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Gibson Guitar Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
126 Reviews
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126 Reviews
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Gibson Guitar Chairman and CEO, Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano Henry E. Juszkiewicz
Henry E. Juszkiewicz
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Review Highlights

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)

  • Senior Management, there is only one (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great co-workers, customer service hours are 24/7/365, manager was really cool though!

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    The people that work there are great. My manager was cool. Employee pricing on gear. Pay is decent

    Cons

    Customer Service is open 24/7/365. So nights weekends and holidays. Company (or Office I should say) could be ran a bit more efficient perhaps. Customer service obviously puts you on the front line dealing with American's finest patrons. Moving up in the company is pretty much impossible. Customer Service is understaffed for being 24/7 in my opinion. Takes forever to hire a new employee (almost 2-3 months sometimes). Location of main office is not in the best part of town (lets be honest).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are claiming to have 24/7 support, you should staff it so. It might be more beneficial to hire from within a little more so that current employees can see at least some possibility of more responsibilities and pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I like to work for Gibson

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    Current Employee - Production in Nash, TN
    Current Employee - Production in Nash, TN

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

    Pros

    it is good to work for guitar and music

    Cons

    working saftly do clean job and do better job in order the company stay in business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give a chance to people to work there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Customer Service

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Working with Musical Instruments and great people.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. Hard to get time off.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as bad as everyone says

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gibson Guitar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brand to promote and work with in the market, good benefits, diverse work activities, great people to work with.

    Cons

    Policies are outdated, no value in employees from owner. not the job a person will retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Worst company in the music business

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    Former Employee - Executive in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Executive in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Love the brand and the products.

    Cons

    Most employees work hard to not be seen by the bipolar CEO. There's a 50/50 chance they would be fired just when they're seen...and they all know it. Management by fear and intimidation is the standard operating procedure. 27 different executives left the company in one year...either quit or fired. Insanity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get medication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A dream come true!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Gibson Guitar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I love working at Gibson. It's like I won the lottery! I learn more about Gibson guitars every day. It really makes you appreciate the hard work that goes into each and every one of those guitars.

    Cons

    The biggest and hardest part of working at Gibson is not getting caught up in the politics. They won't let managers make their own decisions. HR can fire but not hire unless they have the consent of Henry. They make to many promises to employees and never follow up. Such as pay differential when you move to a higher skilled job. I know about 10 people that have gotten treated this way so I know it to be fact. I've seen some of the best employee's get canned over silly things that could have been corrected differently. This company has so much talent in it there is no doubt it could grow to be the biggest distributor in the world but that talent never gets to shine. So sad really. It's the owners fault. ..... Bottom line. Great product poor ownership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some balls tell Henry the truth. Take ownership of your faults and learn and grow from them. Smile and get involved with people on the floor even if it is a simple "good morning how are you doing?" Kind of thing. And most important train your people to be the best they can be. Knowledge is power to do a better job and be confident in doing your job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The company you want to stay before retirement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gibson Guitar

    Pros

    The Guitar Company! People are nice there. The working environment is relaxed and no-pushing but efficient. The company seems to be without problem of getting profit each year.

    Cons

    Lack of promotion opportunity. But suitable for a stable career life. You will definitely get what you deserve based on your work or even more.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Corporate Front Office Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gibson Guitar

    Pros

    Great Group of People
    Great Opportunity
    I liked working there.....

    Cons

    There are none.
    There are none
    There are none
    There are none

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    "Epiphone Division" Dead end job, long weeks long days

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    Current Employee - Guitar Adjuster in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Guitar Adjuster in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    None really, cheap chinese guitars covered in dirt

    Cons

    Scraping rust off strings for 10hrs a day and cleaning mold and dirt of guitars ="Adjuster"
    6 day work weeks mon-sat pretty common every month sometimes 3 weeks out of the month and 9-10 hour days common.The "Rules" are different for everyone depending on your age, music tastes,or religion.
    They never really do little things even like give a t shirt to you (without donating money to a "fundraiser") or buy lunch ever. there's No growth opportunity at all. A job where musicians are getting paid to work on guitars you think nobody would ever quit this job but they make it so you basically can't stay there unless you want to go nowhere. One "wage adjustment" in the last 4 years which was 49 cents an hour and couple years with 0 christmas bonuses and you should pretty much see it's a dead end walmart of guitars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, they wouldn't listen. You're lucky if they remember your name after 4 years. They are managers there because they wouldn't be a manager any where else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good and Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Gibson Guitar (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the folks who make the guitars are awesome! they take a lot of pride in what they do. they pay well and most folks enjoy their job.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is challenging at best, especially the closer you are to the top. negotiate your severance package up front.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    delegate and allow people to do what they are hired to do without micro-managing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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