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Guitar Center Overview

Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Consumer Electronics & Appliances Stores
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Guitar Center is the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments with annual revenues exceeding $2 billion. We are an established organization with over 10,000 associates currently operating in 280+ retail outlets spanning multiple states and the world’s ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to be the best provider of products & services to help people make music. We:

Are committed to providing the best possible customer experience so that we are regarded as an outstanding company, & rewards us with ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Check out Jeannine Davis D'Addario, Guitar Center's own SVP, Chief Marketing & Customer Officer's thoughts on Being Fearless

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    By: Jeannine D'Addario - SVP, Chief Marketing & Customer Officer, Guitar Center Wouldn't it be incredible if we could be fearless? Trying things out

  • Excited to host Professor Bernice Ledbetter from Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management Monday, November 6, for our Diversity and Inclusion at Guitar Center (DIGs) initiative Coffee Chat session entitled, The Value of Diversity: Building an Inclusive Organization. GC folks - check out Backstage for more information.

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Guitar Center – Why Work For Us?

WANTED: Passion, confidence, creativity, and your authentic self.  This is our sound for success. Bring us these qualities and take your career to new heights.

We are seeking talented individuals to join our growing team. Working with any of our brands offers a challenging and rewarding experience.  You'll be part of a team of dedicated professionals applying your vision and talent to the shared goal of helping to fill the world with music.  Guitar Center is committed to creating opportunities that promote corporate citizenship, philanthropy, volunteerism, cultural diversity, and empowering women to strive to their fullest potential in the communities where we live and do business.

Top Reasons to Make Your Passion Your Career with Guitar Center

Guitar Center is home to the world’s largest selection of popular guitars, basses, amplifiers, keyboards, workstations, drums, percussion, microphones, PA systems, DJ equipment, stage lighting, recording software, studio gear and more.

Gig Leave provides eligible associates with up to 90 days off within a single 12-month period to pursue specific activities directly related to musical opportunities (such as gigs, recording, playing, composing or producing).

Merchandise Discount Our associates are eligible to purchase merchandise offered for retail sale by our various brands at substantial discounts. The discount policies and available products may differ among the brands.

GAIN program We have a wide selection of manufacturers who provide team members with gear discounts beyond the current associate discount program

Vibe Committee, a committee of diverse demographic and organizational members at the Guitar Center Support Center Campuses! The Vibe Committee brainstorms ideas and programs to acknowledge dedicated associates, welcome new hires, celebrate anniversaries and promotions, and engage all departments through new and existing programs.

Jam Space was created for our valued associates to be able to take a lesson or jam with their bandmates

Jam Nights allow you to be immersed in our musical community within the safe environment of the Guitar Center Lessons facility or to perform with your team members from the support center

Medical, Dental, Vision, and 401k – yeah we have all that too!


Guitar Center is committed to creating opportunities that promote corporate citizenship, philanthropy, volunteerism, cultural diversity, and empowering women to strive to their fullest potential in the communities where we live and do business.  Learn more about our Pledge to Diversity and Inclusion.

"We have always known that our success comes from our people, but to put it through this lens, we want all our associates to look left and right and see themselves, knowing that Guitar Center is a place where hard work, good ideas, and culture thrive. What they hear from leadership needs to reflect this vision. That means a diverse collection of men, women of all backgrounds and experiences at all levels of our organization. As candidates consider Guitar Center, we want them to know this is who we are and they will feel welcomed here. That’s how we will continue to stick around for another 40, 50, 60 years."

-- Ron Japinga, CEO, Guitar Center

Guitar Center University is the primary vehicle for dissemination of organizational culture and fostering the development of core workplace skills, career-specific tools, leadership, creative thinking, and problem-solving.  Aligned with key business initiatives and strategies to deliver the necessary information, knowledge, and development, Guitar Center University is the epicenter of personal growth and the primary engine for intentional succession planning.


With a career at Guitar Center, you become part of the world’s largest multichannel musical instrument retailer. Whether at our Stores, Contact Centers, Distribution Centers, or Support Center, Guitar Center employees have a common goal: to help people make music.

Guitar Center Corporate Opportunities 

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    I have been working at Guitar Center part-time


    Great perks . Great managers. Great people to work around with


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Guitar Center Photos

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Guitar Center.


    Relaxed. If you are a good fit for the job the interview will go very smooth. Just be yourself. You will be selling products to customers so you better be able to sell yourself and be likable. Don't act like an idiot.

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    • What experience do you have in the music industry?   3 Answers
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Guitar Center Awards & Accolades

  • BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America, Americans for the Arts, 2017
  • Marketing Executive of the Year - Gold, Best in Biz Awards, 2014
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • America's Largest Private Companies, Forbes, 2008
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