. Supported by a core group of loyal employees, dealers and suppliers (some of whom had been with the company since Leo Fender founded it), Schultz and his colleagues set out to rebuild an American icon.
The new Fender initially imported its guitars from offshore manufacturers with proven ability to produce affordable and viable instruments, but the move toward greater quality control soon led to the establishment in 1985 of Fender’s flagship U.S. factory in Corona, Calif. A second modern manufacturing facility opened in 1987 in Ensenada, Mexico.
Also in 1987, the renowned Fender Custom Shop opened at the Corona facility, creating dream instruments for professional guitarists and guitar enthusiasts. Fender had always recognized the importance of an open-door policy for professional musicians, accommodating their requests for specific features on an individual basis. The Fender Custom Shop has since become known worldwide and industry-wide as the pinnacle of craftsmanship and sheer instrumental artistry.
FMIC moved its corporate headquarters from Corona to Scottsdale, Ariz., in 1991. From there, Fender coordinates its administration, marketing, advertising, sales and export operations in the United States and its international satellite facilities in England, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Schultz retired in 2005, and Mendello became CEO.
Since its founding, FMIC has grown to be one of the world's leading marketers, manufacturers, and distributors of musical instruments. It manufactures and distributes everything guitarists and bassists need, from instruments, amplifiers, strings and accessories to professional audio products. Fender became one of the world leaders by defining the sounds we hear, by meeting the needs of musicians, by creating quality products and by backing them up with service and stability. As FMIC forges into the 21st century, its management strives to maintain Fender’s status through a combination of business acumen and love for music.
Corporate headquarters is located in Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A., with manufacturing headquarters and the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, Calif. FMIC markets using the brand names Fender®, Squier®, Charvel®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, and EVH®.
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The organization really takes initiatives to develop and promote internal talent - I have been here for about three months and have already gained excellent insight to other areas of my career I have never been exposed to. I love the fun and casual work culture in addition to all of the employee events that go on and the ability to see performing artists in the atrium. The building is outstanding! One of a kind.
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Jimi Hendrix's electrified version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" showed what at least one Fender guitar could do. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is the world's #1 maker of stringed instruments and the nation's #1 manufacturer of solid-body electric guitars, including the Stratocaster and Telecaster lines that have made it a favorite of strummers. FMIC makes other instruments and PA equipment, such as acoustic guitars, electric basses, mandolins, banjos, and violins, as well as amplifiers. The company's other notable brands ...