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You will not retire from here!

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Former Employee - Engineer in Nashville, TN
Former Employee - Engineer in Nashville, TN

I worked at Gibson Guitar

Disapproves of CEO
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The product. The product kept me at the company way longer than I should have stayed. It is a great place for young entry level people to get thrown in to the deep end and learn a lot in a short period of time.

Cons

The working environment is awful. No raises, no promotions, no praise......nothing. For young people do not look at this job as a career......It is a start and that is it until management changes.

Advice to Management

Henry sell the company to someone who cares about its well being. Henry read some different management books........You'll catch more bees with honey than vinegar.

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    Toxic Shock

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    Former Employee - Entertainment Relations in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Entertainment Relations in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Gibson Guitar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The further your office is from the Nashville the luckier you are. You get to meet rock stars. Everybody thinks you have a cool job. Good 401K. Some positions are great stepping stones into entertainment industries.

    Cons

    On your first day you'll be told, "One day, you'll get a call and you'll be gone." Just know that getting fired is what passes for career advancement at Gibson, but getting fired is a blessing. People would be fired and would beg for their jobs back in a strange Munchausen type display.
    You'll also be told, "Never suggest a really good idea." This is part and parcel of the incredibly toxic work environment that is is 100% attributable to the CEO. You can read from the other reviews that the character flaws exhibited by the CEO trickle down through upper management all the way to production. Backstabbing is de rigueur at Gibson. It is also the Achilles heel of the company.
    The CEO and Management have hugely inflated opinions of the importance and abilities.
    It all seems folly. In reality the company operates at 30% of it's potential. It has a storied brand and basically no competition for it product. People will always buy Les Paul guitars. The CEO knows it so he doesn't have to think big picture. He is free to run his fiefdom as he sees fit. The personnel who work closely with the CEO are gluttons for punishment.

    Advice to Management

    Come down from your pedestal. Every single person at Gibson is replaceable, including the CEO. The brand will outlive all of you, so get over yourselves.


  2. Helpful (8)

    failure on all fronts

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Gibson Corporate Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Former Gibson Corporate Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Gibson Guitar

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    product; great people to work with (not for, but with!)

    Cons

    senior management is a constant state of turnover; the "failure" rate of senior executives is excessive even in the worst of companies - Gibson has set the bar on so high no other company can probably come close; the failure of numerous product lines by CEO who "knows" he is always right despite qualified staff who actually know what they are doing - if you doubt me ask where these products are now or why you see very few of these products in a music store - Oberheim, Opcode, Echoplex, Orange, Red Bear, Goldtone, Dawn, Tobias, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Baldwin, Wurlitzer, Kramer, Steinberger, Maestro, Zeta, digital jukebox, many failed attempts at entertainment venues as well a "lifestyle" products; you wonder why these are brought up? - the only products that do well and survive are the products that would sell even if marketing were stopped-like the Les Paul, SG, etc.; everything else Henry has bought has died a horrible death or sells so little through that the dealers staff probably don't even know how to sell them through

    lack of real sales and marketing knowledge by Henry has set the tone for the failure of these brands and the failure of how to run a company effectively; the lack of any real communication (unless you consider being berated day after day communication) does not allow the staff to do anything but react-there is no real opportunities to be proactive and make the brand better

    anyone who has placed a high rating in these reviews has not worked at Gibson long enough to be totally humilated by Henry yet-just give them time

    Advice to Management

    Henry-as a former employee who left on good terms and would love to see the brand succeed - please step aside. This is the only way the company will truly succeed.


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