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Updated August 21, 2015
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Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO, Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano Henry E. Juszkiewicz
Henry E. Juszkiewicz
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Pros
  • Great brand to promote and work with in the market, good benefits, diverse work activities, great people to work with (in 12 reviews)

  • Working with Musical Instruments and great people (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • They actually get a thrill from firing people, they actually want you to fail, I have never seen anything like it (in 5 reviews)

  • The CEO is the worst ever, resulting in the most dysfunctional corporate culture I have ever experienced or even heard of (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great products, good people, potential to be a great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Guitar full-time

    Pros

    Gibson and Epiphone produce some of the most amazing guitars. The people are passionate about what they do and generally nice to work with. Management sets very high standards and if you are bright and hardworking, this can be a rewarding experience.

    Cons

    They have been acquiring a lot of companies recently and are experiencing some growing pains. Company policies are too strictly adhered to and can get in the way of progress from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire great people, and then trust them get on with their jobs. Spend more time focusing on the big stuff like integrating all the companies you've acquired and leveraging their strengths to be the biggest and best MI company.


  2. Cool place, lots of management...

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Gibson Guitar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, sell back vacation days for extra money, everyone's a musician.

    Cons

    Everything must be approved, things take longer than they should.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a terrible place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjuster in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Adjuster in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gibson Guitar full-time

    Pros

    Never laid off. Raises were consistent with reliability for the first 15 years. Great co-workers. Steady growth in the beginning.

    Cons

    Stagnant wages in the last 5-7 years. Appears that the owner is unaware that the company is taking the same direction now that the previous owners ( Norlin ) , which made it possible for easy take over.

    Advice to Management

    Do more test marketing.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    It's all falling apart!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Guitar full-time

    Pros

    Getting to build guitars and work with some interesting people.

    Cons

    Everyone is scared of Henry and he is running the company in the ground. No room for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Try to run a good business and stand up to the ceo.


  6. Helpful (1)

    not the place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Guitar full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Met alot of great people

    Cons

    No room for growth in the company. DEAD END


  7. Helpful (2)

    Department Leads

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package is about par for the course with other companies even though the Electric Division employees haven't had a raise in 2 1/2 years.

    Cons

    Department leads play favorites with certain employees, one in particular resorts to bullying certain employees because he can (last name Tardy I believe). There is a sign above the entrance for employees that reads, "Through these doors walk the best employees in the world". Certain managerial staff (leads) should learn to respect others and understand what a privelage it is to be in management. Treating others badly just because you can is not management material and is a cancer to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more time in company department leads' training in regards to showing respect. Condescending, bullying attitudes towards people makes for a toxic work environment.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Poor culture leading to poor quality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bozeman, MT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is an ok company to work for at short term.

    Cons

    Poor management from CEO all the way down to leads. Quality control is in the hands of a few, and it should be in the hands of all. There is no incentive to do well.

    Advice to Management

    Give incentives to employees for good quality.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Toxic enviroment due to poor executive managment

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Guitar (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent core hours.

    Cons

    Micromanaged to point we here you can't effectively perform your job then blamed for poor results.

    Advice to Management

    Let managers manage. And managers need to enforce discipline.


  10. Helpful (5)

    The camaraderie of your co-workers...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scraper/Paint Repairs in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Scraper/Paint Repairs in Memphis, TN
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gibson Guitar full-time

    Pros

    The camaraderie of your co-workers is the only thing that might help you get through your stint working for Gibson

    Cons

    Well, it all starts from the top... Henry IS without a doubt just as many others have commented. Insane, sadistic, narcissistic, micro-managing, refuses to listen to ANY other ideas or suggestions... You'll soon learn that no amount of money can replace your physical health, absolute loss of personal/family time, and overall bitterness that floats through the air at this place. Most employees are dealing with pain and multiple injuries due to repetitive motion, they are tired from working 50-60 hours every week (including Saturdays, and even Sundays occasionally so you work 14 days straight) you MUST be there anywhere from 5AM to 7AM and you CANNOT be even 2 seconds late. Time clock just ticked over to 6:01? You just got an attendance point. 2 points more and you're on probation for 3 months. Good luck. You're really going to need it. I was terminated after my second bout with a rotator cuff injury-work related. Workman's Comp and the network doctor were unwilling to order an MRI, and I'm positive the ortho knew I would need surgery. That would've been costly to them, and more paid leave... so I was canned. I am still dealing with very frequent pain and lack of strength/mobility from my torn rotator cuff. Thanks guys.

    Advice to Management

    Organize and stand up to Henry. All supervisors and plant managers. I guarantee the hourly employees would have you back, because you would be standing up for them, too.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Evil, narcissistic CEO

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some very good people work for Gibson - but they are stifled and not allowed to show their talent or skills.

    Cons

    Run, don't walk away from even considering working here. The CEO is HORRIBLE - mean, nasty, uber-controlling. If anyone in the company dares to have a different idea than his, you can pretty much guarantee that they will be fired - on the spot. It happens all the time. He listens to no one but himself - a narcissist to the Nth degree! Morale at this company is horrible. People feel powerless, demeaned and worthless - it all starts at the top. There are so many good reasons it is considered one of the worst companies in the US to work for. Blame the owner/CEO for everything that is wrong at Gibson.

    Advice to Management

    No advice will help, unless someone finds a way to get rid of this CEO



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