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Stay Away - Former Purchasing employee

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Former Employee - Purchasing in Nashville, TN
Former Employee - Purchasing in Nashville, TN

I worked at Gibson Guitar full-time (more than an year)

Pros

It was a paycheck, but the stress was not worth the pay. Micro managed every minute of the day.

Cons

Hours are long, pay is below market, but worst of all is the CEO. He runs this company with a tight grip.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find a new CEO and treat people fairly.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    Do Yourself a Favor and Just Pass on This Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gibson Guitar

    Pros

    There really aren't any material pros at Gibson from a career standpoint. A great brand and they make cool guitars but in six months when you're looking for a new job who will care about this and how will it fix your unemployed status.

    Cons

    It has been stated repeatedly that the CEO is a challenge, toxic whatever and yes, all of it is true. Many if not most people who take a management position here don't last a year. This is especially true at Corporate where at any given time half of the positions are open because employee turnover is off the charts and they are horrible at recruiting talent to get replacements hired. That's a really bad combination to have in a company. So the first question you have to ask yourself is: do you want to show a job that only lasted six to twelve months on your resume with a company that has a positive, almost cult like global brand image? Or another way, how will you explain your short tenure to the next company you interview with and make them believe you weren't the problem? When I was outside Nashville and told people I worked for Gibson 100% of them said "that's a great company" even though they had no clue. It's highly likely your next potential employer will think that way as well.

     You will not grow here or learn anything that will be useful in any other company unless they employ 1950's management techniques. Maybe a screenwriter for "Madmen" would find some material here but as someone trying to grow their career you won't learn anything useful. The pay will be no better than your last job minus your previous bonus and 401k match which to my knowledge they do not contribute. So next question, your not making any more money and probably less, not learning anything useful and will need to explain why you left after 6 months, how are you going to position this to beat the competition going after your next job?

    Lastly, there is a core group of survivors in this company. Nice people but probably not the most dynamic or skilled. That said, they manage to get the job done under some pretty trying circumstances. Getting hired and quitting or getting fired after 6 months makes their job much more difficult because they needed to train you and it takes time away from their work only to have that person leave. If you don't have what it takes to work here then stay away because this causes more harm to all involved including yourself. There are people working under stress with families to provide for who don't need to get hosed by some 'guitar dude" who couldn't cut it. In summary, don't get starry-eyed because you think guitars are cool and that will carry the day. Think about what this place will do to your credentials and ability to move on to the next stage of your career which working at Gibson will force sooner than you expect and by all means, be considerate of those special folks who will have to re-fill the gap after you leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to state. I know better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst guitar in the industry, I've seen cheap chinese guitars made better

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gibson Guitar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    no reason, unless you like mental and physical abuse a la NAZI concentration camps. Some employees are lucky enough to leave at 8 hrs (due to their incredibly poor work), but the rest of us are there 10-12 hrs a day, 6-7 days a week. So if you like overtime that knocks you up into another tax bracket, this is the place.

    one thing i will say for the management though, is that they have accomplished the HIGHLY impressive feat of taking one of the most highly respected names in the guitar industry and run it into the ground and buried it, never to see the light of day. this is the Norlin era they will never recover from.

    Cons

    this is literally the worst piece of cow dung in the industry. I wouldn't even call it a guitar, it's so poorly made. Management, especially the CEO, don't care a bit about quality, the only thing that matters is their unrealistically high production numbers. the production processes are so archaic they are amateur, and they have the audacity to call it the worlds finest guitar. all of this stems from the CEO and his manic psychotic neurotic management style (he has to sign off on EVERYTHING: new hires, transfers within the company, promotions, raises, budgets, any funding for new parts or machines.

    There is also no opportunity for improvement or career advancement. I am a luthier who can make a better instrument on my back porch with a case of beer than they can on their BEST day, and i was treated as just another peon who must not know anything, since i worked on the floor.

    pay is about HALF of what it should be for this expensive of a product, when a factory is turning out nearly $1 million a week in profits from one factory with less than 50 employees, they should make more than the salary cap of $12-$15 per hr, the only reason you make a decent living wage is because you work so much you don't have any time to live. You may have time to go home and sleep (and eat something, if you're VERY lucky, most days i don't even have the energy to wake up and eat once i get home.

    Might i mention again the EXTREMELY poor quality of these instruments? the processes these people try to use are inefficient, cumbersome, and so archaic they are ridiculous, and when you try to change a process to make it more efficient, you are told you can't, because it's not the "Gibson Way".

    In short, this is the worst company in the world, slaves in sweat shops in Asia are treated better (and make a better product too)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Die. Do the world a favor. Do your company and employees a favor. Die and quit ruining a great name like gibson. Or, if you prefer, retire. either way, leave the gibson company in the hands of someone who is capable of managing more than just his nether regions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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