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"Fender still has my vote, but just barely."

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Current Employee - No Comment in Scottsdale, AZ
Current Employee - No Comment in Scottsdale, AZ
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The flagship product is hands down the best in the business sector. The quality, style, and the marketing of the core Fender Brand is untouchable. The company is fantastic at keeping the main Fender brand on task and meeting the market needs. Fender employs musicians who no doubt contribute to keeping Fender guitars in the good graces of the people who buy Fender guitars both professional and aspiring musicians alike. The history of Fender can be felt during every minute of the workday and in my experiences most of the employees love the product they are supporting.

Cons

The stellar success of Fender's flagship brand is sadly a big reason for under-performing niche brands that Fender also owns, Guild, Tacoma, Jackson as examples. There is a "rest on your laurels" attitude that sweeps through upper management every time sales are good with the Fender Brand name. But when another brand is in obvious distress and solutions are recommended often it falls on ears who would much rather hear that everything is fine and because the main brand does so well it offsets concerns. In turn, it seems the upper management doesn't really care about the lesser brands, which teaches the managers controlling those smaller brands that they shouldn't care much either. It sets up confusing and frustrating perimeters to work within and it really doesn't really seem necessary.

Advice to Management

Get to know your employees, most of the obstacles that Fender deals with as a whole could easily be fixed internally if you ask the right person for suggestions and input. Create an internal think tank, nearly everyone in the company comes from within other parts of the industry, and they bring some incredible perspective.

Other Employee Reviews for Fender Musical Instruments

  1. "Awesome Place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Director
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Director
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time

    Pros

    The company is amazing, everyone has this vision about keep improving. Most of the people have a great attitude from the security to the managers and even the CIO. It's like a big family they truly worry about you as a person not as an employee.

    Cons

    Sometimes the "Rock and Roll Philosophy" don't work for everyone... an It's kind of frustrating when you are doing your best and other employees are like "Yeah whatever"


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Reference Music Center - Brazil"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome experience in sales. You can really learn about music instruments, and improve yourself in sales.

    Cons

    I don't have anything bad to say about the job

    Fender Musical Instruments Response

    Oct 29, 2015 – Recruiting Communications Specialist

    Thank you so much for your feedback! We are thrilled that you have had a positive association and career with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and that you've found opportunities for both... More

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