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Fender Musical Instruments Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Pros
  • great people great product really big factory (in 11 reviews)

  • Great brand and many passionate people (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is a total "look at me" mentality (in 7 reviews)

  • Music Industry is seeing some rough times (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Solid Job"

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    Current Employee - Consumer Relations Representative in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Consumer Relations Representative in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hi pay for an non degreed job.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. "Focusing on Customer, Product, and People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a big focus on customers, products, and people this year. You can feel the energy in the office with innovating and getting the company to the next level- whether it's the core guitars or newer products like the in-ear monitors or digital apps. The office is brand new and music is playing throughout unless an artist is having an impromptu concert. The executives seem to be moving the company forward in awesome and exciting ways!

    Cons

    Traffic in LA will always be miserable and our office is difficult to get to when there are special events in the area. The music industry isn't going through tons of growth, although it seems like we're still doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Continue working on communication-your round tables and videos/interviews are definitely helping!


  3. "Building for the future"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good group of people that are all specialist in their area of expertise. Constant communication via web meetings to keep everyone connected. This company has a cool factor, but not too far out on the limb where people aren't motivated to get the job done. Exec. management is involved in big and small things.

    Cons

    Only real con is the commute in. Traffic in the area can defy logic sometimes, but most of LA is like that anyway.

    Advice to Management

    I'm new and not sure I have any advice


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Guitars, guitars, guitars"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corona, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    For a musician it is a great place to work with what you love.
    Sometimes the pay can be competitive
    Benefits are good
    Rockstars come through often

    Cons

    People are expendable, regardless of time invested
    Expectations can be too high
    Favoritism is not uncommon
    Promotions are not always based on merit
    Can be difficult to move up

    Advice to Management

    Please do not forget that the people who manufacture your instruments are not machines. It is disheartening to watch worker after worker pushed so hard year after year and then thrown away so easily. Some after decades of service. My advice would be for you to care for your employees through compensation, encouragement, security and a more balanced work load.


  6. "There is a positive buzz in the air"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hollywood, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Music is actually at the core of everything here. There are guitars everywhere, songs is blasting rock music into every nook and cranny, and the workers here can shred! Even the CEO plugs in an blast heavy Metal through the halls. The hours are flexible, the work is interesting - even calling it work feels wrong. If you love the brand its even cooler. The office in Hollywood is brand new and AMAZING. This is the place for tech savvy music lovers in L.A.

    Cons

    Vacation is a little skimpy. Anyplace in L.A. is tough to get to if you don't have a helicopter. The cons are few and far between to be honest.

    Advice to Management

    Ride the buzz that is already happening. Throw a few more days off to people. Keep harnessing the brand to bring in more awesome people.


  7. "Great brand, great people, poised for greatness"

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    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    the people, the brand, the product, the strategy

    Cons

    nothing you wouldn't find in a similar sized company trying to evolve, grow & build a stronger brand

    Advice to Management

    stay the course, over communicate, increase accountability


  8. "Love it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work within the Digital department in LA, and feel fulfilled, valued, and challenged by my work. It also helps to be around so many other creative people, who are always down for a jam sesh.

    Cons

    Varying culture and approach between departments


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company but complicated management style"

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    Current Employee - Collections Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Collections Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fender Musical Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Employee activities, Bagel Friday, Celebrating Birthdays, Employee Blackboard, Band Events, Company Culture, Employee Sales.

    Cons

    Low salaries, a very complicated hierarchical structure, too many top executives that are disconnected from the base level employees, most managers are not interested on hearing new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Many long term employees that have become too comfortable in their position, it is hard to work with people that do not accept change or are not open to it.
    Managers come out from the offices to the main floor, interact with your employees individually, hear what they have to say, implement new ideas do not be afraid of change, do not promote seniority, promote talent!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall new hire review"

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    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, company cares about employee needs, staff is very helpful,employee perks,

    Cons

    none at this time to early to say

    Advice to Management

    none at this time


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Fender is a great brand and trying to stabilize organizationally"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbert, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gilbert, AZ

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

    Pros

    Amazing brand and products. The people who work here incredibly talented, passionate about their jobs and the quality of the products. The company is making some exciting changes that I believe will re-inspire old and new musicians alike.

    Cons

    Business has been changing non stop for over 6 years. Have turned over 3 CEO's, each with different ideas what direction to take the company. There have been many rounds of layoffs and have lost some incredible talent. The "family" culture is almost completely gone. Most recently they have shifted the majority of business operations back to California, leaving many employees that have been with the company for 15+ years to relocate or succumb to forced resignations.


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