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Guitar Center Overview

Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
$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

  • Our thoughts are with the people of Texas, our Associates, and customers

    2017 Texas Country Music Awards Focuses on Texas Coast Hurricane & Flood Victims Texas Country Music Fan Favorites To Be Awarded on September 28

    CARTHAGE, TX (September 5, 2017) - In light of the recent destruction along the entire Texas Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards will not only honor Texas' top country music fan voted favorites, and offer performances by 4 decades of Texas Country Music artists, but will also focus attention on the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Now Category Director for Percussion Accessories and Band & Orchestra, Jordan Barth began his Guitar Center career six years ago as an Assistant Category Manager for Drums and Percussion. A drummer of more than 25 years, Barth began his musical journey when he found his grandfather’s practice drum pad as a kid and started playing along with the radio, before being introduced to classic rock by his parents. He loves the musical instrument industry, as well as helping people find the gear they’re looking for. Barth is currently on the search for a new kit of his own, “It’s about time for a new drum set … still haven’t decided what I want yet though, ha!”

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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 band mates

Jam Nights allow you to be immersed within 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.

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    My experience with GC has been fantastic -- smart, engaged, and driven teams; cool vibes; strong management; and a commitment to the community and our people.


    No serious challenges you haven't encountered anywhere else in your career

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    Keep communicating, continue to be authentic, and keep developing us

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    it was a very simple, fast procedure.. introductions at first... then asked about past experience and current availability. i got hired on the spot. started after back round check was completed.

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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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