Guitar Center

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Dead End Blvd

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Department Manager in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Department Manager in Houston, TX

I have been working at Guitar Center full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The People...mostly non-management are awesome friends that anyone should be able to get along with.

Cons

Under the guise of a rock n roll store it is more like a legal pyramid scheme. We sell to customers, management sell to us, District managers sell to the store managers and so on. Everyone has a crazy goal to hit with out incentive. Asst Managers get more responsibility while basically getting a cut in pay. It encourages rivalry and over competing. I have made good money here, but in reality for the amount of work we do there should be more money being made. Showing employees false cost on items so you can pay them less than they really earned us unethical. Also bragging about closing mom and pop stores is shameful. One the other hand this is a bane capital investment. Rich guys first and the worker ants last. Oh yeah no family life working here. Say goodbye ti most holidays.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

What happened to using GC as a vehicle to pursue dreams instead of crushing them. HELP US OUT....

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Sales Associate

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Guitar Center full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Guitar Center is a fun environment with lots of like minds. Working on the sales floor gives you access to quality equipment and there is always an opportunity to learn things if you are a novice or a trained musician employee discount is great if you are a musician.

    Cons

    Because the salary is sales-based, sales are always the top priority. It makes sense but when the store managers and assistant store managers have a sales quota to meet it is a conflict of interest with the employees on the floor. There is a lot of turn-over which makes the store have to hire random people off of the street with no musical background to sell equipment. Sure, selling musical instruments isn't rocket science but why not keep around people who know a thing or two about the equipment?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be around long enough to protect their employees and maintain a relationship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Low compensation for work requested.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Gilroy, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Gilroy, CA

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

    Pros

    Discount on gear, networking with musicians and industry professionals, instant knowledge of new releases.

    Cons

    Low pay, have to "fade your check" to earn a commission, you are not just a salesperson but also a housekeeper and a merchandiser, most co-workers have zero understanding or knowledge in their field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop threatening lower management with losing their job, it rolls down hill. Do better market research before opening a store that won't make a profit for years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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