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6 people found this helpful  

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

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    failure on all fronts

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    Former Employee - Former Gibson Corporate Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Former Gibson Corporate Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Gibson Guitar

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    It doesn't get much worse than this...

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Gibson Guitar

    Pros

    the "worker-level" atmosphere and participating in an exciting industry.

    Cons

    No business logic is allowed to be applied in what you do, at any level.

    Directives come down with no relevant reasoning that must be followed without question at all levels. Turnover is ridiculous, whether by your own hand or by that of HJ himself (who makes all real decisions).

    Again, the lack of continuity in staffing, where that could breed solid operations over long periods of time and not "starting over" constantly. I, for one, had 5 bosses in 4 years.

    No real focus. As seen now, in a down market with product critism running rampant, They open an ice cream store in the middle of the Winter!! Not exactly concerntrating on core products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is only one leader and a group of rotating minions...my advice is get over your ego and wanting to rub shoulders with rock stars, sell the company to a competent operation or persons that can move it forward again.

    Things change and business changes over the years...no company with control over 15 to 20 years by the same person ever suceeds; this is being evidenced now at Gibson.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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