Guitar Center Overview

  • Westlake Village, CA
  • 10000+ Employees
  • 1959
  • Company - Private
  • Consumer Electronics & Appliances Stores
  • $1 to $5 billion (USD)

CompetitorsSweetwater, Fender Musical Instruments, Sam Ash
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Guitar Center is a leading retailer of musical instruments, lessons, repairs and rentals in the U.S. With nearly 300 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. Guitar Center ...
Mission: "We’ve always known our success comes from our people. We want our associates to look left and right and see themselves, knowing Guitar Center is a place where hard work, good ideas and culture thrive. Our leadership needs to reflect this vision. That means a diverse collection ...

Guitar Center Reviews

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"Enjoyed my time"

Aug 25, 2022 - Sales Associate in Plano, TX
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Great Discounts for each employee, my store was very organized and we had great Management. As a Sales associate your get to meet a lot of different people, most of them will be Musicians and they


Too low pay, you are expected to work your way up to get a good commission.

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Guitar Center Interviews

Getting an Interview
Applied online65%
In Person21%
Employee Referral10%

  1. Ecommerce Operations Specialist Interview

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    Negative Experience
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    I missed a call / received a voice-mail from a recruiter regarding my application for the eCommerce Operations Specialist. I returned the call promptly and left several follow-up messages over the course of the week and never heard back.

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Company Updates

December 26, 2019
Gig Leave - Tales from the Road What’s one thing that makes Guitar Center a great place to work? Gig leave. Gig leave is a unique Guitar Center perk that enables associates to take up to 90 days off to go on tour and pursue their passion for music, but still have their job when they get back. For Seth Kellogg, a repair tech at Guitar Center in Boston, Mass., who has played bass and guitar for more than 20 years, gig leave was a big reason for choosing Guitar Center. When not working, Seth plays bass with The Big Lonesome, a Boston Indie rock band that sounds like the Rolling Stones covering Sonic Youth. He took advantage of Gig Leave for a 24-date U.S. tour with The Big Lonesome this past April. While on gig leave, he enjoyed performing and spending time with the band, stating that his favorite part of touring is, “that you get to meet new people almost every day, and after a few tours you're visiting good friends all across the country.” The Big Lonesome currently has three EPs out, with a LP in post-production that is scheduled for release in 2020.
September 24, 2019
Women Rise: Extension of Guitar Center’s Leadership Institute We are excited to launch Women Rise, an extension of Guitar Center University’s Leadership Institute, which aims to prepare our next generation leaders to drive the culture, develop emerging talent, unlock innovation, and make a strategic impact across our enterprise. Leadership Institute is designed to be an open discussion between participants to foster the growth of cross-functional relationships and encourage personal reflection. The program’s goal is to provide insight into challenges leaders typically experience, as well as hone in on tools and practical approaches that enable greater career and personal success. The experience consists of leadership workshops; senior leader insights; 360 degree feedback from colleagues; one-on-one coaching; career success planning; and peer coaching. The Women Rise cohort specifically targets emerging leaders who are female in order to help promote greater gender balance among our future leaders.

Guitar Center Awards & Accolades

  • BCA 10: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in AmericaAmericans for the Arts2017
  • Marketing Executive of the Year - GoldBest in Biz Awards2014

Pledges & Certifications

  • Pay Equality Pledge

    Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

  • Career Advancement Program

    Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

  • Social Responsibility Pledge

    Formal programs or foundation to give back to communities

  • Diversity Commitment

    Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

  • Pledge to Thrive

    Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

  • First Job Programs

    Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

  • Veteran Hiring Commitment

    Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

  • Tech Hiring Commitment

    Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

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Guitar Center FAQ

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What is paid time off like at Guitar Center?

...managed time off, No pay increases...

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Overall, 49 of employees would recommend working at Guitar Center to a friend. This is based on 1,968 anonymously submitted reviews on Glassdoor.

65 of job seekers rate their interview experience at Guitar Center as positive. Candidates give an average difficulty score of 2 out of 5 (where 5 is the highest level of difficulty) for their job interview at Guitar Center.

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